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04/09/07 - A great experience at the Boykin Spaniel Nationals -
The following account is
only one mans bias opinion. None of the names or
places have been changed, because no one is innocent.
Just got back from the Carolina's training dogs and visiting my brother
Blake. We had quite an experience. Entered Belle and Deke in competition
times and we placed 11 times. Our final trial was the Boykin Nationals
in Clinton S.C.. Deke was 9 days to old to run in the puppy class (under 1
year) so we entered him in novice. Novice is a strange class, no pro's can
run, there is no age limit, and were numerous HRC titled dogs. We had a
total class of 65 dogs (including Deke's daddy and 6 siblings) and the
oldest being 9 years. After two days of different hunting/retrieving
scenario's, Deke was outstanding. Every time we went to the line, my heart
was in my throat. Dogs were being weeded out left and right. We made it to
the final water series and once again Deke proved he was up to the task.
bird was thrown so it was hidden behind a log @ 40 yards. To get there all
the dogs had to cross over a larger log in the middle of the pond find the
hidden bird and return over the 2 logs. Deke's line to the bird was great,
crossed over the log and continued to the hidden bird. Deke missed the
hidden bird 4 feet to the right stepped on a submerged stick, which came
and slapped him in the face, shook it off and quickly corrected and
to my side with his prize. Deke's next bird was thrown at 35 yards towards
open water, but intentionally was landed in a snag that only a crappie
fisherman would love. Once again Deke was off, where most dogs eased
the snag, Deke crashed straight though the middle (I was afraid he would
hurt himself) of the snag returned the same way and sat at my side with
bird. I was so proud and knew we had just put ourselves in first place or
close to. When the awards were handed out that evening it was not to be.
Deke received a Judges Award of Merit award and was the 5th place dog. I
not complaining, since I was unable to watch most of other dogs (Belle was
running in Puppy) But will never forget the effort this little dog put
forth at 1 year and 9 days.
Belle was entered in puppy along with 26 other Boykin pups. The first
consisted of three land retrieves from 25 to 40 yards. In puppy they use
pigeons. Belle was a ball of fire and shot straight to her first bird
it up came half way back and decided to parade around showing off her
I guess she thought all these people were here to watch her and she was
going to give them a show. The next two birds went exactly the same way.
this point I thought my chances in puppy were gone. If there is one thing
Belle likes more than retrieving, it is treats. So we found a place away
from the crowds and started rewarding Belle with a treat everytime she
returned with the dummy. I would hold my left hand at ear level, rolling
treat in my fingers, and singing softly to her. She got the idea and was
snapping back to me dummy in mouth. From that point on we would practice
prior to a series. When she went after her bird, I would hold my hand up
like I had a treat and sing softly to her. I wish I could say that this
a wonder cure, but only made her retrieves tolerable when she was
with a pigeon.
After4 series the judges wanted more and called for a 5th series hoping to
find more separation between dogs. Belle was invited back! The first mark
landed @ 40 yards in broom straw and a minor amount of deadfall. Belle
nailed the mark jumping over the deadfall and landing on her pigeon. Her
return was not so pleasing but adequate. The final mark was 35 yards down
dirt road where the pigeon was thrown into the marsh grass 3 feet off the
edge of the road. I assume to tempt the puppies to keep on running.
Sometimes speed can hurt. Belle locked on, shot towards her mark running
full, hit the scent trail, locked on the brakes (over running the bird by
ft) hunted back, picked up the bird and made a decent return. Knowing
had lapsed in her training, all we could hope for was a Jam (judges award
merit) Boy were we surprised when Bell took the forth place ribbon.
What mixed emotions Peggy and I had over the next hours, Belle who was off
her game and still placed forth and Deke who left it all on the field only
to receive a jam.
Another highlight was: Grace owned and handled by my brother Blake.
ran in the open class against a field of 16 with 5 professional trainers.
Coming into the final series the field had been narrowed to 7 dogs and 3
4 pros. My guess is that Grace was in 5th place at this time. What a turn
events, when the dust settled Grace received second place honors in the
class. I wish I could describe in detail her efforts and the final
of the day, but we were off running our own at this point.
