|Posted by Susan Russell on November 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM|
Well, it has been a month since the incomparable Raisin passed after one wonderful last, successful grouse hunt. I still can't quite come to grips with it. She taught me so much about dogs, field trialing, showing and breeding. I owe her a lot. I miss her dearly.
On to the future...and Raisin's legacy - in two very different litters being produced this fall. I am co-breeding litters that will be born elsewhere. Look at the litter page for specifics. The first litter, already on the ground in Idaho is a dual type litter that should have some fabulous looking and able hunters in it. A person hoping to show and hunt would find a good potential companion in this litter. The second litter due next week, is going to be a high powered field trial/hunting litter and will be in Kansas. These pups will be smaller, more sparsely coated, high styled Irish. Two litters, very different in appearance, but both having the sweet temperament and ability that a true Irish Setter should have. Something for everyone this winter from Russell Irish Setters.
We are also hoping to get back to field trialing this spring after nearly a year off due to health problems and life changes. Jack still needs to work on his dual and after her litter Sister should be ready for broke stakes. Her brother John now lives in California with my good friends, and his broke career is beginning as well.
Thanks also to Mark in California, and Lisa in Arizona for sending their littermates from the Tate X Hope litter to the NFT futurity. Lisa's Viva placed fourth in her first horseback trial! Opie didn't place but probably was hampered by unfamilliar handlers, as Mark has already placed him in broke stakes, which qualifies him for both the ISCA's Gun Dog National and the National Field Trial Championships. Hats off to both of you for doing so much with your dogs. Viva also got some wins at obedience and rally this past weekend so she is showing her versatility and biddability. Lisa will likely breed her this coming year so watch for news of that here.