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Emma
Emma

Emma



May 2004 - "as you can see Emma says "hi" she is incredibly smart and soo lovable, what a wonderful addition... she hasn't even made a potty mess indoors!!! just wanted to share that with you, wakes up once a night, but has adjusted wonderfully!! thanks again"






Emma
July 2004

Emma
Emma


October 2004 - "Here she is again! Emma is very proud and so are we!"





March 2005 - "Had to share this with you, Tom and his "best friend" went bird hunting yesterday!!"






Emma









July 2006 - "Here is another picture of Emma, who says spaniels aren't great water dogs? She can hold her own with any Lab in a duck marsh and runs them into the ground while hunting pheasants. She has the greatest nose I have seen, in fact when we hunt with only one dog on a field and the guys I hunt with have labs when we're done with a field they say "go get that crazy spaniel and see if we missed any" usually Emma picks up another bird or two."

Emma's Family in Green Bay, Wisconsin

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Emma

April 2006 - "Emma is doing well. She has really been a joy for us. She took very well to house training and behaving in the house. I was a little surprised by her size. She was just under 20 pounds at 5 months and our vet said he would be very surprised if she ended up being over 30 pounds mature weight. She seems to be a very happy and healthy pup. I am excited for our rainy season to stop so we can get her out more and start working her on some released birds..."

Emma's Family in Stayton, Oregon

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Emma

July 2007 - "Emma is adjusting quite well. She is so fearless for her age and size it cracks me up. I drove to a neighborhood school yard for some exploring and when I got home and turned off my truck, she leaped from the seat to the driveway and then just sat there. She already jumps in to brush piles. I have to really monitor myself that I am not pushing her in any way. All is fun and I have not done anything that would result in a reprimand. She consistently comes to the whistle and I try and hide behind trees. Right now she does not want to be out of my sight but I know that will change. I do the three to four retrieves and she enthusiastically goes and picks it up but is not keen on returning it. I use a flex collar or a check chord and give it a few small jerks and she brings it in. She sits (only momentarily) on voice and hand signals. I used the method in the one book of holding her food in her kennel and not saying anything until she sits. I started clapping over her while she eats and graduated to a "pop gun" and to a blank pistol. I had my wife shoot it from our deck while the pup was in her kennel eating and just moved closer. Right now I am about 15 feet behind her and shoot twice every time she eats. She does not even lift her head. I must say I have never seen a dog consume their food at such a rate. She is literally finished by the time I close her kennel and walk the 50 feet to the deck."

"I took the week off that she arrived to develop a schedule. She comes in the house in the evening and sleeps in a travel crate. She has never relieved herself nor woke us up. I let her out at 6:00 am and play with her for 30 minutes. I then feed her and go to work and do not return until 6:00 pm. She is in a concrete kennel that is four foot wide by 18 feet. She is right next to an english setter and they keep good company with each other. She seems very happy as exhibited by her tail movement. She can not walk 10 feet without picking something up. Leaves, twigs, rocks, pieces of paper, it does not seem to matter. I have not done any exposing to water but I will do that soon."

"The plane ride home was uneventful. She never peeped. She is a chewing machine. I have about 6 different flavors and types of nylabones. She has her favorites. I drop them all in a pile and she picks out one and works it until she is bored and then switches. Any way. All is well over here and I will keep in touch with you."

Emma's Family in North Muskegon, Michigan

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Finney

January 2006 - "Well, its been a very busy few weeks since the pup arrived and we are getting to know one another."
Finney

"Weve named him Finney and within a day he knew that was him. Hes a very sharp little guy, learns extremely fast and exhibits such a determination to do things himself. Within the brief time weve had him, hes learned to climb our front stairs (now, of course, he skips up them like hes always done that) and is learning the basement stairs which are steeper. He loves to run and is great at amusing himself. He knows where his treats are kept (learned that one immediately) and happily sleeps in his kennel when we are not home, and each night. The kennel we bought is a metal collapsible type, not the solid fiberglass ones. He can see everything. During the day the kennel is placed in a bright south-facing room; at night it is in our bedroom where he is happiest sleeping. And what a well-behaved little puppy he is at night! He sleeps all night, no fussing. Terry usually gets up once and takes him out quickly and then Finney goes right back to sleep."

