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planned litter, and show results

Posted by Susan Russell on July 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

SO ages since I have updated the site; my apologies for that!  Jack is now Can and Am Ch Russell's Jack of All Trades!  Thanks to  Lindsey Wendel for showing and finishing him in short order at AKC shows.  Meg, Russell's Make Mine Meg, went down to spend some time with Kelli Aitken and won both majors at AKC shows in one weekend, along with two singles.  She will now take a bit of time to grow coat while Kelli shows another female.  My planned litter between Musashi and Journey "missed" so I am moving up the planned litter out of  Saeterelva's Candy for Russell's to this fall.  I am looking at using either Jack or John on her - keep posted for more information on that litter.  I have just sent three dogs to summer camp with Travis Gelhaus, and will pick them up to go back to Trena Cardwell at Chukarhill Kennel to be run at this year's ISCA National Field Trial where John, Sister, and Carrie's girl Twister will run in their Futurity event.  Lots of plans!

Moose (Musashi) and Journey Bred, and Jack continues to win.

Posted by Susan Russell on May 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Moose and Journey should be expecting their litter at the end of June or beginning of July after a fresh chilled semen breeding was performed last Sunday.  My thanks go to Bill and Sandy, as well as Trevor and Carrie for getting both dogs to their respective clinics Ohlney-Sandy Springs in Maryland where the collection took place, and Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital in Okotoks Alberta, where the transcervical AI took place.   Everything went really well, and now we just wait to see whether it was successful.  We will run a relaxin test on Journey to determine if she is pregnant, in a couple of more weeks, and at that point I will begin taking deposits. 

Can Ch Russell's Jack of all Trades continues to do well with Lindsey Wendell at AKC shows picking up another single yesterday.  I cannot wait for him to be done, and to get back home so we can hit the trials again. 

Russell's Make Mine Meg has gone down to Kelli Aitken in Kansas to be shown, and hopefully Kelli will get to run her in some field events in the fall as Meg is beginning to show broke on her birds.   This young dog is proving to be very easy to train.

Hope's retrieve training is coming along well, and with any luck we will be able to hit the AKC Hunt test/CKC Field Dog tests this summer. 

Congratulations to the Czarnecki's and Bright Star Setters, and Trena Cardwell - Chukarhill Kennel, for finishing the Senior Hunter title on Am Can Int'l Mex Ch StarBright Marvel Bright Star SH - Journey Senior is the sire of my  "J" litter including Jack, Joey, Journey, and Jammer. 


Jack!! Journey is being bred to Moose!

Posted by Susan Russell on April 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Jack is away at shows with  Lindsey Wendel and he won a four point major at the Lewiston Idaho shows!  I can hardly wwait for him to finish so that we can get back to field trialing together! 

Journey is in heat now, and we are getting organised to breed her to Musashi - detaiils are on the upciming litter page as well as the page for the litter.  She is a litter sister to Jack and to Joey, and Moose is a litter brother to Reba.  Joey and Reba produced the AKC Dual Champion that Cassie Allen just finished.  I think this litter will produce some very pretty and able Irish.  Deposits are being taken for this litter, don't be disappointed.

My Tennessee Walker Dug is away at Ainsley's being ridden while her horse is out of commission, and while I am taking most of the spring off.  Mom and I head to Europe soon for our cruise down the Danube - timing is working out well for this year's plans. 

Spring is here! Dual congratulations to Cassie and Fiona!

Posted by Susan Russell on April 11, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Major congratulations to Cassie Allen and Am DC Mythodical's Fiona of Dualac for finishing Fiona's Dual Championship!!!!  This is just the 23rd AKC Irish Setter Dual Champion.  Sire is Russell's Joseph's Journey X Can Ch Mythodical's Russell's Reba - 7 dual champions in the pedigree!!!  I am breeding Joey's sister to Reba's brother this summer - watch for the progress of that litter here and GET YOUR deposits IN!

This week I will send another pup to Norway, and one to Newfoundland!  Fun times.  I have one lovely companion hunting male from the Rio X Hope litter to place.  He is super sweet, laid back (as much as an Irish pup can be!) and points his birds well.  I think he will make a fantastic family pet or loyal companion for someone.  He loves to play fetch, and he is content to hang out. 

Jack is still away at shows and I hope he finishes this spring and summer so I can get back to the field with him.  John and SIster are doing well at Trena's, and Opie is going to go visit Kelli in Kansas for awhile.  Hope is doing well on her retrieve and I hope - no pun intended - to get her into the Master Hunter field soon.  My new pup from Hope's litter by Rio is GORGEOUS! and I cannot wait for him to get out there.  Meg continues to mature and I will get to breaking her out this summer - no, really!  She is a great little girl, very talented. 

Raisin is the matriarch and is my constant companion.  We worked a bird in the field at the test last weekend and didn't she stand completely flat footed on her find!  Old DOG!

Male pups ready to go, and planned litter

Posted by Susan Russell on March 15, 2013 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The pups have mostly gone to their new homes and are enjoying their new lives with their forever homes.  I have two males available to competition homes, one that has slightly less drive that would be good for competition/hunting companion/active home, and one that is perfect as a companion or hunting companion for a person who is looking for a steadfast pal to join a comfortable steady home. 

I have my last girl getting ready to go to Norway in two weeks, and a pup getting ready to go to Washington this weekend as well.   PHEWF long haul. 

