Sand Spring Pearly Mae JH

 Sand Spring Pearly Mae JH

HRCH Sand Spring Hurricane Nellie SH    x     HRCH AMR CH INT’L CH* Nordom’s Apache Rebel MH WDQ


Just about 10 years old and Pearl is going strong in Saskatchewan. She had a great hunt this year. She is 55# and with the heart and desire to get those geese she gives it her all and makes it look effortless. She is methodical on her retrieves. We had a couple of long floaters and Pearl didn’t hesitate to go after them she has been a great hunting companion for Mike. I’ve enjoyed hunting with her each year. Hopefully she has many years left, she sure didn’t show any signs of slowing down this year.

Have a great fall hunting season Pearl, see ya next year in Saskatchewan!

Nothing But Norman #162

Nellie’s Final Flight To Saskatchewan

Happy 13 Birthday in heaven to Sand Spring foundation bitch Nellie. You made your final trip to Saskatchewan with me this past week and sat along by my side and your grand daughter Guilty. Part of you was left behind in the fields we used to hunt together and in Kerry’s lovely flower beds that we got to enjoy when she was alive as well. I hope your both together looking down on us and smiling as I’m looking up at you missing you each day. Thank you for being the best mom, grandma and best friend! Without you I wouldn’t have my two lovely girls that I hug and kiss each day and see a part of you in them. Run free my love in the big blue sky may the birds be plentiful and the wind always at your back.

Thank you Norman and Abby for a wonderful daughter!

Nothing But Norman #160

Happy Saturday All!

Last week I got a really neat package in the mail. My friend Paulette from Cape Cod send me a little memorial for Nellie who passed away on March 16, 2017. She sent me a antique stain glass duck and an Mr and Mrs Quack plate. This is what Paulette says about the items: The plate is made on Cape Cod and is a Pairpoint Cup Plate from the 70’s. People here collect them and put them in their windows. I have a Mr and Mrs Quack plate as well. Hugs

What a very thoughtful gift, I just love them and am displaying them on Norman and Nellie’s memorial. I can see them everything I sit in my chair in the living room.

I got another memorial piece for the display as well from Aunt Kimmi’s Pretty Little Things. I got a memorial candle with Nellie’s name on it so now it can shine bright along side of Norman’s candle. They are together again.


I thank Thee, Oh Lord, for the rivers, woods, and fields wherein lie the game birds I love to hunt. I thank Thee also for the men and women who protect and preserve wild life in all its forms so that future generations will have the healthful pleasures of hunting and fishing. My master means more than life or death to me and I pray for intelligence, ability, and strength to understand and execute his or hers commands and desires. May our companionship lead to complete understanding so that our moments will be the happiest of all. Help my master to comprehend that I will gladly give my life for them, be they millionaire or pauper. Their love and confidence is all I ask. I beseech you to guide him or her and protect them from thoughts, deeds, or actions which will disturb the faith of others in them. I want my master to be respected by their friends as I look up to them. The wag of my tail indicated the feelings of my heart and no blows, privation, or hunger will ever keep me from being happy when I hear my master’s voice or footsteps. When the curtains of death are about to close my active life, I pray Thee, Oh, God, that my master be near, their hand caressing my head as my eyelids close.

Most people don’t know it was penned by a chessie person, Mr. William Hoard of Ft. Atkinson, of Deerwood Trigger fame in the 40’s.

Have a great Saturday, hug your furry’s.

Sand Spring Chesapeakes Is Now An AKC Breeder of Merit


Sand Spring Chesapeakes Is Now An AKC Breeder of Merit

It all started in 2000 when we got our foundation stud Norman. We knew we wanted to become breeders so we did all that we could to ensure the success with Norman. We followed the guidelines in what the American Chesapeake Club recommended for proper health clearances on breeding stock, we knew we wanted to produce hunting dogs that would excel in any performance events as well as be structurally sound, correct conformation and live a long healthy life. In order to do all this besides health clearances we needed to “prove” our dogs have/had  what it takes to be great hunting/performance dog so the hunt test game began. We started training Norman in hunt tests when ready we would enter him so we could eventuality get his titles to “prove” he had what it took instead of just saying “we have the best hunting dog out there”. Norman went on to become our first UKC HRCH Finished and AKC Master Hunter titled dog.

Foundation Stud Norman

We bred Norman and got our foundation bitch Nellie in 2004. We continued on doing everything correctly with Nellie so we could breed her in the future. We completed her health clearances and started entering her in hunt tests as well. She went on to be our second dog with a UKC HRCH Finished and her AKC Senior Hunter title.

