There is an old saying in horse racing, “Any trainer can make a great animal good but it takes a special trainer to make a good animal great.” I believe this holds true with dogs as well. With all of this in mind, Karen and I made the choice to send Casey to a professional trainer, Mr. Chuck Tash of Tash Kennels in Florence, Alabama. We were very fortunate to find Chuck. He is a man who truly enjoys what he does and does it well. Over the course of his career he has trained numerous National Shoot To Retrieve Association (NSTRA) Champions and the 2003 National Quail Invitational Champion, Tash’s Lulu. He works from daylight until dark with Bird Dogs and Labs seven days a week, and clearly loves his job. He only keep 10-15 dogs to train at a time because he wants to give special attention to the dogs he is working with at the kennels. He trains each dog based on the particular dog’s temperament and level of maturity. He has hunted in many states and has trained field trial and hunting dogs for customers throughout the United States. Perhaps most important for us and for Casey, he has considerable experience with dogs from the Elk River Rex bloodline. This proved invaluable as he understands her weaknesses and strengths and is able to work through and develop them. He also has seemingly limitless patience with people and the ability to pass on his knowledge. Too frequently both are rare commodities.