Wildrose Kennels: A Consistent Brand in Multiple Locations

By Dr. Ben McClelland

“Wildrose Kennels is the largest breeder, trainer, and importer of British and Irish Labradors in North and South America, specializing in its own signature brands of sporting dog—the Gentleman’s Gundog and the Adventure Dog. The company has a simple mission statement: Wildrose Kennels is dedicated to breeding and training the classic British and Irish Labrador retriever to become the perfect complement to a family’s sporting lifestyle.”

 -Mike Stewart, Sporting Dog and Retriever Training: The Wildrose Way.

Leading Wildrose Kennels for more than two decades Mike Stewart developed a unique dog-training program based on positive methods. As the business has grown over the years—more UK Labs imported, more pups born and trained, new trainers brought on board, and more and more owners attending training seminars—Stewart maintained the same canine genetic traits and temperament, the same successful training methodology, and the same high performance requirements from staff members. Business success resulted from a reliably consistent brand: a Wildrose bred and trained Labrador.

In recent years the growing company has evolved further by creating licensed kennels in new locations. Wildrose International now maintains a one-kennel concept in three regional locations: Oxford, Mississippi; Dallas, Texas; and Hillsborough, North Carolina. Now these fully operational kennels are able to serve a much wider geographical area with puppy whelping, backgrounding, boarding, and training, in addition to offering a full calendar of events for handlers and their dogs. A unique computer software program houses information on all the dogs from each facility allowing each of the kennels to glean information about specific dogs.  Each location offers experiences unique to its environs, while still maintaining product consistency.

Wildrose Kennels, Mississippi—Tom Smith

Tom Smith is the top dog at Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, Mississippi. After a stint as general manager, Smith now owns and operates the original kennel. Moreover, Smith also has partnered with the city of Wilson to bring guided quail hunts to the Arkansas Delta at The Bar W Shooting Preserve in Wilson, Arkansas.

A Note from Tom Smith:

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Tom Smith and Teddy

“My Wildrose journey began eleven and a half years ago when I met my constant companion and favorite hunting partner Dixie (Hamish x Susie). After becoming an associate trainer and acquiring the adjoining property in 2010, I was blessed to join the staff full-time as the GM in 2014 with a budding plan to become the owner in 2019. The opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization and assist in the never ending growth of the Wildrose brand along with the constant improvement of our training methods and facilities has been a dream come true.

The onsite retail store Wildrose Trading Company, offers all the training gear we use and recommend along with Wildrose logo’d apparel, drinkware and other products. We wear the Wildrose Brand proudly and its always fun to meet people while traveling who have our dogs or recognize our signature puppy.

The Wildrose Experience is unmatched with the multitude of events we host. This year we have added the Bar W Shooting Preserve in Wilson, AR. We are offering guided quail hunts in the Arkansas delta set in an historic town that pays homage to the Old South. You can visit the Tom Beckbe flagship store, see the Hampson Museum filled with artifacts from the American Indian villages in the area, browse White’s Mercantile for quirky and cute home goods and finish it off with a great meal at the Wilson Cafe. Our partners offer a myriad of opportunities for hunting, travel and fun. I encourage our clients to take advantage of these great experiences.

The passion for our dogs and clients runs deep through every person who puts on that logo every day when they come to work. The kennel has been in Oxford for 21 years and we are looking forward to another 10 years of these amazing dogs. We all have big shoes to fill following Mike and Cathy, but I know the current team we have at our three locations and our associate trainers around the country will continue the heritage that has been built. There is nothing more exhilarating than living the “Gentleman’s Gundog’ lifestyle. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to work with these amazing dogs everyday?!”

 

Wildrose Texas – Guy Billups

Since 2017 Wildrose Texas has been located just 13 miles south of downtown Dallas on a beautiful campus at the historic, 850-acre Dallas Hunting and Fishing Club on the Trinity River in Dallas County, Texas. Incorporated in 1885 the club has been continuously operated ever since making it the fourth-oldest club of its kind in the US. The dynamo running Wildrose Texas is president Guy Cameron Billups, IV.

A Note from Guy Billups:

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“I wanted to take a second and update the followers on Wildrose Texas, what we have done, are doing and what’s next.

Since moving the family to Dallas, TX to live in a 1905-built cabin, we have been on quite the Wildrose Adventure. Andrew Golden and George Bridges were the first to entrust Wildrose Texas with their beloved dogs and high expectations of the Wildrose Way. A thousand or so birds and a few years later, things worked out pretty well. I also got to know Jordan Caviness, a man with Wildrose running in his veins. We got together every week for group training sessions the first 8 weeks after the kennel opened. Jamey Rosamond and a few others started joining in on these small groups and helped create the skeleton of future things to come. By the end of 2017, we had the capacity to house 30 dogs and could feel the exciting momentum building.

2018 continued to be a year of spreading the word. We trained more fantastic Wildrose labs and met so many awesome people. We brought back summer small group training sessions on a weekly basis. With the hires of John Murphy and Gunnar Hirkschind, what was a one-man operation became an excelling team enabling Kelsey and me to end the year at the British Championship, a dream come true, watching great dogs and handlers work.

As we moved into 2019 the trip to the Championship would prove an exciting venture with the opportunity to bring over the youngest competitor, FTW Ffynongain Celt, “Otto.” Adding Otto to the sires’ lineup has been very exciting. Holly also joined the team, a Murphy x Pinny female, trained by associate trainer, Craig Korff. Holly was a wonderful blessing to us and enabled our first litter in 2019, proving to carry on fantastic Wildrose genetics. As we rolled into summer 2019, the kennel reached capacity on a very regular basis, so the planning began for a facilities expansion. With the huge help of Jordan Caviness, we completed building phase two, enabling the boarding of up to 40 additional dogs. With another addition to the team in the form of Pennsylvania native, Ben Baker, more great opportunities were offered. We pilot programmed “Wildrose Texas Summer Camp,” a daycare program where older dogs in the Dallas area could tune up and maintain throughout the offseason without having to miss a night at home. With raving reviews and requests for an extension of this program, we are pleased to have Ben as the main contact for Wildrose Texas Day Camp 2020, starting in February.

Looking ahead into 2020, we are excited to have litters planned that will be delivered in Dallas. Crawfish boils, small groups monthly training sessions and other activities are planned. The Adventure Dog Rendezvous comes to Dallas, April 3-5, with fishing, watercrafting, hiking, shooting, a BBQ and much more. I also traveled to England at the end of January to spend a week training dogs with the Bates, culminating in actually competing in a field trial. Excited to report back from this.

