The 2 brown dawgs went on a Pheasant Hunt together this past weekend at Farmland Pheasant Hunters. This is the first time they have done this type of hunt together and with multiple hunters. They were on a fairly large farm with heavy cover which included standing corn and sorghum. The farm was snow-covered, but not too deep. The weather was mild for February. It was a nice day for a hunt. They worked very well together and had 13 flushes and 12 birds bagged. Because of the heavy cover, they had to really work to find the birds. They did a great job first flushing, and then retrieving the birds. Unfortunately, Thunder was a bit bothered by that cut to the pad on his leg which kept opening. It was tough to keep the bandage on in all the cover and snow, so he sat out the last part of the hunt and Storm and to finish up on her own. Great job Thunder and Storm!
Although there are some nice fat pheasants in the freezer, there are no pictures from this hunt because the hunters forgot to take some.
Since we have no pictures of Thunder and Storm with their birds, how about a video of one of Thunder and Tule’s pups? This is Beau with his pals at doggie daycare. I think he is the biggest of Thunder’s pups. He is the light brown/dark tan, very large doggie in this video. A special “Thank You” to Beau’s people for this fun video. Nothing like doggies at play in the snow!
Next up for Thunder is the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show. He is entered in the Hunting Dog class just for fun. I hope to get some decent pictures of all the Chessies with my new camera.
Although this winter has been mild compared to last year, there is still too much ice and snow to do any real outside training. The 2 brown dawgs have an upland hunt scheduled for this weekend so they will get to work. Thunder has been recovering from a minor injury to his leg, and as a typical Chesapeake Bay Retriever, he is not at all interested in keeping his leg out of the snow and keeping the bandage dry. No doubt he will be anxious to get out in the field and find those pheasants!
In the meantime, the 2 brown dawgs have been having fun in the snow, and I have been testing out my new camera!
Our local Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club had a meeting at a Gander Mountain store this past weekend. In addition to the club meeting, it was an opportunity to meet the public and tell them about our wonderful dogs. There were also Obedience, Hunt Test and Conformation demonstrations. There were all colors and sizes of Chessies. I was able to snap a few pictures.
Radar---One of Thunder and Tule's Pups
Smokey---Another of Thunder and Tule's Pups
Storm Was Trying to Take in All of the Brown Dogs
One of the highlights of the day for me was a demonstration on Conformation from a professional handler. We all went right out into one of the store aisles and worked the dogs. It was very informative and a lot of fun!
Stacking A Puppy
Working with Smokey
Down and Back
Working on Down and Back
Smokey and Radar Chillin'
Storm Had a Long Day
By the end of the day, all of the dogs were tired out. Thanks to the organizers of the day!