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.
Exciting things have happened this month! We have a beautiful, new Sussex arrival, all the way from Three D Kennels in Virginia. Welcome, Frank! I am looking forward to Specialing him next year in the breed ring, as Maverick sits out the year to do other things like obedience, hunt tests and Barn Hunt. I am also happy to report that Frank has just been given an OFA GOOD hip rating!
I met Frank at the SSCA Nationals in South Carolina (he went Winners Dog for his Championship) and am just thrilled to have him join our pack in Montana. He is a lovely boy, very sweet and gentle.
Mostly through July already - where is the summer going?
The Storm/Tina puppies have all left the house for lives of their own and I kept an awesome female from the Tina X Macks litter that I named Joules. She is a PISTOL! Dauntless, high octane, smart...I've bitten off a challenge for sure. I am really looking forward to getting back to some serious field work and she is the right puppy for the job.
Hellfires Dauntless "Joules"
Great weekend in Idaho for the Hellfire Sussex girls. Rogue, the "ugly sister" went Bred By/Winners Bitch both Saturday and Sunday, then stunned me by taking a Bred By Exhibitor Group 1 against 6 other sporting breed puppies. I nearly fell over from shock. Not to be outdone, her CH litter sister Marvel went Best of Breed over her Top 5 ranked dad for a great Grand Champion major win! I was over the moon pleased.