New additions

by cathy on September 3, 2012

Where did the summer disappear to?! A haze of heat, mostly, and dragging hoses around, but wow – I can’t believe it’s September already. Fall trial season is just around the corner . . .

I am remiss in introducing the newest members of our family. Beacon (Raintree Torchbearer) is from the AskEm-Halo litter. She’s a great office buddy, loves birds, and I’m having lots of fun with her. Unfortunately I have yet to get a photo I really love of her, but here’s a cute shot of her with her dad.

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Beacon was planned, but when Dean attended the NBHA Awards event a few weeks ago, he came home with a (sur)Prize (thanks, Tom Waite, for providing transportation!). Prize was bred by Carpenter’s Kennels, sired by Barker’s Leer Jet out of Carpenter’s Daisy Duke. We plan to register him as Raintree Unexpected. Prize is holding his own pretty well with Beacon and Ziva, and enjoying his first exposures to quail.

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Good-bye to a champion

by cathy on June 12, 2012


NAFC AFC Triple Ridges Best Bet

2/16/1996 – 6/12/2012

Bessie had a long, happy life.  She had a very successful trial career, and produced some terrific progeny including FC AFC Birchbluff’s Capricorn (Caper).  Condolences to our friends George and Arlene Reichert for the loss of such a special dog.  I hope the wonderful memories will comfort them.  I can still remember George beaming at Bessie’s National win.

I love this poem by David Harkins:

You can shed tears that she is gone,

or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,

or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,

or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,

or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her only that she is gone,

or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,

be empty and turn your back.

Or you can do what she’d want:

smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Safe passage, Bess.


First puppy visit

May 28, 2012

I’ve been fighting strep throat AND a miserable virus that I didn’t want to share with my friends, so today was the first day that I was able to go visit the AskEm-Halo puppies. They look terrific! Eyes are beginning to open. They are starting to get up on their feet a bit. Won’t be […]

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2012

A Mother’s Day surprise! Halo delivered her puppies by c-section today – the first arrival tried to slide in sidewise – a few days earlier than anticipated! Four boys, three girls. Puppies and Mom doing well. Can’t wait to see them in person :-).

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Puppies coming!

April 19, 2012

Litter expected mid-May from AskEm and Halo (Sail’s litter sister)! We’re very excited, especially since we continue to be so pleased with the Sail x Swifty pups from last summer. Both parents had eye exams last month and were clear, AskEm is OFA excellent and Halo is OFA good. Pedigree for the litter is here: […]

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Yay, Rina!

April 8, 2012

Many thanks to John Stolgitis, who trained and handled our English Setter Raintree Ballerina, “Rina” to the National Grouse Derby Classic win this past weekend in Marienville, PA. What a thrill! Rina had two broke finds, one grouse and one woodcock, to earn her win. Well done, John & Rina!

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2011 National Amateur

December 13, 2011

AskEm and I were front page news at the National Amateur: I was very proud of his performance.  We ran into some trouble in the fifth , but he otherwise had a very nice trial.  I was pleased with Willow’s completion (FC Raintree Wind in the Willows).  Thanks so much to  Norb and Rose […]

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AskEm gets “The Duck”

November 13, 2011

AskEm was awarded second place in the Amateur All-age by judges Brian Sonier and Don Mock at the Southern Wisconsin Sporting Spaniel Club trial last weekend. He handled the thick, tall cover very well, finding his birds and completing his retrieves cleanly. As the highest placing SWSSC member Amateur dog, AskEm also earned the Don […]

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XL’s OFA reports

November 12, 2011

Hips rated Good, elbows Normal :-).

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New vaccination guidelines

October 27, 2011

Very important, please be sure to be familiar with these new guidelines so that you are not over-vaccinating your dog! Thanks to the NAIA post on Facebook for the heads up.

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