Johnny “D”  from Backwater Outdoors Radio drove to Central IL from Tampa, FL to go hunting this weekend.  I was pleased when I received his phone call Thursday to meet over a cup of coffee.

I was stuck in the office today so after Johnny was done shopping at Midland’s Farm & Home Supply Store, I asked if he could just stop by the office to visit.  He finally arrived at the office after taking the wrong turn out of Midland’s!!

Meet Johnny "D" Backwater Outdoors Radio

Meet Johnny "D" Backwater Outdoors Radio

It was great to meet someone and put a face to a name.  Johnny has a great outdoors radio program and if you like to listen to talk about hunting and fishing, please tune in.  Just click on the link above and it will direct you to the radio broadcast.  It will be well worth your while.  When you are listening, feel free to call into the show.

Backwater Outdoors Radio also has articles to read, blogs to read, you can read all about the cast on the website and much much more.  I highly suggest this site if you are a hunter, train dogs, handle dogs, fish, deer hunting, turkey  hunting….any kind of hunting you can think about!

I want to give a huge thank you to Johnny for stopping into my office today and brightening it up for me.  It was great to meet him and folks, what a down to earth gentleman he is.  Hats off to Johnny “D”

Happy Listening!

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
Shadowhill Retrievers
Total Retriever Photography and Supply Store

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!

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.

It’s been a beautiful day.  I’ve been rather lazy today, just resting and relaxing for a change.

I think I”ll get the boat out and go fishing this evening after I eat supper.  If I catch the big one, I’ll take a photo and upload it for you to see!


Noah, Blu and Angel

Noah, Blu and Angel

The above photo is from left to right, Blu, Angel and my grandson, Noah.  Noah was watching the blue gill in the water and the dogs wanted to check out Noah to see what he was doing.  I thought this photo was just precious.  The dogs watched out after the kids while they were playing in and near the water.  You would have thought Angel was Noah’s nanny.  It was a sight to see.

Mickey and her fish

Mickey and her fish

My Grandchildren, Mickenzie and Noah visited me the past few weekends.  Noah loved fishing but to my surprise, Mickey was the one who constantly hounded me to fish.  The first words out of her mouth when she woke up each morning was, “Grandma, may I go fishing?”  They had a ball and they kept me busy.

If they weren’t fishing, they were in the lake with the Labradors.  Noah wanted to fish while playing in the water.  If they weren’t fishing or playing in the lake, they were feeding the geese!  We lived on the decks and on the dock for nearly 4 days.

Mickey watched a goose come up and take the food right out of my hand so she bent over the dock as I did and waved the food in front of the goose.  The goose ate out of her hand as well.

I think I may have a few Jr. Handlers to take with me to a fall hunt test.  They picked up on commands easily and enjoyed handling the dogs in the water.  They actually did a great job!

Noah is my little hunter.  Soon he will be going hunting with the Labradors.  He constantly talks about wanting to turkey and deer hunt.

Good night!


Went Fishin!

June 4, 2010

I caught four fish tonight.  Sunfish.  I kept one and threw the others back.  The first time I threw, a fish jumped, grabbed the worm and snapped my line.  I had a relaxing time and it was a beautiful  evening.

I wasn’t able to feed the geese tonight.  They didn’t visit me, which was very unusual.  A few people were in their boats fishing on the lake tonight so maybe they kept the geese away.  I doubt it but it’s possible.  I shouldn’t have taken a break this evening but between working full-time, my photography, training dogs, fulfilling photo orders and the supply store…well let me just say that I needed a break this evening.  I will work on my photography most of this weekend and try to get it caught up.

It’s time to air the dogs one last time this evening.

Good night.

Wendy Porch
Total Retriever Photography & Supply Store