"We are so happy with him. Hes energetic and very affectionate, loves to play hard and then snuggle up in a lap and sleep. One of our cats is quite interested in Finney. In fact, shes the one who was teaching him how to go down the basement stairs. She thinks hes our previous Springer, come back in a smaller form, and she cant believe her luck, as they were very close. Our other cat is not at all happy about the situation and is keeping himself mostly in the basement, though hes not put off enough to avoid the bedroom and sleeping with us. He just tries to avoid the dog, but he will come around."

Finney's Family in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Fonzie

Fonzie

June 2008 - Hi Loretta. Fonzie is just the most amazing dog! The other morning, Larry let him outside to run and play, and Fonzie scooped up a baby blue bird in his mouth. Larry told him to leave it and come. Fonzie gently put the bird down and came right to Larry's side and sat. The baby blue bird flew away unharmed. Fonzie is such a gentle, loving dog, and he is so intelligent. He adores our grandchildren, and he's also a great walking companion for my daughter Jen when she walks every morning. We have never had a dog that showed the true springer merriness quite like Fonzie. He effortlessly jumps 4 feet in the air and skips about the yard when he is excited. He has filled the void in our hearts from loosing Windsor. Many thanks to you for breeding such beautifully tempered dogs."

Fonzie's Family in Ringle, Wisconsin

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Gary

November 2003 - "I just wanted to give you a quick up date on Gary - its been almost 2 months since I picked him up. I would guess hes in the 25 pound range right now (he was 21 or 22 at the vet a couple of weeks ago) and seems to grow every day."

"In short, Im enjoying him very much. We spend considerable time retrieving every day; he loves being outside and we typically venture to one or more rural parks for lengthy hikes through woods and fields on the weekends. He socializes well with other dogs and people (hes very friendly) particularly [our] yellow lab Augie they spend a lot of time together and are inseperable when they do. He is also great around the house very obedient and willing to please. At my vets suggestion, we are going to take sort an advanced training class in December - he has the basics down... sits, stays, releases on my command, kennels, etc... before he gets some hunting training."

Gary's Family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gracie & Friends

Gracie




December 2003 - "...Just thought we'd send a couple extra pix for you to see how beautiful Gracie is! ...We are enjoying her - don't know what we did w/o her!"








Gracie's Family in Neenah, Wisconsin

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Gunner

Gunner




June 2005 - "[On] Gunner's first camping trip, he seemed to enjoy himself quite a bit. He learned how to swim and fish - but I think his favorite thing to do was make friends with all the campers at the campsite. Everyone seemed to enjoy his company!"

"Gunner also got along really well with his cousins, Buster and Hunter (12-year-old and 3-year-old English Springer Spaniels)."
Gunner



"Tonight, Gunner fell asleep around 7:00p.m. - I think he is wore out from his camping trip..."

"Thanks for everything that you did with him before we got him - Gunner is an absolute joy to have around."



October 2005 - "Just a quick update on Gunner. He got his first woodcock today at MeadowValley. He flushed it and retrieved it right back to my feet! He was a very excited little boy. He is a great dog and we couldn't be happier. He was very easy to train and loves the woods. He is hunting very hard now. He hunts at a pretty slow pace, which I prefer. We took a three day trip to Vilas Co. and he hunted for about 5 or 6 hours a day and did very well. He flushed about a dozen grouse and a partridge."

"He is a very laid back dog, not hyper at all, and very mellow. He just kinda goes with the flow. He is great with people and other dogs, he loves to go play with his "cousins", my parents springers."

"We are leaving for South Dakota on Friday, I have no doubt he is ready and will have a great time."
Gunner

"I sent you a couple of pics of his first bird, he was very proud!"




December 2006 - "Dear Santa... I've been naughty - Please forward all presents to Gunner."



Gunner's Family in Bangor, Wisconsin

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Gus

Gus




April 29, 2001 - "...Gus is doing great. He has fit in with our ever-growing family like he has always been here. The older two girls love him and although they pull, poke, and chase him, as a four and two year old will, he just goes with the flow."

"As the enclosed photos show, Gus has been introduced to water and took to it like a fish. I don't think he will have any issues on our first Teal hunt in September. Gus' yard work is progressing nicely. He hups on command on or off the leash and will generally stay pat until given the release of "OK". Heal has taken a bit longer but I am not pushing the issue. The retrieving desire, which you placed in him, has remained steady. And "Here" on three whistles has also remained with him. I can't wait to finally introduce him to some quail in the next few weeks...."
Gus

"...All in all we are tickled pink to have Gus with us. People who are around him will ask several times "now how old is Gus?" They just can't believe a five-month-old pup has such wonderful manners and a calm demeanor..."


