Our dogs

THE DOGS

Sniffy

Dogs have been an important part of our lives. Only a few were companion dogs, most were both companion and working dogs. We have been blessed with a lot of good and even some great dogs. The ones mentioned here are the great ones. They were experts in their field of endeavour and all were full time members of our family. We would like to pay tribute to them by telling a little of their stories.


ALEX

Alex

Alex was Nicole's dog. Not by our choice but by his. A companion and house dog, nothing fazed him. He was a wee bit lazy and did not like to be trained. He was however a very good tracking dog. As a property dog he was sovereign over his domain. No stranger entered our land or house without his approval. Like most Bouvier Des Flandres with intact instincts he required little training and through his genes understood what his responsibilities were. This great fellow fell to cancer at age 8. His ghost still stands guard over us.


WINTERHELLE'S CARTOUCHE

Cartouche

Cartouche was our second "versatile hunting dog". She was purchased at 8 weeks of age from well known Puldelpointer breeder and promoter "Bodo" Winterhelt. Cartouche was an extraordinary fast learner with solid instincts. By the time she was 16 months old she was already pointing upland game as solid as a rock and she never lost a bird on a retrieve. She had passed all NAVDA Natural Ability Tests with flying colours. Sort of too good to be true. At 18 months of age she had to be euthanized for major hip dysplasia. In the period of one month she went from a symptom free dog to a cripple. One can only wonder where her potential could have taken her.

Dax - SchH3 - FH - CDX - TDX

Dax

After we stopped hunting and sold our guns, etc. we discovered Schutzhund, a new sport to North America in the late 70's. We purchased Dax when she was 8 weeks old from a Michigan breeder and importer of German Shepherd dogs. Dax was devoted to master and family like no dog I have known. She passed her Schutzhund 1 title with then, the highest score in North America, a 299/300. I made a handler error and we lost that one point and the perfect score. She then went on to become the first dog in N.A. to obtain the coveted Fartenhund. (German advanced tracking title). Later she became a CKC CDX, TDX. Dax was unmatched as a companion and she is the dog I miss the most.


WINGMASTER'S DELLA

Della.

Della was born to please. Her kennel name was Wingmaster's Della from a small Ontario Pudelpointer kennel producing great dogs. Della was a master hunter and a perfect family pet. She hunted and trialed 6 years for us and when we stopped hunting she moved on to live and hunt with a good friend, Francois Lacas, where she spent the rest of her life doing what she loved. We shot hundreds of birds over her; grouse, woodcock, pheasant, bobwhite quail, ducks and some hares. Proof of Della's versatility. In one of the photos she sits with a retrieved northern pike in her mouth waiting the "out" command. This picture was taken during a 1975 canoe trip. Della was the greatest hunter of them all.

FOX BRIAR'S WHISKEY

Whiskey

Whiskey, a German Wirehair Pointer (Drahthaar) was our first "Versatile Hunting Dog", a category of dogs out of Western Europe that were bred and selected to point, retrieve on land and water, and track down and find wounded game. By age 18 months she was winning all the young dog events and lost only by 1 point in the open class at the North American Championships to a much older and seasoned dog owned and handled by one of the best dog men on the continent. As with Dax this gentle and sociable female was a wonderful companion and house dog. I miss you girl, happy hunting in Grouseland.

NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN

Jack

Flash

American and Canadian Field Trial Champion Clover Hill Flash, 15 inch class male Beagle and American and Canadian Field Trial Champion Clover Hill Ruby, 13 inch class female Beagle. Both were great champions and hunters as well as being house pets. Our Marquis' Jack, German Shepherd Dog, SchH III, CDX, TDX