Rocky and I have been training with www.WebfootRetrievers.com for about a year now.
I had confidence rocky would not come back without the bird.
There was a tornado warning out.
First test water series land water land water land.
Second pass marks short and he over ran them made me nervous a minute.
Rocky is a big Chesapeake almost as big as me.
Rocky sits calmly in the blind as I try to remember all of the instructions I have learned.
Rocky walks anxiously beside me to the line already his gaze is fixed on the blind. He sits as tense as a stone from his eagerness to retrieve me the bird.
I signal the judge we are ready and they blow the call, throw the bird and shoot the blank gun. The few seconds after the bird hits the ground until the judge calls dog seem like hours.
Finally after I head the judge say dog, I send him. Rocky leaps as far as he can from the line, and his speed increases as he proceeds.
The pads on Rocky's feet sound like horse hooves hitting the hard ground.
In no time he has picked up the bird, and spun around and like a flash he has made it back almost to the line to deliver it to me.
But now is when the Chesapeake comes out in Rocky, About 15 feet before he gets to me he slows down and swings by any cameras that are there to take his picture. I call him to me and he turns and swaggers to me with his prize. His chest is flexed out and head up with pride. My stomach has butterflies in it wanting to get the bird in my hand.
After we leave the line and get a few helpful tips from the judges I put Rockies leash on him and he looks at me with all the love his big Chesapeake face can show saying, "I love you, I did good, and this is fun — let's do it again."