Broken Dreams Carried Over To Next Year

Broken Dreams Carried Over To Next Year

As I write this post John and Gambler are headed back from a very hot long weekend of running a AKC Master test. Gambler did a great job on two series and needed to pick up two ducks in the third series to pass the test and receive his title. Something happened in Gamblers mind and he was having troubles picking up the last bird, John handled him but he did his own thing and for that he failed. No ribbon, no title and some broken dreams.

1st Master Pass

1st Master Pass

Big dreams I had, doesn’t everyone have big dreams when it comes to something you are passionate about? My passion is my dogs and this year my big dream was for  Gambler to receive his AKC Master Hunter title. Gambler started running Master Hunter tests last summer, the summer didn’t go as well as I had planned as we were to “newbie’s” to the game and it just wasn’t working for us. Needless to say that summer didn’t end to well for us and we were back to the drawing board on figuring out this whole master level test stuff. We took the winter off of hunt test training concentrated on hunting and was back at the hunt test game this spring.

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Of course I had high hopes and big dreams for this summer of testing. When you own a dog your dog is the best in your eyes, your dog can do no wrong, your dog  is better than anyone else’s dog for that is how it should be viewed in my opinion. And that is how I feel about Gambler and even know I have some broken dreams to deal with Gambler will still be number one in my eyes and that is all that counts!

3rd Master Pass

3rd Master Pass

As I remember this summer I need to reflect on how proud this dog has made me and how far we have come. I’m going to tell you a little bit about Gambler and I. Gambler is the first dog that I have trained by myself, I have trained other dogs through Junior Hunter level but I have never trained for Senior or Master level. This was a whole new experience for us. We had our ups and downs and we figured out what needed to be done and Gambler received his Senior Hunter title. Moving on to Masters this is a whole new game that is big league. I was happy with little league but big league? I’m not a big league person, I can’t think fast, I can’t remember too many things at once I can’t run with the big dogs but did that keep me on the porch? No sir re Bob it didn’t keep me there I got off the porch and ran my dog. We learned a lot during those runs, we learned that there is no I in team and that you have to be a team player to win so I stopped running Gambler as he wasn’t respecting me. I couldn’t even go to a hunt test and watch John run him as he lost his mind and would be looking at me in the gallery so that is when I decided that in order for Gambler to pass I needed to stay home.   I still trained him but John handled him. He responded better to John and this spring when John started running him he had his first Master Hunter pass, then he had number two, then three and four mind you he did have some fails during his run of passes but it wasn’t like it was last summer. Gambler turned 4 and I think it was finally clicking with him we were training really well together. John was continuing to handle him at the hunt tests and I would train, John would do a bit of training after he got home from work but not in a group setting. During this time we were training for two types of hunt test scenarios, besides running AKC hunt tests we also run UKC hunt tests which are run differently so the dog has to adjust to two different ways of competing, it’s hard enough to run one type of competition try switching gears one weekend and doing something different. Some may think if you have a trained dog then what’s the problem the problem is you are challenging their minds and switching things up often so how can you get consistency when you’re always switching things up? Mind you too that we aren’t training every day like pro’s do. I train when I  can, sometimes it’s once a week and sometimes it’s twice a week and when we train we normally set up a hunt test scenario so your dog comes to the line and makes 3 retrieves on land, does a blind or two then goes to water and does either a double or triple and a blind or two on water then it gets put up and that is your training for the day unless you do something on your own at home which most of the time I don’t have time for so I shouldn’t be disappointed when he fails as really he is doing great for the amount of training he has had and I have to remember he is just a dog and $hit happens!

4th Master Pass

4th Master Pass

So should I really say that my dreams are broken….no I shouldn’t. He has come so far this summer and ends the season with needing one more pass for his title and I have no doubt that he will get it when we start the season off next year. I am proud of him for what he has done and I thank my husband for spending every weekend at a hunt test this summer running my dog. Next year I might just be standing by his side handling him myself.

