THE BLAST’s Red Path “Journey” It Starts With A Dream
From the start of building THE BLAST I had a dream of owning a Fox Red male that would eventually be the staple of my kennel. Little did I know after several failed attempts, on what was about to come! Journey came to us as the only EIC clear male in the litter, making picking rather easy! The vision was to have a dark Fox Red male with a
impeccable pedigree, genetically free of all health defects with talent in both hunting and competitions. We got that and a whole lot more!
From the moment I laid eyes on him I knew he was going to be something special! He had a confidence about him that just does not exist in puppies. Starting the training process, I knew I had exactly what I was looking for! Journey would pick up on whatever I was trying to teach him in a matter of minutes. His eyes were always glued on me
hungry for anything that I would teach him. His trainability was far beyond any dog I had ever trained. Whether it be training in marks and blinds for Hunt Tests and Field Trial Qualifying’s or upland training for tournaments and guiding, Journey was up to whatever task I put in front of him.
Campaigning Journey for his hunt test titles was a pure joy. Pull him off the truck and he did his job with ease and breezed through the tasks at hand. Along the way he has made many fans by impressing judges and the gallery everywhere he went. Comments remained the same, "that red dog is something special!” Journey earned his AKC Master
Hunter Title at 2 years old qualifying him for the 2016 AKC Master National. He then achieved 4 Finished passes in HRC. In the fall of that same year it was time to start campaigning Journey in Upland Bird Dog Tournaments. Journey immediately made his mark taking 2nd in his first tournament at a year old in the puppy division qualifying him for the 2015 BDC World Championships. At 15 months old Journey made the finals of the 2015 BDC World Championships and became a fan favorite on the current reality show called "Bird Dog Wars' broadcasted on the Pursuit Channel (Like "Bird Dog Wars on Facebook to see Journey).
Early October 2016 Journey swept both the singles and puppy divisions at the BDC Top Gun Championships Super Major event earning his owner the prestigious "Black Jacket" only awarded to dogs that win Super Major events.
October 2016 would be a huge win as Journey becomes BDC Upland World Champion! Journey became National Bird Dog Circuits Upland World Singles Flushing Champion in Meridan, KS on Oct 29, 2016!! Watch Bird Dog Wars season 2 to see Journey win it all.
Now days Journey spends his time mainly competing in high stakes Upland Bird Dog Tournaments with an occasional Field Trial Qualifying when time is permitted. He has been super close to being QAA and our goal is to add that to his already impressive resumé.
On THE HUNT
When it comes to real-life hunting is when Journey excels the most. In the duck or goose blind Journey is an intense statue that sits calm, quiet, patient and obedient, waiting for the cue to be sent on birds that have been taken by the gun. It is extremely entertaining on each and every hunt he goes on, to see him get the thrill of "barrel rolling" a cripple! He is so in tune on the hunt that he is amazing to watch. He brings each bird back with lightning speed as if he knows more birds are coming. Cut him loose in the upland field and all you can do is admire Journey's supreme athleticism, methodical gait, "until he dies endurance" and extreme nose that makes him a pure joy to hunt behind. He works relentlessly to bring birds to the gun and has a great savoy for finding crippled birds. He stays in range, quarters for whomever is afield and is constantly checking objectives for where birds could be which leads to a high percentage of achieving our limits on each
hunt. It is so impressive to see Journey use all his skills and beyond in real life experience that leaves you with so many memories afield. It seems as though every time you take Journey on a hunt he leaves you with some lasting memory.
Journey is the epitome of athleticism and looks in a Lab! He is 65 lbs of ripped muscle with a nice head, dark brown eyes, jet black nose and a shiny dark red coat that earns him compliments everywhere I take him. His pedigree is at the top for any Fox Red stud in the country.
View his age, pedigree and health clearances: https://huntinglabpedigree.com/pedigree.asp?id=90770
Journey has OFA Excellent Hips, Normal Elbows, EIC Clear by testing, CNM clear by parentage, CERF: Normal and PRA: Normal
IN THE HOME
On the road in a hotel, a hunting lodge or in the house, Journey has an amazing off switch. He minds his own business until called upon to go to work! He is great with kids and gets along well with other dogs.
LOOK NO FURTHER
As a young sire Journey had already produced pups that have achieved JH, SH and MH in hunt tests and dogs that have won high stake upland bird dog tournaments. Not to mention the proud owners across the country who love how Journey pups make great companions and hunting dogs. One of my favorite things about owning Journey is
all the pictures, emails, FB messages, texts and calls I get on how happy the owners are
to have a Journey pup. When considering breeding your female, look no further than Journey as he has all the assets to compliment any female! Hunting, competition, off switch in the home, pedigree, looks, health clearances and much more! Journey will be sure your next litter is above and beyond with high puppy numbers, smarts and trainability that will make owners super happy you chose him!
Looking for a Journey pup? Contact us for information on all of Journey’s upcoming litters.