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Well me and my dog are doing our 1st MH test tomorrow. Wish us luck!

We're doing the Michigan Flyways Retriever Club test in MI(duh right?). I drive a white Avalanch with a black topper so if you see a fat guy with blond hair stop by, say hi and tell him/me to breath and relax.

Owner with a better dog than handler regards,

Joe

Oh yeah, good luck to everyone else!
 

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Good luck man.
 

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Joe you will do just fine. If I happend to have a spare couple of hours, I'll try to stop by and check in on you. I don't have access to portable oxygen but Williamston isn't that far away, and they do have a fire station with EMS support.
 

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Good Luck Tomorrow...
 

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Good Luck! Breath, nothing to be nervous about, remember to be quick on the whistle and slow on the cast. Have fun!
 

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Ha Mike! I expect truck side oxygen service on Sat then! I know you know a fireman and I'm sure he's got a bottle of oxygen! :)
 

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Good luck and please post how you do... and what it was like. I'm working on my current senior dog, getting ready for master too. Seems like a big jump :)
 

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My wife ran her first hunt test ever last week at Lake Country's HT. She came away with a MH ribbon. You can do it , too!
 

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Well......I'm kind of embbarassed. We did ok and picked up all the chickens, but had a couple of items that we need to work on. I left shortly after my run because I didn't think we passed and I had a lot of things to do at home and I also had to work. This morning I found out I passed and I'm embarrassed because I wasn't there to get the ribbon. For me personally I think it's rude not to stay and get your ribbons unless there's a reason. So if any of the judges or members of the MI Flyways are there I apologize. It was a good test, good judging, and good people.

The most enlighenting part of the test was bird placement. Several of the marks looked easy, but until a couple of dogs ran I couldn't see where problems would be. Heck the last mark of the last series my dog had to be handled off the old fall because it was tight and I didn't pay enough attention to his spine alignment. It was interesting to see how bird placement could make something look simple, but add a subtle layer of difficulty.
 

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Nothing to be embarassed about Joe, I've been there as well. It happened down at Kankakee with Jake many years ago back in his wild and crazy days (yes even he had those). I was certain that we failed, and decided to go home instead of just sitting there stewing in our own juices. A week later I get a bubble wrap package from KRHRC in the mail. It contained a ribbon and point slip. You could have knocked me over with a duck feather.

Congratulations on the pass, and I hope you run it 6 straight.
 

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Congrats Joe and JD...
Bubba would be proud of his Son....
Keep up with the good work...and stay out of the Poisen Ivy... and yes the Bird placement was very interesting for all...
Karen and Birdie
 
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