I have had dogs since but purchased my first Lab in 1979 before that I had coon hounds in high school. My first lab that was out of field trial breeding was a yellow sired by AFC Super Disco Dancer, a 1985 National Amateur Finalist. I sent the dog south with Wayne Curtis and upon his return from Texas the dog was 20 months old.
The dog failed his first derby because of my error. A few weeks later on the dike road at the Duluth Retriever Club 4th series a fair swim. I tried to remain calm but internally I was in distress. When the Judge walks over, his hand on my shoulder and tells me "get this one clean and you are the winner". I nearly fell ater two weeks of our failure the dog was on the derby list with his second win. Hooked from here on.