Win­ning with the come­back kids

Shooting Gazette - - Letters - Paul St. John Restorick By email

Patsy Ken­ton’s Letter of the Month in the Au­gust issue has prompted me to write to you.

At the open work­ing test held by the Bakadam (Kent) Gundog Train­ing Club back on July 9 at the Mon­treal Es­tate in Kent my wife and I man­aged to se­cure first and second places, some­thing which we have been told is some­what un­usual.

This is prin­ci­pally a trib­ute to my wife, Ber­nadette (pic­tured third left) who has end­less pa­tience when train­ing our dogs, par­tic­u­larly as she spe­cialises in deal­ing with dogs who have had their spir­its bro­ken by pre­vi­ous harsh han­dlers or lack of un­der­stand­ing of their par­tic­u­lar needs. Our dogs - six labs - all love both train­ing and com­pet­ing and we have quite a string of suc­cesses to prove it. Pick­ing-up is what re­ally rocks them; we do about 50-plus days each sea­son and we love every minute of it.

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