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Ruckus

Hi all,

 
With my two sons coming home for Christmas, I've scheduled a hunt for the three of us for chukars at a local preserve this coming Saturday.  Thought I'd get a bit of a head start by going out there today for a mini-hunt. Although he has done very well with pigeons in the past, this was his very first exposure to game birds. We released four chukars and he found all four - pointed two but the other two ran a bit.  He retrieved all four - three near perfectly and the last one required a bit of coaxing.  All in all, he did great and I can't wait for Saturday!  I love this dog!
 
Merry Christmas.
 
Tom

Hank


Hey Mary and Larry,

Got out the other day and got a pair of Mearns.  He is improving every hunt!  LOVE THIS DOG!

He pointed two more coveys today.....and a skunk.  Got a bird out of the coveys and a stinky dog out of the skunk.  You should've seen the gorgeous point he had on that critter though!  Haha

 

Hank

Gunner

 

Hi Mary,


Gunner is a one of a kind being. I have often wondered who he was more like his mom or dad. After reading some of your comments on facebook, it
kinda sounds like he may be a lil bit more like mom. As I had said in
a previous email, we had to cut our hunting season short this year cuz
I had to go in for a 3rd back surgery on Oct. 16th. Before the
surgery, Gun and I did get out a few times and I was able to get some
feathers in his mouth. Actually 2 for 3 on the shooting, 1 grouse & 1
woodcock. That's not bad in the northern Michigan grouse and woodcock
cover (a little pat on my own back) Gunner performed near flawlessly,
rock sold points on the woodcocks and points and then readjusting with
the grouse as they would sneak away before their startling bursts into
the air. He is a dream dog for hunting, but that is not where he has
shined the brightest this fall. I have been in pretty rough shape
since the surgery and Gunner will hardly leave my side. If he does,
it's not for long; he seems to know and has been such a good buddy. It
for sure would have been a much tougher recovery without him. He is
content to lay next to me for however long, but in a seconds notice,
he is ready to go do whatever, with his entire body always wagging
along with his little grunts of joy and affection. He's the best for
sure!


Merry Christmas & Happy New year to You and Larry,


Pat

Riley
 
Hi Mary and Larry,
 
Below is Kris's write-up of Riley's first quail that I shot for him.  On day one we came across a super covey in tough country and just did not have the tactics down to score. There were at least 40 in that group. The next day we took a day hike and left the gun at the truck as it was not quail country in the canyon we went into. But on Sunday we were back in the birds and a nice group that let us get close. This was 90 miles out of Phoenix, so not over-pressured.  I finally got relaxed and figured out the lead and put down a hen (shot through the heart) for the Riley Boy.  (For a long time now, Riley's been finding birds, pointing them, steady to wing, steady to shot and he's retrieved well on the pigeons.)  By then it was lunch time. We did not find them with our final run, but chased up a couple nice cottontails. Later on Sunday the quail was a nice addition to the leftover T-Day turkey. Riley got the head and liver out in the field and I think he chomped down half the feathers as I pulled them off the bird. Back home he cleaned out my bird pouch, atta boy!
 
Today he was out at the park pointing large groups of dove. I gave him one flush and he really liked putting 40 or so dove up in the air. Dang I'd so like to bring the shotgun to the neighborhood park. Maybe I should rig a silencer on it.
 
Thanks for raising up such good dogs!
 
Paul, Kris and Riley Boy
 
Kris and Paul Curry

 

It’s a year of ‘firsts’ for the Curry family.   FINALLY found some wild quail and got at least one.   Riley found them and initially made them flush by pressuring them and held while Paul did a good job on the last one to fly and I did the job of finding the bird.  Riley was in ‘bird fever’ right then and not the best at retrieving it but it was a complicated area of a lot of prickly pear.  A true family event!     Earlier when we had first come across the main group he had ‘held true to point’ while the covey flushed.   
 
Riley didn’t seem to impressed with himself even as we tried to tell him this was his first ‘real’ bird.   
 
Thought I would share with other bird dog hunters.
 
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Gracie

Took Gracie out today for a run since the snow has finally melted enough. Went out to a spot by my house in hopes of finding some deer sheds.... Our adventured turned out awesome... We had 17 woodcock flushes, 1 rooster pheasant, and 5 rabbits, and saw 2 deer... didnt find any sheds but here are a few pics I was able to get of Gracie.

