New news -June 2011
With apologies to
the people who have called or written asking why my web page is so
sadly out of date; I am sitting down to begin the re-vamp. First
of all..I am not dead! However age
and joint issues have imposed some limits. I still work a day
or so a week in the medical laboratory of Fauquier Hospital (now FauqierHealth). I am still very involved with
dogs. The last few years I have focused more on bench showing. I
always tried to breed a good looking dog who
could still do the job the breed was created to do but showed very
infrequently. Lately ; with the help
of Professional handler Jo Ann Charnik;
I have shown several dogs. Sadly none of these dogs yet have
a page on this site. But we will rectify that shortly. They
include Champion Tugboat Season Of The Witch aka Salem; her
brother Champion Tugboat Sea Chanty
(Salty); Champion Tugboats Buccaneer Of Eastern Bay (Buck). As of
two weeks ago we have a new Champion, CH Tugboats Wye
Oak WD (Timber). Even more exciting was the finishing of Eider's
Championship; making him officially CH Tugboats Inside Passage MH. The
CH/MH title is a coveted one and a challenge to obtain. Eider is
owned and trained by Bradley Sisson.
It is with great sadness
that I must report the passing of Tugboat Woods Colt MH WDQ. Colt
succumbed to cancer earlier this year. He is greatly missed.
His ashes are on my nightstand beside his father's. Within weeks of his
passing I purchased his son Timber whom I had bred and sold.
There is better news for my
other "old guy" Rogue (Rogue Of Rainbow Farm MH/QAA). Rogue at 11 plus
is still hale and hardy. To underline his vigor Rogue recently sired
two new litters of puppies. It caused me to think about the fact that
though Rogue and I are about the same age in dog to human years; his
social life is so much more exciting than mine. Rogue's girl friend
Muddy (Chesblu McKinley Morganfield) had 9
pups May 13th. Muddy is a pretty girl with an outstanding coat and
a wonderful disposition. A couple of weeks later Redwing's Little
Dot also had 9 puppies sired by Rogue. Dot has close connections in her
pedigree to some of the top field trial winning Chesapeakes
of all time. Both Muddy and Dot have OFA excellent hip scores.
Hopefully before summer is
over we will have another litter on the ground. Salem (CH Tugboat
Season Of The Witch) has been bred to Ch Shallcross
Lakes Chaamp SH. She is due around August
first. Long time breeder Amanda Stokes will be helping me with
the leg work on this litter.Though she
plans on keeping a male and I want a female both Amanda and I
should have puppies available from this litter in early October. I will
set up a page for the puppies when they arrive.
I will be
updating bios and pictures over the next few weeks .
But I will include a few notes here to start to bring things
up to date.
Rogue and his
Included here is a
picture of Rogue in his youth, a rather "arty" shot taken at a Hunt
test and a more casual one from this spring. The picture of the mother
and her pups is Muddy. The other pups all in a row are Dot's litter.
Chaamp and Salem
Salem is a beautiful dark
brown bitch about 75#. She finished her bench title very easily with
several majors and Best Of Breeds over Specials. She was a
headstrong adolescent who has mellowed into almost ladylike behavior
in her middle years. Chaamp is a bold outgoing type, hard driving
but tractable. He has been trained for hunting and Hunt tests by his
owner Robert Louie of Delaware.He has earned Master level
passes. He was handled to his show Championship by Kathy Case.
This will be a first
litter for both dogs.
Chaamp in the show ring.
As I have reached the
stage where I should be looking for easier dogs to deal with I find
myself with two headstrong, high rolling young males both loaded with
looks and talent (and attitude). They are Buck (Ch Tugboats Buccaneer
of Eastern Bay) and Timber (Ch Tugboats Wye Oak WD). Both are
grandsons of my old Woody (Chestnut Hills Ironwood Oak MH/QAA). Buck
through Woody's daughter Party and Timber through Woody son Colt.
Timber, particularly favors his grandsire in looks and happy go lucky
These pictures remind me
that I owe some people some acknowledgements. The gentleman
pictured with Timber is Bill LaMar.Bill and I have been messing
with dogs longer than either of us would like to think
about. Over the years I have come to depend on
Bill's knowledge, advice and skill, and his friendship. Bill is
more than ably abetted by his wife Martha. I owe both a huge debt of
gratitude. Thanks guys!
Shown finishing Buck's
championship (with a 5 point major when he was just over two) is
Jo Ann Charnik. Thanks to Jo Ann and her partner Adam Thistle for
all the show wins of the last few years.
No pictures of the camera
shy Brett Kerby. But I couldn't do much without the help of the
reclusive Mr Kerby; including, and especially this web site.
Timber in training.
Buck finishing his championship.
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