Join Date: May 2011
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
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It's been a cool rainy summer here. We are at 70 degrees today and that's the warmest so far this summer I think.
Riot is off to his breeder and the pro. I've gotten him as far as I could on my own. I'll see him in September... The plan is to fly to the pro's place and train with him for a week, then go to GRCA national specialty and run him there. I know a week of training with the pro is not enough, but it's all I can afford to take off work for.
Lucy is loving her time at the spaniel hunt tests. She won the Chukar Challenge!! She beat all the spaniels (and the other retrievers)!! The spaniel people love her deliver to hand ability and her fearlessness on running through cover. Don't tell anyone, but I don't train her for the spaniel tests at all. She's a natural. It's so much fun to watch her stalk birds. She responds so well to whistle overs and come-ins. She so good at hunting close and thoroughly. We communicate very well her and I. She doesn't miss a bird! It's really too bad we don't have pheasants up here, she would be in heaven. The birds never have a chance when she's in the field.
This summer I'll wrap up my spaniel hunt test judging apprenticeships. We have to do 2 apprenticeships. My club just has you do all 3 levels - junior, senior, master on the same day. It's nice we can do that based on how they run their tests.
In the meantime with Riot gone, we've been having a lot of fun and not having to train at all. Summer is so short in Alaska, I already catch myself looking at the hills to see if there is any fresh snow...
~ Stacey with Lucy and Riot, missing Hunter, Reilly, Tiger and Pennie
Wiseman Wildfire Grayling Fish On CD RA JH SHU WC "Lucy"
Thistle Rock Kicking Up a Fuss CD RA WCX ** "Riot"