Luckiest Man Alive (LMA) went to a trial in Texas this week-end, while I stayed home to work some young dogs.
I was worried for Darbi because of her foot and all she's been through. Plus, LMA has not run her, even in training, for a very long time.
I was worried for Libby because she's a young one and these big Opens can be overwhelming for any dog, let alone a newbie at the Big Time.
Well, I can put my worries to bed.
First/second series was a double, then pull off to run the blind, the pick up the double...that were both retired. Both Darbi and Libby did great!! Field was cut from 80-ish to 20-ish.
Third series was a water blind. Cold honour for single, then come back out to see dry pop, run water blind, then pick up long retired bird that was shot as a single after the water blind. Kenny said that Darbi did very well, was trying very hard and he was surprised she was dropped. And NO limping!! Amazing.
Miss Libby did GREAT apparently. There was a lot going on in that test and it's amazing she handled it all (excuse the pun) so well!
Libby made it to the last series, but alas, it was a bit over her head. Long flyer last bird down with two very hard short retireds in front of it. She had to handle on one bird and had a "good sized' hunt on the other. She did not receive a green ribbon.
Doesn't matter. I'm very pleased with my two girls. They both tried so hard and one can't ask for more then that.