Remembering Those Over The Rainbow Bridge

We never forget those furry ones who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge, we think of them everyday. On this day today which is been nominated Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day let’s take a moment to pay respects to all the pets who have passed on.


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We are joining Dachshund Nola & Sugar The Golden Retriever for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop.

Nothing But Norman #147

Happy Saturday All!

Nothing But Norman

A sad week in the Chesapeake Community, we are loosing far too may Chesapeake’s as Norman has been busy welcoming all the burrheads home. This week my friends Rachel and Jonathan said goodbye to their girl Ellie. I met them at a yearly Chesapeake function called WI Chessie Days where Chesapeake’s and their peeps get together for a fun filled day. As of last year I was the new host for the WI Chessie Day. Ellie and Gambler hit it off so we joked later online about them being boyfriend and girlfriend. Chesapeakes have a way of pulling people together and making great friendships. Without our dogs I wouldn’t have gotten to meet and stay in touch with such wonderful people and their dogs. Will miss seeing Ellie at our next event but will know she will be looking down from above smiling. My deepest sympathy to Rachael and Jonathan.

Ellie enjoying her ice cream .

Ellie enjoying her ice cream .

I want to give out my sympathies to my friend Jayne who said goodbye to her mom today. Norman welcomes 4 legged’s and 2. May peace come to the family to know that their mom is no longer suffering and l

Avery Dogsorber Wet Dry Towel

Avery Dogsorber Wet Dry Towel



I first learned about Dogsorber when I saw my friend use it after training on her dog. I asked her what it was and she told me it was the best dog towel out there that she just loves it for drying off her Chesapeake after water work. So of course I had to get one since I have a whole gang of Chesapeakes and they are always doing water work and hunting in the water. I purchased my Dogsorber towel through Smileamazon so the rescue group of my choice which is CRROW would receive money from my sale to help out the rescue doggies. HuntEmUp was the distributor for the product, you can buy directly from them, they have a whole array of hunting items.


The Dogsorber towel comes shrink wrapped in a plastic bag and container. Once you get the towel out you will need to unwrap it, it unwraps best if you run it under water and peel it apart while the water is running on it. You need to do this very carefully as the material sticks to it’s self while being shrink wrapped and you may rip the material like I did when I first did it ( I called the distributor and they replaced the towel no questions asked and on a timely manner – thank you).


Completely wet and opened up.


Squeeze excess water out and ready to store or use.

Just the right size to grip and dry off the dog.

Just the right size to grip and dry off the dog.

Storing container, store wet.

Storing container, store wet.

The towel works best if damp when you use it so you can store it wet in the plastic container it comes with or put it in a zip lock bag.


After training in the water I dried off Gambler before I put in his dog box. No reason he needs to lay in a puddle of water that drips off him in is box. The towel did a wonderful job removing the excess water off of his fur.


Avery ASD Dogsorber

Avery’s new Dogsorber can help keep your favorite hunting buddy dry afield, and is reusable.

ASD (Avery Sporting Dog) & Avery Outdoors has announced a new way to ensure that your gundog stays dry when training or at work in the field.

  • Don’t put your dog away wet.
  • Drying your dog after hunting/training in cold water helps them warm up faster and aids recovery time
  • Drying your dog after hunting/training in hot weather will keep them cooler in the kennel
  • Handy for a quick cleanup before getting in the truck or house
  • Keep one in your Blind Bag to dry equipment before putting it away
  • Dries ATV and boat seats
  • Great for drying Ducks at Hunt Tests & Field Trials
  • Durable PVA material will stand up to the demands of waterfowlers and trainers

Avery ASD Dogsorber Wet Dry Dog Towel  Shammy Cloth


Gambler’s proud to show off his new towel.

I can’t wait to take this in the canoe when hunting in cold weather to dry him off between retrieves so he can keep his body temperature up.

