Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Brphy Red Summer Camp

Saturday 8/21/2010


Robbie, Galt, Annie & Brenna – 54 min. – lookin good!

Shauna, Hank, Rhett & Mariah – 37 min for Shauna & Mariah

the other two ( Hank & Rhett) got – hot and picked up.


Jamie, Bentley - 27 min. – good running, immature pups.

Sadie & Jerry Jeff - 25 min. – plenty of drive and hunt here.

Camp is quiet and chores are getting done but the wind is blowing.

We are going to the rodeo in Valentine tonight. Lee, Linda and I met

Roger and Janet at the restaurant in Valentine Cedar Valley and had

a great meal. After a few laughs and a good meal, Roger & Janet

headed home and we did the rodeo. Had a good time – not the

best rodeo but still fun. Got back to the ranch close to midnight and

had a cool night sleeping.

Sunday 8/22/2010


Lea, Erin & Annie & Lily– 49 min.

Whitley and Rahan'

Hank & Sorrel – 35 min. – Sorrel started out like gangbusters –

reaching to the front and hunting the whole way. Hank was good and

steady on a ST – flush – just bird in air. Several birds working down a

valley and neither dog could get anything pointed. Had a poor

command back on Sorrel. Sent on, Sorrel almost left me and Whitley

went to round him up – Sorrel said – NO Way - I had to go help and
we had a talk and I put the hook on him. Hank finished hunting

nicely. 35 min. + 10 min. of roading for Sorrel.

Rio & Kate – had these two on the ground in the meadow and both

ran nicely but no birds found this morning. Very dry and winds

are growing.

Back to camp and Lee planning on packing up and heading home

this afternoon. He finally got ready and left late afternoon – he's

busy with work and just not able to stay.

Mary do in camp around Tuesday or Wednesday.

Monday, 8/23/2010


Robbie, Galt & Mariah - 50 min.

Brenna, Shauna & Rhett – 47 min.

Camp is very quiet with just Linda and I here for the next couple of

days. We went to town for dinner and had some calls on Monday

night wishing me a Happy Birthday tomorrow. Rumor has it that

I'm having a B-Day but I'm not sure.

This is going to be a very sparse week as far as the write up is doing.

The weather is just plain ugly. Can't even eat out – blowing sand is

just everywhere. 90's for the entire week and winds 20-30 mpg with

gusts up to 45 on some days. Fire alert is high and getting worse

by the day.

Tuesday, 8/24/2010


Lea, Rio, Annie & Kate – 52 min.

Lily, Mariah, Sorrel & Erin – 39 min.

Nice quiet day and just roaded and Linda and I took an afternoon tour

of the sandhills by us. Went down to Rose – over to Burwell – then

Brewster – stopped for a snack in Burwell. In Brewster, Uncle Buc's

wasn't open and most people have said it's only open on the week-


The wind is steady and miserable. A good time to hurt a dog as

everything is very dry. The wind and heat has dried up all of the

ponds – just the lake left. Unbelievable how it's changed. Getting

a bird pointed would be a sure accident.

Mary due in camp tomorrow.

Wednesday, 8/25/2010


Hank, Rhett, Robbie & Shauna – 48 min. – roading is fine – had to

go to town and fix another flat tire. Both Hank & Rhett were

obnoxious bothering the girls all the way around.

Birds in the houses are doing fine. 40 huns left in the big pen and 3 or

4 left in the pond house. A covey of quail are showing up along the

road to camp from the meadows – 15 – 20. Also found 7 or 8

hanging around the house on the Sidell loop. Huns show up in

good numbers along the shelter belt.

Only problem is the dogs smelling them – wind and heat just don't

make for good bird finding weather.

Mary showed up late morning. She actually blew in and figured we're

in the desert now.

Thursday, 8/26/2010


Galt, Robbie, Brenna & Shauna – 51 min.

Hank & Rhett – 27 min.

Well everyday in the mid 90's and rising. Mary worked on a place for

the pups. Cleaned out her trailer but the barrels are blowing away.

She's got them in the trailer.

Linda did the town run plus mail.

Friday, 8/27/2010


Lea, Erin, Kate & Rio – 53 min.

Weather won out and we shut down training for the day. It is a blowin

hot. I'm tired of talking about heat and wind – from now I'll refer to

the weather as ' son of XXXXXXXX' - which means 90+ and 30 +


Our California friends are leaving home today and plan on arriving

sometime on Saturday. Vickie, Dave & Ed are coming for the week.

Bob G should be driving in from Wichita.

We went to town and did some shopping at Ranchland ( new boots for

me) and a purse for Linda plus some shopping at the Rusty Petal.

We then had a lunch at the Circle where Linda contracted 'BAR

NECK' – you need to contact her to find out her definition of

Bar Neck. Only Linda can do it justice.

Back to camp and a long nap for everyone 2 hours plus. Chores

and a plan to go see the High School football game – decided that

the wind and the bleacher seats would do this crew in so we went

to dinner at the Golden Steer. A great meal and a fun waitress and

we had a good time. Just finishing and Mike and Peggy Hitchcock

( Mike's Birthday) came in and we ended up talking forever and they finally joined us about the time I saw the whole Seidel Family. Even

the 2 year old & 3 month old grandson. (John's Birthday). They've been haying hard so we haven't seen them very much all summer.

