Set Up And Test Dog~FitDog Friday

When you train for hunt test competitions you need to set up your training tests. You need to set up holding blinds (for throwers or remote launchers to hide behind), need to set up blinds (stations set up with just birds to practice handling skills yours and your dogs for blind retrieves) and set up decoys out in the field to distract the dog running. There are many different things you can use to set up a training test and many different ways to set up a training test. Since Nellie is retired from competitions but still hunts she doesn’t get to train with us on a regular basis since my car only holds two dogs so when we are at home training she gets to be the set up dog as well as the test dog because everyone needs a test dog to run first and make sure there are no “bugs” with the test you set up for the other dogs running. If there are now is the time to change the set up.

This day we were setting up blinds at the pond so Nellie got to walk along with carrying her bumper after she retrieved it from me throwing it.

Ok mom throw the bumper already! I will throw the bumper in the pond to give Nellie some swimming exercise which is great exercise for a older dog with joint issues.

She still likes to fly into the water.

Blazing a trail through the pee soup.

Nellie you need to leave the bumper there for the other dogs.

After we set up the blinds at the pond we set up a test in the marsh and Nellie got to be test dog for the live flyer we were shooting during this training test.

Here I go, here I go.

I got it.


Since Nellie is 10.5 years old we don’t want her to have to do difficult tests but she still needs to get out there and get some exercise and why not be set up and tests dog because there has to be one and she fits the job perfectly.


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Nothing But Norman #33

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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Once again my friends amaze me. The other day I got a package in the mail from my Chessie friend Nichole. She started her new business That Girls Stuff. She makes custom stamped jewelry. This is what she says on her facebook page: Thank-you for visiting my page! My name is Nichole and I started That Girls Stuff because I wanted to offer unique jewelry items at an affordable price. I am a mother of 2 wonderful young men, a wife to the most amazing man and an Iraq Veteran. If there is anything special you are looking for, please let me know!

She told me she was making me something special. She had two designs in mind for my pieces and she couldn’t decide so she made them both and I’m glad she couldn’t decide because I just love them both. She had a great ideas and the pieces turned out so beautifully.

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The necklaces came in really beautiful packaging. I just loved both of them when I opened them. When I opened the first one and saw the dog tag with Nellie, Gambler, Glory and MK I was a little sad as Norman wasn’t on there. My thoughts were that she wants me to move on with the pets that are with me. I then took the necklace out of the box and this is what I saw.

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Norman wasn’t left off, he is a angel now and watching down from above. Tears of joy began to flow and I kicked myself for doubting my friend, thinking she wanted me to move on when in fact she knew he would always be with me. When I wear the necklace Norman will go behind the gang and his angle wings will show through the heart opening. You can’t see it very well but the necklace chain is made of hearts. Never seen anything like it. That chain was put through the strength test as Glory reached up with her long nails on her front paw and grabbed the chain and pulled down on it and it didn’t break. It passed the Glory test!

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I wore one the first week I got it then I switched it out and wore the other one. I have gotten so many compliments on the necklaces. These are one of a kind. You want a special gift for yourself or someone you love then stop on over to That Girls Stuff and see what Nichole can do for you.

Now onto Sepia Saturday with Ruckus The Eskie.



That’s one big bowl little buddy, one day you will grow into it.


One day I will see a real live grouse.

Ten Commandments for Pet Ownership

  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation form you will be painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  3. Place your trust in me; it is crucial for my well-being.
  4. Don’t be angry with me for long, and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you.
  5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand you words, I understand you voice.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I’ll never forget it.
  7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in you hand, but I choose not to bite you.
  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself whether something might be bothering me. Perhaps I am not getting the right food, I’ve been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.
  9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.
  10. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I can’t bare to watch it,” or, “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I LOVE YOU.

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