Happy 8th Birthday Thunder! Image
by 2 Brown Dawgs | Mar 14.2014

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Thunder’s turns eight years old today.  He is officially a senior although most of the time, he doesn’t act it.  The above picture was taken last Saturday as he jumped a snow pile to retrieve a bumper.

Eight years can sure fly by.  It seems like just yesterday he came to live with us.

Thunder 8 Weeks Old

Thunder 8 Weeks Old

Was he ever this small?

Thunder's Litter--They all look the same color, but grew up to be various shades of brown.

Thunder’s Litter Day 1–Photo Credit Shiloh Ridge Retrievers

We have had so many firsts with Thunder.

He was our first puppy.

Thunder's First Swim (not quite three months old)

Thunder’s First Swim (not quite three months old)

The first dog hubby trained to hunt pheasant

Thunder On A Pheasant Hunt At 9 Months Old

Thunder On A Pheasant Hunt At 9 Months Old

and then ducks

Thunder Hunting Saginaw Bay 2013

Thunder Hunting Saginaw Bay 2013

and then grouse.

Grouse Hunting 2011

Grouse Hunting 2011

Thunder was the first dog hubby entered and showed in a dog show

Thunder Major Win From the 12 to 18 Month Class 5-18-2007

Thunder Major Win From the 12 to 18 Month Class 5-18-2007

and handled to a Championship.

Thunder's Championship Photo

Thunder’s Championship Photo-May 2009

He was the first dog we trained to run hunt tests.

Thunder earned his Junior Hunter title

Thunder First Junior Hunter Pass 2007

Thunder’s First Junior Hunter Pass 2007

and then we took a long break from hunt test training.  In late 2010 we got back to it and in 2011, Thunder earned his AKC Senior Hunter title (passing 4 of 5) and his HRC Seasoned Hunter title (passing 3 of 4).

2011 New AKC Senior Hunter And HRC Seasoned Hunter

2011 New AKC Senior Hunter And HRC Seasoned Hunter

He also earned his Working Dog Qualified Certificate from the American Chesapeake Club.

Thunder WDQ

Thunder Running The WDQ In 2012

We were total novices to training dogs to run hunt tests.  We trained mostly after work and in local parks so a lot of what Thunder accomplished was because of his ability rather than our training.

He is an AKC Canine Good Citizen

Thunder's CGC

Thunder With His CGC Certificate 2009

and sired two litters of his own.

Thunder Tule Puppies 2008--Photo Credit Shiloh Ridge Retrievers

Thunder and Tule Puppies 2008–Photo Credit Shiloh Ridge Retrievers

Thunder and Red Puppies 2012

Thunder and Red Puppies 2012–Photo Credit First Light Kennels

We have traveled to hunt tests

Seasoned Pass 2011

Seasoned Pass 2011

and the Nationals.

Thunder At The ACC National Specialty Show In 2009

Thunder At The ACC National Specialty Show In 2009

He runs hard


Thunder 2013

and makes a big splash.

Thunder 2013

Thunder 2013

But most of all, Thunder has been hubby’s best duck hunting buddy.

Jim And Thunder

Jim And Thunder

Happy 8th Birthday Big Boy!

I have a little party planned for him so come back next week for pictures.

Have a nice weekend!



2 Brown Dawgs

Follow the escapades of Thunder, Storm and Freighter, three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, as they hunt, train and have fun.



That’s a lot of firsts and alot of memories. Happy Birthday, Thunder! Don’t worry about the Senior title big boy … you still look awesome 🙂

Mar 14.2014 | 07:44 am

Sand Spring Chesapeakes

Happy Birthday Thunder, I hope you have many many more. That is a whole lot of first, made me tear up as a lot of them were my first with Norman. Something about those boys and their firsts with you and as they get older they mean so much more and you just want to hug those senior dogs up. I wouldn’t consider Thunder a senior out in the field he looks amazing!

Mar 14.2014 | 07:53 am


What a lovely birthday tribute! Happy birthday, Thunder!

Mar 14.2014 | 07:57 am


What a great and fun post! Happy birthday, Thunder! Keep up the good work, you are a role model dog!

Mar 14.2014 | 07:57 am


HAPPY BIRTHDAY THUNDER!!!! You look great.

Mar 14.2014 | 08:20 am


You guys might have been total novices at the training you did with him, but clearly he’d decided to help you out and take you along for the ride 🙂 Have a fun bday celebration!

Mar 14.2014 | 08:21 am

The Golden Life

Happy Birthday, Thunder, from Callie, Shadow, Ducky, and their blessed Mom (blessed to have them in my life!). Enjoy your party, big boy!!

Mar 14.2014 | 08:48 am

Mags Corner

Happy Birthday, sweet, handsome Thunder!! Fabulous pictures! Enjoy your day and we hope you get special treats and treatment. : ) Hugs and nose kisses

Mar 14.2014 | 08:51 am

SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy)

What great memories of Thunder you have. He’s such a handsome guy…right from that puppy picture on. I can tell he has a special place in your hearts – I hope he has a great birthday today and many more to come!