Sunday brought a day of fun, no more tension or wondering about bringing
your dog to the line. The nationals were over. But just for fun and in the
spirit of competition the Boykin Spaniel Society put on an upland event.
and handler would enter a field where 3 live chukars had been hidden
as a team, the dog must flush the bird, the handler must shoot the bird,
the dog should retrieve. On top of that you are working against the clock
(so much for tension). Deke worked well and took second place in singles
with a 4:49 time. Bell ran also, but her handler(me) made too many
to place her.
Deke and I were invited to run doubles with Bill Crites and Lilly. Same
rules as above, only with a total of 5 birds in the field. Deke and Lilly
really lit it up covering the field and working together. When the smoke
cleared and the last bird was delivered to hand the clock read 5:39. Both
Deke and Lilly received a first place trophy for their efforts.
Entering doubles once again, Deke and I paired with Blake and Grace. What
run we had grace covering most of the milo field and Deke hunting tight in
the thicker cover. We finished with the second fasted time of the day, but
were penalized for using an extra shell. Putting us in 3rd place.
There were 36 total entries in both divisions.
01/2007 Indy's adventure with a deer
Phil & Karen,
I just wanted to
write you guys a short note about Indy. She has acclimated well to
occupied Mexico down here in South Texas and has turned into one hell of
a hunter. She retrieves dove and quail for me with an unlimited amount
of energy. She also is a hell of a rabbit, ground squirrel and field
lark hunter when it comes to my boys with their BB guns. Lastly, and of
particular note you should know that she has made a hell of a wounded
deer dog - she has trialed up several wounded deer and does a great
job. Recently she trailed a poorly shot doe about 200 yards before
jumping the still alive deer - she bayed the deer until the deer saw me
coming in for the finishing shot - the deer took off with Indy in hot
pursuit. This event occurred at 5:30 last Friday afternoon. We found
her the next morning at 10:00 - thanks to the small cow bell on her neck
- still with the deer about 2000 yards from where I last saw her
pursuing the wounded doe. The AMAZING thing is that she was STILL WITH
THE DEER 16.5 hours later.
Indy is a
beautiful and intelligent dog (sometimes too intelligent for her own
good) and has made a wonderful addition to our family and hunting
Ester-C testimonial - received July 28, 2006
Dear Mr. Hinchman,
After speaking with you on
the phone today I wanted to drop a line so you would have the info to
contact us. We inquired into a female Boykin back on February 17. I
understand you will not have any females available until next summer.
We live in Missouri and we have a 14 year old male who is an absolutey
wonderful companion but we would like a female to hunt. Our male has
had a lot of difficulties walking for the last year and a half or so and
we were thrilled when we saw the ester-c for hip displaysia on your
website, Skipper has been taking 1000 mgs daily for about 7 weeks and it
has made a remarkable difference, he runs out his doggie door and
gallops around the yard then runs through the house rough-housing with
our Shih-tzu. We asked our vet for his opinion he said nothing shows in
the xrays but he obviously feels better our vet is familiar with Skip
because we board him there when we have to go out of town.
Please let us know when you
have a female available.
Ester-C testimonial - received July 7, 2006
Hi Phill and Karen,
Sorry to bother you again, but I was just wondering how you get the
down a pup? Do you give liquid Ester-C? If so could you please tell me
to buy as I cannot find any in the UK, I don't mind importing it.
By the way (Bubba) the pup we kept back does not need any surgery for his
hips, he now shows no signs what so ever of hip dysplasia after being on
6000mg of Ester-C a day.
6/26/06 Briggs story from
Katie and Scott in AL
June 26, 2006
Dear Phil and Karen,
You were right about Brigg's being "the best puppy in the world!" He is
and so much more. We are loving him every minute of every day. I wrote a
letter as if he might write it and attached it below...it's cute and
funny. We hope you like it.
Also, I am sending the
pictures in two different emails, the files are quite large. We hope you
enjoy seeing Briggs.
Thank you for all your
kindness and understanding.
Scott & Katie
June 25, 2006
Today I am 8 weeks old and I
weight 9.6 lbs!
