I drove over to the Cleburne trial Saturday, I took Jack, Spirit and Tori with me, along with BeBe and CJ. It was nice to see all the folks who have been laying low with the heat, and I got to practice puppies. Jack is going to be another Cuda (as he should be, he is Cuda’s full brother), this boy lit out like his ass was on fire and was really flattening out and running hard. I can’t wait to get him on the field. His sister Spirit also lit out like a crazed dog, but she needs a little longer to grow up. She’s not quite in control of the appendages yet, but she most certainly finished the course and had a blast doing it. Tori took off after the lure, but then got distracted by an orange traffic cone. ADD anyone? She’s got a lot of growing up to do. And BeBe, well, she was being BeBe. She started out well, then decided that chasing plastic bags was really stupid, and she would much rather play with CJ. She is hell on wheels for live game, so it looks like OFC will be her arena. I was very pleased with the way CJ ran. He has been laid up for a while, he picked a fight with a bigger dog and came out on the losing end. He has healed up well, and is running nicely. I hope to have him ready for the NLCC this December.
And, I got to visit with my close friend Tom. Tom brought me two very special gifts from my friends in Germany, Dagmar and Herbert. The first is a wonderful shirt with a color image of Stormy (Zoiboyz Perfect Storm v Rosehill), he looks so much like his grandsire Mir, if I didn’t know better I would swear they had my dog. The second gift is just breathtaking. It is a book from Russia, with photos of Champions going back to the early 20’s. There are also some truly fascinating photos of hunts in progress, as well as photos of takes, both during and after the fact. While the book is in the Russian language, I have truly enjoyed gazing at the photos, and I anticipate spending a lot more time doing just that. Truth be told, I could hardly wait to get home from the trial so I could settle in with a cup of coffee and this georgeous book. Thank you so much Dagmar and Herbert, I would never have imagined such a wonderful gift. You are both wonderful folks and I cannot wait to see you soon.
Not much else going on right now besides roadworking the dogs, and working. The knee issue seems to be on the right track. It seems I have an infection in the joint that also involves the collateral flexor. The flexor was/is the source of my pain. I am on some seriously nasty antibiotics, and hope to see some improvement in the next couple of days. Whatever needs to be done, it best get sorted before hunt season starts. Because I AM going hunting, if I have to crawl.