I decided to go with FC AFC MH Mickey with Stormy instead of Macks. Stormy has plenty of octane, and I think their similar nose down hunting styles will pair up well. Frankly I love Mickey's level headed, super easy to live with temperament. His owner has a lot of dogs, but the Mickster has always been my favorite boy. We should get puppies of both colors too. Contact us toward the end of April to see if any puppies are available.
Chica was bred to Ice via AI. At this time, I am not taking any inquiries for this match-up. Check back in a few weeks to see if the breeding worked... or didn't.
Mia will be bred to Mickey, probably early spring, for a nice repeat of the 2013 litter. All of those very talented, lovely puppies have excellent references and also ended up in field/hunting and agility homes.
FC AFC Paragon's Eustis E Wart MH
Hellfire's Astormin = AFC Solarjigs Whitey MH X Alott of Hellfire JH
Best of Breed and the first 2 Grand Championship points for Maverick! Largest dog show west of the Hudson. Amazing group venues - we even had breed cards and an announcer that gave breed descriptions, just like Westminster.
Mav made the final 6 out of the 29 breeds that were there competing with us and made the final cuts in owner/handler groups as well, but alas no rosettes. So proud of him (and me) considering the quality of competition.
I've officially drunk from the kool-aid well now. Meet my new Sussex Spaniel girl! Her dad is a UK import and an AKC Master Hunter, her mom is an AKC Junior Hunter. Great working lines on both sides of her pedigree. She is a little tall and long in leg for American conformation, but when her ear hair and feathers grow back, I'll show her anyway.
Faith was kindly sent to me by pro trainer/breeder/hunt test judge Don Kruger in Wisconsin, and I cannot thank him enough for entrusting her with me. He has trained and titled more working Sussex than anybody else in the entire United States.
We finally said good-bye to our dear, much loved Spanky. She fought a long hard battle with lung cancer, probably from a metastasized breast tumor removed too late. It was originally diagnosed as a migrating weed and almost a year and thousands of dollars were wasted with the wrong vet who refused to refer us to a specialist. It took the specialist in Missoula five minutes to figure it out. She went through the brutal lung removing surgery, chemo and it extended her life by twice what they predicted, so in the end it was all worth it, if only to delay the inevitable and get more time with her.
Spanky was one of my most beloved dogs - super gentle, very quiet, fantastic nose and an amazing gun dog. She had one litter with Toby via frozen semen, surgical AI, C-section and we got 5 babies - 4 boys and a girl that I retained...Chica, who I am hoping to breed this year.
Getting ready to box up and send out Toby's ribbons to be transformed into a beautiful ribbon quilt. These are just his field trial ribbons. I haven't even started to put together the hunt test, obedience, rally and agility ribbons!
FC AFC CFC Abitt's Highlander Lord MH RE VCD1 OJP OAP WDX
There it is. Toby's lifetime achievement award, and 12 YEARS of his amazing work ethic hanging on the wall. It took a village, and many people share this with him. Toby is also the only AKC Field Champion VCD (Versatile Companion Dog) ... of any breed. It's all kind of bittersweet as I look at him snoring away on the couch, knowing he's entering the last phase of his very long life.
And the other yearly bling:
These titles were earned in 2013, acknowledged by ESSFTA in 2014, but I'm just now getting them as we roll into 2015.
Maverick was the priority this year, but Ice will be the super star next year as we compete and campaign for that coveted obedience UDX , which means LOTS of Utility and Open trials!
And I somehow have to squeeze in the Master Hunter and agility...