Darbi finished the Open with a Reserve JAM. She ran great, but got out of the water early and hunted a bit around the pond to the last bird. I think she knew where the last bird was, but she was just too old and wise to make the giant swim to it. 9 1/2 year old dogs know their options and she certainly knew hers.
Only two dogs made the swim all the way to the bird and Miss LIBBY was one of them...as test dog. She got dropped after the water blind after needing too many casts to get out on the point. But she was amazing in the fourth and I was so proud of her. It was spine tingling for me to watch. Libby needs 1000 more marks and 1000 more blinds to be a consistent Open dog, but geez...she's not even 2 1/2 and she's made it to the water blind in 2 of her first 3.
Libby also got a 4th place in the Qualifying at this same trial. Not sure what it will take to get her Qualified All-Age, but we're plugging away. Quals are the most difficult stake to win for a variety of reasons...and I have to keep reminding myself that she's still little baby...or at least Kenny reminds me often when I get too ahead of myself.
I just received some updated pics of Goose and Stewie, two of the Arson x Miikka pups. They are really growing up!! Gordie has started Basics and is doing well here with us and I can only imagine that his two brothers are as bright and intense as he is.
Goose has his mother's face.
And his father's intensity.
And Stewie looks like his dad.
Stewie with his big "sister" Emma.
Emma is from the Tiger x Darbi litter of 2006
She looks like she has her mom's aversion to having her picture taken.