I owned a Ritz son that was much like that. He would get so high that he vibrated on the line and would sometimes zone out and get sticky with birds. You could line him up and send him on a blind and I think he would run a straight line until he starved to death if you didn't blow the whistle. He was a big, courageous powerhouse of a dog, but NOT what you want at the line of an "in-your-face" hunt test.I trained with Ritz since he was a pup until he was retired after Don died of Cancer. He had his issues but he was just an awesome dog. Unbelievable marker, very fast, could line the most difficult blind, great courage and big swims were his strong suit. If he didn't blow up by breaking, sticking or grabbing birds off the bird rack, he pretty much won the trial.
Since then I have trained with a few Ritz offspring, I'm sure I forgot the ones who didn't make it, but the ones that did were also great and a bit wild, Armand Fangrud's Ninja comes to mind. I also trained daily with Jim Mitchell's great FC AFC Ranger, a Ritz brother. Jim retired Ranger at age six with allmost forty points due to his desire to put family ahead of dogs. Ranger was a great hunting dog through his prime years.
Yes Don and Maryann Berard were-are both native Montanans. Don got Ritz as a pup right when he retired from being a lineman, the timing was perfect for both Don and Ritz. In their later years they had a place in Az where they would home base during the winter FT circuit.Thanks for the info guys thats good stuff.
So he was from Montana ?