Welcome to Retriever Nation!

 Happy New Year! 

Mike Matson

Welcome to Retriever Nation!  This blog has been a long time coming, after a little (maybe a lot) of procrastination on my part and the awesome help from Suellen Appellof to get the blog up and running here is the first post.


Phil Hines and Molly

The purpose of this blog is to introduce people to things I love and am passionate about. A blog is an excellent way to introduce the members who are the heart and soul of NAHRA to the membership across the United States. How many of you have had dealings with Rosemary in the NAHRA office?  How many of you could pick her out in a line up? Not many I would say but maybe you will have a chance to meet her and find out a little about her from this blog. I would also like to showcase the amazing talents of the retrievers that run in NAHRA along with other dog games.  And lastly to just share some of the simpler pleasures of life.  To do so I need help from you!  If you have a story you would like to tell, a picture you would like to post, a recipe to share, a product to endorse, a person to be highlighted or maybe you want to be a guest blogger let me know.  My email is pahove@aol.com.


Hi I am Patsy.

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Dan Dan and Patsy

Here is a little more about my story. Thirty-five years ago I married my partner in crime Dan Hove. After raising 3 kids who were all involved with traveling sports, we finally found ourselves with some free time on our hands. Together with my passion for animals, dogs in particular and Dan’s obsession with hunting and the outdoors, we discovered a new hobby to be completely consumed by.  It was called “The Hunt Test Game”!

We were blessed with our first dog Belle. She was Dan’s constant companion. She became the wife and I was dismissed to the title of mistress whom she tolerated.  Belle went on to accomplish goals we never even knew we had.  She was the first 1,000 pt. dog in the Central region.  She was a true champion in every way.  Not wanting to be left out, Grace came into our lives as my dog. Grace and I went on to slay the dragon and put on some impressive titles as well.  Then along came Chai.  She didn’t start out to be our dog, but she made it clear our home was where her heart was.  Chai was very talented, earned many titles and was the third dog to earn her 1,000 points in the Central region.  Very impressive as there is only four dogs in this region that have achieved 1,000 pts.  Belle, Abby (Dan Tongen), Chai, and Beamer (Fritz Baier).  All have passed onto the Rainbow Bridge except for Beamer.

As our dog family expanded to include Chai, it just kept on growing until I found myself a dog mom to seven dogs. Our children soon were complaining that we loved the dogs more than we loved them.  Children can be so needy.

As Belle, Chai and Grace’s hunt test days wound down, Dan and I started judging more. We have traveled across country judging and running our dogs.  We have met people who would become great friends, others that have become like family.  We have gotten to see the best of the best and have had a ton of fun along the way.  NAHRA has been a part of our lives for the past 17 plus years, I guess you could say we are in for the long haul!

So long for now.  Make sure to check out the next blog post featuring the cooking talents of Niki Tilleraas!