They are a labor of love of course. We had a hot summer their first year and Keba ran all his weight off till we put a stop to that. Now when it's hot, they stay under the big maples. We have a small pond but that leads to its own set of problems like mud and dirt everywhere.
We're hoping to try some skijoring before winter is over. Know someone who is going to loan me a harness and belt. They totally love the snow.
Hi Mike, glad we are setter friends! I always feel I'm a little closer to my girls lines when I have friends in the states! Litter sisters Ruby & Poppys grand dad is a Greengate Irish setter, making them larger setters ( which I love ) . The girls are smaller than my big boy Flame.....thank god as I don't think I could keep up with them otherwise. What are the other breeds that have "owned you"? We have two retrievers (duck/fox) but are our family furkids along with the Irish. As others have mentioned.....redheads are an addiction :o)))
Look forward to sharing Setter stories. Take care Dianne and furkids
PS... Thank you for your reply on dog theft, it has so changed me! A Neighbour breeds Australian Shepards and two went missing this week from secure crates, they have since come home. All very worrying.
Hi Mike, my girls are around 30kgs (not good at conversion) and on the petite side I guess been what they like in the show ring here in Australia! My boy is 40kgs stands 77cms and not one bit over weight....just the way I remember Irish been as I grew up and what I love. Yes big breeds are what our family love too! Our children all own Newfoundlands, only one kelpie working dog we own on the farm (and he still is loved just like all the others) out of the 16 dogs our family own. Lol. Sounds like your boy will be a lovely big Irish setter...I hope to get another big boy one day but I'll be in the dog house if I did now!
Sorry you missed some of the comment,....modern technology! You say Weimaraner was one your past dogs, it was always my fathers too ! Love the drive the hunting dogs gave and energy, you most certainly have picked the top of the list for energy. Lucky Gunner isn't a puller my girls aren't too bad I do obedience and agility with them which helps. Great you can be at home with Gunner growing up, that will save the sofa, rugs, mattress, garden and anything else that looks tempting to destroy .......lol.....I think that's only half what my "wild Irish roses" have done .....take care Dianne
Hi Cornelia, Your welcome, and thank you for accepting. You have some really great photos on your page. It shows that you have had a lot of experience with photography. It was a pleasure to see them all.
Too true Mike.....ball destroying or their own toys much better than my lovely sofa!! Recently visited the breeder and my girls mum was still bouncing from sofa to sofa to greet me!!! (She is now eight ....doesn't look like they will be growing up any time soon :o)
And yes, the halti/gentle leader a wonderful invention....won't need a shoulder re-co!!