Riley’s Waterfowl Season

SHR Sand Spring All Season Adventure – Riley

HRCH Sand Spring Hurricane Nellie SH       x        HRCH Woodland Bay’s Gaelic Destiny MH

2009 litter

Riley and Justin who is a guide at All Season’s Adventure in Wisconsin are having a great season of waterfowl/upland hunting. She is one lucky gal to be able to go out and hunt so much.

Here is a short video of Riley retrieving two ducks at once. Her Grandpa Norman would do this all the time so it is fun to see her carry on the tradition.


Thanks Justin for giving this gal the opportunity to get out there and do what she was bred to do. Love seeing all the hunting photos!



Move Over Chessies There’s A New Dog In Town

Meet Gryffindor, he’s a 7 month old male Mantel Great Dane. He belongs to the technician I work with. For the past three day’s I’ve been spending my time with him as his family is out of town for the holidays.

Isn’t he handsome in the different filters I used on his photos?

He’s been such a good boy, we get along great, my dogs are going to be jealous when I finally get back home and they smell him all over me and my stuff.

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

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Josey’s New Title RO3



HR U-CH Sand Spring No Gut’s No Glory SH THDN CGCU TT


HR CH SRR’s North Point Thunder Bay SH WDQ CGC

2015 litter

On the weekend of October 14-15, 2017 Josey received her RO3 title, 10 UROC points, 39 RO1 All Star points with the UKC (United Kennel Club), host club was Bark River Dog Club. Congrats to Tom and Josey for a job well done!


29th Annual Badger Kennel Club Dog Fair

29th Annual Badger Kennel Club Dog Fair

On Sunday November 5th, 2017 The Pawlisch family along with Gambler and I attended the 29th Annual Badger Kennel Club Dog Fair.

On the road selfie.

Irene, Willow and I manning the booth.

Tom, Josey, Gambler and I greeting peeps.

Another pose of the dueling team.

Gambler enjoying his day.

Josey wondering why she had to hang with gman, he’s crazy!!

Tom waiting for the crowd to start coming to see the best breed ever.

Jada and Zara along with Kathy strutting their stuff.

Ready for the meet and greet and let the world know what the Chesapeake Bay Retriever is about.

My pal Ransom, I see him at work now I see him at the dog fair. A great representative of the Rott Breed.

The littles loving the treat basket and kisses from Gambler.

Does this spider make my face look scary??

Willow brushing in between peeps.

Our pal the mini chessie, emmy the Boykin Spaniel.

This was a memorable moment. This lady told us she wanted to get to know the chessies and feel them as she helps train service dogs and she was getting a chessie in to work with.

The hustle and bustle didn’t bother the dogs they laid down and took it all in.

Josey waiting patiently for a peep to come visit.

Rizzo the want to be chessie hanging out.

Two monkeys together!

The day was a big hit. We were there from 10-4 meeting and greeting all kinds of people. Young, old, people with walkers and wheelchairs we met them all. The dogs were model citizens as they should be since they have their Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, Canine Good Citizen Urban and Therapy Dog titles. When the booth was slow one of us would take our dog and go walk around the fair checking out the other breeds and vendors along with all the rescue groups. There were demo’s of Agility and conformation going on as well as talks from a local Veterinarian and a cop from the K9 Unit. Before the end of the day the Chesapeakes went into the ring to show their stuff and have an announcer talk about the breed.

There were people who had chessies and currently have them now that stopped to talk and share their stories, there were people who had no idea what breed they were that we gave literature to and explained the breed to them. We were there under the American Chesapeake Club representing our breed the Chesapeake Bay Retriever. What a fun filled day it was.

Thanks to the Pawlisch family for donating their time with me for such a good cause.

Theo Graduates School

Theodore Blueridge Theo

HR U-CH Sand Spring No Gut’s No Glory SH CGCU THDN TT


Lzy Mtn Piper’s 3-D Brown Bear MH


Lauren and Theo graduated from Obedience school last week in Colorado! Way to go gang. Obedience is such an important part of owning any dog. Everyone benefits from obedience. Thank you Lauren for what you are doing with Theo!

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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 #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.


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.


America’s Most Popular Dog Breeds

America’s Most Popular Dogs

Dogs vary greatly when it comes to size, behavior, characteristics, temperament, and amount of care or exercise required. However, they all have two things in common. One – they all evolved from the same species – the gray wolf of Central Asia – thousands of years ago. And two – they are the best friends mankind could ever hope to have.

Today, there are more than 330 dog breeds in the world, though the American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes only about 190 of them. Recently, the organization released its annual list of popular dog breeds in the United States. Let’s say that no one was surprised when the gentle, intelligent and family-friendly Labrador Retriever retained its No.1 spot as America’s most favorite dog for the 26th time in a row. The loyal and courageous German Shepherd and the kind and trusty Golden Retriever followed close behind at the second and third places. Curious and cute beagles and dignified and equable bulldogs rounded up the top five. If you are a dog owner or are planning to get one soon, don’t forget to check out this new infographic from TopDogTips to know where your favorite dog breed ranks on the list!

188 Most Popular Dog Breeds in America 2017 (Infographic)

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever ranked 43 in popularity.

Pretty cool chart, thanks TopDogTips!


Josey’s 2 Year CERF Exam

Josey (Glory and Thunder 2015 pup) went to the UW Veterinary School in Madison, WI on Monday September 18, 2017 to have her second year CERF exam done on her eyes. This was a worrisome day for me as a breeder because if you have been following along you know that Preacher who is Josey’s sister came down with cataracts when she was CERF’ed at 8 months of age. If you didn’t see the post you can read about it here. After we found out about Preacher we took Josey for her first CERF exam in which she passed, she had no signs of cataracts. So the wait began to see if any would develop as she got older as juvenile cataracts can appear between 6-18 months of age.

Outside the UW Vet School in Madison, WI.

Waiting for her appointment.

Waiting for the ophthalmologist.

Josey got a clean bill of heath on her CERF exam, a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders as she should be out of the woods for developing juvenile cataracts as she is nearing 27 months of age. This was the best news I got. Tom had a great experience at the UW Veterinary School. Josey needed sun glasses when she left the building not only because the sun was shining bright but because Tom was as well.