August 26, 2011

Sulli and Boone
Sulli and Boone

I will always cherish the time I spent training with the the best group of Marines ever and their 4 legged Marines in South Carolina and in California.  I enjoyed my time with them and wanted to share some tid bits over time with everyone.

This group in my book receives an A+ all the way. They came to school tough.  We wonder how we will get them trained.  Once their training is over, we are proud.  We cry.  They leave.  They leave but they will never be far away from us.  They come to us and they steal our hearts.  They are now a part of our family.  They always will be.

They are a young group of Marines with heart, fight and fire.  On the exterior they fear nothing and no one.  Meet 1/9, The Few And The Proud.

E and Ivy
E and Ivy

Everyone should be as fortunate to meet each and every one of the 1/9 Marine Handlers and their Canines.  At least once a week, I plan on showcasing one of the fine Marines from 1/9 here on my blog.

It is my hope that my blog will allow you to get to know them like I have had the opportunity to.  They are our hero’s.  We hear about them but we aren’t able to meet many of them if any at all.  Sometimes we hear about them on the news like this evening when it’s too late.  It is my hope that you will thank each of these men and their dogs personally and get to know them here on my blog.

Please feel free to comment to them and thank them for their service.  Without these fine men, we wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.

Please pray for each of the men and women who are serving our country.  I think of them every day and pray that they come home safe and sound.

Cantin and Rudy


August 22, 2011

Blu Gateway HRC Hunt Test

Blu Gateway HRC Hunt Test


We have had such beautiful weather for training.  Is there anywhere on earth that the weather is like it has been all year around?  If so, I would be there in an instant!

I trained with Blu and Angel yesterday.  They both had a great training day.  Both took all casts.  Blu didn’t break, both left the diversions be, both took a line to the blind so it was nice.  Blu was awesome on his triples.  One memory bird was thrown out front and he went straight past it to the last bird thrown.  He then went to the second bird thrown and then to the last bird that was right in front of him.  I thought for sure he would pick up the shortest bird but he left it.  That’s my dog!

I”ll begin training early this morning once again as soon as the sun comes up. I’ll take them out around 6:30 p.m. to train again.  I’m going work with Angel on land with casting.  She has gotten very good but I don’t want to rush her.  I want her to have possibly another hour of casting drills before we go any further.

I’ll work on obedience with both dogs first.  I do this every time we train and even when I air the dogs.  They are both fine with obedience but I feel that obedience drills should be done daily.  It’s the foundation of any dog.  If you fail to provide your dog with a solid foundation, things could go drastically wrong and even be life threatening.

Training Day

August 20, 2011

Off to help Peg move then training the retrievers.

It’s a great day for training.

My Three Labradors

August 19, 2011


























Yes, politics are important.  Better yet, who we vote for is MOST important.

Guns aren’t banned yet but if this administration had its way, they would be.  What this party can do it make it nearly impossible for us to own guns by making it a law to have outrageous insurance.  Another way to keep us from owning or using guns would be the outrageous price of ammo.

Peaceful decent human beings have the right to own guns.  We don’t use our guns as weapons.  We obtain them legally.  We use them legally whether it be when we are hunting, trap shooting, shooting at ranges and training/competing our hunting dogs.

Think of what we could lose if the wrong person were to be elected into office.  The responsible people who have purchased, trained, acquired titles and who love their Retrievers would be out of business.  That is just for starters.  If we are not allowed to use or are not able to afford to use our guns, we can’t hunt, train and compete our beloved Retrievers.  Some of us pay thousands of dollars for our healthy Retrievers.

There would no longer be hunting shows on television or the Internet.  That means that photographers, video masters, production companies and many more would be out of business.  Networks would lose hunting shows, which leads to subscribers dropping stations.  Training supply stores and firearm stores would be out of business.  No more hunting licenses.  The list truly goes on and on.

Crime and mortality statistics are often used in the gun control debate.  Controls often create burdens for law-abiding citizens and infringe upon constitutional rights provided by the Second Amendment.  Some would argue, including myself that nationwide gun ownership is one of the best preventatives to crime as well as to a potential dictatorship, whether it be by our government or gangs.

