Mick, a picker up has a keen appreciation of what handlers need on a shoot day. "It's got to be a first aid kit as you never know when your dog may get injured." Pet photographer, Sarah Smith agrees with him, "Whether you're out walking the dog or working your dog a first aid kit is essential to have in the car."
Local beater, Rick, explains that his desire for a specific cuisine is an essential requirement for a successful day beating. "It's got to be an Italian themed lunch. One of the Italian meats really makes my day! It all started when I used to go mushrooming as a kid with the family and my grandparents would clip me around the ear and get me to pick the poisonous ones and tell me they weren't!" Rick grins and adds "Our lunch would be ciabatta and salemi or one of the Italian meats and that's what I continue to do now."
"Food!" Paul grins, "I don't mind what kind of food. It just needs to be edible!" He pauses for a minute and adds, " I do always make sure I've got a tow rope and shackles in the car, as you never know if someone needs help." Paul is part of the beating team and loves working his spaniel on the shoot.
Spaniels Dodger and Archie have effortlessly found a place in the heart of the beating line. Dodger's handler, Emily is delighted with his progress and admits after a full day on the shoot an essential item has to be a towel for the dog. "I always try to get the excess water and dirt off him before starting the journey home.
New to picking up this season, Sam chuckles. "Ah..my dog lead is the one essential for me." He pauses and then adds, "I can't believe I left my lead behind on the last shoot!"
Michelle loves beating and enjoys working her spaniel. "My essential item has got to be my dog." She smiles and adds "I wouldn't be here without him!" Chris who helps to run the beating line agrees. "My dogs are essential for me to have a great day!"