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Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce your award-giving team, <b>Shade</b> (Hamish's Aunt) and <b>Java</b> (Hamish's Uncle and Storm's father). Please give them a hand:<br><img alt="" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/72/186007132_d29e8017f7.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
They would like to present these ribbons, and a $50 donation each to the <a href="http://fcrfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation</a>, to <b>Patrick</b> and <b>Hally</b> for their outstanding pushing-upping, with <b>5001</b> (swoon) and <b>2266</b> (wow!) points respectively. Your receipts are in the mail. The funds will go to research into the cancer that is killing far too many dogs in this breed prematurely, and will be dedicated in memory of Ms Storm.<br><br>
I would also like to acknowledge everyone who pushed their limits and did a bit for the ol' pectorals, not a noted strength in your average runner. The honour roll includes:<br><br><b>Men</b><br>
Patrick 5001 SkipAZ 2625 CassadAAmius 1697 millbot 1259 Labduck 1080 Ken A 604 perchcreek 336 tomwhite 310 Fortunate One 212 dtoce 110 mcsolar99 90 Opie 58 TheProFromDover 25 JJJessee 16<br><br><b>Wimmin<br></b> hally 2266 Aija 1954 Sans Souci 1204 FlyingFinn 1184 gin79 931 rtravers 824 cajohnson5 476 Elaine3112 360 jura 340 OrangeMat 210 mariposai 186 Mustang Sally 140 Tamster 133 choovie 132 Rindaroo 105 Econo 104 evanflein 80 Laura in Houston 72<br><br><b>Congratulations!<br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/134/362807106_a06d0a65d2_d.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br></b>
 

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Congratulations, Patrick & hally/barb!<br><br>
Thanks for doing this, MS.<br><br>
{{Float-coated retrievers everywhere}}
 

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Great accomplishment!<br>
Congratulations... thousands of PU's ...amazing!<br>
Thanks, MS. You got me doing them now and I really appreciate that!
 

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Congratulations Patrick, hally, and everyone who participated. Sal, thanks for your time spent tabulating everything, and for your generosity. This challenge was great motivation... that's exactly 1697 more pushups than I would have done otherwise. I'm calling on all you tuff guys and gals next time I need to move a piano.
 

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Congrats Patrick! You must be looking buff <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br>
Thanks for initiating and doing this Sal. I am honored to have a donation in my name to such a noble fund.<br>
This challenge motivated me to do something that I don't love but that I know is a great upper body workout that I should do if not daily then at least everytime I do a strength workout. I tend to not do the things I dislike, don't we all. But like in life sometimes what we dislike is actually good for us. I will keep that in mind in life and in my workouts.
 

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MS, thanks for the challenge. I started from scratch with just 12 pu a day and ended up putting in 50 daily. I'm going to keep them up, too. I find it's a great pick me up to "drop and give me 12" when the day seems to be lagging.
 

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Congratulations to both winners, those are mind-boggling numbers! Congratulations to everybody who was inspired to do more strength training!<br>
Sal, thank you for the characteristically superb tabulating, this was a tough one with all the different exercises to keep track of!<br>
I just luuuuurve both pictures, the majestic confidence on the first one, and the picture of playfulness on the second. I adore the goofy smiles on those pooches' faces<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">!<br>
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That's an incredible volume of master's push up.<br>
You guys are STRONG.<br><br>
Sally those are beautiful dogs.<br>
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Hi, I <i>suck</i>. heehee, but truly, this makes me want to be a little more attentive to strength training. Thank you MSally!<br><br>
(((beautiful flat-coated retriever doggies)))
 

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<i>[wolf whistle]</i><br><br>
Hubba! Would you look at the pipes on those Masters!<br><br>
Patrick and hally, you rock. I'm amazed at what you have achieved. In fact, it makes my shoulders ache knitting, just thinking about it. <img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><br><br>
MS, please keep us updated on the research into the cancer that is killing these incredibly beautiful dogs.
 

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Well Done! You amazing pusher uppers.<br>
Hats off to Hally and Patrick and also to everyone who even did one more push up than they ever did before.<br><br>
MS, you're a very special person and I'm very glad you're an advocate for these beautiful and majestic puppies. Are Shade and Java holding the ribbons ? It almost looks like they are. I lurve the smiling mugs at the end the BEST!!<br><br>
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You're welcome, everyone.<br><br>
Aija, Shade and Java are holding the ribbons. One of the cool things about this breed is that the show lines and the working lines have not diverged the way they have in dogs like Golden Retrievers and Springer Spaniels. Many, many of our dogs (including both of the models) have "Titles at Both Ends," indicating that they're show Champions and also have working titles.<br><br>
So most of the flatties I know have been taught to pick up and hold things on request, and then put them down (or deliver to hand) as needed. Hamish can find, pick up, carry, and deliver a raw egg undamaged. It's a great party trick.<br><br>
He's a little bored now that I'm doing less field work, so I keep him constructively occupied with little jobs. He's learned how to go to a sock on the floor, pick it up, and "take it to the laundry," or carry it over to the laundry basket and drop it in. It's kind of trivial, relative to 150-yard blind retrieves, but it keeps the brain cells going, and he gets all kinds of wiggly-happy when he has a job.<br><br>
I keep asking my 12-y-o that if the dog can pick up socks and put them in the laundry, why in heaven's name can't he? 12-y-o, normally an intelligent boy, just looks blank.
 

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Sal, if you think he looks blank now, wait a couple years! As a teen, the eyes will glaze over at the first word or two out of your mouth.<br><br>
It was a nice challenge Sal - thanks! (My right pec thanks you too. My left pec is still in a snit but he'll come around.)<br><br>
Big CONGRATS to Patrick & Hally!!!<br><br>
And hooray for FCRs everywhere!
 

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Congratulations hally and you would beat me at arm wrestling.<br><br>
Thanks MS for doing this, it was an honor to do this in memory of storm.<br>
Before this event began I was doing 75 pu every other day as part of my upper body workout, now i will probably have to double that just so i feel i am doing a workout. But you know if it wasn't for skip dropping in to show us the way, i would never have done nearly so many.
 

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Patrick... snork! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I'm at that stage with mine now. Blank looks and mono-syllabic responses are the norm for the 15 y.o. I get a grunt if I'm lucky.<br><br>
MS, thanks so much for doing this. I really should've done more, no excuses except that I just didn't do it. So I'll join Econo in the sucky department for push-ups. But I really don't enjoy them and wouldn't have done them <i>at all</i> if not for your challenge. So, thanks, and hug a FCR today! (or any dog for that matter!)
 

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Oh, and Patrick -- you'll need to change that avatar to a close-up shirtless shot.<br><br>
I'm just sayin'...
 
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