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Ch. Omega's Verdict Is In, JH, WCX

Ch. Omega's Quiet Riot x Ch. Athercroft If Rooks Could Kill

By Frank Holbert

 Justice came to live with me when he was 7 months of age, we started field training the next weekend. For months, Justice was great at taking a line to a bird but would always miss the distance and start hunting 50, even 100 yards past the fall. If Justice didn't see or smell the bird as he went by it at full speed we were usually out. Justice would look back at us from 200 yards, then forget why we were there (but he sure liked to run). We always passed on the water because Justice had to slow down. Slowing down keep Justice from out running his adolescent brain. It wasn't because of lack of effort but, after 11 attempts at Junior Hunter Justice got his JH title. Had this been my first dog in the Hunt Test program I might have been discouraged. But, I found it kind of funny.

We started training for Senior Hunter running handling drills 5 days a week. Justice's marking improved dramatically, he was running cold triples with the Master dogs but, didn't understand the concept of handling. About two weeks before Justice's second birthday we went training like we did every weekend. It was like I had the wrong dog. The light had gone on! Not only was justice running the Master marks, He was running the blinds. I was really wishing we were at a test that day because this was the best I had ever seen Justice run. Little did I know the Flat-Coat gods had given Justice the other half of his brain the night before. This was to be the 'norm' from now on.

Two weeks later we ran his first Senior test. No only did Justice pass, I was very proud of the job he did. Later, one of the judges told me Justice was the only Senior dog to hold the line to the water blind. Not only did Justice earn his first Senior ribbon that weekend. One of my other dogs earned his last Master ribbon, my first MH, and Justice's father went Best In Show!! It was a good weekend for everybody.

Breeders: Peachie Orton and Bunky Orton

Owners: Peachie Orton, Frank Holbert, Adrienne Ayles, Roger Orton and Bunky Orton

                                                      CH. Wyndham's Javelin

                                        Ch. Omega's International Ike CDX, WC

                                                      Ch. Omega's Flair of Dexmoor CD, JH, WC

               Ch. Omega's Quiet Riot

                                                      Ch. Hillbrook's Royal Athercroft

                                        Ch. Omega's Jump for Joy

                                                      Ch. Omega's Bedazzlin' Sunset

Ch. Omega's Verdict Is In JH, WCX

                                                       Ch. Athercroft Blac Jack

                                        Ch. Twin Oaks Sure Bet

                                                       Ch. Kelly's Gamble CDX, WC

               Ch. Athercroft If Rooks Could Kill

                                                        Ch. Hillbrook's Royal Athercroft

                                        Ch. Athercroft Beast All Around

                                                        Ch. Riverwood Athercroft Monstar

Updated 09/27/98