Wow, what a week I am having
with my new family! I have learned how to dig in mud, pull turtles up on
the bank of the pond, run fast with dad, snuggle with mom and of course
help her cook, and now I am learning how to tee-tee outside. On
Thursday, mom and I met dad for lunch at a little cantina and we ate
outside. I played and chewed on a tiki torch, while mom and dad ate with
one of dad’s friends. We had fun at the restaurant but I enjoy being at
home the best.
I love being at home with
mom and playing in the afternoon with dad. Tuesday morning, mom showed
me the freezer with a bunch of frozen birds. And boy do I love those
birds. She sat with me in the hall and we played together. I’d bring
back the bird and she’d throw it. When dad came home to play with me, I
was a pro and he praised me and praised me! You’ll see how much I love
those birds in the pictures below.
My favorite thing is
digging! I love to dig! We have this pond where mom, dad and I walk
every evening and I show them how I love to dig. Yesterday, I found a
turtle shell. I barked and barked at it at first, then mom said “it’s
OK” and I charged after it. I pulled it up on the bank and started to
chew on it. I broke off a piece and dad took it away because he didn’t
know if turtle shell is good for me. So, I ran back to the bank and
grabbed another one! He laughed and laughed.
Mom and I have lots of fun
during the day. Every morning, we see dad off to work and then we take
our morning walk. We walk half way around the pond. It is a big pond and
I’m usually tuckered out by the time we reach home. When we walk, mom
walks slow and lets me explore. I have found rocks, rocks, rocks.
Sometimes, I pick up a rock and take it to the shore to taste it. Mom
usually calls me off it after a few minutes so I don’t swallow it. Then,
we walk some more. I love the tall grass that grows beside the pond.
It’s just right for jumping on and chewing up. But, my favorite thing
about the pond is its sandy beach. The beach is just right for digging!
I love to dig! I got so muddy that mom had to wash me down in the pond
but then I ran along the sand and got muddy all over. She laughed and
laughed. She smiles at me and I smile back at her. Of course the best
thing about mom is her snuggling! She is the best snuggler!
The first night home, I
cried and cried and she came into the kitchen-where I sleep- and laid
with me on the floor with a pillow and blanket. She stayed until I went
back to sleep. Then I woke up, she was gone, and I cried some more and
guess what she came back and stayed until I went to sleep again.
Thursday night was the first night that I didn’t have to have mom come
sleep with me because I am beginning to sleep almost the entire night.
Dad comes and checks on me several times while mom is sleeping and
Wednesday night after I tee-teed outside, I was so awake that he stayed
and played with me for 30 mintues, even though it was 3:00 in the
morning. They are the best playmates!
On Saturday, we went to the
skeet range. Mom and I stayed in the car while Dad shot for me. I didn’t
know what the sound was and didn’t pay attention to it because I was
snuggling with mom and chewing on my favorite toy. Dad shot several
times and then I really wanted out of the car. So, mom and I got out and
walked around with dad. I’ve met so many new people and they have all
loved me. Also, today we went to Long Horns for lunch. We all ate
outside on the patio and enjoyed all these people coming by to pet me
and say what a “good boy” I am. I love to meet new friends and go new
places with mom and dad.
Today (Sunday) we went to
Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, AL. This is the best place to play in the
water. Mom walked out on the sand bar – about 15 feet from dad – and
then she called to me to come. I walked like a proud little man right to
her. The water was touching my chest but I still could reach the bottom.
I walked back to dad and then I found a mussel and carried it around.
Then, mom called me back to her. She was further out this time and I
gradually lost the bottom and had to swim. I swam to her and she picked
me up and praised me repeatedly. She was so wet but she loved it. I ran
between her and dad and we played for about 30 min in the lake. Then we
started for home. I slept the whole way. After eating at Cracker Barrel,
we went home. I have so much fun and love playing, swimming, and chasing
after birds with mom and dad.
I miss you and can’t wait to
see you again at a field trial, but I am really happy at my new home!
Hope you enjoy all the
pictures of me, say hey to mom and dad for me!
