Monday, February 23, 2009

Just our Girls!

So much of this blog is about our dogs and hunting. Well like most gun dogs they are also house dogs. And they spend more time in the house than they do afield. They have funny moments at home. They sleep in our bed. We sometimes take funny pictures of them. And sometimes they get more attention than we give each other. Here are few pictures from home that show off our girls.






And did I ever tell you that our dogs were in our wedding?

til next time......

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Purchase

I purchased a new crate cover for the girls today and I must say that I'm very pleased.

I've had my eye on this crate cover for about a year now. I suppose I would have been happy with the old one until miss Abby decided to chew off a couple of key components, like the zipper.
I can see this purchase as a long lasting one. The investment was around a $100 or so but I'm glad I finally picked one up. A few details that I think will be use full are: carrying handles, o-rings that help to tie down the crate, pockets and extra pockets for gear and dummies. And the one detail that is above the rest is the fact that it is built to last. I'm sure this was designed for the waterfowl retrieving dog but I think my two FBESS's are going to like it just fine. And besides I only had to buy one because my two girls are small enough to fit into one crate!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

P.U.H.S.D

So what is PUHSD you ask...it's what I go through in late winter ever year. Post Upland Hunting Season Depression. It's this time of year when the days are still short and you still have the urge to beating the brush in search of upland game. It's when my wife wishes I was still hunting because she hates my mood swings when it comes to the time of year. This year I'm avoiding the big gap in emotion by filling the void with training and planning for next fall.
With two FBESS in my line up there is no shortage of training. I don't use and e-collar(we'll save that discussion for later) so I have to go that extra step every time I decided to train or drill with my girls. To each is own and I would not have it any other way!

SO for the last three weeks I've been concentrating on training Abby, our 1 1/2 year old FBESS. I've been in no rush to get Abby on birds. She's an explosive talent that I knew I had to take it slow. With limited time and resources rushing a young dog can make irreversible mistakes. So doing it right the first time is priority. I plan to trail Abby this fall and that will take all the time and resources I have.

As I move forward with Abby there is still plenty of training to do with Mia. So with double the training load takes twice as much dedication. As along as the girls are ready well then so I am I!!

I'll report from time to time on their progress.
til next time.........

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Paddy's our Daddy!!


These three ESS all have the same sire out of Tim DeGroff's kennel, High Prairie Farms Flushing Spaniels.

FC Larford Fragg (UK) "Paddy"
Paddy might be the best dog I have ever seen. From his nose to his retrieving ability, he has it all. Like all ESS's should be he is biddable to say the least. So it's no surprise that this fella is a popular stud.

South York's Mia Mi Amor "Mia"
FC Larford Fragg x Pine Shadows Thicket II
South York's Abigail's Abby Sue "Abby"
FC Larford Fragg x High Prairie's Aussie Girl "Kiwi"

Mollie the Rockstar is my brother Phil's dog
FC Larford Fragg x "Dixie" (full pedigree name to come)
til next time.........