Arrival: 7 a.m.
A warm-up run through corn and sorghum fields, followed by 3 planted quail and one fly-away. Followed by a walk through the woods to hunt up the fly-away and its friends. Several nice points, kept on check cord to stop the bird chasing.
11 a.m. As folks started to proceed to the ponds, I let her run all the fields again, looking for leftovers and flyaways, on the check cord, practicing whoa, recalls, whistle commands, turning, etc. Went very well.
11:30 a.m. Proceeded to the pond, some bumper retrieves on check cord, whoas etc.
13 p.m. After watching a few live duck searches, we went to another pond and did some dead duck launches. Tessa's didn't go well which was entirely my fault. She eventually did bring it back but only to shore not within reach.
14-15 p.m. Conclusion. Fun time for the dogs. At this point, just the GSPs were left. Here is Smoke going after the dead duck:
Tessa has never jumped off a dock, I wasn't even thinking of starting her here, it's kinda high for first-timers. Well, while I got the camera out of the car she jumped! I missed her first jump...but this is her second or third one:
Tessa, Greta and Ada inspecting the dead duck, which looks pretty...bad...by now. Greta did a very nice first live duck search earlier.
Greta and Ada sharing the duck:
Oh, speaking of Ada...Ada! Ada is 4.5 months old and a machine! Tessa left one bumper so we sent Ada to fetch it and she did. Just like that. From WAY out there. She's incredible and very cute. I asked the guy how much he wants for her, and I was only halfway joking!
This is Ada: