A.D. was born here at Little Wappaoolah on April Fool’s Day, 2007. I was judging with Ray Weaver at Central Kentucky so Marcia handled the whelping of the litter by herself, with Nancy Pals on standby just in case. Truman Ellis and another friend out in Washington state had reserved a yellow female as an 80th birthday present for longtime west coast pro, Paul Shoemaker, so we put in a lot of time picking just the right pup for a “famous” client. Marcia fell in love with the pup we had labeled as the ” blue neck female” or BNF and we sent her to Paul along with the BTF which Truman later reserved for himself. Paul named her A.D. ( pronounced “eighty”) since he had just turned 80 and he is very religious ( Anno Domini). She weighed 16 ounces at birth and weighed 13 pounds 7 ounces at 7 weeks. Marcia and I followed her progress all along ( hampered by Paul’s blindness in one eye and a bad cataract on the other) and when Paul decided to downsize for a number of reasons, Marcia jumped at the opportunity to reacquire A.D.. She arrived at the airport in Indy on Tuesday, February, 12 and has made herself right back at home.
A.D. earned her Master title at Middle Tennessee on October 13 and had a chance to win the only Qual she ran shortly after arriving here, going out on the last bird after all the other 5 dogs had handled or picked up ( I made a big error, HE, handler’s error!). She is a beautiful, very talented and hard running 70 pound female who is a joy to bring to the line. Paul did a remarkable job of training her just as he did with Tru and Ten and all the other young dogs with which he worked. THANKS PAUL SHOEMAKER!! R.I.P. dear friend!
A.D. has been bred to Morgan! Pups due January 27, 2014. Click on http://www.gooddoginfo.com/gdc/asp/viewpedigree.asp?DogNo=107816 to see the pedigree of this fine litter!
Grace flew in to Indy on a Friday night in January with her brother “Legend” and has made herself right at home. She is best friends with Ziva and The Boom and loves all the other dogs as well. She has progressed nicely through basics and is doing very nice marks with factors on both land and water. Grace is doing handling work and should run senior this spring or summer. She is one of the fastest dogs I’ve owned and on “walks” on the property Grace runs full tilt nearly all of the time.Grace loves to retrieve and absolutely loves being in the water, always the first in and the last out! We were honored to get this wonderful puppy from our good friend and long time pro trainer Paul Shoemaker of Arlington, Washington. Paul did an excellent job with this litter and we deeply appreciate the care that he took in picking our puppy.
Grace earned her JH title at Midwest Field Trial Club’s fall hunt test on September 25, 2011 ( age 10 months) by qualifying in four straight juniors, each time one of the five or fewer youngest dogs entered. Now we resume her handling work and harder multiple marks.
As of 12/08/2013 Grace is due to come into season at any time and will be bred to Mountain’s Top Watermark’n Woody.
Grace is trifactored, carrying both the yellow and chocolate factors.
Lumen is a yellow factored black female who shows great promise. She goes hard and learns fast. She has her mother’s long coat but has more leg than Sophie, more in keeping with her father, Morgan. So far everything looks good for Lumen!
We purchased Sophie in April 2004 and we knew we had a lady on our hands. Although she had never been a house dog, Sophie’s manners were impeccable when we brought her inside to stay. The first thing she did was to pick up a pair of rolled up socks which had fallen from the laundry basket and bring them to Marcia, who held out her hand and said, “Thank you.” Sophie gave them up most graciously.
Sophie completed her SH title at Central Kentucky in the spring of 2005 and promply reeled off 10 straight UKC Finished passes to obtain her HRCH title at age 2 1/2. Sophie passed four AKC Masters while still two and completed her MH title this spring a mere 3 weeks after her puppies went to homes. During the 2007 season Sophie qualified for the Backwater Retriever Club Hall of Fame and was inducted on January 26,2008, making Sophie and Linc our 3rd and 4th dogs so inducted. Sophie will continue running HT’s along with trying her hand at some field trial qualifyings and she will be the primary gundog of her faithful owner, Big Bill.
Sophie is eager to please and runs hard, swims hard, goes hard. She is intensely focused when she is at your side and she handles like a dream. Sophie is an exceptionally good lining dog and she ran blinds at eighteen months usually reserved for much older dogs. Sophie has numerous full siblings with hunt test titles and running in field trial all-age stakes.
Sophie has had three litters,one sired by GRHRCH UH Dakota’s Cajun Roux MH and two sired by Ten Bears Road Trip***. First litter is doing very well and the second is doing exceptionally well with 5 of the 7 now with professional trainers. Pups from Sophie’s third litter are now in homes, some with pros and some with hunt tests titles already!
Sophie is black (chocolate factored). She weighs 60 lbs.
Sophie is an eic carrier and so will be bred only to eic clear studs. Puppies will be eic tested at age 3 days so that buyers will know whether pups are carriers or not. Please call for specifics and see the official website dealing with eic ( www.vdl.umn.edu). Sophie is a wonderful dog who has produced wonderful pupppies!
Lily is a dark chocolate female which we purchased from Cypress Creek in Texas. She was born on Bill’s birthday after we thought we had lost out. The pups were whelped and we did not get our female or so we thought. When Louann Orms awoke in the morning there was another chocolate female! Lily has done well in her training, loves to retrieve and goes like a rocket. She’s a little small at 15 months, weighing in at 50 pounds, but makes up for it with a big spirit. She hunted her first pheasants in January ’09 and will probably run her first hunt tests in the fall.
Lily is doing well with her beginning handling training, is doing senior type marks and earned her JH title in four straight. Lily has had her hips/elbows OFA’d and her eyes CERF’d. Lily has had two litters and proved herself to be a wonderful mother. When Lily comes into season in the fall of 2013 we plan to breed her to HRCH Trinity’s Riptide Ryder MH owned by Melody Robinson.
Lily has been sold!