June – July 2019 BDE – Newsletter
Hello sports fans
It’s been a busy spring for sports, good, bad or ugly, we’ve seen it all. Whether you enjoy golf, baseball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse or training our versatile hunting dogs, you’ve been busy. The best thing about NAVHDA and our Yankee Chapter, is the folks we share time with. I’ve always said about things we choose to do, “if it’s not entertaining we just won’t do it”. Thank to all for making my days so educational and fun.
Our 3-day test weekend went well. Our guest Bob Hauser, senior judge and NAVHDA’s Vice President was quite gracious with his words de- scribing how special it was to come back to Yankee and its friends. Handlers did a great job preparing their dogs for spring testing. Be sure to check out the scores on the NAVHDA website if you didn’t join us test weekend. Impressive!
PS. The chapter is very proud of our new Yankee apprentice, Tyler Bruce. Awesome job judging spring tests for Merrimack, Sebasticook and Yankee.
Most recently, we met many dedicated Spinoni owners at the Spinoni Only event conducted by Jason Carter and many Yankee talented trainers. It was great to watch folks get hooked on bettering their dogs.
Blaine and Jason just returned from Alaska where they conducted a three day training seminar for the Yukon Chapter of NAVHDA. What an amazing opportunity for them, training NAVHDA members with the same goals, yet so far away from Yankee. After the clinic they were graciously entertained fishing for Dolly Varden and Rainbow trout. They even were invited to a breathtaking flight over breathtaking glaciers.
River has arrived at Ugly Dog Hunting, Terry’s new pup. Reports conclude, another amazing German Wirehaired Pointer is residing there. Terry’s daughter Heather and her husband John, are new chapter members and have Rivers littermate.
Pheasant Forever’s Women, Wine and Wild Game event was held in Phippsburg at a beautiful Bed and Breakfast 1774, on the banks of Maine’s mighty Kennebec River. 1774 is owned by chapter members Stuart and Sarah DeVan. Nancy Anisfield, Melissa Knutson and myself helped create a night of education, delicious food and fun with the focus on Habitat and Conservation. We encourage all to join this organization as it is one of NAVHDA partners in conservation. We all need to pay better attention to the goals of our conservation partners.
So looking forward to our summer months. Water Clinic at Sugarfoot Kennels, Burnham, Maine Pretty excited about this event. Such a great spot for our versatile hunting dog training, from puppies to Invitational training drills. Have fun!
NAVHDA Apprentice Hunter Camp is happening in the next few weeks. Jason and Dani have worked hard to find kids, line up mentors and counselors. It’s 3 days packed with outdoor education hidden behind a lot of fun events. Thanks to so many for supporting this program in many ways.
I wish you much fun this summer with family and friends. Please be safe. Please stay in touch with photos and stories. Laugh a lot, it’s contagious,