Congratulations to owner/handler Tim Kaufman of WI as his Hartland Maisy Mae was RU CH at the MN Grouse Championship. Maisy is from our 2010 litter by CH Long Gone Nixon X Darktown Strutter. Maisy made quite the impression, as this was her first shooting dog stake! Maisy is a maternal half-sister to our D J's Watchher Strut.
Whenever we breed one of our females, we always put a lot of study & thought into the selection of the potential sires. We wanted to breed D J's Latest Flame (aka "Kelli"), who is a daughter of GNG CH/GNG Invitational CH TerHaar's Elvis, to a special dog. We were fortunate enough to obtain some frozen semen from GNG CH/GNG Invitational CH/6X CH Stillmeadow's Jim. Jim & Elvis are two of our all-time favorite grouse CH's, so this breeding seemed like a natural. Jim was a solid bird dog, with lots of style, and those running in the woods today know that Elvis is. We had owned 2 Jim daughters over the years, and they were solid bird dogs as well, and great mothers!
"Kelli" whelped 2 males and 2 females on May 9, and they are all that we hoped for at this point. All tricolors, fat, healthy and full of themselves. All are surely destined to be outstanding bird dogs. All have new homes, but at some point we will likely repeat this breeding.
DJ's Latest Flame (center)
DJ's Latest Flame (GNG CH TerHaar's Elvis X DJ's Domino) spent some time in MI with trainers Scott Chaffee & Rich Hollister, learning the ways of Grouse & Woodcock. While there, Rich entered her in her first trial at the famed Gladwin Field Trial grounds. "Kelli" didn't disappoint, and placed 2nd in the Derby stake. Our thanks to Scott & Rich
Prickley Ash Patch had a very successful and exciting 09'-10' field trial season. Competing in various venues as a true puppy, she garnered several placements in puppy & derby stakes, including a very close second at the prestigious Sixty-Third Grand National Grouse Futurity Puppy Classic. 25 Grouse Futurity nominated pups from numerous states competed, and Patch's placement came a month before her first birthday! Bred by Richard & Jennifer Wyatt of Heartland English Setters, Patch is sired by RU CH TerHaar's Elvis, out of Blue Sapphire (CH First Rate X CH Blue Streak). Congratulations to her owners Kaylee and father Sam Purvis (pictured), and to grandpa Kenny Purvis for their hard work and great success
Pictured with us are co-owners Sean McKellip (who ran Dora), and owner of Dun Roven Kennels, Rich Hollister.