For some reason I was very nervous to get the call from the oncologist today, maybe it's because he only gave her six months post surgery, but it was good news! Spanky's latest chest scan showed zero tumor regrowth!! Happy, happy! We highly recommend Dr Bostwich in Missoula - he is a brilliant surgeon!
Maverick had a great 5 shows and finished his CD and RN titles (with 98/100 scores). Then my little brown dog shocked me by moving up to Advanced, virtually unpracticed, and scoring two 96/100 legs for his RA title. What a clever boy! Wasn't going to try for the RE (Excellent) this year, but might as well complete the Jedi training and go for it.
Ice had a lovely Utility Obedience run in Great Falls, but went into meltdown mode in the futility ring in Missoula. Utility is HARD. Harder than anything I've ever done with dogs before, but I am confident we will get there. It takes a dog with some mental toughness, and that's Ice's weakness - springers are just soft dogs by breed and nature (field more so than show) - and generally don't like pressure. His skills are complete, what he does is done very well, and it's just a matter of time and persistence now. It will come.
Exhausting week, but super fun. Our next shows are in Enumclaw, WA in August - both conformation and obedience. Then the field stuff starts...
"Montana" - owned by John Goetz in PA - another Toby X Navy kid who just finished his Master Hunter title. I think there are 4-5 of them now...plus a US High Point Trial puppy. He is a full brother of Macks the FTW I bred Singer to this year. Not sure who took the picture...
Oooh, my PINK, rabbit fur sided, custom Hellfire dummies are on their way from Hi-Lost in the UK!
One of my Sussex friends chipped in for four, and one was generously donated to the 2014 SSCA National auction by the business owner. Very cool stuff...those partridge dummies are on my next order wish list. And best of all they are very affordable!
English Springer Spaniel AKC Breeder of Merit located in Montana. Visit us at the main Hellfire Gundogs website - hellfiregundogs.com to learn more about our dogs, pedigrees and kennel accomplishments.