The sun continues to shine on the Wildrose Texas Experience.”

 

Wildrose Carolinas – Kirk Parker and Steven Lucius

Wildrose Carolinas is located in Hillsborough, North Carolina, on 250 acres of wildlife habitat in Southern Caswell County. Wildrose Carolinas features a 4,000 square-foot covered building with more than 30 individual pens and a full-service healthcare center dedicated to the comfort and care of dogs in training. A recently completed guest facility includes office space, two guest rooms and an entertainment area. The site offers a wide variety of training environments including 12 ponds including a ten-acre lake, rolling topography, flooded timber, grass fields and two miles of trails and roadway. The grounds provide the abilities to train for upland, waterfowl or adventure in every type of habitat one would encounter in the field or marsh.

A Note from Kirk Parker:

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Kirk Parker and Gamble

“I was first introduced to Wildrose Kennels when I read the 2009 cover-story article in Forbes magazine, “Luxe Labradors.” I liked what I read so much that I read it several times. Later, a 2012 article in Garden and Gun, “Leader of the Pack,” confirmed what I learned from the Forbes article. I was captured by what I thought was the most intuitive, thoughtful, and comprehensive approach to breeding and training dogs I had ever seen.

I grew up hunting in central Alabama and was always working with dogs, admittedly, pointing dogs at the time and it was and is today something I enjoy. I have been around dogs all my life and now I had to be a part of the Wildrose pack. I attended a workshop at a friend’s plantation in Alabama in conjunction with the Alabama Wildlife Federation — everything I had read was confirmed again. This is where I first met Mike and Cathy Stewart. Once I returned home, I exhausted the Wildrose website looking at the mating calendar and the different profiles of Sires and Dams. I wanted a fox red male and put in a deposit — the suspense began in earnest (in part because I had not yet informed my wife). A couple puppies were offered to me and due to travel and other circumstances, I could not commit to a puppy…. So, I waited some more. When I got the call from Cathy that she had a fox red male out of Red and Daisy, the time was right and I committed. I made the trip to Oxford from the Carolinas with the intent of picking a high-energy dog and as a result, his name — Gamble. And did I mention; I succeeded! I sent Gamble back for basic gundog training and then again for some more advanced and upland training. Steven Lucius trained him and did a great job. Each time, I made the drive to Oxford, I considered how nice it would be to have a Wildrose location in the Carolinas and the opportunity I believed was there from a market perspective.

I ruminated over this idea for a while and became more excited at the prospect. Early in 2017, Mike was making a trip to North Carolina for a photo shoot and I asked if I could meet him to get some help with Gamble and to ask him about the prospect of opening a Wildrose location in North Carolina, although he did not know that. And so I asked. We looked at a map and remarked at the population in the area – all he said was…”interesting.” And that was it.

Soon, I heard from Mike and he wanted to pursue this idea and so it went. Fast Forward . . . .

In August of 2017, Shawn Yates came on board and moved to Oxford where he trained and learned the Wildrose Way. In May 2018, after looking at several properties, I closed on the purchase of 260 acres of land in Southern Caswell County, north of Hillsborough, NC. Shawn and his wife, Kim, moved on site in May of 2018 and we set up a temporary location so we could train the dogs we already had entrusted to us and begin the process of building the full complement of facilities we now enjoy.

In September 2018, the kennel building was completed having 30 pens, a healthcare room, and a small equipment and feed room. In October 2018, the house in which Shawn and Kim now live was completed. Improvements were made to the property to enhance the wildlife habitat, training grounds, and access throughout the property. The Lodge was completed in November 2019. For now, our facility is complete. And we already need to expand in order to continue the legacy of great services Wildrose is known to provide. We have trained over 30 dogs, whelped 3 litters of puppies, held workshops and exhibitions in the area. Most of all, we have engaged and enjoyed developing relationships with clients, some new, some existing members of the pack who are glad to have a location in close geographic proximity.

Our property consists of 260 acres of wildlife habitat and training grounds with 12 water sources and we continue to develop it to enhance and provide even more options.

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Steven Lucius

During the fall of 2019, Steven Lucius contacted me and said he was ready to be an owner and manifest his 12 years of learning at Wildrose Oxford. He was ready to take the next step in his Wildrose journey.  After several discussions over a couple months, we agreed for Steven to be part of Wildrose Carolinas. In January 2020, Steven became a co-owner and he and Schuyler, Steven’s wife, made the move to North Carolina. Shawn and Kim continue to provide their excellent level of service in training and caring for the dogs. I am excited to have a new partner as part of the team that will carry Wildrose Carolinas forward.

We have big plans. As you will see from the video and photos, the property is excellent and has even more potential. We plan to develop our breeding program, enhance the wildlife habitat so that we can train in authentic upland and waterfowl habitat. We will be hosting workshops oriented towards gundogs, adventure dogs and therapy dogs. In summary, we plan to develop the property and resources so that we can extend the Wildrose experience to the pack with unyielding devotion to the Wildrose Way and the excellence, which is now synonymous.”

Property Profile

260 acres located in Southern Caswell County, North of Hillsborough, NC
12 unique water sources
Waterfowl and upland habitat
3 miles of roads and trails
Abundant wildlife
40’ x 100’ kennel building with 30 pens and 8 oscillating fans
20’ x 20’ temperature controlled healthcare room and whelping area
20’ x 20’ equipment/feed room
3 bedroom home for onsite supervision at all times
2 bedroom lodge with firepit gathering area
3 RV hookups – 2 x 50 amp, 1 x 30 amp

Please come visit soon, we will be anxiously waiting…

 

Wildrose International, Mike and Cathy Stewart

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Mike and Cathy Stewart maintain oversight of the trio of kennels that make up Wildrose International. Having developed a manual for kennel operations and overseeing the training of the kennel staff, the Stewarts make periodic quality-control visits to assure that consistent standards are upheld throughout the business. In addition, Mike continues to market the brand, appearing at numerous sporting events and conventions. Moreover, he creates opportunities for others in the company to make appearances as well. Finally, Mike employs his dog-whisperer role, assisting trainers in resolving intractable issues some dogs experience.

