HNTFSH wrote: Dawnsearlylight wrote:
Dawnsearlylight wrote:I have posted the photo above before. This dog is a real good example of excellent working conformation, as proven both in the show ring and in the field. How many of you can point out the good and the bad in her working conformation? Do y'all consider her to be "beautiful"?
I can't recall. Was that dog a CH and what were the field titles?
We already had this discussion, see the July 21 thread on Chessies in the show ring. Care to chime in on the actual topic of this
post? Looking forward to your critique.
And you're the one that uses the word 'snarky' about others.
I asked a simple, honest question. Quoted YOU, in the post you made. I think that's relevant, maybe I'm wrong.
You could answer the question (as you accuse Copdoc of not doing) or you can chose to lose my interest by suggesting I go back through 6 month old posts.
You're getting your shorts in a wad over nothing, there was no snark intended (trust me, if I want to snark, there will be no doubt about my intentions). And I don't know what quote from me you are referring to; if you mean the "proven" thing, that had nothing do do with showing or titles. The "proof" of her working
conformation came not from a few minutes in tests or in the show ring, but from training for them and from hunting (this is after all, a hunting dog
forum). She worked a commercial preserve Sept. to March, where she did 100-300 duck shoots covering 10 blinds/twenty gunners in the morning, then do upland in the afternoon, with a half hour recovery time between shoots. This was mostly in rotten conditions two days in a row, and she would go when other dogs quit. When she was not doing that, she was hunting every day of waterfowl season and/or on a pheasant preserve, and when she wasn't doing that, she was training and doing pigeon shoots on dairy farms (our two-man record there was 95 birds in one afternoon - in the warm weather). She was hunting at 4 months and had her 2 basic titles at 6-7 months (one of those came at a test where they dropped 20 of 23 older dogs in the first (land) series), so obviously her work started very early, and continued right up until I lost her at 13. Never
in all that time was she not sound as a dollar (well, back when a dollar was actually sound!), or did she struggle to keep going under a heavy work load.
Did the fact that she had drive to spare have an influence of all this? Of course it did, but: I have seen too many dogs with poor conformation whose high drive was unable to compensate for their physical faults. Oh, they will go no matter what, but ultimately they suffer for it, physically and/or mentally (back to just because they will doesn't mean they should). This dog would finish the day just as fresh and ready to go as when she started, and that
was because her conformation allowed her to work efficiently and without injury.
I regret causing you to lose interest, I was really looking forward to your comments.