Sand Spring Chesapeakes was not asked to review Dogsorber, I wanted to talk about it as it has worked well for drying off my dogs. The opinion was based on my experience with this product. Avery or Dogsorber is not responsible for any of the content in this post.


Preachers HRC Started Title

The beginning of August John and Preacher went 2 for 2 on their UKC HRC Started hunt tests. She passed each day with flying colors. In a Started test the dog needs to make 2 land retrieves and deliver the ducks back to the handler. The delivery doesn’t need to be to hand but within 1-2 foot steps. The dog doesn’t need to be steady so the handler may hold onto the dogs collar while the marks are going off. After the land retrieves you move onto water, even if you know you failed on land you can still run the water set up. We didn’t have to worry about that as Preacher passed on land both days so she went onto water and she passed both days on water giving her 2 out of her 4 passes needed for her Started title.


Watching the mark go down.


Taking off.


Splashing out to the mark.


Tying to get to the mark as fast as she can.


The delivery.


Thank you Preacher I’ll take that!


Your test is done time to go.


Happy campers as they know they got a title with that run.

Preacher had another two tests this pass weekend where she passed each day giving her her UKC HRC Started title. John and I both have trained Preacher while John handled her in all the tests. It was a team effort!


Preachers ribbon from her Saturday pass.


Preachers ribbon from Sunday’s pass.


Preachers 4 pass ribbons for her SHR (HRC Started) title.

Without further ado let me introduce you to:

SHR U-CH Sand Spring Pale Rider SPOT           “Preacher”

Preacher was bred by John and JoAnn Stancer

Dam: HR U-CH Sand Spring No Gut’s No Glory SH THDN CGCA TT

Sire: HR CH SRR’s North Point Thunder Bay SH CGC WDQ owned by 2browndawgs.

Preacher will now concentrate on hunting and will be going to Saskatchewan the end of September to do some snow goose hunting. Preacher will also be joining her new family at that time. She will be making her new life with our friends in Minnesota who own Pearl who is out of Nellie’s first litter. Pearl will be turning 9 so since we can’t use Preacher for breeding Mike asked if he could have Preacher to have as a companion and to hunt with. We are sad that Preacher will not be living with the Sand Spring gang but know she will have so much more fun and one on one time living with only one Chesapeake vs 4 and she will be living across from a lake where she can swim every day. We will get to see her on visits and will get to hunt with her so this is a win win situation in my book.

Mom And Daughter Ribbons Again


Mom and daughter Preacher with their ribbons from the hunt test.


Glory with her third UKC HRC Finished pass. Needs one more for her title.



Preacher got her HRC Started title this weekend (more on that tomorrow), Glory got another pass towards her HRC Finished title.


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Glory Leaves A Baby Ruth In The Pond

This past Saturday Glory was entered in a UKC HRC hunt test. She was running in the finished class. When we pulled into Bong State Park this is what the weather looked like…IMG_1238

The rain managed to come to a halt when Glory was due to run the test.


Walking to the line.

Glory and John got to the line, sat down on the bucket, John loaded the gun ready to go and then….nothing the winger that was suppose to throw out the bird to start the test wouldn’t go off so John had to leash Glory up, walk off the line and wait for another dog to run in front of him.


Take two, John and Glory started the test. It was a triple meaning 3 ducks were launched and John had to shoot at them using blank shells (the ducks were already dead). Once all three birds were down John released Glory to pick them up and bring them back to him.


And she’s off!

Normally the dog will pick up the ducks in the order of last bird down to the first bird down being picked up last. Glory decided she wanted to do it backwards and picked up the birds in the opposite order. By the time she was suppose to pick up the third duck she had forgotten where it was and looked a little confused in the water. John then handled (gave hand signals) to where the duck went down and she found it then brought it back.


Hey! Whatcha doing with my duck?


When Glory was coming in with her third duck the judge released another duck right in front of Glory. She needed to keep coming in with the duck she had in her mouth, deliver it to John and then he would send her off for the “diversion duck” which she did with no problems.