As in the past, the Stewarts will split their time between their seasonal training locations in Jasper, Arkansas, and Granite, Colorado. In 2003, Wildrose purchased and began the development of the Wildrose river training facility in Northwest Arkansas with two-thirds of a mile of river along the Little Buffalo, complete with both narrow and wide river sections.  These training grounds, Wildrose of the Ozarks, offer a river-training dimension to the kennel’s training experiences. For nearly a decade the Colorado facility at Clear Creek Ranch has offered opportunities for summer mountain training at a 9,000-foot elevation, bordering as it does, the prestigious mountain trout stream Clear Creek, which was previously an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing destination.

Notes

Mike Stewart, Sporting Dog and Retriever Training: The Wildrose Way, 2012: 10.

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Related Links

Annie Johnston, “Girls, Guns, and Guy.” https://wildroseblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/girls-gundogs-and-guy/

Mike Stewart, Wildrose International, “It’s River Time.” December, 1, 2019. https://wildroseblog.wordpress.com/

 

Ben McClelland
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Kirk Parker
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Steven Lucius
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Guy Billups
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Tom Smith
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The Solutionist: Trainers of the Wildrose Way

By Mike Stewart, Wildrose International

What are the traits of a good sporting dog trainer or handler?  What skills are important to their success?  New Wildrose trainers complete an in-depth curriculum of lecture and field activities as part of becoming a trainer at our facilities. This is one of the questions asked as part of their final evaluation. This question is also relevant for handlers that are followers of the Wildrose Way.  There are four traits we seek in our trainers which are applicable to those training and handling their own dogs.

The Trainer as a Solutionist

First, the trainer is a Mechanic.  A good trainer has many mechanical methods to

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develop a sporting dog: drills, exercises, procedures, lessons and techniques.  Sporting Dog and Retriever Training, theWildrose Way, Wildrose DVDs, and online videos demonstrate many mechanical drills and lessons.  Hold conditioning, pull/push, diversions, switching on doubles, TDMs, intro to gunfire… all “how to” exercises which I categorize as mechanical applications.  In development or problem solving, this is the first bucket most reach for. Necessary and effective for sure, but the trainer must consider much more to be truly effective with a wide variety of situations involving different dog breeds, skill levels, aptitude and challenges a student may present.

Trainers are solutionists. When confronted with a problem in training or hunting, while thinking of an exercise that could affect the shortcomings, also consider the important question of why.  Why the failure? Why does the problem exist? Why is the dog successful? What are the dog’s key motivators? What are the contributing factors that could be the cause in performance deficiency?  Answer the why first then seek solutions.

Secondly, the trainer/handler is a Problem Solver. To guide the process, follow the Wildrose Problem Solving Matrix, Page 45 of Sporting Dog and Retriever Training, the Wildrose Way.  Any shortcomings, challenges or problems that you confront with a dog can be categorized in this simple matrix. In the search for the “why” consider:

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Genetics:  Like produces like.  Gun-shy parents or those vocal in the duck blind may well pass along the fault. Shyness, aggression, hard mouth, poor scenting abilities, hyperactivity, dislike of water, etc., could well be passed on through the generations.  This is the importance of knowing bloodlines, the background and heritage of the dog. Not all shortcomings arise from genetics, though.  Let’s continue to search.

Methods:  Could it be that the wrong methods are being applied to fit the situation?

  • Pushing the dog too quickly, inconsistency
  • Not reinforcing calmness in training
  • Improper introductions: gunfire, birds, water
  • Hunting too early
  • Not enough emphasis on obedience skills, patience, steadiness
  • Too many meaningless, excitable marks (over-excitement or boredom)
  • Testing above the dog’s skill level – nothing if learned through failure

Basically the trainer looks at the problem and the methods being utilized for training or exercise to see if the drills are actually contributing to the shortcomings. Remember, when you have a problem, back up two steps in your training to the familiar, Wildrose Law #19. Repeating an exercise incorrectly is actually training through repetition to do the skill incorrectly.

Relationship: Is the trainer-handler relationship with the dog that of pack leadership and is the leader exhibiting confidence while the dog is showing respect? When a Wildrose client or workshop participant has a performance challenge with a dog, surely they will be anxious to resolve the issue quickly, but before the solutionists accept and address the dogs’ issues, they will want to see the dog and handler working together.  Here we determine if the problem could be related to the handler’s poor leadership: weak communication, instability, poor pack structure, inconsistency, impatience, negative attitude, misreading the dog. Trainers consider relationship first in the diagnostic process.

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The handler needs to be seen as a stable leader with a clarity of commands. Dogs do not respect or follow unstable, angry or emotional leaders.  Do we see consistency, structure and clear boundaries for the dog?  Do we visually see and hear confident communication? Are there realist expectations, eye contact, and a handler’s tone that reflects intention?  Does the family present a poor “pack” environment with inconsistent rules for the dog?  Such inadequacies in relationship may be contributors to the problem being experienced.

Handler’s ability: Is the handler providing clear communications to the dog such as timing of corrections and rewards? Other handler faults that contribute to failures include: inconsistency in training lessons, poor handling skills – whistle and hand signals, misreading the dog’s communication, no progressive training plan, emotional or loss of temper and loud, vocal handling.

The matrix promotes reflection to search for the “why” of a behavior or failure in performance before we address corrections or mechanical solutions. First, look at yourself.

The third trait of a good sporting dog developer is to be a behaviorist.  Know how to read a dog.  Dogs don’t talk but they are always communicating.  Too often one attempts solutions to a dog’s performance without considering what the dog is perceiving or signaling.  People turn to force methods much too quickly to resolve issues: force fetch, e-collars, and spike collars, without first getting into the dog’s mindset.   Question in depth:

  • Why is the dog behaving this way?
  • Have we simplified the exercise/command for better understanding?
  • Could contributors to the undesired performance be:
    1. Immaturity?
    2. The lesson is too complicated?
    3. Is it a “can’t” or a “won’t” issue?
    4. Is there a lack of trust of the handler?
    5. Distracted or bored?
    6. Exhibiting dominance or passive behavior?
    7. Avoidance behaviors or fear factors?

Effective training involves reading the dog and learning what is being communicated.  Learn their language.

The final trait of the solutionist is to have the mindset of a teacher.  Effective trainers are teaching the dog.  Teachers follow proven, progressive curriculums.  They understand nothing is learned through failure.  They teach through repetition and consistency but never to the point of boredom.  Learning involves lessons that are developmentally appropriate and that are continuously evaluated.  Teachers present skills in small, interconnected, progressive steps not sweeping concepts.  Trainers/handlers of the Wildrose Way are communicators who teach a point, reward each success and engage the pupil.

