Posted on December 18th, 2008 by FindRetrievers.com Admin
It was getting close to Christmas in 2006, and Honda was carrying only two pups. Alex Washburn-Weidlein was taking no chances, so she called her vet, Lee Payne, and asked him to go ahead with the C-section. The pups then arrived on Christmas eve, two beautiful black baby boys born healthy and plump!
One with a red collar and one with a blue….the sod garden in the horse stall was laid in preparation for a winter airing yard. January is not snowy in Mississippi, but the grass can be sparse. Now we wouldn’t want them to miss out on a romp on the turf!
So it was for Punch and Moose growing up on Coolwater Farms. They would ride on the truck during training and be allowed to wander and explore while the big dogs worked. Punch would drag the ducks from the truck and Moose would chew on anything that he found. Deb Bredesen and Mary Howley came to visit in February to see the two Patton pups when it was time to decide who should go to Susan Wing and who would stay at Coolwater. Mary said the Blue collar should stay. Alex’s training partner said the same, and he was named ‘Punch’.
Â Punch was raised as a pup using the “Hillmann Method” of puppy raising which creates habits and forms a relationship that will be a foundation for all retrieving activities. He went to Mary Hillmann for the summer months of June â€“ August and returned to Coolwater that fall and competed in his first derby at 11 months. He won his first derby in February 2008 at 13 months.
Realizing that Punch may be a cadidate for a derby champion, Alex solicited the help of her good friends, Jay and Stacey Patton, to help Punch pursue his derby career. Jay and Stacey were extremely supportive and helped to give Punch every advantage in furthering his derby career. With the guidance and skill of Bill Hillmann, Punch began to place at many derbies. They travelled from ND to CO to MD and more in search of their goal. The rest is history! Punch has been awarded the Purina High Point Derby Award for 2008!!
Congratulations to Punch, Alex, Jay, Stacey, and Chelsea Patton. A special congratulation goes out to Bill Hillmann with his sixth derby championship. The following derby champions were also trained by Bill Hillmann.
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