Ruthie Gordon, 17, a high school senior from Adrian, Oregon, population of 250. Ruthie came to work for me in February of 2007 to do kennel work and throw birds. Ruthie had never worked around dogs and found it fascinating. She went with me to our picnic trials in the cold winter months of February and March to learn what the competition was all about. She pitched right in marshalling and throwing birds. In April seeing she had a real interest in the dogs, I decided to let her run our seven year old spayed female in training. Ecstasy’s True Delight, “Trudy” who was retired after the derby to become one of our hunting dogs do to an injury at an early age. Trudy, a very good marker with lots of desire, was very weak on her blinds and not very steady. Ruthie worked really hard with her and in the spring I decided to take her to a hunt test in Salt Lake City. Ruthie and Trudy passed their first Senior. Later in the summer they really started to become a team. So we decided to enter Ruthie and Trudy in the Qualifying at Idaho Retriever Club fall trial. This was Ruthie’s first Field Trial and Trudy’s first qualifying. I admire this wonderful young lady. Along with training with me she maintains a 3.8 grade point average, is in Future Farmers of America, plays flute and oboe in the school band and also is in drama. It is very rare these days to see such a fine young person at our dog events. Ruthie plans on going to college after graduation to pursue an education in teaching music. We need these young people to give new life to our sport. So take a few minutes and mentor a new handler. You can teach teenagers and old dog new tricks!