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The second part of teaching is that the trainer of the dog must transfer skills to the handler.  This requires a teacher’s mindset.  Nothing is achieved if the handler cannot direct and control the dog.  Again, the trainer becomes the teacher teaching the skills necessary for control, communication and handling.  The handler relationship is obviously vital to the dog’s performances.  Success requires that both become a team.  A mutual understanding in a nonverbal world. Once understood, the handler then becomes the teacher of others: the family members, fellow hunters, visitors to the home and people that will be encountered that have dogs.   Each must understand the boundaries, commands, expectations and the order of the pack mentality if the dog’s training and social balance is to remain sharp.

There is much more to a canine solutionist’s responsibility than just knowing drills, exercises, and commands.  Trainers are developed canine behaviorists, problem solvers with the mindset of a teacher, developing students in a progressive, logical, balanced way – The Wildrose Way.

 

Cathy@uklabs.com

Photos by @williamhereford and @kbehnkephotos

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Meet the New Trainers of Wildrose: Will Zizmann & Adam Hyland

Adam Hyland

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Adam Hyland

Originally from Oxford, Mississippi, Adam is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in Recreation Administration and minor in Business Administration. Adam began training dogs at the age of 12 when he got his first Labrador Retriever and reached out to Bobby Stewart of Stewart Kennels for guidance. Adam later began running in UKC hunt tests during his early years of college and began training a few dogs for the public upon request. “Training theses amazing animals has always been a passion since I first slipped a lead on my first dog,” Adam says. Adam has been working as an equine therapist for the past two and a half years while continuing his love of training dogs in his spare time. The opportunity to work for Wildrose Texas as a trainer was too good to pass up due to Adam’s passion for training dogs, as well as, his love of waterfowl and upland hunting.

 

Will Zizmann

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Will Zizmann – photo by Taylor Square Photography

Will Zizmann was born and raised in Hernando, Mississippi and moved to Oxford in 2016 to pursue his degree at Ole Miss. He started working at Wildrose in February of 2016 as a kennelman and worked his way up to a training position. Will has always had a passion for the outdoors and when he found Wildrose, he stated, “I learned Wildrose dogs are true complements to the outdoor lifestyle.” Will enjoys duck hunting and bass fishing. He graduated from Ole Miss in 2019 with degrees in Real Estate and Managerial Finance and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Will is a trainer at Wildrose Mississippi.

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That One Dog

By Glenn Pabody

If you are a lifelong dog lover, you’ve had that one dog that always stands out. The one dog that exceeds all your expectations. That dog for us was Mack.

On April 1st of 2019 I lost a friend and hunting partner of 16 years and Maryetta lost a friend and Lifetime-movie-watching, snuggle buddy. It would be easy to say nothing more and move on, but it wouldn’t be fair to not acknowledge one of God’s creatures who gave so much unconditional love to me and Maryetta. A buddy and hunting partner who willingly broke ice and swam in frigid water to pick up a downed duck or goose, or who stayed by my side in a blisteringly hot dove field waiting for that next flight of white-wing doves to come screaming through in the hopes that he’d get to pick up just one more dove before day’s end, or who was just as happy to lie next to me while I read, or tried desperately to catch that big elusive catfish in our tank.

This is Mack’s story. Maybe a little long, but he deserves this and more . . .

We named him Mack, as in truck, because as a pup he resembled that famous big-rig hood ornament. He wandered away from his littermates and into our lives at about 6 weeks of age on a wet, raw February morning in 2003. I had burned some trash in our burn barrel the night before and, as I was leaving for work at the clinic, I happened to look down and saw a steel-grey fuzz ball huddled up next to the barrel. He kind of growled a little as if to say, “I’m a big dog, buddy; don’t mess with me.” I ignored the puppy growls, dried him off, gave him a little something to eat, put him in a crate with a heat lamp in our shop, and left for work after calling Maryetta and telling her we had a very small guest staying with us.

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When I came home at lunch, I let the little guy out to pee, stretch his legs a little, and get a drink of water. While we were both in the back yard, bonding by watering the grass, Maryetta called and asked how he was doing. I told her that he was just fine and we were doing the guy bonding thing. She said, “Good. I think I’ve found him a home.” I paused at that and told her that I wasn’t sure I wanted to let the little guy go ‘cause he was kind of cute. Well, you could have heard a pin drop over the phone. The reason was that Maryetta used to joke that I was a snob concerning only two things: I only shot Beretta shotguns and I trained and ran only pedigreed Lab females. I’d been training retrievers since my teens and they were always Labs, and always females. I had never trained a male, much less owned and trained a mixed-breed dog. A male mutt, no way.

Well when my bride came home from work that evening, she found Mack and me lying on the living room floor. When she laid eyes on the little guy, I knew he was staying. It was love at first sight. (Parenthetical note here: shortly before we were married, Maryetta asked me about adjusting puppies to their new home. I told her I usually let them sleep with me for a day or so, then transitioned them to a crate next to the bed, then—when potty trained—I’d let them out of the crate. She told me in no uncertain terms that if we got a pup, there would be no puppies in the bed). Fast forward to our first night with Mack and I wake up to very rapid breaths near my left ear. I roll over to see that the woman who wouldn’t allow puppies to sleep with us has Mack snuggled up next to her neck. “He was cold honey !”…)

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While Mack was my hunting partner, he was also, just as importantly, “mama’s boy.” Between the end of February and August 30th he had eyes mostly for Maryetta.   He could usually be found next to her while watching a television program; he seemed to prefer cooking shows, or wandering around the property with her. We have 8 acres of trees and there always seemed to be at least one tree that needed pushing over. Maryetta would encourage him and he’d start ripping at rotting bark while Maryetta pushed on the tree. Before long the dead tree would be pushed over between their two efforts and he always seemed inordinately satisfied when the tree hit the ground. He could also be found helping mom weed the garden. Maryetta would point to something and say, “WEED !” and, bless his heart, he’d grab the offending plant, yank it up, and shake it like a terrier going after a rat!

