In 1973 I was given my first Lab pup. I didn't hunt. We were just looking for a pet. In 1976 my neighbor, an avid hunter, was tired of seeing this tennis ball & frisbee dog going to waste so he took us out dove hunting. 116 degrees in the Southern California desert, dog never been trained or been shot over or even seen a game bird. He retrieved two limits. I'd never seen him happier. I was hooked. I found a hunting partner, bought a 77' F250 and the rest as they say is history.
Now, 40 years and 5 generations later Gage is the Great-Great Grandson of that wonderful dog. I bred once each generation for the "replacement" hunting dog. I never once gave any thought to titles or pedigree in the females we bought to breed. They were mostly "backyard bred". I was very lucky because each instinctively understood and loved bird hunting. It's almost as though I've had the same dog for 40 years.
Gage is the first of this line to take up the Hunt Test game. He and I have been learning together and at a little past two years old he has a "Seasoned" title, a "WR" title and 3 legs toward a Senior.
I guess you could say he has a "Sad" pedigree but I couldn't be happier!