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I thought I would drop you a quick note. I hope all is well. I wanted to let you know that Reggie is an amazing pup with such hunting drive and wonderful personality. Reggie and I go everywhere together and I just love spending time with him. We have been working on his training and going out and practicing bird hunting. You would be pleased to know today Reggie got his first grouse and did an amazing job. Last week he flushed a pheasant and we are just beginning. I am truly blessed to have such a great companion. Thank you so much for introducing us. I hope all is well with you and your family and wonderful English Cockers. Take care. Sincerely,
Corey and Reggie
Sorry it’s taken so long to give you an update on Oakley, but it’s been just crazy this spring
Oakley is a wonderful dog. What a great addition to the family. You know the old saying, “Dogs smile with their tails,” well, Oakley must be a very happy dog because he smiles with his whole body. When he wags his tail, he wags with his whole body. And, just the same as Max, he grins! It’s really amazing, when I come home, he runs up wagging his body, smiling.
He has boundless energy, of course, and he seems to have amazing prey drive. He’s getting pretty good at retrieving, but delivery to hand has been a bit of a challenge. He likes to play keep away, or he wants to play tug of war. He’s only what, 4 months old, so maybe he’s still a little young to expect a lot. Outside, he has his nose to the ground and explores every inch of the yard. He’s right on top of the rabbits, squirrels, and birds. Hard to get him to focus with distracting sights, sounds and scents.
The other day we were out early, well before sun-up. He immediately began his patrol of the yard then came up to a quick stop. I thought he was looking at me, but he was actually looking past me. When I turned around there was a large doe standing in the yard, literally 10 feet away. It was great fun to watch him challenge the doe. He got low to the ground and slowly moved toward the deer. When they were about 5 feet apart he stopped, tail in the air, and gave a low bark. The deer stood her ground and lowered her head, pointing her nose and ears at him. When she moved, Oakley retreated to the safety under my feet. The doe turned and slowly walked away. When she walked away, Oakley immediately went into pursuit. Good thing I had him on the long line.
He’s been to the vet twice now for check ups and shots. All is well, he’s very healthy and growing fast. Our Vet just loves him.
As I said, he’s a wonderful dog and a great addition to our family.
Any advice on early training, specifically as regards the delivery to hand?
Here’s a picture. The photo is a couple weeks old now, but what a ham!
Pups are getting big now. Just starting to suppliment mothers milk.
Lee, Christy and family came for a visit to see the pups. They have first choice of the females. Ellie also came along. She is from Sage, 2011 and is the sister of Lilly. Ellie is very smart and has turned into a great hunter. Lee reported that Ellie did more to train him to pheasant hunting than he did to train her. She hunts close and has a great nose. Ellie has been to Minnesota, Colorado, Kansas and mostly Wisconsin hunting.
The eyes are open. Surprisingly the pups are very calm with just being able to see. Probably due to grand girls Ellie and Olive visiting the pups.
The pups are just opening their eyes now. Starting to move around more. As they begin to see the are scared of sudden movement, a learning process. I had a hard time taking pictures as they were moving so much. Ellie named the pups after her characters in Frozen. Sorry about the poor picture of Elsa. Olaf is still available.
Lilly had her pups today. Four females and two males. We have one male still available. Colors: 4 liver & white, 2 mostly liver with some white on the feet and under the chest-stomach area.
We went to visit Don, Margaret and pups. Madeline, their daughter in law with Ellie and Olive were also visiting. Ellie and Olive both cried when they had to go home as they wanted to stay and hold the puppies. They will be back Sunday for another visit.
UPDATE: One of the liver & white female pup died overnight. All the rest seem very healthy. Pups go in Tuesday at 4 PM for vet check, dew claws removal and tails docked to half length.
Corey and my new buddy “Reggie ”
Lilly is getting big with pups. She is due between May 12 till 18th. You can feel the pups moving around so it will probably be sooner rather than later. The welping pen is set up in the house and Lilly likes to go in it. Dondi & Margaret are excited for the big day. These will be Lilly and Elvis’s pups. Here she is on a recent hunt. Lilly jumped up on the hay bale to check out the birds.