By David DiBenedetto
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about a water retrieve that I wanted to test on Pritch. To do so, I needed to drive to upstate South Carolina where I have permission to run the dog on a farm that has numerous alligator-free ponds and, unfortunately, an ungodly amount of cow patties for Pritch to wallow in.
As you can see from the above photo, the retrieve would require that Pritch cross a tiny clump of land on her way to and from the mark. I was curious how she would handle the island, as well as a bird tossed from a boat with a shotgun blast added for realism.
My older brother would handle paddling/bird boy/gunning duties. I knew this was a tough test but had faith in my dog. I even placed a side bet on her performance with my brother, who likes to jokingly call Pritch a debutante.