Crazy as it may seem I am already planning my next litter as the sire and dam are getting on in years and it is now or never!  The pedigree is super exciting as it will be a proven dual pedigree!  A litter sister to the sire, and a litter brother to the dam of my proposed litter were bred three years ago by Cassie Allen at Mythodical Irish Setters and that litter produced show champions, multi field trial placing dogs, and a female who not only went Select Bitch from the field trial class at the National specialty show in 2012, but is also just a single point from finishing her Dual Championship at only three years old!  The pedigree has multiple BIS and BISS winning dogs, ROM's (field and show,) sire and dam out of two different modern day dual champions, as well as dogs from the long time dual kennels Karrycourt and Bright Star. 

On another note, Mark Bunter and Odysseus garnered another broke stake placement in California!  Not bad for a 16 month old dog!



Pups at 9 weeks

Posted by Susan Russell on February 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I worked the remaining pups on birds today and they were incredible.  I could stand with the lead loose on all of them, some for so long that multiple photos were taken.  They are super fun to train.  Another leaves friday for her new home.  I have males available, one or two for companions and the rest for hunting companion or trial/test homes.

I got word last night that one of Hope's last litter won another field trial and placed.  Mark Bunter's Russell's Odysseus won the Amateur Walking Derby at the Gordon trial in California (his second win at the derby level - his first being an Open derby win at an all breed trial.)  MArk also started his dog in Amateur Gun Dog (15 mos old!) and placed third!  This dog and his owner have run three times and placed all three!  This is the second dog in the litter to have a blue ribbon as Lisa and Viva won an Open puppy stake and my own Opie has a derby second. 

I have decided to sel my TWH Squirrel as he is  just too tall for me now, so if you know of anyone looking, he is 5 yrs and a great horse needing mothing but hours to make him a fabulous trial horse. 

Beautiful weather

Posted by Susan Russell on January 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been able to walk outside a whole bunch yesterday and today.  It was a balmy 7C yesterday and is 4C today, so unseasonable warm.  The pups love it!  It is much easier to tire them ou this way.  I wish my camera was not at the repair shop, the iphone just does not do the fun justice, but as it is better than nothing, I have upoaded some photos from our walks. 

Temperament testing tomorrow, vaccinations/microchips on Monday and then the first two go Monday afternoon.  The pups will get lots of car rides this week as it is one and a half hours to temperament testing tomorrow, and 2.5 hours to the veterinarians on Monday.  I am going to go down Sunday afternoon and go to the fun trap shoot with friends who are trying thier hardest to improve my shotgunning skills!  They are brave folks because they agreed to let myself and 14, 8 week old pups stay the night!  YIKES!

Late next week five more pups will fly to their new  homes. and I will be down to a normal sized litter!  LOL!

Beautiful weather

Posted by Susan Russell on January 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We have been able to walk outside a whole bunch yesterday and today.  It was a balmy 7C yesterday and is 4C today, so unseasonable warm.  The pups love it!  It is much easier to tire them ou this way.  I wish my camera was not at the repair shop, the iphone just does not do the fun justice, but as it is better than nothing, I have upoaded some photos from our walks. 

Temperament testing tomorrow, vaccinations/microchips on Monday and then the first two go Monday afternoon.  The pups will get lots of car rides this week as it is one and a half hours to temperament testing tomorrow, and 2.5 hours to the veterinarians on Monday.  I am going to go down Sunday afternoon and go to the fun trap shoot with friends who are trying thier hardest to improve my shotgunning skills!  They are brave folks because they agreed to let myself and 14, 8 week old pups stay the night!  YIKES!

Late next week five more pups will fly to their new  homes. and I will be down to a normal sized litter!  LOL!

Puppy Hike

Posted by Susan Russell on January 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Pups and Hope and I hiked around the yard (1/3 acre) for awhile in the snow yesterday and today.   It has been really warm and they had a riot.  They now eat nearly six cups of food at each feeding - 24 cups of food PER DAY!  Yikes.   Hope is pretty much teasing them now; she will slow down and let them start to nurse and then she takes off running and playing with them.  It is really cute.   We head for puppy testing on Friday, everyone is waiting to hear how they do.  Me too!

Learning time and healthy Grandma

Posted by Susan Russell on January 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

So the pups have slept two night in crates - divided into three different crates and I am happy to say only one minor accident thus far.  Hardly any crying, and they LOVE to sleep in the crates even inthe daytime when the door is open.  They've had one crate in the pen for a couple of weeks now, but they seem to have really discovered the crates now that there are three.  Funny thing is that I got a photo of nearly all the pups crammed into one crate yesterday, sound asleep, and the crate next to that one was empty and the third crate had only a couple puppies in it!  Funny!  I took photos, they are in the six week album. 

I have been handling the pups daily, and trimming nails, and playing with them a bunch, but I really got to work training them this week.  Fun teaching, to see how they learn, how they handle being handled, whether they can take minor repitition, and that sort of thing.  The pups are doing really well, and are taking to the training really well - it is all fun stuff, with some gentle compulsion thrown in to see if they are okay with that.  They LOVE it, and it is pretty funny to watch them all line up and watch as each one gets to come out and work.  IT keeps them much more content using their little brains, and having a few hour long walkabouts four times a day.  They SLEEP afterwards and give me a chance to catch up - just in time to do it all over again!  I admit it, I am getting tired!  I love them though, and am having a good time.

Had Raisin to the veterinarian's the other day for a geriatric panel and thyroid OFA and all came back normal at a few months past 11 years old!

Have begun working on retrieving with the older dogs to try to get some Master Hunters done - time to get back out there.  Training is going really well and I look forward to getting back out to the trials and tests once the litter is away to their new homes.