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Weather is getting warmer, with only two days of water work this year we figured to go back and finish the SH with Belle. Rose was "test dog" and "by dog" both days, got completely high on "dog cocaine" (she has 7 flyers in two days). Darcy has been on and off limping so she did not get to be "by dog", we will proceed with X-rays and see what is going on with her and what we can do to make it better. This was the first time I had a test dog and it is more stressful than actually running. I used to think it was the other way around. But you have the entire people looking (handlers, judges and help).
Belle got very nice remarks from the judges both days; well sort of, I thought we may have been dropped on the second day since she again lined her land blind. No banana line, no hunting, she lined good at a heel, took the cast straight to the bird and she did her notorious deer leap onto the bird. The lady judge (maybe she was joking but her voice did not indicate that) looked at me and she said she could not score Belle's blind since she lined it. She could not tell if the dog handled. I replied that she does handle and her initial cast was a handle. The other judge said very nice and asked me to honor without the leash (good sign that she may be recalled to water). Onto the water series I lined her off (in the direction of her go bird) even though I could have given her the good cue when she looked in the direction of the blind area. She got a whistle sit in the water and a straight over to the blind. At that point the lady judge made the comment of what a nice dog she is and how wonderful it was to see goldens like her do the work like she does it.
Rose Bud - Golden Retriever (June 2012)
Darcy Bud - Flat Coated Retriever (June 2009)
Belle Bud - Golden Retriever (December 2014)