Our good friend and Master Taxidermist, Vito Palazzolo, took a couple of big awards at the Indiana State Taxidermy Show in Indianapolis this spring and will be competing again the weekend of March 8-10 at the Illinois State show. Vito’s duck mount took Best of Waterfowl and Best All Round in the Novice Division while his deer took 1st place in the Commmercial Division. This weekend Vito is entering a different duck and a different deer in the Professional Divsion. We have all of our taxidermy work done by Vito. Check his work out at www.nrtaxidermy.net. FLASH!!!! Vito took second places with both the deer and the duck! Big Congrats to Vito!
A.D. Marcia has worked out a deal with our friend Paul Shoemaker from Washington state to acquire his beautiful yellow female AD ( B Faith’s Hayseed’s Bird Finder) contingent upon her passing an ECR eye exam in a week or so. AD was born here at BFR and she is from the litter that Marcia whelped on April 1, 2007 while I was away judging at Central Kentucky. It was Marcia’s only time whelping a litter without me. Our good friend Nancy Pals was on hand for emergency and moral support so Marcia understandably developed a special attachment for this litter and AD in particular. AD is also the dam of our black female Grace, out of FC-AFC Land Ahoy. We look forward to having AD back here with us and running her in hunt tests and field trials and probably having a litter or two of pups.
A.D., aka B Faith’s Hayseed’s Bird Finder, has now arrived at Little Wappaoolah and is fitting right in. We’ll soon have her on the Our Girls page.
BOOMER, Our Ambassador….Boomer died peacefully at Eastlake Hospital for Animals on November 19, 2012 with those he dearly loved. We will write more about Boom in the days to come…as for now he runs and plays with his good buddy Maggie in the lush green grasses near The Bridge waiting for his dear Marcia and her Bill to join him and the other Blindfaith dogs who frolic nearby.
THE BLINDFAITH BROTHERS ( aka ” Brothas”)……
Dude, HRCH Blindfaith’s One Ruff Dude, earned his HRCH title and now joins Tru, Blind Faith’s True Spirit MH, QAA and Nash, Blindfaith’s Burt Becker Magnum MH, as one of The Blindfaith Brothers!…All three are out of Morgan and Ruff.
Blindfaith scores big at Tacoma!
This weekend at the Tacoma Retriever Club fall field trial two of our dogs took first and second place in the Derby.
First place was won by 21 month old Kate ( Check Out This Chic owned by Don Varchol) who is a granddaughter out of our yellow male Pic and our yellow female Ruff. Kate’s dam is Mercy ( Blind Faith Over Trouble Water SH) who was owned by Truman and Kate Ellis of Seattle before her untimely death. Her sire is Money Talks. This gives Kate 22 derby points!
Second place was won by Tru’s son, Ten ( Blind Faith’s Ten Commandments owned by Paul Shoemaker of Arlington, Wa.). Ten is only 13 months old and word has it that the judges agonized long and hard in deciding who was first and who was second! We are looking forward to great things from Ten. Paul feels that he is one of the finest young dogs he has ever had and that’s saying a lot from a long time pro like Paul who has won two nationals.
Our outstanding yellow male, Morgan, has been selected by Julie Cramond of the Australian Kennel Club to be one of three American bred Labs to be collected for importation as a way of introducing American genetics into the ” Down Under”. The other two dogs selected were NFC-AFC Hunter’s Run Boo Boo and FC-CFC LKY’s Controlled Burn…Morgan is in good company. The collection has taken place and the semen will be on it’s way to Australia shortly.
On January 21 Morgan was inducted into the Backwater Retriever Club Hall of Fame along with his talented son, Nash ( owned by Chris Sausman). He marks the fifth dog that Blindfaith has in the BRC Hall!.
It’s Tru!! BFR has a new addition and he is doing very well. Blind Faith’s True Spirit, originally bred by us and owned by Paul Shoemaker of Arlington, Washington has been reacquired by BFR and is right at home. Tru passed his first two masters in wonderful style then went out on the very last bird ( a relatively easy blind) after being one of the only dogs to pin the final triple. Tru has ran two quals. In the first he was one of only two dogs out of 10 plus the test dog to complete the test before it was scrapped by the judges. We then had to scratch because we had to be home that evening. In the second he went out on the last bird of the event when he ( along with ALL the other dogs) did not see the bird and I messed up ( yep Handler Error…got mad and lost control)…he had a great chance to place and a chance to win so he’s off to a great start.
Marcia and I thought that we would let you know that we always have our deer ( and some other wildlife as well) processed by our good friend Bill Hamilton who lives just outside of Danville, Il. Bill is a retired butcher who processes deer in order to have some extra cash for golf and traveling the country with his lovely and understanding( blood trails down the driveway!) wife, Nancy. Bill is swamped with work each Fall so I’m not including his phone number. If you need processing call me and I’ll contact Bill or his partner Carl to see if they can help you out. Bill and Nancy are both graduates of my alma mater, Westville High School.