Annie’s Waterfowl Opener

You all get to see pictures and here stories of Gamblers hunts quite often. What you don’t hear about often is Gambler’s siblings. Today I’m sharing a photo of Gambler’s sister Annie after her first hunt of the waterfowl season.

 

SHR Shaw’s Go Get’em Annie is owner trained and handled. Hope the good luck continues and you get to retrieve many birds this waterfowl season.

Annie is out of HRCH Sand Spring Norm Of Caroway MH    X      UH HRCH Hope Springs Dowry MHR***       5/13/11

 

Nothing But Norman #163

Happy Saturday All!

Happy 17th Birthday in heaven yesterday Norman and I can’t believe this coming Monday you will be gone 4 years. Where did the time go? I thank you for coming to me in my dreams often, it makes your passing more bearable and means your still with me.

SHR UJJ Fox Island Good Golly Ms Molly RN TDI CGC – “Molly” was laid to rest by the Pawlisch family October 27th, 2017. Molly brought our families together by inviting us to one of the chessie weekend’s way back. Ever since then we’ve shared many great memories that will live on in our hearts. My heart goes out to Tom, Irene, Sophia and Willow while they learn to live without Molly by there side. She will forever be in their hearts where she left footprints. Molly got to go pheasant hunting on the 26th, with her wobbly legs she managed to be strong like chessies are and give it her all for those last birds. She is now running pain free along side her other family chessies and of course Norman. They just don’t live long enough! 

Molly and Gman hunting geese.

A HUNTING DOGS PRAYER

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.

Where to Bury a Dog

But there is one best place to bury a dog. If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call – come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death and down the well remembered path to your side again.
And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel, they shall not growl at him nor resent his coming, for he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see not the lightest blade of grass bend by his foot-fall, who hears no whimper, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden from them.

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.

 

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.

A HUNTING DOGS PRAYER

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*

World Spay Day

World Spay Day is today February 28, 2017. Being a Veterinary Technician I feel the need to share this day and some information about Spaying.

World Spay Day is an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, community cats and street dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. It takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February. The next World Spay Day is February 28, 2017. Created as Spay Day USA by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1995, World Spay Day is now a program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA).

On World Spay Day and throughout the month of February — Spay/Neuter Awareness Month — veterinary and animal welfare professionals, business owners and concerned individuals join forces to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the street.

As you know I am also a breeder so I do have intact breeding stock. If my pet’s aren’t used for breeding or are retired from breeding I do go ahead and spay/neuter them.

MK being spayed.

Spaying/Neutering

  • Prevents unwanted dogs and cats
  • helps prevent some serious health problems
  • may reduce behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct

Preacher was spayed when I found out she couldn’t be part of our breeding program.    

Surgical sterilization
During surgical sterilization, a veterinarian removes certain reproductive organs.

  • Ovariohysterectomy, or the typical “spay”: the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed from a female dog or cat. This makes her unable to reproduce and eliminates her heat cycle and breeding instinct-related behavior.
  • Orchiectomy, or the typical “neuter”: the testes are removed from a male dog or cat. This makes him unable to reproduce and reduces or eliminates male breeding behaviors   *AVMA*

All my animals have been spayed the traditional way as in a Ovariohysterectomy. There are now alternative ways of spaying and neutering that some veterinary clinics are doing. I only know of one vet clinic in WI which is Veterinary Village my reproduction clinic that is doing the ovary sparing technique. Veterinary Village also has a great resource page on the Spay Neuter Controversy which you can read HERE.

Nellie being spayed after her breeding career was over.

Surgical alternatives to traditional spaying and neutering
The procedures described above are the surgical procedures routinely used to spay or neuter dogs, but some pet owners opt for one of these alternatives:

  • Hysterectomy: the uterus and part of the fallopian tubes are removed from a female dog or cat. This makes her unable to reproduce, but her ovaries remain and will produce hormones.  This may not eliminate the dog or cat’s behaviors associated with the breeding instinct.
  • Vasectomy: only the vas deferens, which conducts sperm from the testes, are removed. This procedure makes the dog or cat unable to reproduce, but his testes remain and will produce hormones. This may not eliminate the dog or cat’s behaviors associated with the breeding instinct.
  • Ovariectomy: the ovaries are removed from a female dog or cat, but the uterus remains. Similar to ovariohysterectomy, this makes her unable to reproduce and eliminates her heat cycle and breeding instinct-related behavior. *AVMA*

Norman being neutered at age 10.5 years.

Norman was neutered at 10.5 years of age when he started having prostrate problems and I had frozen semen on him so I neutered him for his health. He did fine being neutered until the day he passed at 13 years of age. Nellie was spayed at 8 years of age after she had her last litter of puppies. She is currently 12.5 years of age and has had no health problems associated with spaying. She doesn’t have any urinary incontinence  problems. Preacher was spayed at one year of age. She was my youngest dog to spay so will see what happens with her. MK was spayed at 5 months of age and well you know cats they always have issues!

So become informed and talk to your Veterinarian on what is right for your pet.

 

Nothing But Norman #157

Happy Saturday All!

This week on facebook I posted up pictures of the gang along with pictures of what they were named from. Other chessie owners were doing this so I joined in and had a blast telling each ones story so I thought I would share the naming here.

