- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A 4-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever owned by a Mitchell couple is fast on her way to becoming a famous, furry model.

The dog, Kimber, is pictured on the May/June issue of Ducks Unlimited magazine, the Daily Republic (https://bit.ly/1PnjlXX ) reported. She has also been featured in various products and promotions for hunting companies Sport Dog and Benelli in the past three years.

Kimber is owned by T.J. Greer, who works as the hunting lead at the local Cabela’s, and his wife, Lori. The dog seems to love the camera, and she even tried to show the couple up in their engagement photos a couple of years ago, they said.

“If she sees the photographer that’s been taking her picture with his big huge camera she’s instantly ready to go … I try with my phone all the time and she fluffs me off like, ‘That’s not a camera,’” Lori Greer said.

The Greers have trained Kimber to hunt, and she has her Hunting Retriever Club title. They’ve also taught her to play basketball by hitting the ball with her nose.

Josh Miller, regional sales manager for Sport Dog, is Kimber’s trainer and her first connection to the Wisconsin-based company. T.J. Greer met Miller through his position at Cabela’s.

T.J. Greer said the dog’s character and her appearance make her a great model, and photographer Lee Kjose realized just that during Kimber’s first shoot for the package of a Sport Dog collar.

“Lee liked working with her so much that now he likes to use her whenever someone is looking for a Chesapeake,” T.J. said. “He really liked her look and that she’s really, really easy to work with.”

The Ducks Unlimited cover is getting more attention than the Greers expected, and they’re thankful for Kimber’s opportunities, the couple said.


Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com

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