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UKC HRC Finished Pass

This weekend John and Gambler were off again running a hunt test. This time they ran a United Kennel Club sanctioned test by the Hunting Retriever Club. Muddy Waters Was the host club. They ran a test yesterday but didn’t pass. In hunt test training and running you always encounter something you may not have trained for or expected. Last week at a AKC hunt test Gambler broke, which means he went and picked up the bird before the judge released him. That was a fail, so this weeks training was to set him up for a break and then to correct him in doing this we caused another problem we caused him not to leave the line. At Saturday’s test he went and picked up two marks and John sent him for the third mark and he wouldn’t go, John said his name again and he then left to get the mark but it was too late he failed the test. It’s a vicious cycle these are two things Gambler has never done before so John was really worried he was going to have troubles with him today but he didn’t Gambler pulled it off and brought home a ribbon. Two more passes to go for his title. 

   
    
 
  
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Andis Deshedding Tool~Thanks Oz And Andis

A while back – so this post is long over due (sorry Oz) I won a give away over at Oz The Terrier’s place. He was reviewing the Andis Deshedding tool. I couldn’t have won the contest at a better time as my gang was shedding big time.

Nellie was the biggest shedder so she got to test it out first. She has a thick curly double coat.

She has a thick curly double coat.

Glory thought she should check out the excitement.

The excitement is this Deshedding tool by Andis. Andis is actually a company from WI, and the owners of the place where I work know the owners of Andis so we get to use their clippers for shaving our surgery patients. We don’t have any of their other grooming tools so it was nice to get this and try it out.

Brushing Nellie.

It really gets down through her thick coat. Has a nice soft handle that is easy to grip and use.

Lots of hair removed.

Easy to remove the hair.

Hi mom look at at the hair I got rid of!

Even the cat thought she should have a try at it.

Brushing MK.

MK thinking about being sassy.

MK not thinking and really being sassy and biting me.

Lots of hair removed from MK.

The birds will enjoy this hair.

So thanks a lot Oz and Gina for this great tool, we really like it and it will come in handy with 3 adult dogs shedding twice a year.

And of course I couldn’t have a Monday Mischief post without any mischief now could I?

For the past two months it’s been Gambler and I each Wednesday and Friday for hunt test training. We get up, go train with our friends, I go to lunch while Gambler waits then we both go for ice cream. Can’t beat that can you? You all know we had a horrible day on Tuesday so I was in no mood to go training so that meant Gambler was taken away from his normal routine. Gambler knew what day it was and this is what I walked out to after letting him outside to go potty.

My bumper bag, bumpers and umbrella stand spread over the lawn with the bag all ripped up.

Umbrella stand. Which must of been connected to the bag.

Hi mom it’s Wednesday lets got train!

The whole gang got some bumpers thrown for them. Glory thought it was nice to take a break from raising her puppies and retrieve a couple of bumpers.

Gambler will be back to training this Wednesday so hopefully he doesn’t have to give me a big ole hint of which day it is!

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Swimming For Fun And Fitness~FitDog Friday

A much needed lake visit was in order yesterday so Gambler and Nellie went along for some swimming for fun and fitness. Even know it was just for fun as both dogs were retrieving their puller toy, jumping off the pier and just swimming around at their leisure they were burning calories and getting fit.

Puller fun.

They had some lily pad fun.

Ended with some pier jumping, even 10 3/4 old Nellie jumped off and had fun doing it.

Today Gambler and I are off training once again. He has missed it all week. John and Gambler will be going to another hunt test this weekend and let’s hope he passes so he can get his title and end his weekends for AKC hunt tests this year.

The puppies have a hugh thank you to give out! Yesterday they received their first overseas mail. The package came all the way from France and it came before the puppies went to their new home. It was from the one and only Easy Rider! He is such a caring guy and his staff is pretty great also mailing this stuff out!

 and as you can see Easy the black puppy is starting his disrespect early! That’s your favorite.

