It makes you feel really good when you get this kind of feedback. Briley was with me only for four months.
"Wayne, I want to thank you. I know you are a retriever trainer. But, what you gave my dog has nothing to do with bumpers or blind retrieves. I know dogs personalities have a lot to do with it and I got, somewhat lucky, but the loyalty you taught her through competent training is evident every day that I spend with her. I want to thank you for not only giving us beginning retrieval training but a friend that I will cherish until we can no longer be together. You sir, are a fine man and a friend to dog lovers e everywhere. Thank you."
I found the dog for him at a breeder in south Texas (advertised on RTF) and the sire was FC Fenn. The dam was the breeders dog that was a MH and with a pass or two at the National and was running in FT with a pro in who winters in TX but whose home location is Wisc. I can't remember his name.
I also trained the little chocolate lab on the far right in the pheasant picture, SHR Cabblie Lou. She is from Endless Mountain Kennels in PA.