I just got my started hunting retriever title at North Alabama HRC this past weekend, March 9-10, I am very excited about passing and proud of my dog (Bree) for doing an amazing job. I have been training Bree from day one and will not let my dad touch her. I train every day after school in hopes of having an outstanding dog. I finally see that all of my hard work is paying off. We ran a water test to start off Saturday followed by the land test that evening, which Bree did awesome in. Sunday was a little bit more exciting for me. We started off Sunday with a land test and then a water test in the evening. Well the land test was a breeze so now all I was ready for was the water. I knew that if she did as well as she had been doing that she would pass with ease. So here I am walking to the holding blind with Bree and she is going crazy, I hear the duck call coming from the handler that is ahead of me and so does Bree and she couldn't take it anymore so she backs up and slips right through her collar! She immediately takes off towards the handler at the bucket and then I see the duck go flying through the air while I am going to retrieve my dog, and my heart sinks, while this is going on I'm saying "Here!" the whole time just hoping that she doesn't go after the duck, the other handler sends his dog and Bree sat at the edge of the water and honored for the other dog! Amazing. But talk about being mad, I wrapped that leash around her neck and pulled her back to the holding blind, scared to look at the judges. The man with his dog walks past me after he is done and I look at the judges and ask if I can still run, they look at me and ask for my dog number and tell me to bring her to the line, thank goodness! She ran the test better than she had any of the previous tests. I had an awesome time getting to run the test and getting to meet all of the great people that I did. By far the best test I have went to... And probably the scariest. It was a great experience and I will never forget it. Thanks NAHRC for a great time!