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Monday, November 14, 2011

Callbacks--Or, The Dogs Dropped...

These dogs are out, although three of them (including one scratch) were already out prior to this test:

8, 11, 12, 13, 24, 26, 27, 52, 62, 64, 66, 69, 73, 76, 77, 80, 81, 82, 86, 87, 89, 90.

Dog #85 will start the fourth series.


Helpful instructions and announcements

We will start in this general vicinity tomorrow morning with test dogs at approximately 6:30 a.m.

The fourth series will be a water blind.

Callbacks will be posted later tonight at the Headquarters and whenever I find them, you'll also find them here.

Just sayin'!


oh--Handle for #57 on the rerun...

... on his last bird, which was the middle bird. For handler Ray Voigt


Handle in progress #61...

... Windy and Ken Neil on the left hand bird...


Tyson Shows His Stuff...

... Dog #60, with some nice marks on this test for handler Alan Pleasant.


Handle for #59... Cash

... This on the left-hand bird with handler Bill Totten, and now has the third bird, coming in.


Tiny! Dog #58...

Had a really nice job... for handler John Henninger


Blogger Froze again.. but #57 had a no-bird

... on the flyer...


Three Birds in the Bag...

For Dog #56. Casey had a hunt on the plateau and around for the left-hand bird, and then worked into the middle bird for handler Randy Koch


Shock and Awe...

... Had some nice marks, #55 for handler Paul Sletten


Nice job for Ali, dog #54

... He's got three nice marks under his belt on this test for handler Mark Smith


There will be no other test started today...

... once this series has concluded. Official announcement.


Pretty nice job for #53!

Louie and Scott Dewey have done well with some good marks on this test.


Handle on Left Bird for #52

... Pedro is coming back, one more bird to get...


Blue Rounds Up Three

... for handler Al Arthur. Dog #51.


Diesel Is Tuned...

... In to these birds... three nice marks for handler Bill Sargenti, #50


Willie Gets Three...

... dog #49, in nice fashion for handler Dave Rorem.


Bart gets the birds...

He got on the plateau for the left bird... rounded up all three for handler Alan Pleasant, #48.


Boss is on today...

With some nice marks for handler Jim Gonia... this is dog #47


Put Some Sugar On It!

She did, dog #46, for handler Chris Ledford


Grandma Ruby!

Dog #45 went left of the cover and got the left bird and then split the difference between the guns for the middle bird and got it... for handler Al Wilson


Causin' A Ruckus!

Nice job for #44, Ruckus, and Ray Voigt. Quite a string drawn to that middle bird...


Handle for Lily, #43, on the middle bird

.... for handler Karl Gunzer


Tia Shines...

... She did well, dog #42, for handler Danny Farmer


Another gun change has been quickly dispatched...

... These fellas are on the ball! Some of the fastest gun changes I've ever seen...


Chance Got 'em....

... for Handler Larry Calvert


Lanse and Eva Did Well...

on this test... that's dog #40.


Nice Job for Cutter...

Dog #39 and handler Andy Kahn


Handle on middle bird dog #38

and he's now got all three for handler Steve Yozamp. That's Edge.


Streak Gets His Birds, Too!

Dog #37 and handler Al Arthur



Lives up to his name with a nice job, that's dog #36 and handler Bill Eckett


Dog #35, Chopper Does Well...

... for handler Alan Pleasant...


Handle in Progress...

on the left bird for #34, King, and Ty Rorem


Handle on left bird for #27... Double Handle

... after handling on the left bird, when Pete headed out the third time with heavy left influence, handler Jim Gonia put the horn on him.


Lil Makes Music...

... Times Three. Nice job, #33, Lil and Charlene Koeth


Pirate does his thing...

... and comes up with three marks nicely. That's #32 and handler Jerry Patopea.


Dog #31

Did well... for Steve Yozamp. That's Pete!


Freedom Rings!

Nice job for dog #30, Freedom and handler Bill Sargenti... they did well.


Boo! Knew Where They Were!

Dog #29 for handler Paul Sletten


Roxie Had a Plan...

... She got the birds for handler Ray Voigt. That's dog #28.


No-Bird for #27


Dog #26 Handled...

... That would be Chad and Bill Totten


Folks, Blogger has the Blog on Code

... am having difficulty making any posts at all right now as I get a code validation every time due to too many posts (according to them) so... it's tough to read the codes on this screen with the sun. Then, I get shut out. There is no longer an option where they will then give a second chance. I have to recreate everything.

Sorry about this inconvenience... I just have to deal with it...


Marv and Dealer Play Their Hand...

... Three Birds Worth... good job!


Dog #24 is a Pick Up... Being Done Now


Handle on left bird #23

Handler Mark Smith and Moose, #23, leave the line


Billie has a nice job..

... for handler Karl Gunzer. He's dog #22.


Dog #21 Has 'Em...

... in the clubhouse for Alan Pleasant and Hawk


Handle for #20 on the middle bird...

