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well, we are home! The first trial we ran was an amazing trial. Amazing. It was probably one of the best derbies we have run. It was rather large, 30 dogs, but it was so challenging. But in a really good way. Every gun was visible, every fall was visible, every throw was flat, none of those stupid hard angle back throws, every obstacle was cut and dry. The first series seven dogs picked up. The judges didn't fool around and cut 8 more. 15 dogs back to second. Proof backsided the gun on memory bird but was taking a super line to the bird. but hooked right did a loop turned and went right to the bird. Second series, they had to go through a deep ditch with high thick brush cover on both birds. hay bales all around and lose sight of the guns. Proof hammered it. Like it was impressive. another four pick ups and then the judges cut one more dog now down to ten. The third series was tough test. It was hard, the bird placement and the strong wind all came into play not to mention a very long swim through land. Most dogs hook the gun on the memory bird, only two dogs stayed in front. All dogs did good on their go birds. Only a few had more hunt on the long bird. Proof went first, caved into the current let himself get on land and square out behind the gun but he literally hooked and went right to the bird. Judges cut two more. 8 go to the water, and we started next day. The fourth series was so hard that my stomach went in knots. This trial was so competitive and all the dogs were so close in skill level they all had something on one or another gun. there were three dogs we knew were 1,2,3. The rest of us were even. I knew there was a point proof could pull ahead if he rocked the fourth. Well, He nailed his go bird, but there was a white tree trunk out behind the gun on the memory bird. The test dog was drawn to it too. The set up was incredilby hard. In credibly hard. On the memory bird proof did a nice job got down the long channel avoided the old fall kept going but just at the last moment he swam at the gun and was about to get to left saw that tree ran towards it then turned and went right to the bird. The judge said he marked that bird just wanted to check that trunk out. But guess what? FOUR dogs got picked up including the third place dog! So we ended up with Third!!!
The next trial started with water and Proof was the best along with four other dogs. It was funny two of these dogs are goldens so strike that myth goldens don't get wet because 80% if the dogs ran around the pond. Ten pick ups. ha ha! proof went in fatter than any other dog for sure. and came back fat. Second series super hard but tricky not real good to me but anyway. Proof went behind the gun as did a million other dogs. The judges seemed to be about getting dogs to go behind the gun without worrying about making sure every attempt is made for the dogs to mark the bird. The third series made me upset. they just moved the guns about 70 yards from he old fall. only three dogs out of 17 did the mark right. I wouldn't know how proof did that mark because as his mark went off the marshall dropped the lunches on the judges chair and proof turned to see what it was, even I turned. he didn't get to see the bird. judges didn't call a no bird. So I sent him on the flyer he came back, I got him looking out there but one he got half way he didn't know where the hell he was going and saw the old guns and I had to pick him up. I was bummed but stuff happens I guess. Autumn on the other hand held up the goldens and got fourth in the series.
Proof ended up with 32 points. It was so fun, I had so much fun with Proof going on our travels, sharing hotel beds and bojangle fries, and making lots of new friends. Now we will be out of the circuit for awhile while we prepare him for his next chapter of learning. I love this dog so much!