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Harvey and Mabel, they are brother and sister. They hunt waterfowl and upland.
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Harvey and Mabel, they are brother and sister. They hunt waterfowl and upland. View attachment 70206 View attachment 70207
That is awesome and congrats to you, many hours of training, great photo thanks for sharing....dang I miss my Nova Scotia duck toller but I've always had a love for labs. This is Jake the toller and Nick my beagle when I was much younger and I'll never forget either.
 

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Our dog Farfel looks a lot like Mitzi. I had our two at the vet this week and realized that Daisy is just about 10 now and Farfel is 9 - time flies, I thought they were 6 and 7.
Farfel and Mitzi look a lot like other dog pix posted here. Do yo know what breed(s) Mitzi is? We rescued Farfel from Houston and were told he is a yellow lab. I have my doubts tho. His ears seem way too floppy.

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Mitzi is a pure yellow lab. Looks like Farfel is mostly lab, the ears suggest there might be some hound in there too.
Time does fly indeed. It's hard for me to believe, between Mitzi and her predecessor, Pebbles (also a yellow lab), I have had a constant companion for over 25 years between the two of them. It is such a joy to have unconditional love around you all the time.
 
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That is awesome and congrats to you, many hours of training, great photo thanks for sharing....dang I miss my Nova Scotia duck toller but I've always had a love for labs. This is Jake the toller and Nick my beagle when I was much younger and I'll never forget either.
Thanks! It's definitely a lot of training. They can both do triple marked retrieves pretty well. It's always a challenge training them for blind retrieves. We have to constantly work at it.

Those NS duck tollers are very unique, you don't see too many. I would love to see one in action someday. Beagles are fun too, I love watching them hunt. I thought about getting one a while back but our snowshoe hare population isn't what it used to be. I like having the option of either hunting upland birds or waterfowl depending on the weather. They are both trained to hunt wild turkey also. We're allowed to use dogs in the fall for turkeys. I've even taken them squirrel hunting. They won't tree squirrels but they love to retrieve squirrels.
 

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Thanks! It's definitely a lot of training. They can both do triple marked retrieves pretty well. It's always a challenge training them for blind retrieves. We have to constantly work at it.

Those NS duck tollers are very unique, you don't see too many. I would love to see one in action someday. Beagles are fun too, I love watching them hunt. I thought about getting one a while back but our snowshoe hare population isn't what it used to be. I like having the option of either hunting upland birds or waterfowl depending on the weather. They are both trained to hunt wild turkey also. We're allowed to use dogs in the fall for turkeys. I've even taken them squirrel hunting. They won't tree squirrels but they love to retrieve squirrels.
My duck toller (Jake) was a great retriever but not the greatest at hunting which probably wasn't his fault, they're only as good as their trainer and I made plenty of mistakes him being my first hunting dog. He was a super smart dog but as head strong as they come, he would learn the first time you showed him but then decide if he wanted to do it. Nick my beagle was as good as they come when it came to hunting and pretty much anything else for that matter. He was known as the perfect dog by my friends and family and myself. I, we decided on the duck toller, that being what my wife really had her heart set on however if it had of been my decision alone I would have got a lab.
 

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My duck toller (Jake) was a great retriever but not the greatest at hunting which probably wasn't his fault, they're only as good as their trainer and I made plenty of mistakes him being my first hunting dog. He was a super smart dog but as head strong as they come, he would learn the first time you showed him but then decide if he wanted to do it. Nick my beagle was as good as they come when it came to hunting and pretty much anything else for that matter. He was known as the perfect dog by my friends and family and myself. I, we decided on the duck toller, that being what my wife really had her heart set on however if it had of been my decision alone I would have got a lab.
These are the first dogs I've trained for hunting too so I've made a lot of mistakes. Thankfully they are labs which are one of the most forgiving breeds to train. When I picked Harvey as a puppy I unknowing picked an alpha so he is very headstrong too. He has a lot of his own ideas about things so the way I have to train him is to be more alpha than him. Mabel on the other hand is very sensitive so she was super easy to train. She always wants to please but is so sensitive that you have to be careful not to correct her too hard. In the future I will only pick female labs that are middle of the road or on the more sensitive side. They are both amazingly calm and well behaved in public. I take them shopping at Lowes and Home Depot and people are amazed at how calm and friendly they are. I like labs because they are dual purpose hunters. If the weather is going to be rainy, snowy or windy we hunt waterfowl. If it's going to be a bluebird day we'll hunt upland birds.

