In addition, I would like to cite the many individuals whose experienced input
played a significant role in the continuing journey (including all the hunt test
judges like those in the banner photo above). After making this list, it is
obvious that Taffey had many more than one "trainer". What fun!
Joe McKone - Taffey's breeder and the best guy to have on your side; took a
chance and gave me a high litter pick........'cause I promised to work hard
Steve Guenther - HRC club President and strong mentor; important for a "newbie"
note: Steve has a pup out of Taffey
Deb Joseph - experienced with training FT's and PL's (great help and friend)
Paul Young - led by quiet example and has my deepest respect
Jim Coggins - good friend and willing to share all his training & judging talent
Julie & Paul Knutson - always able to come up with the right perspective and
assisted in making several good choices with Taffey's focus; terrific book
Ken Morrow - Internet friend with a great training & hunting ethic; made me think
Mike Mills - critiqued my FF program and helped "cover" some of the sequential
Chris Atkinson - for the love of retrievers, runs an Internet forum that has proven
Joe Stembaugh - one of those pros that is willing to help anyone; got me through
several tough training issues; cold blind guru; offered to take Taffey off my
hands several times to save me from the troubles of training her..... Ha!
Alec Sparks - a pro that willingly took the time to explain the big differences in
Dobbs and Lardy........right when I needed it
Doc E - What can I say? He's always there when you need him, a PL die-hard,
and he'll "adjust" your attitude in the blink of an eye (Chiropractor).
Evan Graham - gave me some very helpful support and ideas plus two top books
JW - a no-nonsense pointing dog trainer that taught me key upland techniques
and reminded me that it takes two gentlemen for a discussion to take place
Brian Moyse - teaching a handler is a unique skill, his tactful pro help came at
just the right time & his ability to work with Taffey got her the HRCH & MH
Dr. Dan Heder - whose outstanding advice and flawless vet work has kept Taffey
in the peak of health
And my Dear Wife - whose favorite questions are, "Have you looked at your
newest credit card statement?" " Why do you need another dozen decoys?"
"More........bumpers?" "But you went training yesterday?" " What do you
mean........another hunt test?" "What do you figure the cost of that one duck
is............per pound?" and the most frequent........"When will you be back?"