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Friday, September 27, 2013

DAY SEVEN – Test Four – Flight D – Mitchell's Pond – Bill Largent and Laurice Williams

"Mitchell's Pond" is a water triple with a blind using all ducks. The order is right, diversion shot, middle, left and then the dog runs the blind. The right bird is across the pond thrown to the left, landing at the water's edge with a splash. The middle bird is located at the end of the pond. This bird is thrown in and to the right. The bird lands on what looks like an island in the pond. Most of this island is made up of tall weeds and lunging water. The last bird down is the left hand bird which is located on the same side of the pond as the line. This duck is thrown to the right, landing in the water. As the dog returns from the go-bird, there is a diversion shot. After all three birds are picked up, they run a blind to the end of the pond between the left and middle mark.

When we arrived at "Mitchell's Pond," Flight D had 24 dogs left to run. The grounds committee were already moving signs and getting a head start on their fifth series. The Weather Channel is predicting heavy rain to come in after midnight tonight and continue until after noon tomorrow. This stake hopes to be completed by 2:45 pm with only a short move down the road to test five at "Wind Sock." The test today is taking 7-7.5 minutes per dog. The right bird that started floating with the wind yesterday is more stationary today. There is still a stiff breeze, but it has shifted just enough to protect this bird unless a strong gust comes through. The work that we saw was very nice.

AKC Rep Wayne Bleazard and President Gloria Mundell


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