October 2002 - "...Gus is doing great. We had a good season last year and we are looking forward to starting our flushing work this year. We had a great wild bird hunt with my friend's Dad who owned the Saighton. He was so impressed and I was so proud. It took some time for Gus to get acclimated to the wild coveys but once he did, look out! The picture of the three men is of that hunt. That is me on the right."

"So far we have just been dove hunting as it has been so hot down here. The other pictures I took while on a hunt near LaPryor, Texas, a little town south of San Antonio. Gus had a great hunt, much better than opening day, I can tell you that!"
Gus and Friends

"We had worked all summer on hup and staying still, something since he learned, has not had a problem with until we put feathers in front of him, and he started breaking. Ugh. Opening day he would break whether the bird was downed or not. It even got to the point where I would see a dove coming down the pipe, I would turn to Gus, say HUP, shoot and he would still break. Ugh, back to the drawing board we go."

"I didn't know how to work with him on this because I couldn't recreate a dove hunt easily, so we just worked on hup as often as we could but really nothing different than we would do during the summer. In the meantime I had bought a one man skeet thrower and in between opening day and our trip to South Texas, I shot skeet. I would make Gus hup in the shade behind all the shooting. When he would move I would pick him up and put him back on the original spot. All the shooting and "pigeons" flying around and being shot, I guess in his mind simulated feathers enough that by the time we went on our next hunt, he was as steady as a rock. Gus wouldn't move whether the bird was hit or not. It was such an improvement! I was so proud of him."

"When he saw the bird fall he would take the perfect line. On the blind retreives he would take a good line for about 25 yards then if he hadn't found it he would start quartering way off base until I put him back in the area then he would find it. That will be the next step and something we can work on when we start working with quail again next month. Staying on line. It's a trust issue that, with time, we will overcome."

"He is such a great dog with the kids, with other people and with other dogs. The whole neighborhood loves him because he is so friendly. I am just so thrilled he is part of our lives that I cannot thank you enough. Take care and I hope to send you some more pictures as the season progresses..."
Gus

September 2003 - "I wanted to pass on a couple pictures from this past weekend's dove hunt."

"Gus did great! He is becoming quite a dove dog. We worked this summer on a few things that really paid off. The first thing was holding steady in the face of feathers and Gus was awesome. He broke once and after about ten yards realized what he did, turned around and came back to heal and hupped by my side. He is much steadier than the beginning of last year that is for sure."

"We also worked on heal all summer and again he did great. This early in the season it can be warm and one thing I learned last year was not being at heal is not an option when we are walking to or moving spots. If he gets heated up running around, when we get to our spot, and he gets a retrieve he can be tired or have scenting problems. So this year when we are on the move, he is by my side at all times. I can tell he doesn't like it because he is just like a coiled spring, but I think it has paid off."
Gus

"The other thing we implemented is a hunt dead whistle command. When he is sent on a retrieve he has a tendency to run right over the bird if he did not see it fall. This happens a lot because when we are on stand it usually is in grass that can be as high as four feet and he might see the bird hit, but cannot mark it. Also, as you know the heat hinders his scenting. So what I do if he is having problems, is to handle him to the vicinity of the bird and blow the hunt dead whistle and he knows to get his nose on the ground and start working the area. It worked! I was able to stay in the cover and continue to hunt as he was finding downed bird."

"Gus found all the birds that were downed, which is rare, quite frankly, but there was one of note. The field we hunt is huge therefore we do a lot of "stalking". We were in short grass and Gus, being mostly white, wouldn't be able to make the fifty-yard or so stalk we needed. I hupped him behind a tree but he could stick his head around to see the action but wouldn't blow the stalk. I made it into the field, the birds flushed and I proceeded to knock one down. I know he could see the bird fall but stayed perfectly still behind the tree and I blew the "come" whistle. He ran his heart out and hupped by my side. I sent him on the retrieve, and when he ran over the bird, I was able to stop him, blow the "come" whistle until he was back in the area. Stopped him again, and blew the hunt dead whistle, he put his nose on the ground and made about two eight foot circles, found the bird, and retrieved it perfectly to hand. It all came together on that one downed bird and I couldn't be more proud!"

Gus' Family in Houston, Texas

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