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Saturday, October 18, 2014

DAY 8: Flight C: Mike Collson and Corrine Clavey; Test 6 "The Corner"

This test, "The Corner," is a water triple with a blind using ducks. The first bird thrown is 76 yards from the line in the right corner of the pond. Bird two is located on the left side and is thrown right onto the island at 45 yards. Bird number three is across the pond from the mat at 97 yards and is thrown to the right on the far shore. The blind is under the arc of the left-hand bird across the point of the island and to the far shore at 85 yards.

We arrived in time to watch both Test Dogs for Flight C as they began their sixth and final series, "The Corner." The wind was at the handler's right shoulder; the sun was bright with a temperature of only 72 degrees, yet it felt much more like 92 degrees. The gallery was putting up their shade makes and getting ready for a long afternoon in this bright sun. The first Test Dog came to the line and had to be handled on the right-hand bird. Test Dog #2 had a very difficult handle on the middle bird. As we started watching the contestants, it was apparent that this test would be causing some problems. The first handle was on the right-hand bird. The dog was going too far to the left and had to be handled back to the bird. We also had one pick-up in the early going of this test. All of the dogs were able to retrieve the island bird and all of the handlers were able to get four feet dry on the blind. The time ranged between 5.5-8.5 minutes per dog.

Test Dog #1, "Indy"

Test Dog #2, "Tonka"

"The Corner" pond

Franke Prendergast and AKC Rep Russ Reavis

Lyle Steinman and Jody Ware
#107 KDT's Reds Howdy Doody ToAce MH, "Red," with handler Kirk Wichman


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