|"We may not see a placement in quite awhile." this one is from April 2010|
I was told over the last six months that if I took Bailey, who was a green broke dog to South Dakota on a pheasant hunt that I would ruin his field-trial abilities.
"It is like taking a well-tuned track race car and take it off-road joy riding." A good friend of mine told me.
Off we went just after 8 a.m. Bailey shot out like a rocket. He was 300 yards away within a minute and running well. At four minutes Bailey was out of sight over a small ridge but a chucker flew from the left to right and then we saw Bailey in chase. The judge hadn't seen Bailey flush the bird so we carried on. 30 seconds later, Bailey now came upon bird number two that he sent into the air and gave chase. Judge calls out to me "Handler, collar your dog."
So in two days Bailey has found four birds in 10 minutes. Many dogs had gone birdless (not locating a single bird) in the 30-minute contests.
|Bailey running through a South Dakota harvested corn field|
Bailey is one hell of a bird dog. He has a nose and a drive that impresses even the seasoned pros.
Now Bailey and I have some work to do. That's ok. He is young (28-months-old) intelligent and willing.