04/29/06 A new puppy adventure from Joanne and Jake in Canada
Well Hello to Phil and Karen
Just a note to let you know
that we arrived safely in Calgary yesterday afternoon and Trapper was
AWESOME on the plane!! The first flight to Denver was 3 hours and he
never made a peep!! I was shocked!
We had a small layover in
Denver waiting for our flight to Calgary and I had him out to stretch
his legs and do his little business and we were mobbed by people cooing
over our sweet baby!!
He was quiet on the flight
to Calgary for the first 1 1/2 hrs - then got a little restless for
about 5 minutes - Jake put his hand in the carrier and he fell back to
Now get this - once in
Calgary - the customs agent adored Trapper and was suppose to charge me
tax on the money that we paid for him - but he said "How can I charge
anything extra for something that adorable!!". He didn't charge us!!
The gouvernment NOT collecting money???? Incredible!! That's the power
of a Boykin!! :-)
Hunter has absolutely NO
problem with Trapper! It's like he's been here forever where she's
concerned! Now Trapper was a little scared of Hunter at first. Today -
he is MUCH better with her. But not quite ready to play with her yet -
but she's patiently waiting!
Trapper hasn't had one
accident in the house...yet! But we keep taking him outside and praise
him when he "goes" so hopefully he'll be as fast to housetrain as Hunter
Just got back from the pet
store and bought some puppy biscuits and some chew toys - including a
Nylabone. We all are adjusting great to our newest member of the family
and I think you know Trapper couldn't be more loved!!
I'll send pictures to you in
the next few days and will keep you updated on Trapper's adventures.
Thank you again for your
incredible hospitality and for the wonderful dinner!! Jake and I really
appreciated it! And to Phil for doing all of those training exercises
for us - it was great to see the Boykins in action!! Everything was
Talk to you soon!!!
Joanne, Jake, Hunter and
09/16/05 - From Barb - journey to get her new pup
hi jan & larry,
bud & i wanted to let you
know how nice it was to meet you, and learn of the high standards you
have for your pups....it has been a long wait since mother nature broke
our hearts a year ago.
i remember august 2003 ..bud
was watching a hunting show, i was doing dishes, & he called to me &
said "look at this dog"!!! it was a boykin featured. we had lost our
beloved 'clancy', our springer of 15 years 3 months before. i always
knew we would always have a dog, but i have had dogs grow old on me
before, and as they died in my arms, a piece of my heart went with them.
bud has always addressed the 'hunting' part..i made them foolish babies.
i realized it was time for a pup....this pup!!
the boykin link took me to
j&l...i decided to call & talk about 'the little brown dog'....larry had
me convinced, but i did not know until november after much e-mailing to
get to know us, that we were on the 'list' for a female. we have always
had females, and bud knew how to hunt them. our patient wait began.
the trip from massachusetts
to wisconsin is not cheap. larry said 'these are our kids' we don't
ship them anywhere. we hand them over, so, we decided to see the
finally, ruby & dad charlie
were going to give us our little girl. maggie mae was one of ruby's 2
females....penny had a litter 9 days later. i told jan, 'just pick out
the sweetest little girl and make her ours. reality hit on july 22,05
when we were northwest-bound to minn st.paul, we missed the turn to
head into wi. due to heavy road construction. so, we got to see minn.
and st.paul 5 pm friday traffic
we made it to hammond,wi. 3
hours later. tired, hungry and just as much humidity as we left behind.
sat. morn, after a nice stay
at the holiday inn, we excitedly made our way to hammond. it was bud's
birthday, and the day we would meet the sweetest little girl, and our
good friends by phone & e-mail.
