|Savi with her new title ribbon - Novice Shooting Dog (NSD) at 9 months of age!|
We had a large entry for both the morning and afternoon tests and had to put people on a waiting list as we reached the maximum number of dogs that could be run in the available daylight. We arrived first thing in morning, 6:45 a.m., since not only were we there to help run the test, but Jam was entered in the first brace at 7:30 a.m. This is what it looked like when we arrived...dawn with the full moon watching over us.
There was much excitement in the air as each van or truck pulled up with Weims and their owners, club members and those entered or helping, looking forward to a fun day of running the dogs. There was great camaraderie as everyone gathered to cheer each dog on and then we all enjoyed a terrific pot luck lunch.
Jam and Savi were entered in the morning tests and I had the pleasure of judging the afternoon tests. It was a wonderful experience to be in the field with fellow judge, Brian Hess, seeing all these Weims first hand. There were many talented dogs and some that it was there first time in the field with novice handlers, both of which needed more training and exposure to birds. Not only did we do our best to judge fairly, but also felt a great responsibility to make sure that the dogs and handlers were safe and also to make it a positive experience for all.
Savi, nine months old, was entered in both the Novice Shooting Dog (NSD) and Novice Retrieving Dog (NRD) tests and we are pleased that she passed the NSD test to get her first WCA title. She passed the land portion of the NRD but would not retrieve the duck from the water. Her performance throughout both tests was impressive and I couldn't be prouder of her. As for the water retrieve, more on that later...
Jam was entered in the Shooting Dog test and started out well, finding two birds and pointing them in the back course. She showed boldness, independence and hunted with style. The conditions were difficult as the grass cover was very high and you couldn't see the dogs. Unfortunately, she got too far ahead of me and took out the Chukkar the other dog was pointing, not a good thing, and retrieved it to me...back to the trainer we go!
|Savi - did someone see that quail?|
A special thanks to my friend, Kellyann, who took all these amazing pictures plus photographed all the dogs during the day.