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It was our first day out today, had to postpone a couple of dates due to seasons, but I was up bright and early this morning, to pack up the dogs in the disco, get them out for a blast first, and then head off to a friendly little shoot just over the border in North Yorkshire.

Because I wasn't sure about Rhuna's head possibly imploding whilst sat around waiting for *anything* to happen, I asked the shoot captain if I could take Rhuna in with the beating team and just give her a steady introduction. She loved it, worked beautifully, and got into some of the fairly thick cover, I spotted a few birds, and one hare running for it in front of her, thankfully we pushed them in the right direction. She flushed one bird straight into the air, thankfully again the right way, stopped beautifully and came back as soon as it was up and I whistled her. A few seconds later there were a couple of bangs and a shout for a dog, so I'm hoping it made for a good shot for someone.

Anyway, I'm off to run a hot bath, the girls are all pooped and so am I, just a shame I couldn't have a celebratory tipple at the end since I'm back on call at 7pm, never mind, the next one's only a couple of weeks away so I can enjoy the full experience then :wink:

PS whatever you do, don't leave your car keys in the ignition, think you've lost them, traipse round the last drive looking for them, only to have someone else *find* them for you, and then also find that your battery has gone flat in the process. That sort of thing kind of leaves a lasting impression :oops:
 

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Glad you enjoyed your day... the key incident must have been rather embarrassing though!

I took Pippa out for a gundog class today - loved it. I hope to take her out on a shoot when she's ready.

ETA: Which dogs did you take?
 

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Glad you enjoyed your class Dan, shame you met a grumpy flatcoat (managed to read your other post briefly).

I took all four dogs, since it's a full day out I have no choice but to bundle them all up into the car for the day out. Indie got to socialise at lunch time, I can just let her out to roam free, Tau and Zasa got walked as well, but Tau's out of practice, and Zasa's not had any yet, so Rhuna was out all day, she worked her socks off and loved every minute of it.
 

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Glad you enjoyed your class Dan, shame you met a grumpy flatcoat (managed to read your other post briefly).

I took all four dogs, since it's a full day out I have no choice but to bundle them all up into the car for the day out. Indie got to socialise at lunch time, I can just let her out to roam free, Tau and Zasa got walked as well, but Tau's out of practice, and Zasa's not had any yet, so Rhuna was out all day, she worked her socks off and loved every minute of it.

I bet Rhuna loved that! Great practice for her :)
 

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Met a lovely flat coat up in the borders at the weekend. I've never seen one up close before, stunning dog with such a silky coat and apparently highly sort after for picking up at the local shoots.
 

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Thanks, I am probably biased, but I think they are lovely characters, not hugely dissimilar to Labradors, but definitely different enough.

I managed to get Rhuna out for a very quick bit of cold game retrieving after work this afternoon, but unfortunately, the batteries to the SLR had died, so my paltry photo offering is from my little point and shoot I'm afraid.

 
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