Sunday, August 8, 2010

Little Girl Goes to College

So after much deliberation I decided to send my little girl, Abby, off to college. I dropped her off at High Prairie Farms to continue her steady training.

I've devoted so much time and energy to Abby's steadying this summer that it was a hard decision to come by. But it came down to timing. I'm running out of time and she needs more time in the field to get over the "hump." Steadying a flushing spaniel should be done as quick as possible. Once foundations are laid, you quickly move onto the next hurtle. Abby has a good foundation but I wasn't able to move on with her as fast as I would have liked. With the days growing shorter and my work obligations increasing it was a no-brainier to send her away for 6-8 weeks because more work can be done by a professional trainer that knows what he is doing than what I can do in 6 months!

High Prairie Farms

I'm very lucky to have such a resource in Tim Degroff of High Prairie Farms Flushing Spaniels. Not only did I purchase Abby as a puppy from Tim but I have spent the last 5 years learning the intricacies of training and hunting with Field Bred Springer Spaniels. Over those years, Tim has been a great mentor in this game and also a good friend that isn't shy to point out that I dropped a few birds too short........."hardly sporting mate." It was a hard decision but I know that she is in good hands or Nichole would have never let her leave the house!!!

After a few weeks I can start heading back up to Tim's to check on her progress. It's going to be a long 6-8 weeks but it will be worth it in the end.

So you are saying that I get to run around with other springers and train to be a great gun dog on a daily basis?

til next time...


Silk Line River Horse said...

You're right, it's a no brainer. There's no substitute for birds everyday. It's hard to be without your kids for such a long time, but it will be worth it come November. Plus, I bet you can pick her up for a grouse hunt or two. BTW, what's the plan for Grouse camp this year?

I hear Tim is working wonders with Adam's new puppy. I know he's excited about picking it up in a couple of weeks. We'll have plenty of dogs this fall, that's for sure! Yippy!

Put my puppy on some birds twice last week (checking progress from last month of formal training) and will be going back out to Valhalla this Wednesday and Sunday. So far, I'm pretty encouraged and really like his trainer. I'm still pretty heartbroken with the loss of my two veterans this past year, but am having a lot of fun with the new puppy. He even retrieved a bird to me this past weekend. Go figure, a pointer that retrieves, now there's a novelty.

I'm pretty amped up about bird season this fall and winter. Hope you can carve out some Wednesdays from work.

Nebraska Hunting Company said...

Lovely girl you have there. You did the correct thing. When time and birds are short, best to bring in the pros.

Best to you,
Scott Croner™
Nebraska Hunting Company

Matt Ortiz said...

Thanks Scott. And she is great hands too.