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First day of our season...

Discussion in 'Gundogs & Gundog Training' started by shamykebab, Aug 17, 2013.


  1. spaniel04

    spaniel04 PetForums Member

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    Huge congratulations! My Clumber spaniel Ziggy also earned his Stud book number this week. His first field trial and he got 2nd place (first was not awarded) guns' choice and a special trophy for best novice dog!
    Amazing feeling isn't it?!:)
     
  2. shamykebab

    shamykebab PetForums VIP

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    That's brilliant! :) What an achievement! It was my third run with her, but she just had pups in mid-July, then spent August/September sweeping up on the grouse so I was a bit apprehensive running her. She picked all her retrieves nicely, then the judges had to make a cut and we were one of the four chosen to go through to the last round :).

    Just waiting for more runs now...
     
  3. HelenVF

    HelenVF PetForums Junior

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    Nice photos. Is that in the Scottish Borders? Think that is where I do some grouse counting. The headkeeper is a very good friend!

    Helen
     
  4. shamykebab

    shamykebab PetForums VIP

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    Hi Helen,

    Yes, the photos of the grouse moor is up in the borders, did you recognise Horsey? It's my favourite shoot - lovely people, fantastic ground for good dog work, and nice sized bags at the end of the day :) .
     
  5. HelenVF

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    I did. I noticed the butt's, although never saw them in the flesh as we were up there before he built them. We have 2 weekends up there a year for the grouse counting and stay with Craig. Have worked with him in the past and known him for 10 years. He helped me start my business up too.

    Fab place. He has done wonders with it in a short space of time.

    Helen
     
  6. shamykebab

    shamykebab PetForums VIP

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    What a difference a day makes :eek:. Yesterday we were out on our syndicate shoot in gale force wind and rain (thoroughly miserable and by the time we'd finished flighting the duck pond I was wishing I was dead!).

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    Today, however, was glorious! Out in Big Sky Country, beautiful sunny day, wouldn't want to be anywhere else :)

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  7. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    One of the things that make it so special....the elements :D
     
  8. shamykebab

    shamykebab PetForums VIP

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    Hmmm, Friday certainly was testing to the extreme!
     
  9. shamykebab

    shamykebab PetForums VIP

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    Pupster says "It really is far too cold and windy to be picking up today, mother...":

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    She hates the wind, could partly be due to those huge Dumbo-esque lugs of hers! Doesn't look like she's ever going to grow into them.
     
  10. hackertime

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    Love that pose !
     
  11. shamykebab

    shamykebab PetForums VIP

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    Guns' Choice today, our final trial this season :) .

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    (Awkward facial expression because she decided to take fright at the trophy :huh:)
     
  12. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Oh well done :)
     
  13. shamykebab

    shamykebab PetForums VIP

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    Aw, thanks Rona :) . The award really meant a lot as it's nice to see her natural talent recognised - she's my Do-a-bit-of-everything-pickingup-beating-sweeping-trialling Dog, none of my others are this versatile!
     
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    Well done! :D
     
  15. shamykebab

    shamykebab PetForums VIP

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    Thanks Dan!
     
  16. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    I wonder if she's going to be "that special one"

    I had mine as my first dog unfortunately, none of the others have come anywhere near
     
  17. shamykebab

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    She definitely is that "special one" Rona - I know I'll never have another dog like her. Gave her a rest today and took a couple of the others picking up instead. Wow did I miss her when looking for a lightly pricked hen!

    Glad the season's coming to an end now. 5.5 months of solid hard work and the dogs need a rest. Just two more days left, then a lovely long break before training for the summer tests begins :) (warmth, sunshine!).

    Two little dogs, looking demure (even though one of them is a greyhound on crack, despite being just a few months off her seventh birthday!):

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  18. shamykebab

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    My sweet, youngest girl has gained her stud book number - I'm so proud of her! She ran a fantastic trial earlier in the week, couldn't have gone any better :) .

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    Was that up at Eggleston??? Think i may have seen your pic on the Northumberland and durham page
    Well done if it was you and fab pics :)
     
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