One of his special skills involved toilet paper. While we were building our home we lived in a small rental a few miles away from our property. The bathroom was set up such that if you were sitting on the commode and needed a fresh roll of toilet paper, you couldn’t reach it where it was stored under the sink. Maryetta taught Mack to reach in and grab a roll and give it to her. Very handy when you’re in an “in extremis “ situation.  One spring day while I was training Mack in our back yard, I heard Maryetta call for him through the bathroom window. He ran into the house and came back out just a minute or so later. Maryetta later told me he ran in, thinking mom was in our bedroom, turned around saw her in the bath room, realized what was needed, reached in and fairly tossed the roll of TP at her with a look Maryetta described as, “Mom! Dad and I are training, please don’t disturb us !” God I loved that boy.

 

At that time I was on the road fairly regularly, running our Lab Vader in hunting retriever tests, so it was ideal for Maryetta to have a companion when she didn’t go with me. There was a problem though: it seemed “mom’s companion” had developed an interest in retrieving while watching me train Vader. So, I started working with Mack after I was done training Vader and he took to it like a duck to water. Because of his seemingly natural inclination to retrieve, we wondered if there was any retriever of any breed in him. We had a canine DNA test done on him, twice. Both times it came back Mastiff, Rottweiller and Chow. There was no retriever in him, anywhere. He just really liked to retrieve and in time was skilled enough to do multiple retrieves, tracking of crippled birds, and blind retrieves. So much for staying at home with mom ‘cause the big guy quickly got hooked on wingshooting and retrieving for me. Now I had to take two dogs with me when I went hunting!

 

When you’ve hunted with a partner for as long as Mack and I hunted together, there are always lots of memorable hunting stories, far too many for this recitation. There was a time in Kansas he caught a jack rabbit and got into a tug of war with a friend’s Springer Spaniel over whose rabbit it was, or the first time he attempted to pick up a Sandhill crane  and ended up dragging it back to me by the wing for 50 yards, or the time in Uvalde when he first encountered MOJO type dove decoys. We were hunting in a small field right on the edge of town and the birds were just piling in to escape from a neighboring field filled with dove hunters. This was the year the motion dove decoys first came out and everybody in our group but Mack and I had one. They were working like a charm. Despite not having one Mack and I got our limit pretty fast and walked over to retrieve for Louie, the oldest guy in our group in a remote corner of the field. He was using a MOJO decoy and 5 other folks in our group who’d limited out contributed their decoys for the morning to Louie, as well. He was positively awash in decoys! The doves must have thought the mother lode of seed was on the ground because the decoys were drawing them in like crazy. Louie shot a Ruger 28 ga. and couldn’t keep it loaded fast enough. When Mack and I got there, we picked up a few outlying birds then settled in next to Louie to pick up the remainder of his limit. As I said, I didn’t own a motion decoy so Mack had no idea what they were. Louie would knock a dove down on the far side of the decoys and Mack would plow through ‘em like a 110 pound grey furry bowling ball, at which time I’d go out, re-set the decoys only to have them knocked down again the next time a bird was dropped.  It took several more birds before Mack figured out he could get the same results by going around, rather than through, the decoy “spread.”

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The male mutt that had wandered into our lives 16 years ago turned into one of the two best dogs I’d ever trained and hunted over and he became a lifelong friend and companion. By the time he crossed over the bridge this dog, who shouldn’t have been a retriever, had picked up untold hundreds of ducks, pheasants, quail, chukar, snow geese, and Canada geese in west Texas peanut fields (boy, is that a great story), Sandhill cranes, and untold hundreds of doves for me and my hunting partners. Plus, he gave unconditional love to me and Maryetta. Keep a warm spot in the blind for me, bubba. See you on the other side.

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Wildrose Service Dogs in Action: Wildrose Bilko

Hub City Service Dogs, in partnership with Wildrose, placed Bilko, a Diabetic Alert Dog, with Christin. Listen to Christin recount the news she was given this past year and how she’s learning to overcome these obstacles with Wildrose Bilko (Scottie X Fawn) by her side. A big thank you to the Northwest Community College Nursing Department, Wildrose Service Companions and Hub City Service Dogs for making this match happen.

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Smoked Chicken Wings

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Kirk Parker and Gamble

Recipe by Kirk Parker, Wildrose Carolinas
Ingredients:
6 pounds chicken wings
Rub:
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
1 Teaspoon cumin
1 Teaspoon onion powder
1 Teaspoon garlic powder
2 Teaspoons kosher salt
3 Teaspoons fresh ground pepper
1 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
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Instructions:
 
Separate wings into drumettes and wings (if necessary)
Pat wings dry
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Combine spices and olive oil to form rub
Place wings in a container, add and mix rub over chicken
Let wings with rub applied rest for at least an hour
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Heat smoker or grill to temperature between 225-250 degrees F
Add wood for smoke (pecan is best, but others work fine)
Place wings over indirect heat
Smoke for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until wings reach temperature of 160 degrees F
Place directly over coals to crisp – approximately 5 minutes, each side
Remove and let rest for 10 minutes
Serve and enjoy with Ranch, Blue cheese or any type sauce you desire
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Smokey Quail Minestrone Stewp

scot roxy and dogsBy Roxy Wilson, owner of Wildrose Suzy, Cora & Roxy

Cool weather and Fall color always turn my culinary mind to soup. That, and a gift of eight beautiful quail (clean with no extraneous shot or feathers) from Alan Newton and Wildrose Shadow led me to create this hearty stewp. This term was coined by Rachel Ray as a cross between a stew and a soup.  My dish fits the definition of a stewp because of the density of ingredients. It resembles minestrone because of the ditalini pasta I used.  Addition of a can of black-eyed peas or white beans would also fit a minestrone.

A smokey background flavor in the broth highlights the role of the quail in the flavor profile.  In this preparation I used bacon to achieve the smokiness.  Another possibility is the use of a carcass of any kind of smoked fowl (chicken, quail, etc.) in the stock.  Or, a few drops of liquid smoke also does the job.  (Be careful with this very potent ingredient.)