Foundation bitch Nellie

We chose a stud dog that we thought would compliment Nellie and have puppies that would better the breed. Our first litter was December of 2007. Nellie went on to have a total of 3 litters, 17 puppies in the end.

Nellie and Rebel 2007 puppies. Litter of 7

Nellie and Tiny 2009 puppies. Litter of 6

For Nellie’s last litter we chose a stud dog that we wanted to continue in our breeding program. We knew we would spay her after this litter so we would need a bitch to keep the Sand Spring line going. We kept  the little red girl and she became known as Glory.

Nellie and Lefty 2011 puppies. Litter of 4

Before breeding Glory, we ensured all her health clearances were up to par and started training her for hunt tests and so far have gotten her UKC HR Seasoned and AKC Senior Hunter titles. Glory we started doing other events with with, we went on to get her UKC Conformation title and her AKC Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine titles, Therapy Dog Novice and Temperament Test title. She is one of my therapy dogs.

Glory and Thunder 2015 puppies. Litter of 8

Nellie’s great maternal instinct was certainly passed down to Glory as she was the best mom you could ask for with her two litters she has had. As long as Glory is healthy we will have another litter with her this fall/winter.

So where as all this breeding gotten us? It has gotten us after 10 years the AKC Breeder of Merit accomplishment.

The following must be met in order to be accepted into the program:

  • Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.
  • Earned AKC Conformation, Performance or Companion* event titles on a minimum of 4 dogs from AKC litters they bred/co-bred in each breed applied for.
  • Member of an AKC club.
  • Certifies that applicable health screens are performed on your breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies produced are individually AKC registered.

*Applied for titles, i.e. CGC, Barn Hunt, Working titles, etc., do not meet event requirements. 

We couldn’t be more proud to have had 3 generations of Sand Spring puppies in our house at one time. This past spring we said good bye to our foundation bitch Nellie, she was a great ambassador to our breeding program and taught me so much, without her there would be no continuation of Sand Spring.

Sand Springs letter explaining the benefits of the Breeder of Merit Program.

Glory is continuing on the tradition and soon her daughter Guilty will be entered into our breeding program pending her health clearances and performance titles. Guilty already has started her therapy dog career and has her AKC Therapy Dog Novice title as well as her Canine Good Citizen along with her UKC Conformation title and Dock Dog Novice title.

Our certificate.

Norman, Nellie and Glory have all had offspring that have gotten performance, conformation and companion event titles. There offspring are still going strong and I have to take a moment to thank their owners for training and entering their dogs in various events. Without them I too would not be where I am today. At Sand Spring we strive to always better ourselves in our dogs. We are learning as we go and hope to be passing on our knowledge to our puppy buyers so they can make informed decisions on their pups. In 2015 we have implemented the Puppy Culture way of raising our puppies as well as started doing Early Neurological Stimulation on our puppies.

USJ HRCH U-GRCH Sand Spring’s Ev’ry Paw’s A Winner MH THDN CGCA TT TKI – Gambler

Our foundation stud Norman is no longer with us either but he lives on in the swimmers we have in storage waiting for future use and lives on in his children especially Gambler who is now the living stud dog at Sand Spring. Norman was my heart dog and I never thought a dog could out do Norman but his son has proven to have out did his old man in accomplishing so much more in performance and companion events. He also has offspring that are playing the hunt test game and hopefully soon they will be getting titles and proving their worth out in the field.

We will proudly display the AKC Breeder Of Merit Banner on our website and continue to breed to the standards of the AKC and the American Chesapeake Club.

AKC Breeder of Merit Participants demonstrate a commitment to the AKC Community, dedication to their breed(s), and actively promote the sport of purebred dogs. The AKC is proud to recognize AKC Breeders who are dedicated to breeding beautiful purebred dogs whose appearance, temperament, and ability are true to their breed. These breeders are the heart of AKC. *AKC website*

Rest Easy Sweet Girl

Nellie was laid to rest on March 16, 2017. She’s been hanging out in our living room by Norman’s memorial. Since this weekend is Memorial Day weekend and we remember those who gave their lives for us which my dad was one of those people I thought it was only fitting that Nellie be put to rest at her final resting place by my dad. My dad isn’t the only one at this special place, my mom my dads mom and dad, Norman and various other animals along with my best friend Susie are all resting in this remote secret location. I go here to think and just be alone.

I never opened Nellie’s cremation box until yesterday. I took some of her fur and her ashes and spread them in the same place I spread everyone else. John and I cleaned up the memorial. I feel Nellie is with all my loved ones and is watching me from above.

