Raggedy Run Time Well Wasted MH, WCX, CCA- by owner Laura Weinmann
Kamikaze is three things:
1) an exceptional hunting companion. My husband already feels that he will never own another working dog like him - Kamikaze just gets what hunting is about.
2) an awesome competition dog who loves hunt tests
3) a fantastic family member - he is a joy to have in our household and I thank Molly Schlachter for producing him. He is my heart dog. I love him more and more every day. A friend told me once that someday I would love Kamikaze more than I could ever imagine and I didn't understand at the time as he has so young and had so much to learn and also to teach me. Now I understand and I am thankful every day for my friend's wisdom.
Kamikaze is my first Master Hunter dog and it has been an incredible ride so far - including being a finalist in the 2011 Master National at 4 years of age. Kamikaze is completely amateur trained and handled. He qualified for the 2011 Master National with 6 straight Master passes and finished qualifying for the 2012 event at the conclusion of the 2011 test. Kamikaze is a great marker and very biddable at the line in competition. He is confident - running with style in competition and always being a team player. He gives the most wonderful readable signs telling me he knows what he is doing all the time - so I can relax. Kamikaze will run for anyone - proven when after only one day of training together - an amateur handler friend completing a master test with him during Hurricane Irene. I am still getting amazing feedback from the judges about his enormous courage on the water in the high wind. As a hunting dog he has tremendous quartering skills and very outspoken body language when on a bird. He hunts all fall with our extended family members who do not even own dogs - a true testament to his biddability - we can send him out with anyone and they have success and very few lost birds.
He comes out happy everyday - ready to train, hunt, hike or play.
Kamikaze is an easy dog to train - always attentive and eager to run, handles correction very well. He is a good water dog - goes in honest and strong and gets his work done. As he has matured, I see a better and bigger water attitude - making consistent good decisions about staying in or out of the water. He runs amazing blinds - taking great initial lines and carrying casts for enormous distances fighting factors with great confidence. He will start running Master again early this summer to tune up before the quest for passes toward the 2013 Master National begins. Additionally he and I will try our hand at a few local Owner Handler Qualifying field trials.
Kamikaze has perfect Golden temperament. He is a typical male Golden "mush" around people - it is not enough to be touching him - you must be scratching, massaging or at least petting or he will wiggle all over you until you are. He is a wonderful full-time house dog, a great beggar and pre-washer of dishes. He has no issues with other males and is respectful of females. He wishes I was into competitive obedience as he would be a star there too. He is a natural attention heeler and eager to please all the time. His paternal pedigree has dogs that prove working dogs can be exceptionally well built and good looking including his CH, MH, UD grandfather "Presley" and his CH, SH father "Spirit". His maternal pedigree brought the natural working and top notch marking ability with "Steeler"," Maverick", "Ki", and "Pardner".
Physically he is very athletic - spectacular to watch working. Kamikaze's attitude, energy level and looks remind me greatly of his maternal uncle "Ticket". Structurally he is very handsome and moderate in all regards. I have been encouraged to send him out to be finished in the breed ring but selfishly do not wish to give up the training or real hunting time. He has balanced conformation and strong movement, level top line, muscular loin and good foot timing. His front assembly is good, his rear is very strong with good tail set and carriage. His head is masculine but not overdone with good stop, deep muzzle and a balanced amount of back skull. He usually has a serious expression except when he is returning with his last bird - then you can see the calm smile behind the bird. Kamikaze has a dark eye, full and correct dentition and great feet. He has no skin issues and his coat is completely wash and wear - super straight. He has adequate coat and furnishings - very much a product of his environment.
He stays in condition easily and maintains a working weight of 69-71 pounds all the time and stands 23 3/4".