Monday, March 4, 2013

NSTRA Field Trialing and the End of the Season

NSTRA CH Julia's Flyboy Ace (Ace)

Flyboy Aces Delta Captain (Cap)

Flyboy's Ruby Deux (Ruby)

This is a great time of year.  After messing with the dogs for 6 mos., getting them ready to travel all over the country, then getting them prepped to field trial, I can see the end is in sight.  The weather is warming, the daffodils are up and the Forsythia is as yellow as it's ever been. We finished the last regular trial of the year, this past weekend, and the dogs did very well.  Ruby ran the second brace and was leading until the last few braces, when she was bumped to second.  Cap was in the running the entire trial, but came up just short, although it was not through lack of effort. The Georgia Championships are just around the corner, March 16,17 in Ball Ground, GA at Gold and Grass Farm.  I will do everything I can to get these guys ready.  Usually, around this time, Ruby will come in season and will need to be pulled from the Region Trial.  I'm hoping this year that does not happen.  At any rate, this year I will breed Ruby and Ace for a litter.  Since Ruby is the half-sister to Bea, Cap's mother, I'm hoping for another good cross.  I would take ten Caps, any day!   It is a rare dog that can hunt well and win trials, as well.  I have three of them and I'm not complaining.

Ruby and Cap are shown with a few of their placement trophies for the past two months.  Ruby is missing her first and third place trophy from a few weeks ago, but this shows they are doing well.

The breeding should take place within the next month and then pups 60 days after that. I, of course, will keep my pick and we have a few more fellows in line.  Ah, the smell of puppy breath!