Tuesday, December 29, 2009

From service dog to SURFice dog



Couper update (pic)

Hello Don,

Greg and I wanted to wish you Merry Christmas and a great new Year! Couper is adjusting very well to his new home in Moncton. He's quite the character already and very intelligent! Everybody that meets him wants to take him home for their own, he always gets compliments on how a good looking dog he is, and of course we agree! He loves playing in the snow, fetch and sits and lays down on command. We can tell he will love the outdoors, when he is outside he's totally in his element! He loves sleeping in the tighest of spots and scrunched up, it is cute to see. As well, he is great and playful with the other dogs in our immediate family!

I attached a few pics for you to share if you wish! Again, Happy Holidays

Marcy, Greg & Couper


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Indy (pics)

Hi Don!

It's been a while since we last talked. Since then Indy has grown and grown!! She's coming along great, and we are still so pleased with our decision to get a lab puppy from you.

Attached are a few pics of Indy .......

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

*Jenn, Nick and Indy


Angus update (pics)


Angus helped Liv make a snowman today.


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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ruby update

Hi Don,

Ruby has been looking good with some high activity play/fetch sessions lately and it's been 8 weeks, so following Don Rushton's advice I took her for a short hunt to see how she holds up. So today I took the afternoon off and drove out to a tiny little patch of cover that I have been saving untouched just in case I got the OK to give her a go before the end of the season. Well, we hunted 34 minutes and got a limit. I shot twice, and one of those shots was a MISS! I am so proud of this dog! We headed down into the cover and I reminded her of a few whistle sits, whoas, come-arounds and our other standard commands. I was thrilled that she was hunting perfectly, and basically thought to myself that if my last day for '09 ended like this I'd be satisfied and excited for 2010. Not long into the hunt a rooster flushed wild, but just went to the edge of the cover, not across the river. I heeled Ruby and after checking that the river was ice-free we circled downwind and I kept her at heel until we were 30 yards from the tip of the cover (inside bend of the river). I released her and the rooster flushed IMMEDIATELY across the river. I fired once behind him and then swung out front with my second shot and he went down on the far side of the river. The bank is high there so I could not see how hard he went down or where he went etc... I knew that he wasn't hit very hard though. Two hens and another rooster had also flushed and Ruby was distracted by those and didn't see the fall of the rooster. I cast her across and told her to Find It Fetch Him Up. She went to work. I could hear her panting as she quartered back and forth, so I knew that she didn't have the bird in her mouth. Each time she came to the bank to look at me I cast her Back Find Him Fetch Him up. Finally I heard her coming back. She was not panting. She was snorting like a Mac truck with the jake brake on! She swam across the river with a very annoyed looking rooster in her mouth.

After congratulating her enthusiastically I laughed when I noticed that she'd plucked every feather out of that poor rooster when she was trying to get hold of him - his bum looked like a chicken at the grocery store - plucked clean!


Pleased as punch we headed back to the car, deciding not to push our luck on her first hunt in two months. A couple hundred yards from the car she got birdy again. SUPER birdy. I got ready to shoot and let her do her work. This pheasant was holding like CRAZY. She started to "pounce" with both forelimbs locked in the snow-flattened mats of yellow grass. I kept waiting for the pheasant to come up. Well, it came up allright - in her mouth! I took it from her and contemplated throwing it up in the air and shooting it, but figured knowing me I'd miss. She has a soft mouth, but he still looked like he was not doing so well, so I opted to take him out of the gene pool instead. Won't be surprised if he's got a few of someone's late-season long-shot pellets in him somewhere when I clean him. Still, I could not be more proud of Ruby. There is quite simply no better way to finish the 2009 season.

Don, I know you've got some decent dogs in that kennel, but let's face it, none of them can hold a candle to my Ruby! Haha! All the best,


Monday, December 07, 2009

Rain (update)

Hi Don,

Great to hear from you. Rain is doing just great. She is a perfect citizen except for one minute when any guest arrives and she wants to lick them to death and sometimes jump up. After the minute is up, she calms down perfectly. Although we are in town, she gets to play a lot with the young dog next door and she gets out frequently to my parents or Rob's parents farm (which are both just outside of Ottawa) for lots of exercise. The holidays will be fun as we will spend a few days with my brother Greg and Teal (one of your pups).

Rain is really such an easy, happy dog that does everything she can to please. She is so calm and thankfully not a chewer! We were thinking of you this summer as we spent a few days in Halifax. Unfortunately, we were a little pressed for time and did not get a chance to call you to arrange a time to stop by and say hello.... one of these days we will!


Hope you are doing well. Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 06, 2009

Ollie Update (pics)

Hi Don,

It's been quite a while since I saw you last and with Christmas closing in we thought we would drop a note to say Merry Christmas to you and Pierrette and to send along a couple of pictures of our now almost 2 year old Ollie. Hard to believe we have had him for nearly two years. He is all grown up now of course however he still has his puppy "good looks" (and energy level.) He sure brings us a lot of joy. We wonder if you are still breeding Bella and Storm? Not sure if we would want to make the leap into a 2 lab family but it sure is tempting. We check doindogs website from time to time and always enjoy the pics and notes from your "fans". All the best,

Ed, Anne and Ollie

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