Monday, December 31, 2007



Just wanted to say hello and let you know that Chloe, Matt and I are all still in Tampa, Florida. Chloe adjusted quite well to the heat. She finds it a little hot in the summer but loves the pools down here. It is weird people let there dogs swim in pools down here.

We get stopped all the time by strangers wondering if they can just pet her and ask where we got her. I run her every day. She still looks like a puppy and is a very healthy dog. We couldn’t imagine our lives with out her. She is part of our family. So Thanks again, keep up the great work.

Hope all is well.


Tanya, Matt and Chloe Hill.


Late Hunting

Hi Don,

Hope that all is well with you. I never managed to fool another pheasant for the last day of the season, but I’ve been having some success ducking over near Canning. I was doing very well until Ruby seemed to hit her limit with retrieves. I am not sure if the cold just got to her or if something else happened to scare her but she flat out refused even very short retrieves. She would run down to the water and then when I gave her the fetch command she would get scared and run away from the water. I tried calm reassurance and encouragement but she was having no part of it. I brought a decoy retriever pole and used that to hook the ducks closer until all that she had to do was put her front paws in, but we were losing too many ducks when the tide came up to continue this method (once I could not reach across the channel with the hook we started losing birds). I think it may be the ice/slush in the water that freaked her out (one day she crossed to get a cripple running of the far bank and then had a bit of a hard time getting back to me in the current/ice). I will train there a lot next year in good conditions and also work her more in cold salt water on this side to try to get this resolved for next years. I’m hoping to get her used to all sorts of currents and more cold water so that she can make consistent retrieves there next year – very productive spot but we were just losing too many birds to keep shooting. Still, we’ve had some muddy fun! Here are some photos.

Hope you had a good holiday. We’re off to NB to go skiing for New Years. Happy New Year!



snowy sherpaduck strapsDave & RubyDave & Ruby

Friday, December 28, 2007

Bella's Litter Pictrures

Hi Don,

Attached are pics of the puppies we took last night. Thanks again for letting us have a peek. You can tell where you are standing in the room by looking at Bella's eyes. Pretty cute.


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Monday, December 24, 2007


Hi there: Yes I have been meaning to get over, it has just been such a busy time as you can imagine. we are having such fun with Cash, such a smart little thing. He is soo affectionate. He can sit, stay, shake a paw, roll over, and fetch. We are working on fetching as the item is not aways brought back but most of the time he does. He is very calm, a little nippy at times but just soooo loveable. We are both just thrilled with him. Here are some pics I took this week. We are off to England tomorrow for 5 days so I will drop by when we get back, I have one of Pierrette's books as well to return.

How would you feel if we came out this morning? Is that convenient for you guys? Do you want us to bring Cash?

Cheers, Robyn

Cash in his 10-11th weekCash in his 10-11th weekCash in his 10-11th week

Tucker update

Hey Don & Pierette,

Tucker is still doing well.

We have started playing the baseball game and doing mutliple retrieves, he is getting better at this everyday.

I have taken him out hunting a few times, he put up a couple grouse, but someone did not get them....
The only time he does not like to listen is when you tell him it's time to go in.

Here are some pictures of him playing today.

Have a good Christmas,

Evan & Sara


Monday, December 17, 2007


Hi Don, Merry Christmas!

I have been meaning to write to you for some time. I just wanted to say how happy we are with Rain, who is now just over a year old (a pup from Rose and Joey). In my mind, this is largely due to her excellent breeding.

I was a little nervous when we purchased a pup without having met you face to face and seeing the dogs first hand (we live in Ottawa). I was not sure sure if adding a dog to an already crazy household of three young kids (aged 7, 5 and 3) would tip the balance. And, finally, growing up both my husband and I have had many dogs -- let's face it -- I dreaded the puppy stage. I can honestly say with Rain it has been effortless! She was house trained to a specific spot in our backyard in under two weeks and had learnt her basic commands very quickly. Plus she hasn't chewed a thing! Please note: this is particularly impressive for several reason -- 1. there are always kid toys everywhere, 2. we are renovating our house so we have no closet for front door shoes and no kitchen cupboards (the bread is at dog level) and 3. she has had the run of the house at night and when we are out since she was 5 months old.

I am mostly impressed with her disposition. She is such a happy easy going dog that is always ready for anything. She is perfect with the kids (and other dogs) and puts up with all the kids at the bus stop with perfect manners. We are so lucky to have her! (My research payed off!) Don you are doing something right!

Attached is a picture of Rain with the kids.

Rain with the kids w/santa.

Merry Christmas and Thank You!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Christmas (Santa Dog)

Christmas (Santa Dog)

Angus Two as Santa

Cutting down our Christmas tree w/Jasper

Hey Don!

We had a blast in Milford today cutting down our Christmas tree. Jasper
had SO much fun running around and driving in the back of the truck.
Everyone was patting her and she was giving lots of kisses!

Hope to see you both very soon! The busy weekends have begun!

Angie Johnson :)

jasper getting a Christmas treeJasper and familyJasper and friend inspecting the treesJasper

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Pictures of Tuuk

Hi Don.

A couple of pictures of Tuuk for you. She’s doing well. We’ve been in obedience class and she’s proving to be quite stubborn. Teething like crazy right now.



Monday, December 03, 2007

Tech drying out

As you can see he still manages to get in and actually fit in the dryer.