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Saturday, September 28, 2013

DAY EIGHT – Test Five – Flight B – Duck Blind – Ed Arnett and Laura Judd

"Duck Blind" is a land/water triple using all ducks. The order for this test is the left bird is thrown to the right on land. Then the middle bird thrown to the right, landing on the edge of the water. Finally, a flyer to the right of the line is shot to the left with a sluice. The blind is just to the left of the middle gun station.

We arrived at "Duck Blind" to find Flight B in full rain gear. It is 57 degrees with a steady rain and slight breeze. Today, the middle bird on this test is not being given away by the wind. Dogs are either swimming to the bird, catching just a piece of water and running the bank or splitting the difference by swimming halfway and beaching early. Every dog that we saw got this bird, but some had very large area hunts. The flyer and the left hand bird bird caused no problems while we were watching. Flight B was doing a very nice job on the blind. 

#74 Ed Sullivan and Vinwood's Ebonstar Moon, MH (Moon)
"Moon-Pie" is one of the oldest dogs competing at this event.
#114 Mike Berube and Castile Creek's Majorcan Hotspot at LPK (The KU)
And yes, there's a story behind the name … ask Mike!
Hot coffee care of Flint Oak!

Try walking this hill!

#112 Weller's Dream Keeper, MH (Trudy)
Tough conditions in the gallery today.


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