My Three Labradors

August 19, 2011

Blu

Blu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angel

Angel

 

Kimber

Kimber

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As always Southern IL HRC put on one heck of a hunt test.  All aspects of their hunt test weekend was very well-managed. Members and non-members all pitched in to help when needed.  Southern IL HRC members welcome everyone with open arms, they always have a smile on their faces, they are packed with loads of laughter and are just a darn good time!  I want to thank Southern IL HRC board, members and all of the wonderful judges, for doing an awesome job once again.  Southern IL is my favorite hunt test to attend.

Blu and Kimber both earned titles spring of 2010 at Southern IL’s hunt test and Kimber just earned her HR with Southern IL this past weekend!  Hopefully next year will be no different and Kimber and Blu can both earn their CH titles at Southern IL!

The location was absolutely beautiful.  Check in and hunt tests were held at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.  Rend lake is nearly 19,000 acres big and is known as one of the premier waterfowl hunting places in Illinois. Both ducks and geese make Rend Lake their home during migration so you be assured of a great waterfowl hunting season!  The trees were a mixture of red, yellow, green and orange leaves that were just beginning to change.  What a sight to see.

Once again, a big thank you to Southern IL HRC, the board, the members and all who attended for holding a premier hunt test at a premier location!  I look forward to attending spring and fall 2011.

Wendy Porch
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The Next Generation

September 7, 2010

This is a photo of my 8-year-old granddaughter handling Blu on a single mark.  The minute she wakes up she says, “Grandma, can I retrieve Blu?”  All shes wants to do is handle dogs and go fishing!  She is actually very good with my Labradors.  She learns quickly and is getting the hang of it.

She watched me work with Blu on blinds Saturday.  After she saw that, running  him on single marks wasn’t enough.  She motioned her arms as I did when handling him on the blind and asked if she could do what I did.  So, I sat up a blind on land after explaining to her what I was doing, how to do it and why I was doing it.  I explained the difference between a mark and a blind.  She understood completely.  She handled him on a land and water blind.  It was funny because I had to throw a blind into the water.  After I did that, she wondered why she wasn’t sending him on his name instead of back.

Mickey handling Blu on a Single Mark

Mickey handling Blu "Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow on a Single Mark

Mickey and Blu, Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow

Mickey and Blu, Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow

I will be running Kimber at Midway HRC Fall Hunt Test.  I’m going to take Mickey with me as well as Blu so she can handle him at either a started test or a Jr. Handler test.  If they will allow her to run him in a started test, I’ll sign her up for that.  She’s very excited.

Wendy Porch
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Total Retriever Photography and Supply Store

Blu trained with his litter mate, Honey Sunday at Busch Wildlife. If I can get it to load, I am going to add it to this blog! I think it’s only going to let me add photos. 😦

HR Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow JH - Blu

HR Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow JH - Blu

Blu went to Michigan this weekend to run in a hunt test for his AKC Jr. Title.  He passed on Saturday!  Today he passed his first AKC Sr. Test.  He had a 100 yard blind and honored.  He did a wonderful job.  One of the judges from Saturday’s test thanked my Trainer and Handler Mike Carosello for demonstrating such speed!

Blu has passed all of his hunt tests thus far without failure which includes UKC/HRC and AKC hunt tests.  He is 12 for 12.  Nothing drives this dog more than retrieving.  He eats, sleeps and breathes retrieving.

We are off in a couple of weeks to try for the next two legs of his Sr. Title.  Hopefully he will have it soon and then we will work on his HRCH Title this fall as well as his Master Title.

Blu’s father is HRCH  Maple Creeks Captain Morgan MH owned by Bill and Marcia Butikas.  You can view Morgan’s pedigree by clicking on the following link. Morgan Pedigree

HRCH Maple Creek's Captain Morgan MH

HRCH Maple Creek's Captain Morgan MH

Once Blu has all of his HRC/UKC and all of his AKC Titles, we will be offering him at stud.  People have already been inquiring about Blu but we have not yet had his hips, elbows and eyes tested.  He is only a year and a half old.  So, in time folks he will be ready!  He still has a lot of work yet to do and he is having a lot of fun doing it!

Blu and I hope to see you at the line.

Wendy Porch
Shadowhill Retrievers

HR Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow - Blu

HR Shadowhill's The Hunter's Blu Shadow JH - Blu