Please pay close attention to who you vote for.  The wrong party could and would try to strip away the rights of law-abiding citizens.  To take away our right to bare arms and defend ourselves against criminals.  They will not only take our right to defend ourselves away, but this action could strip us everything that we have worked hard for.  They could and would try to take away our American Dream, the TRUE American Dream.

Trump for President?  Ted Nugent for President?  It’s a thought!  A great ticket might be Trump and Nug for his running mate.  Crazy or not so crazy?


  1. Has nothing to hide.  We know it all about his professional and personal life.  He lost millions and billions.  However, he did work to get it all back and is now better off and has even moreso than before.  He knows how to run a business.
  2. He has enough money to run his own campaign without asking for millions and promising a bunch of pork.  No need for him to bribe anyone for votes.
  3. Trump has back bone.  He would say “NO” and he would mean it.
  4. He would bring jobs back to the States.
  5. He is very informed when it comes to the US Constitution and our rights.
  6. Illegals?  What illegals?  There would be no more.  Especially if Nug is his running mate!
  7. I could go on and on and on.

Me?  I’m in hopes that Trump decides to run.  I think he would be the best choice for the US.

Possible running mates for Trump?  Palin.  Bachmann.  Nugent.

Hunters, Retriever breeders and trainers, Target Shooters and more….please remember that politics are most important.  Please study everyone running and make your choice wisely.

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Labrador Retriever Training

August 13, 2011

Training is starting up again. Getting ready for fall. Will have beautiful Labrador photos to post.


August 13, 2011

I just signed up for a Twitter Account and I have linked it to my Blog here on WordPress.  I’m hoping it will work because I would love to have my blogs post directly to Twitter.  I also linked it to Facebook so we will soon see if it’s working.

All of us look for the best laundry soap for our camo that doesn’t smell like flowers and that won’t ruin our expensive camo.  I have a solution.  I have made this and love it.  You don’t smell it, it’s very inexpensive and it works well!

If you want to use it for your daily wash, you can do that too!  After I make the product and let it sit for 24 hours, I add several drops of geranium and lavender essential oils.  Please read below for instructions.  Lavender and geranium are natural antibacterials.  They will help your laundry to smell great and will also help to get them clean!  With this soap, there is no need to purchase a fabric softener.  That’s a huge bonus.

The cost of this laundry soap is approximately 11.00 per 576 loads of laundry.  I use it at home and with my camo.  You can purchase the ingredients at most grocery stores.  They can be found at Rural King stores and most farm and home stores as well as Schnucks in the laundry isle.

You need the following:

  • 1 box of 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1 box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha
  • 1-5 gallon bucket with a lid (I purchased mine at Home Depot)

The three bars of Fels-Naptha with the two other boxes will make enough laundry soap for approximately 576 loads of laundry.

Note:  I also put a half of a cup of Oxy-Clean in my mixture for a little extra boost.

Many people say that they have made and used this laundry soap and are very pleased and impressed with the recipe.  Mostly, they like the cost because it is inexpensive and works as well as Tide, if not better.

Step 1:  Finely grate approximately 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha bar soap and put it into a sauce pan with 6 cups of hot water. Do not boil the water.  Keep it hot though and stir it until the soap melts.

Step 2:  Once the soap is dissolved, Add 1/2 cup of Borax Laundry Booster and  1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda to the sauce pan.  Stir until all powder is dissolved.  This is where I also add 1/2 cup of Oxy Clean.  You do not have to but I do.

Step 3:  Add 4 cups of hot water into your bucket.  Once you have added the 4 cups of water to your bucket, add your soap mixture from your sauce pan and stir briefly to mix.

Step 4:  Add 22 cups of water to the bucket.  Make sure the water is room temperature.  Stir to mix and let stand COVERED for 24 hours.  Contents in bucket should gel.


Note:  If it doesn’t gel, it will still work fine.  if it doesn’t gel, I would stir it before using it.  Store product in your closed bucket.  If you don’t, the water will evaporate out of the mixture.

For home use, once the mixture is cool, I add 15 drops of Geranium Essential Oil and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil.  I then stir it up and let it sit with lid shut tight for 24 hours.