Russell Irish Setters

Preserving Dual Purpose Irish Setters


11 days on

Posted by Susan Russell on December 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM

The pups are doing really well, Hope is a great Mom.   She is feeding them all herself and they are gaining weight and she is keeping weight on.  Mind you, she is eating eight cups of food a day - nearly three times her usual.   The eyes are opening at the corners, and the pups are all yawning incessantly - a sure sign that the ears are opening too.   They enunciate their little barks - BOW WOW!  It is a fun age.   They are also starting to really walk around the box.  

I spent some time at the coast this past week and had an opportunity to go for a day hunt with Terry Salandini.   We saw only one pheasant, but lots of short eared owls.  Opie had a great time too.  He had spent a night with a couple who thought about buying him rather than a pup, but they said he was hard to walk because all he wanted to do was point birds.  Opie trailed Goose (Karen S's Irish) for awhile, until we got into a couple of hot spots, at which point Opie became quite independent and really showed some nice moves.   Now Opie wants to go live with Salandini's because Terry took Opie hunting!  And Opie loves Kate Salandini too as witnessed by the photographs in the album.   Opie is a sweet boy and he looks like he has loads of talent.

Granny Raisin, and Pat the old pointer of Salandini's had a good time hunting, though each were pretty content to let the young dogs Goose and Opie crash the brush.  Raisin was happy to honour Goose hopefully each time he pointed.   There is a photo of Raisin sound asleep later that night - was quite a day for the old'uns - and Pat curled up in front of the fire soon after we got back to the house.  The humans imbibed in some warming refreshments and a nice meal. 

Check back soon, I will try to keep updating the pups' progress every few days.  Photos will be more fun once they are past red slug stage.  

Categories: Puppies, Field, General

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