Nice delivery.

After the delivery John then needed to line her up and get her ready to run the blind (a duck planted in the field that Glory has no idea where it is).


Lining Glory up.

By this time Glory was tired and had enough of the test, she wanted to be done. John was giving her hand signals to get her out to the blind and she was giving him the middle paw while taking the wrong casts. A dog can take a wrong cast but it can not take many or it gets you a fail. The blind was set up next to where the third duck went down so since John handled Glory to that mark he was having a hard time keeping her from going that way and sticking to a straight line where John was pointing her in. Once she got near the edge of the water she all of a sudden stopped and released a Baby Ruth into the pond! She was lighter after that and went running to the blind, picked it up and came back with it all proud!


Now the pond has to be drained and sanitized.

After the test the judges came over and talked to John and nicely told him that they failed the test because Glory had to many cast refusals on the blind. John thanked them and went on his way without picking up after his dog. We said that was what Glory thought of their test, I poop on your test! When a girl has to go a girl has to go, doesn’t matter if it is in the middle of a pond, when duty calls you drop a load right there no questions asked. What it is to be a dog!

I leave you with the clip from Caddy Shack Doodie in pool.

Some of you may have seen how the rest of the weekend went for the Sand Spring gang if you follow us on Facebook, if not then come back tomorrow to see how the girls (Glory and Preacher) did.

Pro Plan Savor Treats ~ #ChewyInfluencer

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Ding Dong #ChewyInfluencer calling.

Purina Pro Plan Savor Tender Strips Made with Real Turkey & Avocado Dog Treats is what goes along great with Purina Pro Plan Sport dog food.

PicMonkey Image3I proudly feed the Sand Spring gang Purina Pro Plan Sport (which can be bought at When I looked over the list of items we could review this month I figured since I already feed a Purina product I might as well give the Savor treats a try. Gambler was the main taste tester and photo hog for this review.

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The taste test, Gambler let Nellie and Guilty share in the goodness.

Description: Purina Pro Plan Savor Tender Strips are made with real turkey and avocado for a meaty treat your dog will love!

Key Benefits:

  • Made with Real Turkey & Avocado
  • Turkey is the #1 ingredient
  • No artificial flavors or colors
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I want more, I’ll just help myself!

Gambler couldn’t get enough of these treats. You can’t turn your back on them or they will be gone. They are a soft pliable treat that if you wanted to you could break off small pieces for training. I gave the gang one whole treat to chew on and each one of them didn’t second guess the treat they thought they were very tasty. These treats aren’t for keeping them busy but for giving them a nutritious treat as they ate them very fast.


Gambler gives these treats a big smile as he loved them.


16 oz bag is on sale now for $7.99.


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I was given one bag of Pro Plan Savor treats in exchange for a honest review.



We would like to thank out hosts Sugar The Golden Retriever and Oz The Terrier for this Chewy Hop.

Nothing But Norman #146

Happy Saturday All!

Nothing But Norman


The August/September issue of the Hunting Retriever came out and inside they had the UKC (United Kennel Club) Historical & Current Top Producing Sires listed for the past year.

Historical: The Historical Top Producers lists were compiled by the UKC using all data for UKC or HRC titles earned and processed through July 6, 2016. These lists include all sires 25 years old or less.

Hunting Retriever Title Legend

SHR- Started Hunting Retriever

HR – Hunting Retriever

HRCH – Hunting Retriever Champion

GRHRCH – Grand Hunting Retriever Champion

UH – Upland Hunter

Norman was #10 in the list, # of pups 9, Titles earned: SHR 1 (Annie from Missouri), HRCH (Nellie, Gambler- Sand Spring, Punkin from Mississippi) UH 1 (Punkin from Mississippi). # Titles: 5

Thanks to all the owners that compete in HRC hunt tests so Norman can be recognized.

Have a great weekend!