Got a call from my friend Sam Rappold to work my labrador retrievers for a hunt he is having at his Duck Preserve this coming weekend, but I was already committed bad as I hate it.
Last year Sam hosted the " HUNTERS HELPING KIDS" organization at his duck preserve and I was asked to bring the dogs down to work for the kids and I was most pleased to do so. You see, few folks get to see what a well trained retriever can do and how it can be used as a conservation tool. It has been my pleasure to show the dogs off to folks over the years and hopefully influence folks to buy their own Retriever and train it up.
I was so impressed with the Dads at Hunters Helping Kids, taking their kids out to this and it gave me such pleasure to be able to show them that Duck Hunting is more than just pulling the trigger, fact is most of the time I am just pleased to take the dogs and let others shoot the birds, my pleasure is watching the dogs work, watching the kids and their Dads, as the Dads work with them on their aim, telling them when to shoot and afterwards the kids who want to play with the dogs. At the end of the Hunt one of them a Preacher gave an end of the Hunt Blessing, Could not have been a more rewarding experience.
If you ever want to get involved with helping others, especially youngsters get involved with the outdoors, the Hunters Helping Kids org is a good one. See Link: http://www.huntershelpingkids.com/default.htm