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. 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 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


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!
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.


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.



Halo Goose
How good is my bird dog?  Let me tell you about the last time I got a limit of Pheasant in an hour of hunting.......that was way back in nineteen eighty...NEVER!  This dog is fantastic.
Terry Jensen


The Girls
Hi Mary,
I hope all is going well!We wanted to send you a quick note and let you know that we're all moved onto our 8 acres and the girls are loving life.  Endless games of fetch in the backyard are a daily occurrence.  The best part of it all is that Zack was able to join the Suffield Sportsman Club up the road from our house.  That club stocks pheasants for the bird hunters and they happen to stock the farm next door to us.  We are friendly with the farmer anyway, so he lets us go out on his property as it is, but holy bird season is all I can say!
The girls work very close and they are very birdy.  Their first day out was short because Zack had to work.  In under an hour they each had birds and we enjoyed a wonderful bacon wrapped pheasant dinner!  We can't be happier with their size, their speed, and their talent!  Everyone that meets them is impressed.
So, thank you and Larry again for our girls - we honestly couldn't imagine life without them!!!
Keep in touch and have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Shannon & Zack


Hi Mary,
  Dawson & I just returned from South Dakota.  This was my first year to hunt in SD.  I had hunted in Kansas until last year when they said there weren't enough birds.  We hunted in Ideal, SD. Which is an hour & a half west of Mitchell, just north of Winner, SD.  We had plenty of birds on the opening 3 days of the season. Even though it is a long drive,  Dawson & I loved it & I plan to go back next year!    Dawson is an excellent retriever!  He was a good traveler (we drove 3000 miles round trip).  He loved the hunting & everyone was pleased with his performance!    We  love Dawson.  My other children and grandchildren are jealous of their brother/uncle.  He has the best nose of any dog I've ever had, the best retriever and the softest mouth - brings the wounded bird back alive.
Hope to see you someday, somehow. 
Best wishes, Allen


Ft. Worth Brocko
Hi Mary and Larry,
Here's Brocko all grown up. He's an awesome hunter. We are dove hunting this morning.   I'll send more pictures as I take them. I sent him to school for three months. He is a machine. Retrieves to hand perfectly. And he gets to sleep on our bed at night!
Ranger Boone

Hi Mary,  I was just playing with Boone and thought I should let you know what a wonderful addition he has been to our family.  He is a loving and playful pet and a great friend to the kids.  He lets me know each school day when the bus is coming and runs to meet the kids at the top of the drive.  He is also, by all accounts, the fastest dog anyone has ever seen!  He has been a source of comfort and friendship to our youngest son and that has meant the world to him.  Thanks for the great dog!             Kathleen Irish