'jan & larry hinchman...while
we were meeting 'the kids' and all the remaining pups. we had our
'maggie mae' ...jan said
that she couldn't believe it when i told her months before, but this
pup's grandmother was also maggie mae...it was meant to be...and a great
day even though a rare mid-west storm made noon time as black as
night...jan & i put our hands down to feel for the fur of maggie &
sister caroline who we had set loose...larry found an enormous
flashlight and proceeded to review the paperwork with bud.
sunday brought us back, but
this time we left with maggie mae...she looked so deep into my eyes &
chewed my finger..she was a perfect little girl traveling...at the
airport, where we has arrived early
bud held her out of her
carrier...stating she was a 'chick magnet' and a 'kid magnet'. finally
the plane ride..not a peep...transfer shuttle to our car & grass for
bathroom...we could tell she had been nervous & separated, and was not
going back in the carrier. we headed to my mom's an hour from the
mom still thinks we are
nuts, but loved seeing the little fur ball hop around her ground
maggie mae has settled into
our home. our 22 year old daughter takes her for runs, bud takes her to
the coffee shop and trash day...there are training birds in the freezer
for the time...humidity has followed us back every day....puppy
kindergarten starts sept. 1...she has been to the vet..and been swimming
in the river we all check our schedules for the day time ,,,exercising,
bathroom,eating, water.playing, and she still comes to me every
day,...usually night & sits down , gives a little cry...it is time for
me to stop..pick her up & hold her she does not fuss, just wants to be
held & falls asleep..after all,,,she is still a baby!!!!!
hi guys, i wrote the above
in case you wanted to post a story. larry, i am having the darndest time
finding the esther-c tabs...we are loving that little dog so much. she
wags her tail & runs to greet the three of us . she is cautious with any
new person...she has had many people come to see "such a beautiful pup"i
am returning the pictures you took..i had a set made..also sending
pictures of the trip
i give up on sending
pictures on this computer....so look for the mail
also i left the 2 white
papers at one of the pet stores. could you send new instructions
well, daughter sadie has
just finished a session of playtime & maggie easily goes to her crate,
after all 'she is the dog
your friends, bud & barb
5/19/05 - From Brenda -
new pups first week
I swear my cheek muscles
and so sore form laughing and smiling with this pup. She is so smart.
She is getting the idea of 'come' and 'sit', loves to sleep on my feet
(so I have to sit still until she is sound asleep), thinks a clump of
grass from the mower is a prize and horse poop is the best stuff! She
learned on night two that when she whined in the night it caused this
loud clap so she stopped and hasn't done it since. This morning while
cleaning the over flow for the pond she jumped right in and helped by
biting my hands and slinging moss all over herself.
I'm in puppy heaven-- Thank
you allowing her to come to our home.
12/04 -Boykin Spaniels
place at the Menz Player’s Championship by John Rucker
40 of the top flushing dogs in the U.S. competed in the Menz
Player’s Championship, doubles division, in Guthrie Center, Iowa from
December 2-4. The only breeds represented were Labs, gun line Springer
Spaniels, English Cockers and……Boykin Spaniels!
Most of the participants invited to this ‘World Series’ of
tournament hunts had placed in the top 5 in the ‘nationals’ of the
National Upland Classic series, the National Bird Dog Challenge series,
and the Chukar Classic competition in Minnesota, or other prestigious
tournament hunts, during the previous 12 months. This was the third year
of the Menz Player’s Championship, but the first time it was filmed. The
“pilot” of the event will be sent to ESPN, Fox Sports net, and the Outdoor
Channel, for possible airing. It is hoped that the Menz Player’s
Championship will become a “circuit” similar to the Bass Pro tournament
circuit, with numerous tournaments each year.
During the first two days of the event, dogs in both the
singles and doubles events ran in one of several rectangular fields of
approximately 10 acres each, looking for 3 and 6 birds respectively,
hidden somewhere in the field, before each run. Each shooter, or team of
two shooters, was accompanied in the field by a judge who scored on time
elapsed, shots missed, clean retrieves to hand, as well as other
infractions, such as a dog running out of bounds. On Saturday, December
4, the top 10 dogs in each class of both the pointing and flushing
divisions were invited to run for the championship. Two Boykins, which
happen to be full brother and sister, were among the 10! “Bessie”,
belonging to Phil and Karen Hinchman of Greenfield, Indiana and “Buster”,
belonging to John Rucker of Bluff City, Tennessee took 8th and
10th, respectively, by the end of the day. With just a few
lucky breaks, the Boykins might have finished in the top five places,
where 5th place in doubles paid $800 purse money, and 1st
place paid $4600.
