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Debbie and I bought Roux sight unseen from Terri Veach in Jan 2004. I wanted a well-bred pup to run a few hunt tests and serve as my gun dog. We explained to Terri the temperament that I wanted and asked that she use her best judgment, reach into the box, and send a male to us. Roux arrived in Oklahoma at nine weeks old while I was away on business. Debbie picked him up at the airport, and told me the next day, "There is something special about this one." She was right!
My experience with hunt tests was very limited; field trials - none. Roux very quickly proved to be superior in intelligence and marking abilities than all other dogs I've had the pleasure of owning during the past 30 years. His abilities soon made me curious about field trials. After winning a couple of derby seconds and jamming several times, he won a qualifying just after aging out of derby. I decided to get a MH title on him if possible, then concentrate primarily on field trials. He passed 6 straight master tests and received his MH at 30 months old. Later that year, still as a 2 year old, he won a 3rd in the Open and a 4th in the Am. He has since won 2 Amateurs, 1 Open, and placed in several more Ams and Opens. He now has earned his Amateur Field Champion (AFC) title and is close to his Field Champion (FC) titl. Roux also qualified and did very well in his first Nationals in June, 2010.
Without a doubt, Roux is the dog of my lifetime. His abilities are surpassed by his temperament and personality. I will never see another one like him.