Today was a great day to be a field bred english springer spaniel breeder! In November the dog we bred Storm to this year, a dog who had previously won the Canadian National Championship, won the National Amateur Championship. Today he won the National Open Championship and became NFC NAFC CNFC Blackrivers Tanner. We are so happy for his owner Jeff Miller and of course, our Storm X Tanner puppy owners. The last dog to win a triple National Championship status was NFC 2X NAFC CNFC Saightons Scud - a dog that dominates Maia's pedigree.
NFC NAFC CNFC FC AFC CFC Blackrivers Tanner
But it gets better! The dog I bred Tina to, Macks, a dog I bred out of Navy X Toby, finished the National Open with a Certificate of Merit, CM, honoring him as one of the top 10 dogs in the US this year. We are just so happy for his handler Lynn Miller, who has trained, and believed in Macks for a long time, and over the moon happy for his owner's Gary and Mhari Peschel.
Macks is a full brother to Haley - who we are hoping to breed for the last time in 2017...probably to my dog Ice, since I have yet to get a puppy from him.
FC AFTW Paragon's Bratach Bhan Macaoidh of Hellfire "Macks"
We had a string of breeding complications in 2016 and I returned more deposits than I have over 20 years. Our 2017 breeding plans are very fluid and we are not taking any deposits, until a breeding has been completed and a pregnancy is verified. We will for sure be breeding Tina and Storm. We will also be trying one last time to breed Haley , if she decides to have a normal heat cycle on the next go round. There is a good possibility I will be dropping a couple young adult or retired girls this year.
If I can make it work, I would like to try and breed Tina to Toby (via frozen semen) - otherwise we will go back and repeat the 2016 litter with Tobys' son Macks. The puppies were outstanding! I have not yet decided who Storm will be bred to for her third and final pairing. Haley will probably be bed to Ice, for a repeat of the early 2015 litter.
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The Tiki Twins have left the building! Losing Bones so soon after they were born made it a bittersweet day as a piece of my heart left as well. I am sad to say that Tiki herself will soon be leaving. I have found a lovely home for her in Canada, with a Mickey X Mia puppy to keep her company. She is a truly wonderful dog and we will miss her!
Tiki and her two girls
The Faith X Maverick Sussex puppies are almost 4 weeks old and all six are strong, active and doing great!
Maverick finished the 2016 season as #1 Owner Handled Sussex for the second year in a row. It will be weird to let him sit out next year as he focuses on events like obedience, hunt tests and barn hunt, but I am excited to bring out his daughter and see what she can do. Showing a Sussex bitch is like pushing a boulder up a hill, but you know me...I love a challenge.
#1 for the second year in a row
18 month old Marvel - a 2015 Maverick X Faith daughter
Fall is by far the best time of year in Montana and this year it's a full of rich, earthy brown color.
Maverick became the first Sussex to get a RATN title (N=Novice) and was the only dog the entire weekend to find all his rats! He finished with two firsts and a second place. Barn Hunt is a super fun sport!
First Sussex Spaniel RATN title!
Finding the rat!
Then we had a special delivery on November 1, and Faith bought forth six, strong, healthy new Sussex puppies - 5 girls, 1 boy.
This year continues to kick my ass, and we started off October by losing Bones to a perforated bowel. He was the sweetest boy, out of Singer and Mickey. Bones was one of the most honest flushing spaniels I have ever owned (and I've owned some nice ones), and his retrieving was off the chart awesome, and totally natural. Perfect marking, to hand deliveries with NO forcing or training of any kind. I was so proud of that! He was bred a few times (Sophie, Haley, Mia and is the dad of Tiki's two puppies) and produced the lovely Lola - my goofy girl with the black leg and black tipped tail. Bones and Haley produced Angus, the C Diff sniffing dog, who is a global celebrity because of his amazing nosework, and also a couple of hunt test puppies, but most went to avid gun dog homes.
Bones was just five years old. I will miss him so much.