Tournament hunting is an exciting spectator sport, for unlike
the Bass Pro circuit the action takes place right in front of bleachers
full of onlookers. While shooters are instructed to call a “safety” when
a chukar or pheasant flies directly towards spectators or cameraman,
indiscretions do occur. Spectators occasionally hear shot rattle
nearby…..very nearby. Some wear shooting glasses to protect their eyes,
though there is little real danger. The sound of shot whizzing overhead
is not unknown in this environment.
As the afternoon wears on, the crowd usually becomes
increasingly participatory, and as favorite dogs and shooters fall into a
hot run, applause and cheers greet each flush and shot, as chukars go down
in clouds of feathers. When a flushing dog wheels sharply at full gallop
toward a bird hiding in the brome grass, a collective gasp may go up from
the bleachers. Killed birds are offered to shooters and spectators to be
taken home and eaten.
At the present time, this sport is dominated by Minnesota and
Wisconsin tournament hunters, in particular a group of about a dozen men
and dogs who train at the Minnesota Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake,
MN. In order to successfully compete against them, you will need to be
lucky, and very, very good. In the meantime, “the little brown dogs” that
originated from South Carolina have run against the best of the best, and
have demonstrated that they have the leg, the nose, the heart, the drive
and the discipline, to make it to the top 10 of the Menz Player’s
Championship! If there is any room for improvement, it is on the human,
not the canine end of the team.
For information on tournament hunting, go to
12/5/04 - From Ken in
Hi Jan & Larry
The Little Brown Dog
deserves a lot of the credit. I shot the buck on Sat. morning at 7 o
clock and didn't like the way the arrow hit, so I let him go till 2 o
clock in the afternoon. I hit the last rib and it angled forward but
only penetrated about a foot. I had a blood trail for about 4 or 5
hundred yards and that was slow going. The buck never laid down, he was
to interest in the doe he was with. Sunday I walk and looked for sign
all day long and Duke helped. We figured out that he went west after he
had check out half a dozen scraps. He was paying little attention to the
arrow stinking out of him. Monday we started looking again. Duke
would check every downfall and I would glass all the hill sides and
He seem to know what his job
was and he covered a lot of ground and that made it a lot easier for me.
We still covered a lot of miles up and down these hills.
I have found out if I pay
attention to him and watch his stance he'll look straight at a deer
100-200 yards away. He showed me so many deer I lost count. Some were
nice bucks. We keep walking and looking till about 2 Monday afternoon
and we walked up on him along the edge of the timber. The meat was
spoiled, but at least we retrieved the rack. It rough scored 203 points.
If it hadn't been
for Duke's enthusiasm I might have given up long before. That night we
both snored a lot. Duke seemed to know we had accomplished our mission
and he stayed close to the head and got in most of the pictures. I think
he was almost as proud as his master, no he considers his self my equal,
9/22/04 from Larry and Jan
Trip to the Game Fair
Charlie was combed, put on his best collar and was
off to the Game Fair at 6:00am. He arrived to the fair at 7:00am, one
hour before the gate opened. He wanted a good parking space and some time
to show off in the line to get in. He is a very handsome fellow and in
the hour before the gate opened at least 5 people came over to admire him
and ask many questions about what is a Boykin Spaniel. Once inside the
gate we hardly had any time to look at the displays and events because we
were busy explaining Charlie’s history and all about the Boykin breed. We
handed out 14 Boykin Spaniel Society pamphlets and talked to many people
about the breed in the 2 hours we were there. Charlie entered one event
but all did not go as planned. Although Charlie is a very accomplished
upland bird hunter and retriever, this game was all new to him. Charlie
has an intense love for retrieving dummies but as the dummy was launched
in the water it landed on the far side of a group of decoys. This was all
new to Charlie. He launched into the water, got to the decoys, touched
them and they moved. He immediately turned and came back to me and said
‘Dad you never told me about those things in the water’. Needless to say
we will work on swimming through decoys to get the retrieve. Otherwise
Charlie was a big hit at the Game Fair and he had his picture taken which
we have enclosed. On a side note if the BSS ever wanted to have a booth
at the Game Fair
said he would be glad to help man the booth and would show off again.
