I've never tried to break more than one puppy/derby per year. This year I have three, and with a busy work schedule it has been pretty rough. All three are coming along, but all three are so very different. Jim is smart, bold, and tough, and was a challenge to get to hold point. Pete is really smart and soft, and didn't like being set-up in yard work or the bird field. Jill is high-energy and a bit scatterbrained, but very athletic and smart. All three are bird-finders, have brains and style, but have taken different paths in the training/breaking process to get to where they are. It's important to be able to figure out what it's going to take to get your dog broke and do it so they keep their style and intensity on birds.
Life is short Quit your job. Turn off the TV. Go outside and play.
The photo behind the title header was made by Clair Kofoed in NE Oregon several years ago - Jesse pointing, Huns flushing, and me thinking about the camera and shooting behind.
This century's quotes
"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants."
- Stewart Udall, 1970
"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end"
Ted is gone, but not forgotten. From Crockett/Sunrise lines, with some Cover Dog blood from his dam's side. Ted is the best bird dog I have owned and earned eight shooting dog placements in his career, and has a lot of wild birds shot over his points.
"Cody" - Wenaha Code Red
Cody is from Jetsetter X Johnny's Jewel. He has wins at the Western Open AA Derby Classic, the Oregon Shooting Dog CH AA derby, was R-U CH in the 2015 Pacific Coast CH and the 2015 California Quail CH.
"Andy" Wenaha Black Storm
Andy is gone - a vistim of cancer at age seven - a son of Tekoa Mountain Patriot X Iron Mistress - a daughter of Grid Iron. He was a good bird dog and I miss him.
"Buddy" - Wenaha Strongheart
Buddy is from Robertson's Kennel - a son of Audubon Americus X Sunrise's Last Hope - a daughter of Tekoa Mountain Sunrise. He was whelped in June of 2016. A really nice bird dog and I am having fun with him.
"L.J." Wenaha Little John
L.J. is by Cody and Crockett's Prairie Breeze, a daughter of Crockett's Deep Freeze. He is now living in Oklahoma and enjoying life as a family bird dog.