the best dog I ever had
By peter Bates, founder and owner of levenghyl labradors.
Ftch Glenpatrick eve was born on April 29, 1999. She arrived at eight weeks and grew up with my homebred cocker spaniels. Her temperament was outstanding and mary rountree even told me she was a quality bitch after seeing her training at Alston.
Glenpatrick eve won her novice trial under Dave Garbutt, which was a good marker of her abilities. She was a kind bitch. I had total faith in her and never doubted her abilities. I like to think she had total faith in me. She was gentle and kind in her demeanor and would always listen. She was good with people, dogs and children. It was a partnership made in heaven.
retrieves judges would not normally have the courage to send, as she made it look easy. She was the sort of bitch everyone wanted to own and run. I remember Guy bennett once commenting she was an “alien” after picking a momentous retrieve. She was easy to train and, indeed, I had the best training in the world.
We will never see those days again. She showed extraordinary qualities very early on. With her ability and my exceptional training opportunities and enthusiasm she became a legend.
Glenpatrick eve was truly an amazing bitch and I was lucky to make her and two of her progeny into field trial champions. there are not many bitches that can win and also produce winning stock. She was the bedrock of my Levenghyl line of labradors. We were lucky to have had a litter this year that produced five great grandsons. We have kept four and I gave my friend mark bettinson the fifth. Obviously I have high hopes for all of the puppies but nothing can be taken for granted.
I dream of how many field trials they will win and what champions they will become. Glenpatrick eve’s legend lives on. to date, she was the best dog I’ve ever owned and handled and I will always be grateful for having the opportunity of owning that truly exceptional bitch.