Bob and Karyn Kline
met our first "RADBACH" German Shorthaired Pointer at an Eddie
Bauer, Inc. party in 1973. He was Timberlane's Coke, a very
regal and impressive solid liver male. Coke
was a double grandson of Lutz von dem Radbach. Karyn and I
fell in love instantly. A year later we heard that Coke's sister, Timberlane's
Krautina had been bred to Timberlane's Ruff and Tuff, a son of Radbach's
Bimbo. Because Karyn was in Eddie Bauer management, we were able
to get on the waiting list for a liver male. As luck would have it,
the only liver male became Timberlane's Grit, our first German
novice backyard training wasn't enough for this energetic puppy, so we
were given Bob Holcomb's name from Karyn's Eddie Bauer contacts. We
sent Grit to Holcomb and then followed the two of them around the
Northwest field trial circuit for the next three years. Grit was a
fabulous dog and totally versatile, we could hunt ducks in the morning,
then do upland birds in the afternoon, plus we could compete at all levels
in the field trials.
of our best memories is when Bob (Kline) handled Grit to a win in a four
point Amateur Gun Dog Stake. This was not only Grit's first field
trial win, but he took home a donated shotgun as the winner's trophy.
success easily pushed us into helping with the field trials. Little
did we know it would lead to chairing or being secretary for over 20
trials, including four Region 10 Championships and the 1979 G.S.P.C.A.
National Amateur Gun Dog Championship. "Can we now feel
debt-free to Bob Holcomb?"
of the love we rapidly developed for German Shorthaired Pointers, we
started breeding Grit, with Bob Holcomb's direction. Through all of
the knowledge and guidance Bob provided in breeding G.S.P's, we've been
able to continue promoting some of the same bloodlines he had personally
imported and developed.
a week before Bob Holcomb passed away, in May of 1990, he requested two
things from us: "To please protect his name and reputation" and
"To continue breeding and protecting the RADBACH bloodline."
We are respectfully trying to fulfill these requests. (Bob &
Bob and Karyn Kline
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