Well that was a BUST

I mentioned in my last post about Titan having a brain fart. Well here’s the story.

Last August I entered Titan in a hunt test, I am still not confident in myself for handling in this arena so my friend David Keehn would be handling him. This would be his third pass or so I thought. The land series went okay, Titan looked up in the gallery for me as he walked to the first holding blind but then he focused on the business at hand. He marked his first bird and straight lined right to it. The second bird he had to hunt a bit but he found it. I noticed for the second bird almost every dog had trouble with it, I think there was a low spot and there were huge trees casting a very large shadow that was throwing the dogs off.

He received his pass so we were called back for the water series…that’s when things fell apart!

I thought I would move down closer so I could get some nice shots of him…BIG MISTAKE!!!

He went to the line.

He was steady.

Bird down.

He was sent.

But Titan had other thoughts on his mind…ME!

He made an about turn and started to head for where I thought I was well hidden. I placed myself behind vehicles right next to the duck box but that was not enough to mask my scent. I heard Dave call him back to the line and he returned but when he tried to send him again he just sat there. Soooo no pass for him.

So when I entered him in the WD that would be held with the National Show Specialty (NSS). Dave had worked with us for several weeks prior to the stake so I knew we were ready. I was a still a bit nervous he would do the same thing again but he ended up working beautifully for me.  Although I am nervous to run him at a hunt test I do have a bit more confidence with having the WD under our collars.

These are photos from the morning land series

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Titan (2)

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Titan (3)

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Titan (4)

This is from the AKC Guidelines for Retriever Hunt Tests so those not familiar with hunt tests might have a better understanding of what the dog is expected to do.

Junior Hunting Tests. Dogs shall be tested on a minimum of four single marks, two on land and two on water. No more than two marks may be thrown in a series. Judges in keeping with simulation of realistic and natural hunting conditions must remember the use of numerous decoys, islands, points of land, rolling terrain, cover, ditch lines, wind direction, etc. are important factors to consider when designing test scenarios to evaluate Junior dogs as capable hunting companions.

Dogs shall be steady but may be brought to the line on leash with a flat buckle collar. The dog is under judgment when it leaves the holding blind. A Junior dog that is not under control when brought to the line (jumping, strongly tugging, etc) even though it is on a leash shall risk receiving a lower score in trainability including zero in extreme cases. Dogs may be restrained gently with a slipcord looped through the flat buckle collar, or held gently by the flat buckle collar until sent to retrieve.

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It’s been a while…so where to start…

I don’t know if I became bored or overwhelmed with my blog or just at a loss as to what to write. Lately I have been going over and over in my head what I want from this blog and I think I just want a place to write down things going on in my life, adventures with the dogs and maybe a little educational info as I go. I am not going to set my expectations to high so I am planning on trying to get a post up at least once a week.

So let me start with some recent things that have gone on.

Last October was the National Specialty Show for Chesapeake’s and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend.

So on October 7th with my van loaded I headed out for a long awaited road trip with Maia and Titan in tow to Wisconsin for the next 6 days. As much as I was dreading the long drive I was excited at the same time.

The trip took us about 8 hours because we had to make a pit stop along the way to meet up with someone and of course pit stops for the dogs but the biggest hold up was driving around in a circle in Wisconsin just miles from our motel due to construction. Once I figured it out we arrived at the motel with me being a bit frazzled the dogs none the wiser but we were safe.

I checked in and unloaded the van…amazing how much stuff one needs to bring when they have dogs! With dogs aired we headed over to the show site to meet up with friends.

This show is sponsored by the American Chesapeake Club every year and the Chair and all the committees did an amazing job on the Specialty. It takes a tremendous amount of time, commitment, team work and money to bring a show like this together. The show was held at the Olympia Resort, Spa and Conference Center in Oconomowoc WI The site was very nice, plenty of places to air the dogs and walk them. The hotel did a great job accommodating the show and exhibitors.

I participated in this show as the State Basket coordinator. I was able to coordinate more than 25 basket donations from all over the US and Canada. People were so generous which made for great baskets for auction.

Each day something different goes on at the National Show, Agility, Dog classes, Puppy classes, Sweepstakes, Obedience, Bitch classes (not necessarily in this order). Maia was entered in the Bred By Bitch class on Saturday. We didn’t make the cut but we had fun and I received some very nice compliments on her from long time breeders. We had a lot of fun and she did show well and I think we worked as a team. You can learn more about Conformation here.

In addition to the specialty there was a Working Dog Stake scheduled for Sunday October 11th and I entered Titan. This would be the first time I would handle him. In the past he has always been handled by my friend and trainer David Keehn but after talking it over we decided I would handle him at the WD since Titan had a little brain fart at the last hunt test, but that’s a story for another time.

We could not have asked for better weather, the sun was shining it was warm but not to hot. The WD committee did an outstanding job on putting this event together. The grounds were fabulous!

I was a little nervous, not that Titan would mess up but that I would but it went great! He ran beautiful for me. For the land portion the judges even complimented him on his marking ability as one of the birds landed a bit hidden but he nailed it! So a big thank you to my friend David Keehn for all the training you did with my boy so I could do this.

So we came home with a new WD dog!

One of the biggest highlights of the trip was finally meeting JoAnn Stancer from Sand Spring Chesapeakes. I also met the cute little Preacher, her beautiful momma Glory and the infamous Gambler.

I met many other Facebook friends and was able to talk with some of them. It is nice to meet people in person that you have only known on social media.

All in all the trip went great! I am looking forward to the next time we can attend a Specialty.

Here are just a few photos…

Misty Shores Maia and Titan

                                            Tired Dogs in our motel room after a long trip

Misty Shores Maia

                    Look close…what is wrong with this photo?

Misty Shores Titan 3

                                          Handsome Boy!

Misty Shores Titan 

                                            Proud of his ribbon (notice his Elvis grin)

 Misty Shores Titan 2

 And a few candid’s from the show, I kept it small because I have almost 500 photos from this show Winking smile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As you know from last weeks This ‘N That Thursday’s post we were spending last weekend attending the Judges Education Seminar. It was very hot in the afternoon each day but we kept the dogs hydrated and shaded, they had plenty of breaks in between sessions and even though it is a LOT of work we had a great time. We were able to present many wonderful Chessie’s for the judges to look at and get their hands on. There was a total of 16 judges between Saturday and Sunday and they all had very nice things to say about the presentation and the hands on demonstration.

Dave and SmokeyRadarMichelle and Dorene doing the presentation with the first judges

The presenters on the right and the judges on the left going through the presentation before the hands on demo

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And thanks to my friend Michelle for this photo of Maia, it’s hard to be the photographer when you’re the handler Winking smile

Misty Shores Maia MSDA June 23, 2013

I am very happy to say that for the water demo the Chessie blew them away…way to represent Millet!

Rick and Millet doing the water demo (2)

Millet with her owner Rick

Rick and Millet doing the water demo (3)Rick and Millet doing the water demo (4)

Millet was also the only retriever to pick up the goose Smile

Rick and Millet doing the water demo (1)

Training

I was finally able to get a video of Titan doing some mini T work, forgive the quality because I stood inside and shot the video through the window so I didn’t distract him but you will see near the beginning he did notice me but worked through it and listened to his trainer, Dave. I am also not very good at videos yet Winking smile

 

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