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