I would also like to thank each and everyone of you for reading my post yesterday and for all your sweet comments. I read them all and it really helped me out after this tragedy. You all are great and I’m glad to call you my friends!

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4th Master Pass~Monday Mischief

Gambler and John had a terrific weekend. Once again they were off to a AKC hunt test. This one was close to home less than a hour away. Saturday John ran two series and passed each one moving on to running the third series on Sunday. Gambler was dog #2 to run. The set up was a walk up delayed triple on water with a double water blind. This all meant that John and Gambler were walking up to the line when the first bird was thrown for the first mark down, then the second bird was thrown after the second one went down the dog was released to pick up that bird when the dog came back they had to sit again and then watch the third bird thrown which makes it a delayed triple. Gambler went to pick up that bird came back delivered it to hand and then was released to go pick up the first bird down which was called the memory bird. This was all set up to see if the dogs had a good memory and could remember that first bird down after doing multiple retrieves. He was on his way out to retrieve the memory bird when the mischief came into play…..one of the bird stations was reloading the winger for the next dog to run when accidentally the launcher was released and a bird came shooting out and landed on the ground, Gambler heard the winger and looked in that direction as he was running to his mark. He picked up his mark and on the way back John asked the judges what he was suppose to do since this wasn’t the test. The judges said he should just let him pick up the mark since he saw it go down. Gambler came back with his bird and was sent to the  “diversion” bird. He then had two water blinds to run. He completed the series and the wait was on for 30 more dogs to run before they found out if he for sure passed. As you can see he passed and received his 4th Master pass. One more to go before he can get his title. He is signed up for two more tests so hopefully he will get it this summer.

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Tuggo Great Exercise For The Gman~FitDog Friday

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A while back our pals Bentley and Pierre from Barking From The Bayou reviewed the Tuggo dog toy. I thought this would be a great toy for the Gman as he is always playing with balls and lifting up blocks of chicken scratch grains so why not have a ball you can add water to in order to make it heavier and give your pet another form of exercise for strength training? I entered the giveaway and low and behold I won. I was super happy but as you can see from the photos Gman was even more happy as he had a new toy in his favorite color lime green. So far he’s the only one that has played with it, if anyone goes near it he goes charging in and takes it from them.

Here is a video of Gman opening up the goods.

Time for some Tuggo fun!

There’s nothing else like Tuggo

Tuggo is an indestructible weighted ball toy that dogs just can’t resist. A sturdy rope runs right through the middle. Knots at either end make it perfect for one dog or two. The leak-proof recessed screw plug lets you add as much water or sand to the ball as you like. Go ahead, experiment. You’ll quickly find the perfect amount of resistance to drive your dog crazy with joy.

Exercise is essential to keep your dog happy and healthy. Both the sloshing sound and weight resistance of our unique creation hold a dog’s attention way longer than conventional toys. Often the fun goes on for hours nonstop!

Gman going into the corn and under the deck to hide “his” toy from the others.

I have not added any water to it yet but it is on the list of things to do, I will let him enjoy it for a bit carrying it around. A big thanks to Tuggo, Melissa, Bentley and Pierre for this fun toy.

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8 Photos of #Happiness Chesapeake Style on a Wordless Wednesday

Our pals Bentley and Pierre over at Barking from the Bayou challenged us to show you 8 photos of #Happiness. They had some really happy photo’s on their site so if you didn’t see them click on their name and go see them. They will leave a smile on your face all day. Also we would like to thank Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet for coming up with this fun idea of sharing a bit of happiness. We could all use a bit of happiness in our daily lives.

 

Hope you enjoyed our 8 Photos of Happiness. Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that tagged you.
  2. A shout-out to the originator of the fun  Ariel’s Little Corner of the Internet .
  3. Post 8 photos that make you happy.
  4. Brief description of each picture, or let the picture talk for itself.
  5. Tag up to 10 more people. Ok I’m a rebel again and please if you would like to do this challenge and haven’t been nominated to do it yet go ahead and do the challenge and tell them I sent you!

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