Saturday, 3 October 2015

GWPC Open Show

The GWPC Open show was held in September our judge being breed specialist Janet Kirkwood. We entered Winnie, Coco and Crumble in the show but took Bronte along with us for the day out. We had a lovely day with Coco and Crumble both winning their classes and Winnie taking a credible third in good company.

HWVA Gundog Working Test

Early September saw the last of our working tests for 2015 and Team Klancraig were there in force. It was a fab day as always and we were delighted that two of our 'team members' were in the cards - Ian and Louie winning 4th place in Novice and Gail and Isla winning 3rd place in Novice Dog/Novice Handler.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Germanus Golden Delicious (For Klancraig) - Crumble

Last weekend saw the arrival of the newest addition to the Klancraig household, Crumble who has been bred by our friends Mandy and Robert Geary.
Crumble's mum is the lovely Truble who is half sister to our own Coco and Truble's mum Gretchen is grandma to Flash. Crumble's sire is the very handsome Jukon II vom Liether-Moor.
We are delighted that Crumble has come here to live with us and look forward to showing her and training her for the field.

Our website will shortly be updated with pictures and Crumble's full pedigree.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Bronte's litter are 8 years old today...

Bronte would like to wish her babies a happy 8th birthday, just where have the years gone!?!












Monday, 30 March 2015

Double Trouble

Winnie and Flash - team work...

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Blowing the Cobwebs Away.

On a clear, crisp spring afternoon there is nothing better than a walk with the dogs...

Monday, 23 February 2015

Hunting Training Day on Partridge

Following on from the lecture yesterday, today I took Winnie and Coco on a Hunting Training Day being run by Chris and Peter Guest (Bardantop) on super ground just outside of Evesham, hunting partridge. Gary was unable to attend as he was off doing 'boys stuff' in Spain.
The weather started off clear and fresh but by early afternoon the dreaded weather front had set in and the day was cut short as dogs and handlers were cold and wet through.
A thoroughly enjoyable day. No points as the birds were wily after surviving the shooting season but I had two smashing runs with Coco (face wind and back wind) and a not so successful run of a cheek wind with Winnie who of course has had a season working shoots with Gary and was not so pleased with the change of handler.
Great to watch all the dogs that were training - there is a lot to be said for watching other dogs working and thrilled that Ian and Jayne brought Louie along, together with Gail with Isla.

Canine Nutrition, Hypothyroidism and Vaccination for the 21st Century with Nick Thompson

This weekend my friend and business partner and I attended the above seminar, the speaker at which was Nick Thompson a vet of over 22 years who specialises in homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition and herbal medicine. Nick was a very entertaining speaker and certainly gave us all food for thought.
The talk covered - an introduction to raw feeding, hypothyroidism, behaviour, epilepsy and chronic disease and finally vaccinations.
Over the years Lisa and I have been very lucky to have attended several lectures and seminars given by some very notable (often world renowned) specialists including -
* Jean Dodds who is considered to be one of the foremost experts in pet healthcare and a specialist in canine hypothyroidism.
* Christopher Day - over 40 years experience, Chris Day specialises in herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, holistic/alternative/ complimentary and natural remedies.
* Wendy Volhard - over 35 years experience in working with dogs, training, nutrition, health and behaviour.
* Catherine O'Driscoll founder of Canine Health Concern.
I would like to think that my dogs' lives have been enriched by all the knowledge that these experts have imparted.

Week Away in Pembrokeshire

Early February and following on from the end of the shooting season, we took a week away with friends Ian and Jayne and the three dogs Winnie, Louie and Coco and went to Newport in Pembrokeshire. We booked a cottage with Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire and would certainly highly recommend anyone using them to book holiday accommodation as we were thrilled with our cottage, which had a definite wow factor - nothing was lacking and the proximity to the beach and town was perfect. The icing on the cake was discovering the local dog friendly pub The Castle Inn where the locals made us feel very much at home and the food was fabulous - our party voted their home made burgers, steak and sticky toffee pudding the 'best ever' and their Sunday carvery was in my daughters opinion the 'best Sunday lunch' she had ever had :-)
The weather was kind to us, not a drop of rain until our departure and the beach was just the best place to run and swim the dogs. Definitely intend to go back there in the future.

Monday, 19 January 2015

So now the end is near...

Can't believe how the time has flown, it seems only weeks ago that Gary was taking Winnie out on the first day of the shoot.
During the season Gary has worked Winnie weekly on two separate shoots, with an invitation to work a third but sadly day-to-day work commitments did not allow this - maybe next season.
Winnie has proved to be a star - steady to work amongst sheep, deer and hare, sociable around other dogs on the shoot, covering ground well and finding, pointing and retrieving game. On occasions she has been shot over by one or two guns unfamiliar with HPR's, who were pleasantly surprised by her endurance and relentless hunting.
Of course, there have been odd moments of her cheeky nature making an appearance and she is never slow to take advantage of Gary not paying attention but all of this has, according to Gary, made her a pleasure to work and made her a much liked and valued member of the shoots.

A mention must also be made of the fact that Ian, our friend and owner of Winnie's son Louie has driven over to Much Wenlock come rain or shine to join Gary on these shoots beating, a journey each way of an hour and a half. This was so much appreciated that one of the shoots rearranged Beaters Day so that Gary and Ian could participate.
A hard days work is always rounded off with a few beers in the local pub, with Gary enjoying a glass of apple juice and Winnie crashing out asleep dreaming of the days events. Not quite sure what either of them will do when the season finishes;-)