I just wanted to up-date you on Lucy's progress. On Saturday she graduated with high honors
in the world of hunting.
We have been
working all summer and I wasn't sure if she would look for grouse in McKean County where I have been
hunting. I was pleasantly surprised on the first day with my limit of grouse for dinner that
night and she has pointed and
birds every time that we have been out. On Saturday we were working a thicket with 9 foot tall cherry tree seedlings
which were impossible to see through let alone walk through.
Lucy got extremely birdy and was off like a shot. About 45 seconds
went by when I heard a ringer cackle and fly. A few moments later I heard another bird go out.
It is not a common thing to hear
where I hunt as there have been no pheasants stocked there for years and I have never seen a cock there since 1980.
I heeled her back and we started through the thicket where
I thought the birds flew with no luck. We circled back to a gravel
road and walked about 50 yards when Lucy locked up and pointed at a clump of weeds that I was sure
held nothing but old scent.
to where she was pointing and saw nothing. She never moved until I told her to "find the bird" and then she
what looked like a half step and
locked up again. I took a step forward and a Ring Necked Pheasant broke cover and flushed.
After the shot Lucy was on the downed bird trying to pick it up. I told her to fetch and it
looked like she had a full grown turkey
her mouth when she brought it to me. What a great hunter. We have been out 12 times since grouse season has started
and she has successfully flushed 53
I am so pleased with Lucy. She
is intelligent, mild mannered, tremendously skilled in finding birds and has the ability to learn with
very few lessons. Thank You so much for letting me
Your name is
well known in my hunting circle as my friends have told me that they are tired of hearing
how Great of a dog that your kennel produced.
Lucy and I are in the field every chance we get and it is a pleasure to see the
fantastic qualities in a bird dog.
I can tell you that Lucy has never had a shock collar on and she has never been hit or yelled at.
She has been trained in ten
repetition and reward and responds to hand signals and a whistle while we are in the field. Her vocabulary is
limitless and understands and responds to everything that
I tell her to do. We are now using the hand signals in a casting
drill. I heel her back to me and cast her in the direction that I want her to work. She
is doing this flawlessly and works
the truck to the end of the day.
time in the field has been almost daily and since she has graduated into ringers we are going to a preserve so that
she can have fun pointing some birds that have been stocked.
Sorry I am so long winded but I can't say enough about the
quality that has been bred into such a fine pointer retriever.