Before and after.

Thank you dad and all the other soldiers for your time in the service. Peace to all!

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

Happy Earth Day ~ Tribute To My Dad

Happy Earth Day Everyone. Every Earth Day since 1994 is the Anniversary of my dad’s passing. Each year I plant a tree for Earth day and in memory of my dad. My grandparents owned a 24 acre wooded piece of property that they gave to my dad and now my brother and I own it. It is called Bradley Branches and the Bradley’s that have passed rest there. Grandpa, Grandma, Dad, Mom, many of my parents pets as well as my pets rest there as well. Nellie will be the next pet of mine to be laid to rest with the other loved ones.

Go out and enjoy this Earth Day and please respect it, it’s the only one we have and if we don’t take care of it we won’t have it.

Purina FortiFlora #chewyinfluencer

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Ding Dong #ChewyInfluencer calling.

Nellie loves FortiFlora hates photo shoots.

This months review is brought to you by Nellie. Nellie has been on Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora Probiotic Dog Supplement for over a year now so when asked if wanted to do a review on FortiFlora I jumped at the idea because this was one review that I could say the dog has actually been on it a long time so I know how it works long term.

Oh the “snakes in the belly”.

Nellie is a garbage hound and will find anything outside to eat, in doing so it gives her what we call “snakes in the belly”. Her stomach gets bloated, rumbles she feels miserable so then she doesn’t eat. I used to give her pepcid to calm her stomach down. Now I give her FortiFlora once a day on her dry food and her “snakes in the belly” have gone away for the most part. She will have an occasional stomach upset but nothing like before.

Easy to use and great tasting.

FortiFlora is a probiotic that should be used once a day on the dogs food. It comes in a box with 30 individual packages. One for each day of the month. You should only open the package when you are ready to use it as it contains live active culture and if open the active culture will die and not be beneficial.

Nellie digging right into her meal.

You can use it on any food, dry, wet or raw whatever you feed you just sprinkle the contents of the package over the food. For dry food you could add a little water or you don’t need to. The probiotic acts as a natural stimulate to get the dogs to eat so they will eat the food and then lick the bowl clean licking up all the powder.

The gang trying to help Nellie lick the bowl.

Once Nellie is done the other dogs in the house want to lick the bowl and lick her lips because they can smell the tastiness. You can use it on any dog for a routine supplement not just for intestinal upset or diarrhea. I feed it to the others just when they have a bout of diarrhea. I have too many dogs to use it routinely as I would be spending a lot of money on it, so they get it when needed except Nellie she gets it on her food each day.

More FortiFlora please.

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


Can’t Teach A Old Dog New Tricks But You Can A Middle Age One

Nellie is going to be 13 this fall, she is having troubles with her back end. She has muscle wasting in her rear legs and she has some nerve deficits where she doesn’t know where her back feet are so she has a hard time jumping up on the couch or bed. I gotten a set of stairs for the bed and of course she doesn’t want to use them. I then got another set of steps for the living room and this is what happened.

Old dog laying on the floor and Gambler using the steps for an extension to the couch.

Gambler using the steps as a head rest as he watches the old dog.

Gambler deciding he has to go patrol.

Oh look there are steps I should try them.

This is pretty cool.

Yeah I reached the floor.

So I guess I can’t teach Nellie the old dog a new trick by using the steps that were bought for her but might as well let Gambler get used to them so that when he is the old dog he may actually use them.

Does your dog require steps and was it hard to get them to use them?

Word Cloud Fun And How To

This past weekend I found a cool easy to follow website that will make word clouds, the website is Tagul. Here are the word clouds I made using words to describe all my chessies.

Tagul - Word Cloud Art LogoHow to:

Go to Tagul website and click on CREATE NOW

Once you sign up (acct is free) you go to My Word Cloud Art and click on a already saved word cloud to change or create a new one.

Click on Import words on the left of screen.

Add words to the empty box, when finished click import words.

You can then change the size of the text which I do on the main word I want to emphasize. You can then choose to use all upper case letters, lower, ect . You can choose to repeat words.

You can use one of their stock images or you can add your own image which I did for the dog word clouds.

You can change fonts, layouts, colors and animations. If you want it to use the shape colors you click that box or you un click to pick your own colors .

Once done with your settings click on Visualize and it will show you a preview.

If your happy with it you can save changes and download to your computer or you can change things. Only certain things you can do in the download and share menu that are free, other things require a fee.

Have fun with your word clouds.