I wouldn't mind getting a beagle at some point. Our snowshoe hare season runs until March 31st so I'd be able to hunt all winter.
 

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These are the first dogs I've trained for hunting too so I've made a lot of mistakes. Thankfully they are labs which are one of the most forgiving breeds to train. When I picked Harvey as a puppy I unknowing picked an alpha so he is very headstrong too. He has a lot of his own ideas about things so the way I have to train him is to be more alpha than him. Mabel on the other hand is very sensitive so she was super easy to train. She always wants to please but is so sensitive that you have to be careful not to correct her too hard. In the future I will only pick female labs that are middle of the road or on the more sensitive side. They are both amazingly calm and well behaved in public. I take them shopping at Lowes and Home Depot and people are amazed at how calm and friendly they are. I like labs because they are dual purpose hunters. If the weather is going to be rainy, snowy or windy we hunt waterfowl. If it's going to be a bluebird day we'll hunt upland birds.

I wouldn't mind getting a beagle at some point. Our snowshoe hare season runs until March 31st so I'd be able to hunt all winter.
Enjoy every moment with your dogs, it all goes by way too fast. Some of the best times of my life were running my beagles with my friends.
 
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Enjoy every moment with your dogs, it all goes by way too fast. Some of the best times of my life were running my beagles with my friends.
I forgot to mention that we had 26 geese out front this morning and a ton of sea ducks, never thought to get pictures was too busy cleaning up blow downs after the big storm yesterday.
 

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Sadly, she lost her battle with cancer on Monday, but Shadow was a loyal member of our family and grew up alongside our youngest grandson.

My Shadow looked exactly like your Shadow!
She is long gone now, but amazingly lived for 17 years 7 months.
Have a 2yr old white Lab now named Lady Sadie.
 

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Mitzi has been my constant companion for almost 14 years. She is with me at the office all day and on the weekends is out helping with all the projects. She is still going strong (most days), just a little bit slower.
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We have our 2yr. old Lady Sadie now, and she is a pure white copy of your "Mitzi".
They are SO full of love!
 

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Enjoy every moment with your dogs, it all goes by way too fast. Some of the best times of my life were running my beagles with my friends.
I've noticed that already. The one thing I love about hunting with dogs is it's always fun. Even the days when you get skunked. Watching how hard they work motivates me to practice shooting more. I hate it when I miss and they don't get to make a retrieve.
 
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I've noticed that already. The one thing I love about hunting with dogs is it's always fun. Even the days when you get skunked. Watching how hard they work motivates me to practice shooting more. I hate it when I miss and they don't get to make a retrieve.
Ever notice the hardest shot to drop a rabbit is when they're running straight at ya for some reason, you'd think it would be the easiest. You guys should be ashamed of yourself, poor little wabbits. :LOL::LOL:
 

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Ever notice the hardest shot to drop a rabbit is when they're running straight at ya for some reason, you'd think it would be the easiest. You guys should be ashamed of yourself, poor little wabbits. :LOL::LOL:
I don't think I've ever made that shot in my life, it's definitely the hardest whether it's rabbits or ducks.
 

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Ever notice the hardest shot to drop a rabbit is when they're running straight at ya for some reason, you'd think it would be the easiest. You guys should be ashamed of yourself, poor little wabbits.
I must be wired different. I find those shots to be the easiest, whether it's a critter running on the ground, or something flying, or even the two-legged variety with a paintball gun.
What I have trouble with is calculating lead on moving targets R to L or the reverse.
 

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I must be wired different. I find those shots to be the easiest, whether it's a critter running on the ground, or something flying, or even the two-legged variety with a paintball gun.
What I have trouble with is calculating lead on moving targets R to L or the reverse.
I'm fine with a rifle Bill but I've had trouble with a shotgun on rabbits, ducks and geese. I have no idea why and you would think it would be the other way around.