the best dog I ever had

By peter Bates, founder and owner of le­v­enghyl labradors.

Shooting Gazette - - Gun Dogs -

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.

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