Today Jim and I ventured an hour or so north to Weatherly, PA to run Cleo in an AKC Senior Hunt Test. She passed with flying colors, most notably receiving a score of 10 in hunting. To say the least Jim and I were elated. We ran her back in May with less than desirable results. You can read about that here. But most importantly it really felt great to be successful today. And it just goes to show that you only really fail when you stop trying.
Cleo runs big. On more than one occasion the judges joked about double checking that this was indeed a hunt test and not a field trial. One judge even heckled Jim after the test about investing in a horse. Jim did a great job of handling her and kept her out of trouble. In return Cleo listened wonderfully. She had some really nice points and stayed steady to the shot. She also retrieved to hand.
Cleo on Point
Jim looking to flush the quail while Cleo remains on point
Jim instructing the gunners on where to stand
Cleo has to pass her Senior test four times in order to earn her title. We have one down and three to go! Way to go Cleo!
And be sure to check Cleo out on facebook! Her page is titled: Adventures of a German Shorthaired Pointer.