Elettras first retrieve

I don’t think anything can light a fire under a pup quite like their first retrieve. After Elettra brought in her first duck today she was running, bouncing, twirling, spinning, chomping at the air, you name it.

Before duck hunting I wanted to get Elettra on some Pheasants.

Before duck hunting I wanted to get Elettra on some Pheasants.

I had scheduled Sophie for two therapy visits this morning so the fact that it was too cold to hunt (-17 degrees) was irrelevant. Sophie did some good work and was rewarded with deep fried chicken strips. After lunch I loaded Elettra into the truck and off we went.

Another nice point.

Another nice point.

Our first stop was at the local Wildlife Management Area to get her on some Pheasants. I primarily wanted her to stretch out her legs a little since we’d been duck hunting as of late, and didn’t want her to become rusty on her other skills. Rusty is the last thing she is, judging from the way she held some really nice points for me.

Elettra is still sharp on her pointing.

Elettra is still sharp on her pointing.

After the refresher training on Pheasants, we turned to ducks. The last time Elettra and Mia hunted together, Elettra told me she was ready to begin retrieving and I really wanted to give her the opportunity. She would have had some retrieves the last time out if I could have hit anything, but today was different. We flushed several ducks but I was unable to get a shot, then we came on a couple of little diving ducks. I was afforded only one shot but I made it count.

Elettra getting ready to enter the water.

Elettra getting ready to enter the water.

Elettra makes her first attempt at retrieving the duck.

Elettra makes her first attempt at retrieving the duck.

I was really hoping that Elettra would retrieve it because I didn’t want to wade out myself, and didn’t want to walk all the way back to the truck for my waders. The first time I sent her out, she nosed the duck and returned empty-handed. I gave her some encouragement and tossed a little stick at the duck, and sent her out again. This time she nosed the duck, pushed it around a little, then picked it up and brought it back like a pro.

Her second attempt is successful.

Her second attempt is successful.

Got it!

Got it!

Elettra's first retrieve.

Elettra’s first retrieve.

We hunted a little longer before calling it quits, as the sun was starting to set. The temperature was a warm 13 degrees when we began hunting and on our return was fluctuating between 2 and -1. Still, even considering the wind chill, it was rather pleasant and didn’t seem all that cold.

Elettra posing with her duck as the sun sets.

Elettra posing with her duck as the sun sets.

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7 Responses to “Elettras first retrieve”

  1. Nana Says:

    That’s my baby girl. So proud of ELettra. Thank you Robert!

  2. 2 brown dawgs blog (@2browndawgsblog) Says:

    Good girl. Sounds like a fun hunt.

  3. Stacey Belt Says:

    Way to go Robert and Elettra, so fun to watch the magic happen (from the comfort of my warm living room)!!

  4. jenniesisler Says:

    Awww….Elettra is so gorgeous and smart! I can just imagine how happy she was when she retrieved that duck. Thanks for sharing the photos and her success with us.

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