 We have had over 20 woodcock flushes in the past week... Took her out on my cousins new property and she locked up on something and was surprised when a woodcock flushed. It has been a cold winter and I've been doing a lot of ice fishing... now I need to run her a lot before I cant anymore. With all these woodcock less than 10 minutes from my house I'm going to keep running her out there for now just to get her back in shape. The thumb is only a few hours from me so if Larry ever heads up that way I'll bring Gracie by. She has turned out to be a great dog and couldn't of asked for a better first BDB for myself.  Thanks again!!
 
Justin
 
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Shooter

Oh Mary!  I just have to share yet another Shooter story. 

So I have been working on the 'on demand' fetch :)  it has been coming very slow and I've had to back up a few times.  He is sensitive and doesn't like to be "forced" to do anything.  Anyway I finally caved and started using treats.  Well........now its not so bad. Lol!   I decided to teach him to gather the downstairs dog bowls after he eats.  I'm trying to move beyond fetching only the bumper. He is completely consistent with the two bowls that are downstairs.  He will bring them and hold them until you take it and waits for his cookie :)  well yesterday afternoon elton was sitting on the couch and all of a sudden shooter jumps up with a dog bowl and puts it in eltons lap.  He had already that morning gathered the downstairs bowls! All on his own, he went upstairs, got one out of a kennel and brought it down to elton. What else could elton do but praise him and get him a cookie!!  He is such a smart little turkey!

He does like his cookies :)  as far as his 'force fetch' I now can get him to take the bumper from my hand, hold it and heel with it in his mouth. He will sometimes sit with it.  He is still being goofy when fetching the bumper off the ground...he picks it up like a cigar. Lol!  I don't know why that has been so hard but we are working on it.  He's a silly boy!  Elton and I have two weekends together before I come down so we are going to do some tune up work. I don't know if he will deliver to my hand or not but I'm hoping that the bumper/bowl work will translate to the field. I didn't push it last year because I didn't have to.  I decided this winter would be a good time to start it again.

I know I have said it a million times, but he is the perfect dog for me!!  I love him sooooooooooo much!  It doesn't even have anything to do with his hunting abilities. I love his temperament I love his joi de vivre I love his cuddly nature, I love the silly way he runs!!  He is more than I could have ever hoped for!

I'm so excited to come down!! See you soon!

Love anne and shooter :)

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Aero
 
Aero and I hunted Mearns again for 2 days. Good coveys. Hard hunting with difficult shots. She had numerous text book points with great retrieves and a couple MIA finds. We shot a total of 20 Mearns this season. Damn I love this dog!
 
Matt Russell
 
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Artie (Dice)
 
Hi Mary and Larry,
 
 As you know, we have had Dice for about six years now. We have teenage children and were blessed with twins two and a half years ago. Since the twins were born Dice has always looked after them. One day when Erin and Stephen were about eighteen months old, they wondered away from the house to the other end of the property. As I was coming around the corner of the house to see where they had gone, Dice was walking very slowly back to the house with Erin holding his collar on one side, and Stephen holding his collar on the other. Dice was very careful not to walk to fast or knock either one of them down. The twins are a little rough with Dice, but Dice never shows any kind of aggression toward them. If he has had enough, he just gets up and lays down somewhere else, always in sight of the twins.  Thank you so much for such a wonderful dog!
 
Kellie
Etienne Lucy
 
Lucy says " There is a bird in there! " There was......we shot it.....she got it...and we are going to eat it on Thanksgiving Day!
 
She continues to amaze me. Great hunt last Saturday. Grandsons, Lucy and me. Tally 10/12 chukars...(hawk got one) 7/8 pheasant. She found every bird..pointed every bird...retrieved every bird....hunted ALL day over about 250 acres.  I am crazy lucky to have a dog like her.
 
Doug
 
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Gigi
 
This is Jon Tuoti, proud papa of Gigi.  I wanted to drop you a note and pass along some info along with a question.
 
I had Gigi at Blankenburg Kennels (Chino Valley) with Gene for a month, and he said to pass along that he thought your dogs were some of the finest he's seen.  Both Gene and Ute loved Gigi...he said she was the most well socialized Braque he's been around at that age (about a year old).  So I wanted to pass along the compliment.

Jon
 
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