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Trainer Alan Sandifer, left, leads Tommy and Dash after finishing some retrieving work on Wednesday. They'll compete in the prestigious Master National hunt test at Flint Oak through next Sunday.
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Tommy Landers watches as his father, Bennie, cleans the eyes of 11 1/2-year-old Dash.
Dash on a retrieve.
Tommy Landers takes a retrieving dummy from his dog, Dash.
Tommy Landers sends Dash off on a long retrieve, with the help of professional trainer Alan Sandifer.
Tommy prepares to send Dash after another retrieve.
Tommy pets Dash after some good retrieves.
Dash is off another long retrieve for Tommy.
Professional trainer, Alan Sandifer, helps Tommy Landers give Dash hand signals and tells him when to blow his whist to direct Dash to birds. Tommy has Down Syndrome and is nearly blind.
Tommy Landers, who has Down Syndrome, with Dash, the Lab that has changed his life for the better.
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Tommy Landers leads Dash back to the kennel truck after working the dog Wednesday morning.
Mia DiBenedetto, helps roll up Tommy's sleeves. Those involved in hunt tests have been especially kind to the man with Down Syndrome.
Dash makes a retrieve to Tommy.
Tommy Landers, with the help of trainer Alan Sandifer, watches Dash go out on a retrieve.
Dash is sent off for another retrieve by Tommy Landers, who has Down Syndrome.
Tommy Landers carefully removes a leash from Dash, minutes before they start a training session.
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