Attached are some of the dog clubs that were there and also some of the
events to enter. There were over 300 outdoor exhibits, free seminars and
shooting events (yes, you can even bring your own shotgun and dog). The
event is patterned after European Medieval Fall Festivals and located on
80 acres of woods and water in Anoka, MN. It is the nation’s largest
outdoors hunting and family participation event with over 50,000 in
attendance in 2003. Retrieving Championship: Charlie says Dad has taught
him well for upland and tournament hunting but he would like to see some
of those great southern little brown dogs come up and show them how this
retrieving game is played….Ha! Charlie says he has to go now and teach
Dad some new tricks.
Larry and Jan Hinchman
Charlie, Ruby and Penny
08/22/04 from Jeri Bogard - Charli's first day
I thought you might like to
know how a long trip home was for one of your little girls....
As we left it was running
through my mind that it was going to be near impossible to leave this
sweat little brown puppy in a kennel for 5 hours while we made our
journey home. To our surprise, we heard yelping and crying for only 10
minutes or so at the beginning of the trip. Once we were smoothly onto
I-70 Charli had went off to sleep. We made two breaks for exercise and
necessities, each time giving way for another cry of "please hold me so
I can kiss you and chew on your ears" for 10 minutes.
We arrived at my mother's to
pick up the kids and to introduce them to the new ruler of our
household. I don't think they quite understood, but in the days to come
I'm sure it will be very clear. Charli was timid at first, but more in
a "I'm going to sneak around the back of you to grab a quick sniff and
make sure you are ok" kind of way. We got the kids settled back in the
van and headed out for the last 15 miles home. Charli didn't make a
Charli seems right at
home, running through the house like it's all hers. The kids found a
tennis ball for her and played a while before bed. One last trip
outside and then we took the kennel to our bedroom for her comfort (and
mine). Charli repeated her short crying tactic and decided it was
fruitless, she went to bed. At 4:30 we went outside. I knew upon
entering the house that there was no way this little fire ball was going
back to bed without a little exercise. She would have that kennel
turned over and rolling like a whiskey barrel had I put her back in. We
played for 15 minutes and headed back to bed. She whimpered momentarily
and gave up to sleep. She didn't wake up until Erin came trotting up
the stairs asking where the puppy was.
Charli is still in the
investigative state of her new surroundings. She's down for a nap
already today and then we'll introduce her to Gunner and the rest of the
Thank you both for giving us
the opportunity to have one of you wonderful puppies to make a part of
our home !
Take care and we'll keep in
touch (and of course - send pictures).
08/10/04 from Paul Feldhake, Milwaukee, WI
Elvis from Larry Hinchman in August 2003. His parents are Penny (Larry's
female) and Riggs (Phil's male). Elvis is physically compact but strong
and has a wonderful personality for a dual purpose dog. He is like another
family member around the house but easily shifts into hunt mode.
Four words describe Elvis: smart, self-motivated, independent, and
friendly. Elvis loves the challenge of training and finds praise almost a
bother, wanting instead to move on to the next drill. He is also
independent. Though he is eager to please and friendly, Elvis prefers his
own couch to sharing with others. He is a Great Lakes dog as well.
Undaunted by the frigid water, even on rough days Elvis takes the plunge
and has become quite adept at body surfing.
I trained Elvis the first summer and fall by myself, introducing him to
live birds at the game farm at 4 months. On Larry's advice I introduced
Elvis to the hunting environment at game farms and tournaments;
consequently, he doesn't get distracted by other dogs or people during
I made two major discoveries from my experience with Elvis.
First, obedience is mandatory before turning a dog loose at a hunt club. I
let Elvis hunt before his obedience training was complete. As a result, at
6-7 months Elvis did some world class racing through the designated hunt
areas and occasionally into someone else's field.
Second, finding a partner or two is essential. I was lucky to meet Jim
Kieker, who helped me get Elvis under control. We did many quartering
drills with 3 walkers. Jim believes that releasing the birds while walking
v.s. planting is a good way to keep the dogs hunting close. It has worked
well with Elvis. The retrieving part seems to be natural and the obedience
has helped refine it. We have had some long " hold " sessions, but he is
not forced and I don't think he needs to be. He loves to
retrieve-particularly in water.