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Ingredients:
8 whole quail
2 qt water or chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 large onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
2 large stalks of celery, diced with tops reserved for later
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
4 slices of bacon (or smoked carcass, or a few drops of liquid smoke)
1 bunch mustard greens, stems removed and sliced into 1 inch ribbons
1 can RotelTM, mild or original
1 can diced tomatoes, any variety
[1 can black-eyed peas or white beans]
1 cup ditalini pasta
3 bay leaves
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried thyme
Salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes to taste
Grated Parmesan Regiano

Directions

  1. In a large Dutch oven or stock pot, fry the bacon until crisp enough to crumble. Remove the bacon and add the diced onion, carrot, celery and garlic.Season with a bit of salt and pepper and saute until the onions begin to sweat. Add the white wine and stir to loosen any brown bits from the bottom of the pan; boil a few minutes until most of the wine evaporates.
  1. Add the water or stock, 8 whole quail and any available smoked carcasses.If you are using liquid smoke, add it here.  Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the quail breasts are just cooked.  (Don’t overcook the quail meat here, because it goes back in the soup later.) Remove the whole quail and allow them to cool. Skim as much froth from the top of the stock as you can.

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  1. Remove breasts from the whole quail, along with as much leg meat as you have patience for.Return the carcasses to the stock and cook for about 10 more minutes.  You may need to add more stock/water as the broth cooks down.  Wash the mustard greens, remove the stems and slice into about 1-inch ribbons.  Chop the reserved celery tops.

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  1. Remove the carcasses from the stock.Add the canned tomatoes (including liquid), mustard greens and celery tops.  Season the stewp with oregano, thyme, salt, ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes.  Be careful not to overwhelm to flavors of the stewp with heat from Rotel or red pepper flakes.  To this end, I chose mild Rotel and a pinch of red pepper flakes.  (Add beans here if using).  Cook for about 5 minutes.  Return the quail meat to the stewp.
  1. Add 1 cup of dry ditalini pasta.At this point, make sure there is plenty of liquid in the stewp, because the pasta will absorb some as it cooks.  Cook for the time given on the package; do not overcook pasta.  When finished cooking, remove bay leaves and adjust seasoning to taste.
  1. To serve, top the stewp with crumbled bacon and grated parmesan.Add garlic bread and the wine you used to deglaze the pot.

 

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In Memoriam: Wildrose Gunner Morsus

In Memoriam of Wildrose Gunner Morsus
Whelped 8/27/2005
Died 11/8/2019

Sire: Shortthorn Tommy of Leadburn
Dam: Rybrae Baroness of Astraglen

Gunner

The best companion a family could ask for, Gunner, died after a lengthy illness. Up to the end, he was strong of heart. Gunner’s memory and spirit will live with us forever. In the true British Labrador tradition, Gunner maintained a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity during his three week hospitalization.

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We are forever grateful to the Wildrose family for sharing Gunner with us for 14 years.

Gunner will be sorely missed but not forgotten.

Danny, Sue Ellen, and Alex Wilkerson

Little Rock, AR.

 

 

 

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What’s in a Title?

By Amy Bates

It can be really confusing when we open social media and dogs (for the sake of this article dog/s mean both bitches and dogs) are being advertised for stud work having all sorts of prefix’s before their registered Kennel name.  Here in the UK there is only one title that matters, Field Trial Champion (FTCh). The ultimate way to achieve this is for a dog to be placed first in the Retriever Championship, easy peesey!

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Photo from Field Trials & Tribulations by Amy Bates

It is many years since Knaith Banjo born in 1946, held the title Dual Champion- meaning a Show Champion and Field Trial Champion and it would be wonderful, if not a little fanciful, to think that could happen again in the future.  For a Retriever to gain the title FTCh the dog must gain what we call “three tickets”*, one of which must be a win in an Any Variety, “AV” Retriever Open Stake, this is very important. It is common for Golden Retrievers to win a Breed Stake first but then they must compete and win against other retrievers in an “AV “ Open Stake in order to gain the title of Field Trial Champion.

*A “ticket” is a 1st  place in an Open Field Trial, 2ndplace doesn’t count.   A 1stplace in a 2 Day Open Qualifying Stake gives 2 “tickets”.  A 1stplace in a 1 Day Open Qualifying Stake gives 1 “ticket.”

This is the route to gain “Three Tickets”:

A dog which gains two first awards in 24-dog Open Stakes under three different Panel A Judges.

A dog which gains a first award in one 24-dog and one 12-dog Open Stake under three different Panel A Judges.

A dog which gains a first award in three 12-dog Open Stakes under three different Panel A Judges.

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Photo from Field Trials & Tribulations by Amy Bates

Plus the dog must hold a Water and a Drive Certificate.  This ensures that a dog holding the title FTCh can sit steadily and quietly at a drive and enters water freely.  The Title is given by the UK Kennel Club and can only be achieved at UK Kennel Cub licenced trials/events.The Water Certificate may, but not necessarily, be gained at a special Water Test. The special water test must have been conducted before two Panel A Judges at one of the following: the Retriever Championship, a Field Trial Stake, or at a subsequent special test.   To gain a Drive Certificate two A Panel Retriever judges must witness the dog sitting steadily and quietly at a drive.

 

These common abbreviations are NOT titles and should NOT  appear in red ink on a pedigree.

OFTAW stands for Open Field Trial Award Winner.

FTW stands for Field Trial Winner

OFTW stands for Open Field Trial Winner

If you see this on a pedigree or social media post all it says is that this is what the dog has achieved so far in field trials.  A Certificate of Merit is not an award.

If you see “International Field Trial Champion (IFTCh), it means that the dog has been made up into an IFTCh on the Continent or in Southern Ireland at a Federation Cynologique Inertanationale (FCI) licenced trial event.  My husband, Peter Bates bred, trained and handled International and UK Field Trial Champion Levenghyl Gemstone.  “Gemma” was made an International Field Trial Champion by winning field trials in Belgium where she was handled by Mike Mulch. She  then came home and was made up into a UK Field Trial Champion in the United Kingdom where she was handled by Peter Bates winning  two 2 Day stakes, one a Walked Up in the North of England, in  Yorkshire and the other a Driven trial in the South of England, in Sussex showing her prowess and true champion qualities.

When a dog is made up up into a Field Trial Champion we have a tendency to ask where it was made up and at what time of year, as many dogs are made up in September on what I classify as manufactured ground only picking French Partridge. I believe that a true Field Trial Champion should have competed and won retrieving fur (hares and rabbits) and a cross section of feather such as pheasant snipe, partridge woodcock etc….

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Photo from Field Trials & Tribulations by Amy Bates

The title FTCh  does not give any indication of the temperament (hugely important- it’s what we breed for) or the  health of the dog.  Some FTCh can have high (British Veterinary Association) hip and or elbow scores, hereditary cataracts and be affected by diseases such as PRA. It is worth bearing in mind that every screening test is not 100% specific for the diseases. Philippa Pinn, who has been in Labradors both show and working dogs  since 1979 is a Pedigree Interrogator.  Many of the well known “names” in the sport turn to Philly for advice when they are choosing a puppy or stud dog, a worth while exercise which can save a lot of heartache.

