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Gundog Show

Posted by nellykitch@gmail.com on February 6, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

On 31 January Elke went to the Stoke on Trent Gundog show where she won her Post Graduate Class, beating her cousing Lionel. Thank  you to judge Alan Hunter. Congratulations to friend Dougie who won Best of Breed, and Elke's 1/2 sister winning Best Pup in Breed and Reserve Best Pup in Show.

Always good to see our munsterlander friends at these shows. And on 7th Feb we are off to the Large Munsterlander Club show - even more munsters to see there.

Working - last shoot of the season

Posted by nellykitch@gmail.com on February 5, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

A whole month has passed I see, since I wrote anything.

The weekend before the end of the shooting season found Muttleyand me out working again. He did a mixture of beating and retrieving. At one stage he was on the other side of the gully with wood and stream in from me. At the end of the drive I said to one of the guns that I'd lost Muttley at one time, and he told me he'd witnessed him doing a lovely hunt and point, then flush of a pheasant. So well trained he does it without me. SO lovely to see (and hear of) him doing what he's wired to do. Here are a few pictures of our day:

A long retrieve from top of field. If you look carefully, you can see the legs of the guy who shot the pheasant!

Hunting 'the bogs' (muddy gully with stream in the bottom). This was a very tiring part of the day.

Muttley off to look for more birds, modelling the latest in ear decorations.


Posted by nellykitch@gmail.com on December 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A quiet couple of weeks up to and through Christmas and Boxing Day. We were invited to go up to the farm to pick up again on Boxing Day, but I declined. In the event, it rained so hard they didn't go out, so it was a good decision.

The dogs had teddies for Christmas. Ian named them Sodom and Gomorrah as the were destined for destruction(!) Here is a picture of them:

Working and showing

Posted by nellykitch@gmail.com on November 29, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Well Muttley's second day of shooting, on 7 November went well. For various reasons he didn't get as many retrieves and was a bit frustrated by some things. BUT I was very proud of him as one bird went down into a miscanthas grass field. Miscanthas is very dense and tall grass used for bio-fuel. People didn't think the bird would be found as no one was quite sure where it had dropped, and it was about 4 metres in (we thought). We shoved in 2 labs, one spaniel and Muttley. After a minute or so people were saying, 'no, we're not going to get that one; at least it was dead so not suffering.' Then out popped Muttley, partridge in his mouth.  Everyone was so impressed. Brilliant when the LMs beat the labs at their own game :-)

Last Sunday found us at the HPRGA show at Stoneleigh. Elke performed well and came 2nd. We stayed at my brother & sister-in-law's house. They have 3 young lads, the middle of whom adores the dogs. It was a good show for them to come to as it was small and informal and relatively 'short'. 

Today I have been on a doggie day without my dogs - to the LM breed seminar. Really excellent day and I learnt a lot about breed confirmation. Very interesting to go over the dogs when I got home and work out how they measure up....:o

Next Saturday we are off shooting again.

Shooting 31 October 2015

Posted by nellykitch@gmail.com on October 31, 2015 at 5:50 PM

31st October 2015

Today Muttley and I have been shooting. He's only been once before a couple of years ago and it was really good to see how he's matured into things a bit. 
He was really keen to get to birds when they fell out of the sky, didn't always manage to cope with big birds that weren't dead, but managed the partridge really well. 
He did a few really good retrieves, including down a steep bank into a wood in thickish cover, and was keen to hunt for dead birds in surprisingly thick cover, considering how much of a woos he usually is. And he took the initiative to jump over a low fence to get into wood too. Something obviously clicked and he was so keen. Lovely to see him work.

He also did a lovely point as we were working our way up a hedge. The spaniels were in the hedge, but he went on point on the headland, held it until told to flush, then retrieved when it was flushed. So lovely seeing him do all the HPR aspects. And we are going back next week too.