Four boys and four girls were born on June 11, 2019. They are all black, wiggly, active, nursing and gaining weight daily. Handfull is a wonderful mother keeping them safe, warm, nursing and cleaning up after them. The largest pup was 1 lb 2.5 oz and the smallest 14 oz.
Handfull earned her VST & CT titles in Springfield, MO under judges Linda Baschnagel & Carol Clark. We were 1 of 4 entries and the only passing team. This was Handfull’s 1st attempt & she worked very hard. So proud of my girl!
Caris earned 14 titles this year including agility, nose work and trick dog. Handfull earned 11 titles in rally, obedience, agility, nose work, tracking, tricks, conformation and Canine Good Citizen. These performances demonstrate the versatility of Flat-Coated Retrievers. Both Caris and Handfull were trained and handled by Kathleen Stevens.
What does being an Avidog Associate Breeder mean? It means being a responsible breeder who raises pups to be as healthy and stable as possible, and committed to:
- Continuing education;
- Choosing dog parents carefully;
- Taking good care of dog mom;
- Nurturing baby puppies;
- Creating stimulating puppy environments and well planned socialization and development; and
- Carefully matching each puppy to its new home.
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Tralee earned her AKC Junior Hunter title on May 7th at the Golden Retriever Club of IL Hunt Test in Wilmington, IL under judges Susan Steffey and Judy Merians. To earn the title a dog must successfully complete 2 land and 2 water retrieves in 4 different tests. At 9 years old Tralee is still running strong!
Kathleen completed a 10-module online course designed for dog breeders. This Avidog University course covered breeding goals and stretegies, selecting breeding stock, epigenetics, puppy rearing methods, puppy evalutions, selecting homes and matching puppies to new homes. Looking forward to incorporating this learning into our next litter.
The Kingsbridge girls had two outstanding agility weekends in June. Tralee completed her AKC Excellent Agility Jumpers With Weaves Preferred (AJP) title at the DOTC trial at Dog Sports at Kim’s in Caseyville the w.e. of June 12-14. Caris finished her AKC Open Jumpers With Weaves Preferred (OJP) the weekend before at the POTC trial at Avanti’s Dome in Pekin. Caris now has her AKC Versatile Companion Dog 2 (VCD2) title. So proud of my girls!
Here are our qualifying & placement ribbons from the CCTC AKC Agility Trial at The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon this past Mother’s Day weekend. Tralee qualified in 2 out of 4 total runs finishing her Excellent FAST Preferred (XFP) title, and qualifying in Excellent Agility Jumpers Preferred; Caris qualified in 5 out of 7 runs finishing her Open Agility Preferred (OAP) title, and qualifying in Open Jumpers Preferred and Open FAST Preferred.