In Search of the Perfect German Shorthair
Ruger's Red Lable Ruby MH
Ruger's Red Lable Ruby MH

Ruger's Red Lable Ruby MH. Account of her final Master run:

What's this?!? A hole in the clouds?!? The rain stopped just as I was walking Ruby to the break away for the final Master brace and what would hopefully become her final run in Master. I was braced with a Spin, a VERY dificult dog to Honor sometimes for those unfamiliar, but that Spin was handled by a Pro with a few National Titles under his belt and with that came the comfort of knowing I was braced with someone whom would work with me to keep both of our dogs out of trouble, clean and hopefully finish out our runs with Qualifying scores. The dogs broke away working well together and 5 minutes in, Ruby had a find in a brush row around a tree and much to my worry, catwalked about 5 feet in on it before locking up. The Spin honored and when I worked the bird, a wet bird popped about 5' and started to walk away. I blanked and heeled Ruby the He!! out of Dodge! We wound through the rest of the course with no finds, though the dogs covered it well, missing no cover. We entered the bird field and were into it shortly when the Spin popped a somewhat "damp" bird and proceeded to catwalk after it to her Handlers humor and dismay. Ruby seeing the Spin's posture promptly locked on Honor and the Spin finally stopped it's stalk for a point. The Spin was obviously out but the Judges decided to go ahead and shoot the bird for Ruby's Honor. This process took quite a few minutes and it showed in Ruby's Honor, as she sat down as the Spin spit the bird at the Handlers feet....ughhhhh! Not enough to fail, but sure isn't pretty either. We continued to work the field and in short order, Ruby had a find on a bird that would NOT fly no matter what, resulting in me having to pick it up and toss it for the Gunners, whom dumped it promptly and cleanly. Ruby made a nice clean retrieve to hand and I thought..."Shewww, we're done"... or were we?? The Judges decided they would like to see another Honor and give her a better chance at a nice Honor and asked that I not display my hand in a "Whoa" fashion to her, as I had to in her previous honor with all that had gone on. I agreed it was not the best and would like for them to see a better Honor from her, though I much wanted to get out of that field with her Qualified. I took her back course while they brought in a sharp DC/MH Vizsla for her to Honor and when called, Ruby didn't let me down, Honoring from 30-40 yards and standing through the Retrieve while I kept my arms firmly across my chest.