Southwest Kansas 2009
As most of us are dealing with the heat and humidity this time of the year, I just thought that I would remind all of you of what is to come this fall/winter. Wild Pheasants, Grouse, Woodcock IA/KS/ME/MN/ND/SD/WIS, cold temps, wind, rain and snow!
Oh yes, and those wonderful Spaniels working those wild birds so they can flush them up into the sky for us so we can take aim and hopefully the birds come to the ground. Then that trained hard working Spaniel can retrieve to hand for you. Just a thought!
So get those dogs into shape and trained don't wait till the last minute!
The dogs had a great time swimming in the cool NY water. The weather was simply wonderful for all the dogs. Thank you Betsey for taking us to this special spot so the dogs could swim and run free. Enjoy the video! The photos that were in the video can be seen here.
Kate places 2nd at the Maine trial. This was Kate's first open stake field trial, we call it her big girl trial. She and Todd did a fantastic job during the whole trial. We are very excited for Kate and her family and we are looking forward to continue working with Kate. She is a lovely girl. Thank you Bob for trusting us with your girl.
I found this perfect spot in NY for her photo, she just got done swimming so she had a short time to dry off.
Here is a short video of Dudley's Grand Kids having some fun swimming.
Julio traveled 4000 miles from Alaska to see his gal Georgia for the first time. Julio was so happy to get out of the cold weather, but was soon tired of the heat, humidity & rain in Georgia. Julio and Todd trained everyday from morning to late afternoon and even in the rain. We truly enjoyed watching Julio smile so much when he was working with Georgia.
Georgia is not finished with her training but we are very hopeful that she continues to progress in her learning for the field trials and hunting.
It was sad to watch Julio say good bye to Georgia.
Thank you Julio for all of the wonderful treats from Alaska!
Enjoy the video and turn on the volume! More photos click here.
English Springer Spaniels Ella & Mac Going For A Swim!
It has been raining here in GA everyday and the ponds are filled up to the top!
Enjoy the video and turn up the volume!
Bear the English Cocker Spaniel had a visit from his Mom & Dad the other day. Russ and Amanda live just a few hours from our farm and decided to take a drive to see how their Bear was doing at camp.
Todd showed Russ and Amanda some of the things that Bear has been working on and soon put Russ to work on some of the drills with his dog. It's always fun to watch the owners work with their dogs, they are nervous but love every minute with their dog.
Georgia Peach's owner Julio lives in Alaska and he works in an area called the North Slope. He works in small villages, where the weather is really cold all the time and the local animals are the polar bears. Julio told Todd that one of the local rules was never walk alone around town, always travel in pairs because of the bears. He called the other day to check on his gal Georgia and he was telling us it was 0-degrees out and very excited to be coming down to GA (where the temps are in the 80's) this month to see Georgia and train with Todd.
Congratulations to Patrick and Griffin on two 3rd place ribbons at the Iowa Sporting Spaniel Club held on Saturday April 27th & 28th. This was Griffins first Puppy Stake and Patrick said Griffin is showing flashes of great things to come. Keep up the great work Pat!
Griffin is out of our National High Point dog Craney Hill Dalmore Dudley and Drakehill's Anna. Dudley has now sired 6 litters and we are looking forward to the continued success of his puppies!
Owners from South Carolina came over one day to see their English Springer Spaniel Whaley that has been here for training. Along for the ride, were their two young daughters. Our English Springer Spaniel puppies Alice and Maggie had a fun play day with the two young girls. Lots of treats and hugs! Thank you girls for doing a great job with the puppies. To see more photos click here.
Dudley had a great run at the Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Field Trial in Altoona, PA. That makes him qualified for the Springer National this Fall.
Maggie is new to the Craney Hill farm! We would like to thank Robin and Rachael for such a lovely pup. She is already having a lot of fun around the farm.