Semi-retired, I still show my own dogs. Currently only showing my 2 Borzoi girls, Traveler who is 3 1/2 years old and a red and white and Dori, a youngster who is an Irish Marked Red Sable. Dori smiles at me all the time, very cute. Photos of both girls are on my photos page along with some old photos of Irish I have bred or owned.
Thank´s for your message. If we hadn´t this farmarea I wouldn´t be able to keep all my setters. Maybe I would have two of them at most. Your setter is very cute, how old is she? Think that they look so cute with this white hair in the face.
This portrait of Magic was taken on her 12th Birthday. Unfortunately, I lost her at 13 1/2 years of age in January of 2003. The photos of Erica on my photo page is her daughter, now also 12 years of age. The only Irish I have right now is Garnett who is 4. There's a side view stacked photo of her and a front view looking up at me outside a dog show ring. I also have a 12 year old English Setter rescue dog named Ranger and a 2 year old Borzoi girl named Traveler. There's a photo of Traveler also with my neighbors son Travis. All 3 keep me busy and laughing all the time. Until I got Traveler, I hadn't realized that Borzoi also have a quirky sense of humor and can be extremely funny dogs. She's quite a character and keeps both setters on their proverbial toes.
Yes I know Debbie Kerlinko. She was entering the showring in Austria with her Chance many years ago. That was the first Irish Setter of the american style I have seen. As I showed my own dog Harry in the same class, I can very good remember, that Debbie was very shocked about the result of her first show in Austria. Chance got only a "Very good". The jugde also did not know this type of Setter and so he thought Chance is not typical for this breed.
But later at other shows she won the class and also BOB.
Chance is the father of one litter in Austria. I sometimes meet one bitch out of this litter and she looks very american. But one dog (Huntin Wind´s Benjamin) does not look american at all. He is a very good hunting dog, passed all hunting tests with very good results.
I don´t know, what happend with Debbie Kerlinko. She was not on shows the last years, I also heared that she moved back to Canada or USA.
Debbie quit showing Chance because judges and some exhibitors felt that he had too much hair (American style) and she refused to cut off any of his beautiful coat. I'm not sure when she moved back to Canada, had just heard from an American friend that she had. I thiink the co-owner of Chance didn't like the European style of setter and refused to allow Chance to be used for breeding except for one litter. He did earn his Int'l Field Title in one try, 3 Internatinal Field Judges were there and gave him passes. Debbie nor Chance had ever run in the field before that day either. She had gone just to see what it was all about and the Judges convinced her that she should run him. I think she was shocked at how well he did with no training at all. His dam, Magic, was an excellent hunting dog, also with no training. She had a lot of intensity, only time she would allow herself to get wet in the rain too. She hated getting wet. I've never actually met Debbie, she was a good friend of the lady I sold Chance to in Indiana. Liz Fleming bred and owned Chance's sire, she wanted 2 males from the litter and the other boy died of bloat when he was barely 2 years of age. Their sire died of bloat also but he was 5 years old when he died. Chance looked more like his dam than his sire too except for the amount of coat that he carried as an adult. His structure and movement was a nice combination of both parents, temperament was also excellent.
Thank you Henk, she's one of my own bred by girls. Her dam was from Draherin, old, old bloodline, her sire was from Australia but was 3/4's Thenderin, again from the old, old Thenderin lines too. She was whelped in August, 1989 and crossed over the Bridge in Jan. 2003 at 13 1/2 years of age. She bloated and torsioned at the age of 7 1/2, survived surgery quite well and was the grande dame here for her entire lifetime. She hated to get wet, including the bottoms of her feet. The only time she didn't notice rain or muck and mud was at a field trial! She was relentless in the field, found birds in pouring rain too. I didn't get her out into the field until she was 5 years of age, took her to a field training day with the local Irish Setter Club. Boy, it only took about 2 minutes to get her turned on to birds in a big way! Had to drag her out of the field after 2 hours of hunting. She was also the dam of Can. Am. Ch. Rustwoods Even Chance who was shown in Austria and other European countries by Debbie Kerlinko. Chance earned his Int'l Field WC in one day under 3 Int'l Field Judges. He had never been run in the field, Debbie had never been to a field trial before, they had a blast! He was a natural hunter just like his dam had been. That litter was whelped in 1995, they were 12 years young last April. Several of Magic's offspring were very birdy when given the opportunity to show their stuff.
Hi Glo, good to see you and John are still hanging in there after your recent loss. I'm on the verge of losing my old ES Ranger, he's been failing slowly but surely the last couple of months now. Being a rescue, we have never known for sure just how old he really is, but well over 12 at least. he's been blind since before coming here but has always hung out with his redheads and found his way around the house and yard with them safely. After losing my own Annie last Feb., I'm not looking forward to another loss this year. Hopefully, Ranger will rally and stay with us for a while longer.