We closed up the restaurant and moved over to the bar with our

crew ( Bob Geddeis – made it in at about 8:30). He had just

come back with his new Ford Pick up truck – Bob can play with

the big boys. now. A few minutes after we got settled Joe and

Lori McBride showed up and the party went on. We just had

fun telling stories of our - Adventures in the Sandhills – soon

to be released as a Reality Show for Cowboys and Trophy

Wives ------- you have to be there for that one!!!

We finally headed home after a fun evening.

Saturday, August 28, 2010 HAPPY BIRTHDAY OWEN!!!!!!!

Roading: Linda had a caffeine headache and Bob a stress headache

from his long trip ( and a couple of scotches too smooth the stress)

Go figure but the lights were a little wobbly this morning. I decided

to give Linda a break and did the roading.

Quite cool but the wind was a blown very hard. The coolness made

it bearable.

Robbie, Annie, Rhett & Sorrel – 53 solid minutes. The best I've

seen Sorrel road as he is definitely rounding into shape. All of them

are looking good.

Galt, Brenna, Mariah & Lily – 54 min.

Dave, Vickie & Ed arrived around 4:00 PM. They had a long trip and

lots of wind the last few hours. We had a great dinner – a special cut

steak (hanger) and southern green beans. A very nice evening.

Sunday, August 29, 2010 HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDA!!!!!!!!!

Still warm forcast for today but not as bad. We're planning a lot

getting done.

Roading: I took over the Roading duties for Linda on her birthday.

Lea, Erin, & Shauna – 55 min.

Hank, Rio & Katie – 45 min

Shelter Belts:

Finn, Dawn & AC – 20 min. – these 3 show lots of hunt and plenty of independence.

Ragner & Sylvia – 15 min. took off like…….. crazy pups – reaching from the get/go – they were gone for most of the brace.

Dagney & Paris – getting hot and these two didn't show a lot of

independence but did stay front and hunted.


Jerry Jeff – Bob took Jerry on the hills and worked him on come.

he's doing fine and showed a desire to listen.

Bird Work:

Jamie – 2nd birdwork on a checkcord – she worked in and jammed the point. Gorgeous style and great intensity – unhooked her for

picture and rehooked her – never moved. She's showing a lot of

class – want to see her point one on the hills! I let her go to chase but she was so focused on where it had been that she didn't see where it went.

Bentley – good work and ended up being pretty close to the bird but a good point. We let the bird go and he never caught the flight path so no chase.

Jerry Jeff – worked him in and got a slight point – showed a desire to

point but not a rock solid.

Sadie – she wasn't in the right places with the wind but she showed

a nose and desire to dive in – we let her play with one – soft mouth –

liking the bird.


Red & Rt Shoulder – hunted around and got in the cover – showed

desire and good running gear.

Blue & Rt Side : Red still #1 with Blue and Right side tied and Rt.

Shoulder no slacker - v/good job for only 14 weeks old.

A long morning working a whole bunch of dogs. Dogs are looking in

good condition. It was warming up in the early afternoon so we

called it a day. Mary starting to pack up – she leaves on Tuesday.

Dave, Vickie and Ed are unpacking as they'll be here all week. We

had Pheasant Ala King with Vickie's famous Chocolate Cake for dessert. Several Happy Birthday tunes for Linda. Jason & Heather, Joe, Lori. Whitley and Rhe'Ann came over to help celebrate. A fun

night as we closed the party down. Happy Birthday to our Roading Queen.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A cooler night and nice morning. Possibility of rain this afternoon.

We'll have a better day for the dogs.


Robbie, Galt, Annie & Brenna – 59 min.

Rhett, Sorrel & Mariah – 49 min. Warmed up for the 2nd brace

and we cut it a bit short. Dogs all look fix and ready for the work.


Jamie: - couldn't get it pointed and dove in on the bird. Let it fly

and put her up. She doesn't need to catch one.

Bently – Great point, wonderful style and solid.

Sadie – Better point but not perfect yet.

Jerry Jeff - worked the fenceline and gave Dave a very nice point.

Storm moving in or so they say. We did more chores as the heat was back up pretty high in upper 80's. Storm rolled in and let loose – some of us braved sitting in the gazebo and got a bit damp. Linda & Vickie stayed inside to work on the puzzle. Storm was dumping water but didn't last long. Less then ½ " and about 1" up by Rogers. Town got hit with a microburst that knocked down 2 buildings and many trees with lots of tree damage at the cemetery. No injuries so that was good. We have no power and might have to change plans about dinner. Vickie & Linda used flashlights to work on the puzzle! The whole town was out but it finally came on and we cooked ½ of our Lou Pizzas for dinner.This was followed by Lori's Lemon & Orange Sherbert Ice Cream Cake – delicious and very pretty with frozen lemon's on top. Vickie & Mary had to remove the lemons in order

to cut the cake. The cake was so refreshing that Mary said

"I wonder if we can eat these lemons" as she popped one in her mouth.

The frozen lemon slice lodged on the roof of Mary's mouth – like

licking a flagpole in winter – running around the kitchen trying to

pluck the lemon from her mouth and looking for something more soothing to replace it – Mary exclaims, "Oh 'Thit' – the 'anther' would be NO!!!" Linda & Vickie unfortunately couldn't help poor Mary because they couldn't stop rolling on the floor! The three girls laughed

about it for the rest of the night and ever since. Mary did get to put in

the last piece to the puzzle. Good times at camp! Very cool out after the storm – great sleeping weather.