Social media and the World Wide Web have contributed hugely to bringing the world of Field Trials and the dogs that run in them to the masses.   Knowing the story behind the dogs that hold the titles, their health screening scores, the trials they have won, the person handling the dog, and the person training the dog, all play a part when it comes to understanding the dog behind the title.

 

Amy Bates

Born in Chicago, she moved to the UK in 1980.   Specialising in country living, Amy has written a regular monthly column for The Shooting Gazette for over 18 years and in 2014 started a new column about the world of Retriever Field Trialling from her point of view called “Field Trials and Tribulations”. 

 Amy has been extensively involved in Hunting and Shooting ever since moving to the UK.  Having entered into the world of competitive gundogs eight years ago, Amy has fully immersed herself in the discipline of gundogs with her usual gusto, she has competed and won in working tests, Novice and Open Field Trials, dog stewarded, judged, carried game and run the line, not to mention cooking the judges lunches! Training her gundogs is of paramount importance to her daily regime.

Amy lives in Yorkshire with her husband Peter Bates an “A” Panel Retriever judge and founder of the famous Levenghyl line of Labradors where they train their gundogs and endlessly entertains guests!

 Levenghyl Labradors

www.levenghyllabradors.co.uk

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Field Trials & Tribulations by Amy Bates

 

Copyright Amy Bates @2019

 

 

 

 

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Honoring our Veterans

The military may have taken some of our Veteran Pack Members on many unexpected adventures.  Even though those adventures might have come to an end, their journey continues through the undeniable bond created with their canine companions.
In honor of Veterans Day, we asked a few of our pack members to share their experiences with us (via Training the Wildrose Way group page on Facebook).

Here are their stories:

Mike Stewart

Tell us about your time in service:
Commander, Michael H. Stewart, US Navy Reserves, Retired
1985 to 2006
Agent- Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
Security Officer- Atlantic Intelligence Command
Officer in Charge (OIC)- Joint Intelligence Command Central
Operations Officer- Defense Intelligence Agency

Serving different commands with a variety of military missions for 20 years allowed fantastic leadership opportunities.  Military service provides one with a great education in organization, personnel development and commitment to mission.  All proved beneficial as life lessons and personal professional development. Interesting travel as well… Iceland, Spain, Hawaii, New Orleans, Washington, DC, N. Africa.

Share with us about your dog(s):
Deke is the Ducks Unlimited mascot and a Master Trekker, prepared to go anywhere.

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Mike and Deke – photo by Katie Behnke

Deke and his pals are my best friends. Besides hunting upland and waterfowl, he is a great traveling companion and a perfect complement in the home.

 

Tom Smith

Tell us about your time in service:
Captain, Tom Smith, US Army
1990-1997
Infantry Officer

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The work ethic and leadership training from the military is invaluable as a business owner. The infantry’s moto is to lead from the front which translates into the civilian world to lead by example. I was fortunate enough to attend airborne and air assault schools and after graduating the Rappel Master course served as a rappel Master in the 6th Infantry Division. Traveling the world from Alaska, Thailand, Japan, Egypt and all over the lower 48 was an experience I will never forget. 

Share with us about your dog(s):
Dixie, 11yo Hamish x Susie
Mattis, 1yo Hamish x Ginger

Dixie is retired now but she was a hunting dog, office dog, traveling companion and overall more than I could have ever dreamed of.

Mattis is a hunting dog, companion, jokester and all around perfect dog.

These dogs are my constant companions and are always up for new adventures.  You can find them at various demos and hunts throughout the year.

 

Danielle Drewrey

Tell us about your time in service:
US Army, 2011
Military Police

IMG_9389Entering into the US Army in January 2011, I hoped to follow in my Grandfathers foot steps and work as a Military Police Officer with aspirations to be a Dog Handler. I was proud to serve my country, but my time was cut short. At the end of 2011, after many months of intense training, an injury ended my hopes in having a career in the military.
My short time in service helped me realize that you are capable of more than you give yourself credit for.

Share with us about your dog(s):
Stella, 8 year old English Springer Spaniel
Willow, 2 year old British Lab

Stella is a glorified house dog and adventure dog. She completed the 2017 Adventure Dog Rendezvous in Jasper Arkansas and holds a Trail Rated title. She keeps my family entertained with her superb retrieving and energy.
Willow has been trained as an Adventure Dog with Gundog skills. While I’m not a hunter myself, she enjoys picking up the occasional bird for me during training sessions at Wildrose Oxford.

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I love my dogs and the bond I have with them is undeniable.
Life with a dog is a good life.

 

 Otter Gardner

Tell us about your time in service:
Army, 18th Airborne Corp
1979 -1983
Military Police /Dog Handler
The dogs I worked were: Ti – male 4 years old, Arco – male 8 years old, Pasha – female 7 years old & Fozzie – male 3 years old. Ti being my primary dog. My work consisted of Garrison Duty (work within the base): Military Police patrol with K-9.
Combat Operations:
Airborne with K-9, Rappelling with K-9, STABO Extraction (allowed handler and dog to be extracted by a helicopter from a field locations without landing the helicopter).
“Tunnel Rat,” enter underground tunnels with my dog to clear the tunnels of enemy & hazards.

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Tell us about your dog(s):
Otter –  American Water Spaniel, 7 years old

Copper – Labrador Retriever, 11 months old

Both of my dogs work with me guiding waterfowl and upland hunts at several game preserves.
Most important, they are my loyal companions.

MY DOG
He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds;
My other ears that hear above the winds;
My other nose that can sense our surroundings;
He has shown me his love a thousand times over;
by the way he rests against my leg;
by the way he thumps his tail at my smile;
by the way he braves the challenges ahead.
When I am happy, he is joy unbounded.
When I am a fool, he ignores it.
When I succeed, he’s proud.
When I am in danger, he protects me.
With him, I am comfortable and safe.
He has taught me the meaning of devotion.
He is loyalty itself.
His presence by my side is protection against my fears.
His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.
He has promised to wait for me…whenever… wherever – in case I need him;
and I expect I will –
as I always have.
Military Working Dog
K-9 Ti J-169

Yvonne Pate

Tell us about your time in the service:
US Army
2005 – 2009
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I Joined South Carolina Army National Guard from then transferred to Mississippi Army National Guard after that I went over to Active Duty Army and was stationed at Fort Drum, NY for my duration of contract. My job was a 42A (Human Resources Specialist).

