Tuesday 27th May
Obedience news this week and of course we are talking about 'Kitkat' (P Eternity) who did it again for owner Susanne at Hedensted in Denmark. She won the Advanced Rally class with 96 points out of 100. How fantastic :o) We are looking forward to seeing Kitkat in a couple of weeks time and wonder if Lila's puppies will have arrived by then. Kitkat is hoping for a little sister so we have everything firmly crossed for that....... well perhaps Susanne is hoping for the sister, may be Kitkat not quite so much :o)
Wednesday 21st May
Show news of our own this week. We took the long (very long!) trip up to Edinburgh aand SKC for the opinion of Gareth Lawler (Roqfolly). We had entered four dogs - Luca, after a long break away from the ring, Bessie, Millie and Kate. It was the first time that I had handled any of the girls but Dave assured me that they were all 'as good as gold'. Hmmmmm...... Anyway, it was a wonderful day with all four dogs winning their classes. Luca was also awarded the RDCC and Millie went one better and took the Bitch CC, her first of course. Bessie was Best Puppy Bitch. A really super day. Thank you to my helpers, George and Gary for handling the naughty girls :o)
Lila is doing well and is looking a little rounder now. She is also starving to death (in her opinion) and reminds us of this often! Not that long to go now.
Wednesday 14th May
Some super show news to share this week ... 'Hope' (Peasblossom Heaven Sent at Lordsett) returned to the ring in style at the weekend, finishing BOB and BEST IN SHOW at the 90th Anniversary Club Show of the Hunting Tracking Club and Specialty Show of Spaniels in the Czech Republic. This was a two day show and Hope was BIS on the first day and then challenged the BIS winner from the second day and was declared the Super Best In Show winner! Some photos of Hope taken at the show below and for the record, Hope is the Springer featuring on the home page of our new Serafina website :o)
News too on Wayne's (P Knock Out) show success at Sundsvall, Sweden where he was Best of Breed, Group 1 and finally BIS 4. Many congratulations from us both.
Lastly, a huge well done to Seamus' lovely daughter, Olivia, Dexbenella Inquisitress who won her first CC & BOB at the National last weekend and not content with that, went on to a second place in the Group too!! Such fantastic news xxx
Friday 9th May
Just a small update with some good news :) that Lila has been confirmed in whelp to Seamus. We are so happy :o) For further information, please see our Current Litters page.
Monday 5th May
Another long gap in updates. We have had a little break from shows before starting again in ernest. However today, Dave took Kate to a local Open Show where she finished Reserve Best Of Breed under judge, Linnea Pettersson from Sweden. Since our last news, we have celebrated some Birthdays. Luca had his third Birthday and Millie and Meadow celebrated their first. Meadow is of course, the litter sister to our black and white girl, Millie. She is yet to have her own page, but she will :o) Meadow was born with a congenital condition called 'Persistant Right Aortic Arch' which develops instead of the left aortic arch that would normally become the permanent aorta, the main blood vessel leading from the heart. It causes varying degrees of narrowing of the esophagus, leading to digestive problems in weaning puppies. So that is the short version :o)
Despite mostly negative prognoses, we did decide to go ahead with an operation to correct this abnormality when she was eleven weeks old. It was a tough decision to put a tiny puppy through a major operation but we wanted to give her every chance of a normal life. However, she came through it and despite the odd 'blip' has gone from strength to strength and leads a completely normal springer life. She will not be a show girl and will never have puppies of her own but she is the sweetest girl imaginable and our lives would not be the same without her in it. So, here are a few photos of our beautiful Meadow xxx