Handler Judy Rasmuson searches through the glare for her dog
... handle from deep of the flyer on this side of the water


Quite a glare on the water


Bitsy Does the Test...

... Good job for #19 and Amy Hunt


Gun Change in Progress


Handle on middle bird for #18...

... by Ty Rorem, from way right in the wat


What a Nice One!

... Way to go, #17, Louie and Chris Ledford


Handle #16 on the left bird....

Abby and John Henninger; it was a quick handle. She now has the middle bird.


Moses Collects His Birds...

... for handler Wayne Curtis. Dog #15...


Nice Job! Go Alaska...

Dog #14, Haylee, does nicely for Tom Wilkerson


Handle on #13... Double Handle

... Middle bird, Mootsie and Ted Shih...


Help for #12... PICK UP

Al Arthur and Pow wait their turn...
Pow has handled... PICK UP


HANDLE for #11 on the left bird...

... it was a quick handle for Leica and Jerry Patopea. She is now en route to the middle bird going wide.


Go Miss Brook!

Dog #10 and Michael Moore...


Handle for Skeeter

Handler Robby Bickley watches... and waits
... Dog #9, and Robby Bickley


Cane is Handling on the Left Bird...

Dog #8 and Alan Pleasant... This is turning into another big handle


Three in a Row! Mercy Me!

Mercy... Dog #7 has all the birds for handler Paul Sletten.


Dog #5 ignites the crowd...

... also! Duce and Bill Eckett.


The Crowd Roars--

For Dog #4, Bullet and Dave Rorem


Ringo, #3, being handled

... on the left bird.


Grady is in the clubhouse...

Grady is streaking for his flyer
Dog #2 and Chad Baker, with three birds. Grady checked out the point and hunted short before getting the left bird, and then took the long swim en route to the middle bird.


Numero Uno...

... is hunting in the area of the holding blind on the middle bird... and now has the bird! Three birds, no handle.

This is Pearl, with Danny Farmer.


Handle for #90

Carson and Karl Gunzer. Turning into another big handle. Handling to the left bird is particularly difficult this morning.


Handle... #89 Levi PICK - UP

One of those bad deals in a National... with those two birds out there, switch.

It's the end of the line for Levi.


Call Names...

This National has several dogs with same call names.

Just sayin'... Pink is one, Moses is another... and Diesel... Ozzy/Ozzie... Hayley/Haylee... Pete... Lily/Lilly


This Pink Has Done It...

... Dog #88 and Al Arthur...


Photos--also, posts

... photo attachments in blogger have been hung up all morning. Just did get a picture through, so hopefully the issue is being resolved. Will continue to work on it...  Posts also don't go through on schedule, or vanish... as now this particular post won't publish. Ah...


Dog #87 has handled...

...  Bill Totten and Shorty...


Big Handle for #86--Now a Pick Up

... Currently another big handle is taking place. Ryan Brasseaux is working hard to put Brutus on the bird.


That Gun Change Post Hung Up...

... blogger issues this morning.


Gun Change in Progress...

... It will be quick. The immediate upcoming 15 handlers have been invited to view the line.


Go Ozzie...

.. dog #85, and Alan Pleasant. Got those birds.


Sounds like a raft of geese ...

... somewhere to the west...


Go Reagan!

Way to shine! Dog #84, Reagan and Michael Moore have just done well...


Handle... #83

... Took some doing, but now Tex has the bird and is returning to Mark Smith. Tex made the big swim to the middle bird and is now nearly back with the bird.


Dog #82 to the line... DOUBLE HANDLE

... everything is back to running.

After quite a hunt, John Henninger is handling Pink to the left bird. Took some doing, and she has the bird and is being set up for her third bird.

Pink is handling on the middle bird.


Thief is in without Bird--ATV going out

Thief did not recover the bird. Lee Jolley, Judge is going out to inspect the area on an ATV right now.


Thief Needs Help... Handle

... currently, on the left bird, with Scott Dewey at the helm.

Scott is having some difficulty, as did Dave Rorem, before him. Still handling.


A Girl Can Change Her Mind...

Haze settling back in..


Sun is climbing...

... and by the minute, the haze is burning off.


Haley is being Handled... PICK UP

... #80 on the left bird currently, by handler Dave Rorem. Still handling. The light is difficult right now, and there is a haze...

Now a pickup. Dave tried mightily to get her handled to the bird, but it wasn't meant to be this morning.


Handle for Ham, #79

Handler Rob Erhardt gives Ham, #79, a cast
... on the middle bird....


Double Time...

... Just a matter of note for those of you who may be interested... The flyer in this test is the exact same station as was employed in the first setup.

The angle of fall is different, however. 


Merlyn, #78 is on his third bird... two substantial hunts for handler Jerry Patopea


Double Handle...

Ouch ... currently for #77 and Chris Ledford


My poor MacBook Pro... all the lights were on but nobody was home... frozen this morn...

Now, it's been a bit chilly out here, and this computer has been in colder places... however, I had to finally give it a hard shut down to finally bring things back into working order. 


The first dog is on the line now!


