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A Lab from my past #2888561 01/02/12 02:10 AM
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One day years back, a guy on a duck hunting forum said he had a 2 year old Yellow Lab that he wanted to give away because his trainer said he was too " soft " to train.

I called the guy, made arrangements and my son and I went and picked him up.

His name at the time was Buddy. ANd if you raised your vice to him, he would kinda get a little low.

So, I changed his name to Deke, didnt yell at him and we started working on being a duck dog. And a dove dog and a quail flusher. And I have always believed the name change gave him a new out look on life.

He had been thru FF as far as I could tell and would hold til the duck rotted from his mouth. Tell him to hunt dead and I only remember him not finding maybe 2 birds.

Hand signals were rudimentary at best, but he got the job done. And he spent a lot of time retrieving in a river and it only took him a couple of times to figure out how to lead in the current and get ahead of the floating duck for the retrieve.

He was a great hunter, pet and friend and I just got a bit nostalgic and thought Id share a few pics.

Deke and his first duck








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Re: A Lab from my past [Re: Bobby B] #2888572 01/02/12 02:12 AM
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That's awesome


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That is awesome!





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Great memories of a great dog.



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Nice. Thanks for sharing.




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Great pictures, but.............. Name change, changed the dog? That sounds like a crock to me.



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Re: A Lab from my past [Re: bill oxner] #2890523 01/02/12 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Great pictures, but.............. Name change, changed the dog? That sounds like a crock to me.


Come on Bill, I changed his name at the same time I started working with him. He responded to our handling and learned his name was Deke. Honestly I dont think he ever knew his name as Buddy.

But Zach and I always said we would rather have a cool name like Deke rather than Buddy and gave him credit for feeling the same way.



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