Bearpoint Kennel and Black Forest Kennel
American Pointing Labrador's APLA ♦ AKC ♦ UKC
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Write-up by Julie Knutson, picture provided by Dale Merritt
Cajun was one of Hershey’s first off spring to train for hunt tests and at a very early age, got his Grand Master title. Cajun finished his APLA titles and his AKC Master Hunter and then ran literally dozens and dozens of upland hunting competitions, rarely going without placing and accruing over 30 wins, which Delery proudly displayed over the walls of his office at the kennel. Cajun and his kennel mates set a new standard for the APLA Master level tests. The difficulty of the retriever setups was raised significantly, requiring far greater training for the dogs to pass the tests. As Hershey and the son of Hershey continued to garner attention and championships in the upland and waterfowl world, the belief and interest in the pointing Labs grew by leaps and bounds. Amongst a few other dogs, these dogs changed the face of pointing dogs and retrievers in the hunting community and as mentioned with Hershey, Cajun is found in the vast majority of chocolate and chocolate factored dogs in the pointing lab community today. Just as it was with his father Hershey, Cajun raised puppies, kittens, and baby humans as he went through his training and competitive years, always a gentle giant among hunting dogs. Cajun has also produced multiple GMPR’s, AKC MH’s, HRCh’s and qualified all-age field trial dogs.
Bearpoint Kennel ~ Dale and Brenda Merritt ~ 8305 S. Perry Park Rd. ~ Larkspur, CO 80118 ~ 303 – 681 – LABS (5227) ~