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2011 NRC
Running Order

1. FC Rocky Creek's Full Tilt Boogie, LF
2. NAFC-FC Cody Cut A Lean Grade, LM
3. FC Beadle LC's Three Ring Circus, LM
4. FC-AFC Robbers' Stray Bullet, LM
5. FC DoubleDuce, LM
6. AFC Windy City's Bent Tail, LM
7. FC-AFC Mercy Mercy Mercy Me, LF
8. FC-AFC Ragin Eye Of The Storm, LM
9. FC-AFC Wolf Creek CR Skeeter, LM
10. FC-AFC Citori's Accept No Substitute, LF
11. Leica II, LF
12. FC-AFC Hardscrabbles Powder My Buns, LM
13. FC-AFC Freeridin Smooth Operator, LF
14. FC-AFC Chatanika's High Water Haylee, LF
15. FC Drake's Bay Parting Of The Sea, LM
16. FC Abby's Little Cooper, LF
17. Bluegoose's Passion For Jazz, LM
18. FC Moonstones Ignites On Impact MH, LM
19. FC-AFC Wham Bam's Just A Little Bit, LF
20. FC-AFC Hardscrabble Carbunnation, LF
21. FC Counterpoint's Sidekick, LM
22. FC Shadow's Whiteshoes, LM
23. FC Seaside's Bullwinkle, LM
24. FC Peakebrook's Brawny Force, LM
25. FC-AFC Sureshot's Texas Hold'Em, LM
26. FC-AFC Jazztime Hanging Chad, LM
27. FC-AFC Riverrun's True North, LM
28. FC-AFC Hardscrabble Roxie McBunn, LF
29. NFC-AFC Hunter Runs BooBoo, LM
30. Citori's No Holds Barred, LF
31. FC Seaside's Pelican Pete, LM
32. FC-AFC Land Ahoy, LM
33. FC-AFC Lil Chin Music, LF
34. FC Seaside's Kingfish, LM
35. FC Maplecreek's Mini Chopper, LM
36. FC Watermark's BB Standing Ovation, LM
37. FC-AFC Dixie City Jam II, LM
38. FC-AFC Machthree's Edge, LF
39. FC-AFC Camino Weight Cutter, LM
40. FC-AFC Eva-Ethyl-Proby-Weber, LF
41. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC Jazztime Last Chance V Pekisko, LM
42. FC-AFC Bayou-Star Beyond Independent, LF
43. FC Knollwood Sweet Lily, LF
44. FC Contempt Of Court, LM
45. FC-AFC Nebo's Grandma Ruby, LF
46. FC-AFC Shadows Sweet Something, LF
47. FC Me D Boss, LM
48. FC-AFC Lil Bit's Cote D'Or Pinot Noir, LM
49. NFC Two Rivers Lucky Willie, LM
50. FC Road Warrior's Duramax, LM
51. AFC Sara's Blue Streak, LM
52. FC Wingover's Pedro II, LM
53. FC-AFC Candlewood GoldenDaze Louie, LM
54. FC-AFC Lanes Lets Get Ready To Rumble, LM
55. FC-AFC Waterdogs Shock And Awe, LM
56. Vista's Case Of Purple, LM
57. FC-AFC Jet Black Bustin Thru The Brush MH, LM
58. FC Little Bit Dangerous, LF
59. FC Jazztime Empty Wallet, LM
60. FC-AFC Sureshot's TKO, LM
61. NFC-AFC Candlewood's Something Royal, LF
62. FC Westwoods Iron Man, LM
63. FC-AFC Wine Glass Lucky Strike, LM
64. FC By Golden's Pond's Legacy, LF
65. FC-AFC Landover's Right On Target, LM
66. FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton's Saber, LM
67. FC Adams Acres Water Lilly, LF
68. FC-AFC Nightwings Marsh Leader, LM
69. FC Fresh Squeezed Juice, LM
70. FC Wing Magic's Standpipe Moon, LF
71. FC Watermark's Running Back, LM
72. FC Premier's RSK Powerstroke, LM
73. FC-AFC Holy Cross's Moses, LM
74. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC Runnin's Molly B, LF
75. FC Mitimat You Go Girl, LF
76. FC-AFC Premier's Iron Man Ozzy, LM
77. Candlewood's Skyrocket, LF
78. FC Merlyn IV, LM
79. FC-AFC-CNAFC-CFC-CAFC Moonstones Hug And Moochie, LF
80. CNFC Road Warriors Lady Hawk, LF
81. FC-AFC Castlebay's Night Robber, LM
82. FC-AFC Trulines Walla Walla Sweet, LF
83. FC Bayou Teche Tex, LM
84. FC-AFC Citori's Vista 40th Pres, LF
85. FC RSK's Oohs And Aahs, LM
86. FC Nobody Moves Nobody Gets Hurt, LM
87. FC-AFC Sanpitch River Shore Thing, LM
88. FC-AFC Seaside's Get the Party Started, LF
89. FC Maple Creek's Spirit Warrior, LM
90. FC Sorol Green River Indian Scout, LM