I am a very proud veteran and loved my job in the army. I miss it a lot.

Share with us about your dog:
Sterling is 3 years old. He is a British labrador Retriever and is a big baby.  He helps me with my public anxiety, night terrors and depression.

He is a special baby. He is spoiled rotten and can be hard headed sometimes but I can usually get him back in line. He is a big lover. I have a hard time taking him out in public places because everyone wants to love on him. I feel bad when I have to tell them no, but we work great together. I love my baby boy Sterling.

 

Andrew McKenzie

Tell us about your time in the service:
I have been in the Airforce since 1988 and still serving (retirement next year) working my way up through the ranks before commissioning in 2002. I have served in Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. I command US and Canadian troops in Afghanistan where our role was to act as a Mobile Training Team travelling the country teaching the Afghan Army and Police.

Share with us about your dog:
My wonderful dog is a black Labrador named Ace. He is from the Beereegan Line of dogs here in Australia. He will be 5 years of age in December.

His initial role was to be my duck dog as I had always wanted to hunt alongside a great dog. Ace does this job well but his greatest attribute is his adaptability to adapt to changing circumstances. Wildrose training methods allows him to be a duck dog during the hunt then be my companion animal when we have finished. Having recently been diagnosed with PTSD, I must admit I let him get away with not staying/remaining on his bed (in place) as he has the ability to know when I am starting to feel down, he gets off his bed and comes over to me for cuddles and interaction, these are the only times he gets off his place (unless instructed). Additionally, my wife, the proverbial cat lover, is so struck with him and his training, she has placed an order for her own Chocolate female Labrador. Whilst, not being a US citizen, the Wildrose training methodology has introduced me to many like minded people all across the US. Being part of the Wildrose pack is a privilege that I hope others will take up.

 

Glenn Pabody

Tell us about your time in service:
I enlisted in the Army not long out of high school in 1973. Motivated in part by Johnglen militaryWayne’s portrayal of Colonel Kirby in the movie “The Green Berets” and a life spent as an “Air Force brat” traveling all over the world, I took the Special Forces enlistment option and started my training to become a Green Beret. I completed my training by late 1974 and was assigned to the 5thSpecial Forces Group at Ft. Bragg. My time on active duty varied between filling a medic position on an SF Operational Detachment which involved frequent trips abroad, working at a troop clinic on Ft. Bragg or for a period of time, assisting with medical coverage at a National Guard post in Pennsylvania assisting with Vietnamese immigrants fleeing their country to start a new life in the U.S. Following my active duty time I returned to college in 1978 and started my Physician Assistant training. On graduation in 1980 I joined the Army National Guard and began my training as an Aeromedical P.A., filling the slot of a Battalion level Flight Surgeon. My job was to care for the pilots and flight crew, ensuring they were healthy to fly and remain mission capable. I remained in Army Aviation as a flight doc till my retirement in 2001. My time in Special Forces and as an Aeromedical P.A. was at times exhausting, exhilarating, frustrating, and lonely, but always fulfilling. If my country called me, I would happily serve her again.

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“West Texas dove hunt with my Special Forces brothers.”

Share with us about your dog(s):
I have been training Labs since my teens, first starting out throwing birds at field trials in North Louisiana ,  often picking up tips from many of the pros that ran their dogs at those trials. I started running UKC Hunt tests back in the early 80’s not long after the Hunting Retriever Club was founded and enjoyed doing that for many years. After a several year break, my wife Maryetta and I bought our first Wildrose pup, Wildrose M1A1 Abrams, “Abe” and have thoroughly embraced the Wildrose method of training. Abe, (Barney x Flush), age 22 months is being trained as a gun dog, and to run UKC hunt tests and possibly work as a therapy dog one day. Wildrose M18A1 Claymore, “Clay” (Otto x Holly) age 11 weeks is going through his background training now and will eventually follow in Abe’s footsteps. Maryetta and I love being part of the Wildrose pack and the friends we’ve made in such a short period of time . See you in the field !

 

Shawn O’Bannon

Tell us about your time in service:
I am from Gulfport, MS, a graduate of St John High School in Gulfport and upon graduation of high school I began attending MS Gulf Coast Community College. In November of 1989, at the age of nineteen, I joined the United States Navy, at which time I attended Boot Camp in San Diego, California.  Upon graduation, I attended the Naval School of Dental Assisting in San Diego.  During the next six years, I attended the University of Mississippi studying pre-dental earning a Bachelor of Science degree, attended Graduate school in Microbiology and achieved the rank of Petty Officer Third Class as an Navy reservist. In 1995, my lifelong dream was fulfilled when I was awarded a four-year Navy scholarship while attending dental school at the University of Alabama Birmingham.  Upon reception of my scholarship, I was commissioned into the Inactive Navy reserve as an Ensign.  Upon graduation from dental school in 1999, I was commissioned as a Lieutenant on Active Duty in the Navy.  Later that year, I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a General Dentist attached to the 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Force Service Support Group, 3rd Dental Battalion.  Between 2001 and 2003, I served in Washington, D.C. as an administrative assistant to the Admiral of the Navy Dental Corps at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. During that time I was also a general dentist at the Washington Navy Yard and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander as well as being selected to attend orthodontic residency.  In 2003 I began attending Wilford Hall Medical Center (Tri Service Orthodontic Residency), which is located at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.  Upon graduation I received my certificate in orthodontics in 2005, and had the honor of being published in the American Journal of Orthodontics.  After eighteen years of service, I separated from the Navy and began private practice in Birmingham, Alabama.  In the beginning of 2009, I moved back home to the state of Mississippi and began practicing in Oxford Mississippi where I am an owner and Orthodontist at GO Orthodontics.

Share with us about your dog:brock and shawn
As an avid sportsman, I am proud to own Wildrose Brock.  He is a perfect example of the

Wildrose pedigree of British Labs. Brock is two and a half years old, Sired by Scottie, and Dam Ginger.  To me it is a magically and unbelievable bond between the two of us.   Not only is he a fine sporting dog, but he is also a loving companion.  Brock’s characteristics substantiate the idea that Wildrose Kennels is truly a first class sporting dog training company.

 

 

 

 

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