“Lots of rain brought high and lush cover,” he said, “but the dogs have overcome it. I’m happy to report that bird numbers are up in quite a few places and some mornings every dog had multiple finds.
“I’m excited about three Derbies. Dick Wilson of Oakland, Mich., has a bird-finding demon in Maswood Shady Lady, Paul Tutro’s youngster, from frozen semen by Blackhawk, is sheer poetry in motion, and Scottish Heart, which we purchased from Dewey Mullins, has tremendous potential.
“Several have been to ‘camp’ this summer, including Jerrell Bryan of Philadelphia, Miss.
Jerrell has had some heart issues, but is having stents put in shortly. As you all know, Jerrell is tough.
“Larry Esterline of Clarkston, Mich., has been a lot of help with the dogs, including his future champion, Scottish Glory. Paul Tutro of Richmond, Mich., owner of the aforementioned Derby and Silver Addition, has been here several times, and our good friend of over fifty years Dick Wilson has helped a great deal also.
“Kenny Dalton of Lapeer, Mich., though he has no dogs with us, has helped by letting us work on his property and helping us there.
“Our biggest help has come from my two grandsons, Hunter and Dylan, who are now sixteen and fast becoming experts with the dogs in their own right. My oldest granddaughter, Sabrina, who spends the summer with us, has been a huge help too. Sabrina turned twenty-three this year.
“I would like to congratulate the newly elected Hall of Fame members, all deserving. I noted that only one dog was elected which brought to mind: Has the committee ever thought of dropping the electees to one dog and one person. Food for thought . . .
“Looking forward to seeing all our friends at trials real soon.”