She went quietly into the good night

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Re: She went quietly into the good night

Postby Steve Anker » Thu May 16, 2013 6:57 am

This past weekend I was talking to a fellow Trialer, a heavy hitter, a living legend, and he mentioned to me..."What was the name of that Pointer you used to run? The one that ran like the breeze? The one we always regretted running against "

GRITZ....I said.

"Yeah, that's the one ...damn fine dog." He said

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Re: She went quietly into the good night

Postby marysburg » Sat May 18, 2013 11:48 pm

The great ones really leave an empty space when they are gone. I am so sorry for your loss.
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Re: She went quietly into the good night

Postby Steve Anker » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:28 am

I remember a Grouse Hunting Trip one fall season......

We arrived in New Hampshire after driving some 10-12 hours, stopped to get the first hunt of the trip started.

Parked my rigg and let the dogs out. GRITZ ran like a wild beast, first one out, suddenly WHAAAAAM, stuck a point, just the other side of the ditch, on a bluff overlooking the forest. We were still getting loaded up but I grabbed my double and went to take a look.
Up went a Grouse, BAM.......nailed it......'cept it fell down a deep ravine, lost for good, too tough of a retrieve to send the dog. Just as I looked at GRITZ to tell her to stand down, to apologize to her, SHE TOOK OFF, down the steep ravine. Well some 10 minutes later out she came, proud as a peacock, holding gently the GROUSE in her mouth.
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Re: She went quietly into the good night

Postby bullfrog » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:00 pm

I love stories like that! Every once in a while when you give up on a retrieve but they bring it to you anyways. Doesn't get any better!
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Re: She went quietly into the good night

Postby Steve Anker » Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:18 am

Some summer training sets come to mind, reminiscing about GRITZ, sets where we would run for 30 minutes around the Ponderosa with another dog, in a brace. Well, my usual training partner, my training fare, my WORLD BEATER training buddy, would be to run a horseback brace with a dog named REBEL, Sandy Creeks Skeedaddle, a setter that was number ONE in the country for a few years, AKC. I say setter but the dog thought he was a POINTER the way he ran. Dog was handled by my good friend Kenny Kohles.

RUN, POINT and BACK, POINT and BACK, with both of us in hard chase on horseback, followed by a big shaggatatious RUN right to the finish.

Some of the most impressive sets, the pinnacle of Field Trialing, the greatest performances I've ever seen were put down, here in training, on the Ponderosa.

George Tracy once told me, "Save the BIG runs for where it counts", well, we had the biggest runs here working hounds. My own memory, and my buddy Kenny's, holds the accounting of those days runs forever etched in our minds.
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Re: She went quietly into the good night

Postby SMAbby » Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:22 pm

Steve Anker wrote:Some summer training sets come to mind, reminiscing about GRITZ, sets where we would run for 30 minutes around the Ponderosa with another dog, in a brace. Well, my usual training partner, my training fare, my WORLD BEATER training buddy, would be to run a horseback brace with a dog named REBEL, Sandy Creeks Skeedaddle, a setter that was number ONE in the country for a few years, AKC. I say setter but the dog thought he was a POINTER the way he ran. Dog was handled by my good friend Kenny Kohles.

RUN, POINT and BACK, POINT and BACK, followed by a big shaggatatious RUN right to the finish.

Some of the most impressive sets, the pinnacle of Field Trialing, the greatest performances I've ever seen were put down, here in training, on the Ponderosa.

George Tracy once told me, "Save the BIG runs for where it counts", well, we had the biggest runs here working hounds. My own memory, and my buddy Kenny's, holds the accounting of those days runs forever etched in our minds.


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Re: She went quietly into the good night

Postby STait » Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:05 pm

Sorry for your loss!
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