HRCH Sand Spring Norm Of Caroway MH – Got his name from the Cheer’s character Norm. John said he wanted a fat lazy dog to hang out in the duck blind, Norm from cheers came to mind and Norman got his name. Norman was not a bit fat or lazy but he did mind his manners in the duck blind.

HRCH Sand Spring Hurricane Nellie SH – was a little spitfire when a baby so I named her hurricane Nellie. She was a hurricane then and she is still trying to strut her stuff at 12.

HRCH USJ UGRCH Sand Spring Ev’ry Paw’s A Winner MH CGCA THDN TT – was named after Kenny Rogers in the Gambler, since I like to Gamble I took a chance on Gambler and he has turned out to be a winner!

HR UCH Sand Spring No Gut’s No Glory SH CGCA THDN TT – was named when I was watching Lady Gaga sing Edge Of Glory and since I love anything patriotic she became Glory.

SHR UCH Sand Spring Pale Rider SPOT – John named her Preacher after his favorite actor Clint Eastwood in his favorite movie Pale Rider that he can recite.

Sand Spring Lethal Weapon – came with the name Riggs so he was named after the movie Lethal Weapon. Will he prove to be a lethal weapon, only time will tell.

Sand Spring Guilt By Association – was named by John after all the hoopla with the cop shootings and such, John went on a kick of getting t-shirts made that said “some are guilty” so Guilty got her name. Hope she proves to be NOT GUILTY.

Have a great weekend!

 

Nothing But Norman #156

Happy Saturday All!

RIP Chance!

This week we say our farewells to Chance who passed over the Rainbow Bridge on Friday January 6, 2016. Chance was our friends Mike and Lisa’s Dachshund he lived with Nellie’s pup Pearl and with Preacher for a short time. Chance had an identity crisis as he thought he was a big dog in a small body. He would give whomever what for and he meant it. Norman got the privileged to meet this little guy, they would bring chance along when they came down to visit and when we went to Minnesota for a visit Norman got to hang with him. The first time Chance came to Norman’s house he got talked to on how he needs to leave Norman alone as he was much bigger than him and he wouldn’t put up with his short man syndrome. Chance gave Norman what for in his own house and Norman could of cared less. Chance lived a good long second chance life as he was a rescue and lived to be I believe about 12. He couldn’t be off leash or he would run across the road to give the walkers passing by what for, he had to be watched when in the house as this little shorty could seek out chocolate and had many boughs of   eating chocolate and having to give it back. He had a stomach of steel. He will be greatly missed by all. Run free little Chance it was nice knowing you and say hi to Norman and make sure you terrorize him over the bridge. We wouldn’t want it any other way!

 

Nothing But Norman #155

Not a happy Saturday again. To much sadness this past week, another 2 young Chessies have left this world. Two that are very special to me. First Chessie that left us is one of Norman’s son’s. Gambler’s brother Bo crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Monday due to complications to Lymes disease.

Bo 5/13/11 – 12/19/16

Norman’s son Bo.

Bo was born on 5/13/11, this hits way to close to home since he was Gamblers brother and I look at Gambler and know he is 5.5 years of age and that is way to young to lose a family member. Bo was Bob’s companion and therapy dog for him. Bob has some health problems and Bo was a special boy that took care of Bob and was always by him, keep Bo close in your heart and he will always be there when you need help. He will be missed dearly. My sympathies to the family.

Lewis 9/6/10  – 12/22/16

Second my best friend Amy and her family said goodbye to their first Chessie Lewis on Thursday. Lewis was only 6 years old. This was Amy’s first Chessie and they had a bond like no other, he opened her world to Chesapeakes and their owners which I am ever grateful for.

Lewis brought 4 online peeps together and they became great friends. The power of the paw is so strong. This world be a lonely place without our four legger’s and it will surely be lonely for Lew’s family. He was a remarkable dog that taught Amy how to care for a epileptic, they taught each other so much and Lew made Amy a stronger person because of it. Amy was a huge advocate for epilepsy and helped so many families out when they needed support for their epileptic dog and I’m sure she will continue to help others as it is in her heart now.

Amy and Lewis were advocates for Pet Therapy as well. Lewis had his Canine Good Citizen title and had his Therapy Dog Title where together Amy and Lew had made over 200 visits to schools and hospitals mainly focusing on the cancer ward. Lewis was apart of Pet Partners, R.E.A.D, National Capital Therapy Dogs and Caring Canines. He would lite up the faces of anyone he met. He was brought here to do special things and he accomplished them.

You can read about Lew and his therapy work in the AKC Gazette by clicking here.

Lew’s picture was used for a Washington Post article. He will be continued to be seen everywhere’s. You can see him here.

Lewis will no longer be walking by Amy’s side but Amy will be carrying him in her heart forever! Godspeed Lewis may you be running pain free now and playing with all the other doggies over the bridge.

Nothing But Norman #154

Happy Saturday All!

I got Norman’s Christmas tree out and decorated for Christmas. This year I put Preachers tag on the tree. She isn’t gone so to speak but she is not living at the Sand Spring house anymore so I put it up there to show she is still with us because that is how I feel. She will always have a special place in my heart. She is having so much fun in her new home and I’m sure Santa will be good to her this year. I also put Norman’s tags on his tree as my special friend puts her gone but not forgotten dog’s collars on her tree so I thought this was the best idea ever. They are gone but never far away as they live on in our hearts!

Have a great weekend!10