Eben has proven himself time and time again in testing and while hunting. He has become a solid asset to the kennel. This was a dog we never intended on keeping, yet he earned the right to stay. He is simply a laid back, low maintenance, no B.S. hunting dog. He is very personable, has a good work ethic, and is easy to handle. Eben earned a NAVHDA NA prize I 112 points in June of 2007. I recall knowing we had a good day going as the rain clouds moved in just before the tracking portion of the test. My confidence was dwindling as I brought Eben up to the track in a hard rain. It was obviously a difficult track, but Eben stuck with it and worked it out. His desire to please has been a constant, regardless of what is asked of him. His desire and willingness made short work of Utility training.
He earned a Utility Prize I 201 points only two short months later at just thirteen months old. At the 2008 NAVHDA Invitational, Eben faced the “duck from hell” in the shackled duck event, and after 20 minutes the duck had prevailed. Although I knew then and there that Eben could not pass, I was proud of his performance knowing he gave it his all. Eben continued to train at the advanced levels and earned a Utility Prize I 204 points in 2009. The title of AKC Master Hunter was completed the following spring. In his final Master Hunt test Eben had a difficult brace mate and the judges commented they had never seen a dog tolerate so much interference from its brace mate and simply continue to do its job. While training for the upcoming 2010 NAVHDA Invitational Eben consistently performed above expectations. He continued to consistently make all the right choices in training. As the test neared we were simply biding our time as Eben was ready long before test day. On test day, Eben’s brace mate again presented challenges and temptations other dogs would find difficult to ignore, yet I was totally comfortable knowing Eben would make the right choices, and he did. Eben earned the NAVHDA Versatile Champion title with 197 points.
Eben has proven himself on wild birds in his home state of Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Alaska. Year in and year out he is a dependable guide dog on grouse and woodcock. Eben is the product of a breeding with INT CH Grouse Point’s Etta Brune NA I, UT II, JH and INT CH, VC Shooting Starr’s Lonesome Joe MH. Additionally, he is from a litter that has earned NAVHDA Natural Ability, Utility, and Invitational Breeders Awards. Eben has continued the tradition, having sired NAVHDA Natural Ability Breeder Award litters.
Eben had his last hunt November 11, 2018. He is now with Berit, Etta, and Edge.