Friday, June 3, 2011
It's still a ways away for my God-given progeny, but my other pride and joy -- my 16-month-old pointer LuLu -- is headed to charm school today. She's been a terrific young dog and a pleasure to train with a ton of natural ability. But I'm smart enough to realize that I don't have the time, knowledge, patience, or wild birds to help her reach her full potential.
Enter Nolan Huffman. I was introduced to Nolan and his wife Danelle last fall while chasing birds last October up near Lewistown, Montana. But his reputation preceded him. A season before, I had the treat of hunting in Aspermont, Texas on Rick Snipes' ranch, and he proudly told me his string of pointers had been trained by Nolan. So it all kind of came together for me.
NSTRA Performance Classic Trial and drop off LuLu. Nolan is no slouch in the NSTRA, winning this year's South Carolina Regional and the 2010 Grand National Invitational last year.
From there, he'll head up to his training grounds around Lewistown, and he'll have LuLu until we come up to hunt in October. I am expecting great things in the next four months (no pressure, Nolan).
It's a sad time (not so much for the kids, who are the primary turd shovelers), but also an expectant time. Wish us all luck!