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Thursday, October 16, 2014

DAY 6: Flight B: Megan Baker and Allyn Foster; Test 4 "Donut”

“Donut” is a test is a land/water triple, double blind, walk-up and diversion shot. This triple is shot right to left. When the dog picks up the short, right mark, the diversion is shot. The short right mark at 34 yards throws to the left, the middle at 124 yards throws to the left and the left-hand flyer at 40 yards shoots to the right. The first blind is 98 yards just off the backside of the right-hand bird. Blind number two at 79 yards is right and deep of the left-hand bird. This test took an average of eight to ten minutes per dog.

We arrived around 9 am to Flight B at a test called "Donut," with 85 dogs back to this series. Winds were light, hitting the handler on the back of the head making this test almost straight downwind. Even though there were some hunts on the birds in this test, of the 11 dogs we watched, there were only four handles. The blind work was excellent.

We would like to extend our condolences to Dede Paterson, a member of the Safety Committee, who lost her dog this morning to torsion. Our thoughts are with you…

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#123 Fullcircle Wings On The Wind, "Angus," with handler Steve Raney

#139 Fairwinds Honky Tonk Man MNH MH, "Hank," with handler Alan Sandifer
#140 Brookdale's Power Trip MH, "Tripp," with handler Chris Akin
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#126 Sire Vince Lombardi Blank MH, "Vince," with handler Leonard Blank

#128 Dash's Marie Laveau MH, "Marie," with handler Alan Sandifer



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