Mar 14.2014 | 08:57 am


Woohoo! Happy Birthday, Thunder! They sure know how to keep you busy for the last eight years! 😛

Mar 14.2014 | 09:24 am

Donna O.

Happy Birthday Thunder! I loved seeing your photo as you grew up. The one with your first bumper retrieve is absolutely adorable. 🙂

Mar 14.2014 | 09:29 am

Maeve Heneke

Happy birthday, Thunder! Love from Rolo, 11 and Annabel, nearly 10 ( chocolate Labs in London, UK.).

Mar 14.2014 | 09:30 am

Molly The Wally

Sweet memories and so much achievement we are impressed. Happy Birthday Thunder and we hope you have a wonderful special day.
Best wishes Molly

Mar 14.2014 | 09:30 am


Happy 8th birthday you handsome dog! Love seeing all of his accomplishments! I bet you are very proud of him as you should be!

Mar 14.2014 | 10:17 am


Wow Thunder – way to blaze through the world leaving a wake of accomplishments and good memories 🙂 What an excellent representative of the breed!

Mar 14.2014 | 10:37 am


Happy happy birthday! Wooooowooooooooo!

Mar 14.2014 | 10:58 am


Hey beautiful Thunder! Happy Happy Birthday you sweet thing! Huggies from all of us!

Mar 14.2014 | 11:38 am


Happy Birthday Thunder!!!! Have a pawesome day!!!!

Mar 14.2014 | 12:07 pm


Awesome!! Happy Birthday Thunder!! I wish I was there to give wish you HB in person. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful day!

Mar 14.2014 | 01:10 pm

Tenacious Little Terrier

Happy Birthday! What a lovely life full of memories.

Mar 14.2014 | 01:25 pm

Ann "Paws" Staub

Happy 8th barkday Thunder! He definitely doesn’t look 8… such cute baby photos of him too! He’s got lots of great accomplishments under his furry belt 🙂

Mar 14.2014 | 02:12 pm

Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom

Happy Happy Birthday Thunder… you’re one amazing dog!

Mar 14.2014 | 03:47 pm

Jan K

Happy Birthday, Thunder!! What a fun and full life he is having! He doesn’t look like a senior at all….he looks great. The baby photos adorable.

Mar 14.2014 | 04:36 pm

Rosa Caldwell (@RosaCaldwell12)

Happy Birthday Thunder. Love your pictures. You are definitely a top notch show dog as well as a beloved pet.

Mar 14.2014 | 07:46 pm


Happy Happy Birthday Handsome!

Mar 14.2014 | 08:44 pm


Happy birthday, Thunder! We hope you had a super special day!

Mar 14.2014 | 10:42 pm


Happy birthday Thunder! What a great years he’s had!

Mar 14.2014 | 11:10 pm

M. K. Clinton

Wow, what an amazing 8 years Thunder! Bentley is seven and i refuse to think of eight as being a senior dog. That makes me too sad to consider what the title of senior means. I hope you and your husband have at least another with years with your boy! Have the happiest of birthdays. I love his camo!

Mar 15.2014 | 02:19 am


Wow! Happy Day to Thunder!!!! He is my hero! Thanks for sharing all those extraordinary pictures of your extraordinary boy!

Mar 15.2014 | 12:55 pm


What a great ode to Thunder! Happy Birthday!

Mar 15.2014 | 02:43 pm


So many barkdays today! Happy, happy barkday to you, Thunder!! Much love, The Scottie Mom.

Mar 15.2014 | 03:36 pm

Miss Harper Lee

Happy birthday, handsome boy. You have had eight fabulous years. Here’s to many, many more. Cheers!

Mar 15.2014 | 07:46 pm

Dogs N Pawz

Happy Birthday Thunder! From a precious puppy to a handsome boy! Love the pictures and we hope it was a wonderful day!

Mar 15.2014 | 09:34 pm


Happy 8th Birthday Thunder hope your birthday was fantastic 🙂

Mar 16.2014 | 02:40 am

Earl Lover

Happy birthday Thunder! Bless ya.

Earl and I.

Mar 16.2014 | 05:45 am

Oz the Terrier

Happy Birthday, Thunder! What great firsts you have had with him! He sure is one accomplished Brown Dawg; I bet you are very proud of him.
Happy Sunday,

Mar 16.2014 | 09:22 am

Martha Jewell

Great journey for all of you! Many more happy days. No way a “senior” dog, except in household rank :~) The bed
story tells it all!

Mar 16.2014 | 10:50 am


Aww sorry I’m late but I hope you had the loveliest day Thunder! Being a senior, just means you’re extra awesome…which we already knew anyway!
Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

Mar 16.2014 | 06:06 pm


Happy birthday, Thunder! Wow, what a lot of firsts! And those precious puppy eyes!

Mar 16.2014 | 08:02 pm

Hawk aka BrownDog

Hi Y’all!

Happy Belated Birthday Thunder! That was a wonderful tribute to you.

I turn 8 in a couple of weeks. Eight is way too young to slow down! You Go Thunder!

Y’all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Mar 17.2014 | 07:26 pm


Happy belated birthday, Thunder!

Mar 18.2014 | 09:05 pm