We are training Elvis to enter the hunt test world this fall as a started
dog. We are also considering the retriever tests if all goes well. My
conclusion so far is this. The extra training and hunt test work is
valuable because it increases the bond between dog and owner. This level
of training will make Elvis a better field dog. Jim Kieker's English
cockers are Exhibit A ; hopefully Elvis will be a similar story.
Thanks to Larry and Phil Hinchman and Jim Kieker for all their help.
Paul Feldhake and Kim
06/17/04 from Mike Elliot, Spencer, IN
HI would like to relate a
story that we have experienced this year with our Boykin, Elliott's
I work for Otis Elevator Co.
in Bloomington, IN, and like so many other companies in the US they are
down-sizing and moving all manufacturing out of the country. I was
assigned to come to Nogales, MX for a six month period of time starting
last February. I came down as scheduled spent the month here and found a
place in Rio Rico, AZ (just across the border) suitable for my wife
Cathy and Ready.
I returned to Indiana the
first of March. The plan was to drive my truck and trailer Cathy's
Blazer back down here so we would both have transportation. The evening
before we were to start our trip, I was outside and had the dog with me
while I was doing some last minute checks on my truck. Well, Ready being
the curious dog he is slipped off up towards one of our neighbors, (not
an unusual thing). We live at the end of a private road with little to
no traffic, so I was not really concerned, as he always comes back when
I call him. As I was finishing up my checks on the truck I heard him
yelp out like he was hurt and when I headed up the road I met him
running toward me with his right hind leg just dangling. I picked him up
and carried him to the house and did an examination. There was no blood
or evidence of a broken bone, so we just made him comfortable as
possible for the evening in preparation to take him to our regular Vet
the next morning. Of course this added some stress as we had planned to
get an early departure for our journey.
Morning came and we called
our Vet which would not be available until 10:00AM. Cathy took Ready
into the Vet while I was finishing up preparing for our trip. She
returned at around 11:30AM with the dog and an explanation that it
appeared Ready had a very bad sprain of his leg and just to keep him
down for a few days and minimize his activity for a couple of weeks.
Well keeping him down for a few days was not going to be a problem since
we would be driving 1800 miles and he could stay in his travel kennel to
minimize movement. The four day trip was completed without incident, but
Ready was still in severe pain. We kept him as comfortable as possible
for a couple of weeks as advised, but he showed no signs of improvement.
Being new to this area we had no idea about Vets in the area, but saw a
new Vet office in the community and decided to take Ready in to him. The
first thing he did was take an X-Ray (something our regular Vet back
home did not do). The X-Ray clearly showed that the leg bone was
completely dislocated from the hip socket. The X-Ray's also showed that
for a dog of Ready's age (he will be 10 July 31st) he had very good
hip characteristics other than for the injury.
We began discussion of
options for correcting the injury. The first thing tried was to re-set
the leg and truss it up for ten days to allow the natural healing
process to keep it in place. Well this failed and caused further
problems in that the truss caused some tissue on the leg to loose
circulation and basically die. Now we have a dog with a dislocated hip
and open sores down to where we have exposed bone and tendons. The next
and only option was surgery, but first we had to get the other injuries
healed in order to minimize any chance of infection. After six weeks of
twice daily Epsom Salts baths, and bandage changing we were able to have
the surgery done. All went pretty well with the surgery, and Ready was
beginning to use the leg in just a couple of days. He is now up to the
point of walking over two miles per day, and seems to be pain free. Of
course the leg has a long way to go to gain all the muscle back that was
lost during the two and one half months of non-use. He still will carry
the leg at times when in the house, but we think that is more habit than
anything else. At any rate we are glad to have him back and
seemingly pain free.
The moral to this story is,
if you, a loved one, including your pet gets injured do not hesitate to
to get an X-Ray. If our Vet in Bloomington had done this up front it
would have saved us and Ready a load of pain, misery, and I won't even
mention money because that's not the important part of this story. The
feeling of love and compassion is what's important and you can't put a
price on that.
God Bless the USA
Mike, Cathy, and Ready
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