Here We Go Again–The latest news on Seneca Airedales puppies!

Here we go — announcing puppies for both Jack and Reddi!

On the left is young Jack, just starting out on his quest to finish the AKC Championship. Jack is a son of CH Seneca Minnesota Razzle CDX RE AXP AJP (OFA Good) and out of Ch Seneca You Will Fancy This (OFA Excellent)–Jack is now an AKC Champion and certified OFA Good.

Next is Reddi, with the new babies, born January 14th. Reddi is a five year old rated OFA Excellent, sired by Seneca Whodunit’s Case Closed CDX, TD (OFA Good) and out of CH Seneca Texas Sternchen (OFA Excellent).

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Jack at 11 months….Reddi, just hours before the puppies arrived

What’s more, Reddi is a sister to the well known SHR Seneca Scarlett von Summit JH JHF JHR  SHU MH who has been tearing up the field trials with her high drive bird work! Just last fall of 2016 she earned her Master Hunter (MH)! Congratulations, Ron and Lori!

UKC Title: Started Hunting Retriever (SHR)
HWA Titles: Junior Hunter Flushing (JHF); Junior Hunter Retrieving (JHR)
AKC Titles: Junior Hunter (JH); Senior Upland (SHU); Master Hunter (MH)

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Meanwhile, Jack is a littermate brother to Pal, also known as: UKC/HRC SHR (Started Hunting Retrieve) Seneca Have Gun-Will Travel CD, CA (Coursing), JHF (Junior Hunter Upland) OFA Good. Congratulations, Dave Morgan!

Here are the nieces and nephews…..

January 14th, 2017 starting at

3:35 am Blue         male      11.3 oz

4:00 am Green     male      12.o oz

4:05 am Pink        female    11.7 oz

4:45 am Gold         male       12.9 oz

4:55 am Purple      male       10.6 oz

5:10 am Red            female    11.6 oz

5:25 am White       male         11.6 oz

5:50 am Orange     male        11.5 oz

6:25 am SeaFoam female     10.8 oz

two-days-old2Here the little guys and girls are sleeping at just about two days old. A beautiful litter with 6 boys – 3 girls.

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Getting bigger–Reddi is a devoted mom and very patient. I have to put a leash on her the first few days to come outside with me for potty breaks!

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEyes peek open! Three weeks old! Now to start the puppy food….

 

 

 

As you can see….Eating is something these guys take very seriously indeed!

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Here’s a face that only a mother could love! We’ll need to work on the use of a napkin….

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Did we ever mention that puppies go through LOTS of newspaper? We are happy to accept donations of clean full size papers. Slick ad circulars should be sorted out and put in recycling.

Reservations being accepted

Contact Nancy at 330-666-2004

 

 

 

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Once Upon A Time….

…there was this amazing dog.
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He was born behind the Berlin Wall in communist East Germany. Incredible dog–I saw him working at the SchH III level at a dog sports club by Chemnitz. My hosts pointed him out to me across the training field and I saw a dog that charged the retrieve, leaped 36″ jumps, and ran full out in every task he was asked to do. They asked me how old I thought he was and I guessed 4–old enough to exhibit the advanced level of training and young enough to engage wholeheartedly. They told me he was 10 years and that he had been SCHIII an amazing 64 times! 
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Later, I met his handler and this dog–Luckyboy v. Abendstern SCH III, FH I. I expected a guarded, hard core set of eyes that would reflect all that protection work. Instead, he looked up at me with the eyes of a puppy–open, friendly, and sweet natured. I had dreams about him for the next two nights. Then I asked my host to contact his owner deep into what had been East Germany to see if I could buy him. I really didn’t go out there to buy an OLD DOG–but I did. 
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LuckyBoy_sitHere in the US, he certified OFA Excellent when he was almost 11. He’s passed on now but lived to be 13. We collected semen for storage and have used it very judiciously. He’s been influential in the breed and is the best outcross I’ve ever seen. He sired SchH titled dogs in Europe and then Champions and AKC obedience dogs all the way up to UD (Utility Dog). His best known son is Ch. Seneca’s Ochoco Pete, UD who attended the Eukanuba Invitationals, ranked in the top 5 obedience dogs for several years and also excelled in bird work at field trials.
I just created a pdf of my records from Germany that I received with Lucky Boy, including his score books from the trials. They are a slice of the history of the working Airedale in Germany. 

⇒We are expecting the first litter of LuckyBoy puppies in over 11 years!

The latest news on Seneca Airedales puppies!

Here we go — announcing the first ever puppies for both Jack and Reddi!

On the left is young Jack, just starting out on his quest to finish the AKC Championship. Jack is a son of CH Seneca Minnesota Razzle CDX RE AXP AJP (OFA Good) and out of Ch Seneca You Will Fancy This (OFA Excellent).

Next is Reddi, with the new babies, born August 4th. Reddi is a three year old rated OFA Excellent, sired by Seneca Whodunit’s Case Closed CDX, TD (OFA Good) and out of CH Seneca Texas Sternchen (OFA Excellent).

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What’s more, Reddi is a sister to the well known SHR Seneca Scarlett von Summit JH JHF JHR SHU  who has been tearing up the field trials with her high drive bird work!

UKC Title: Started Hunting Retriever (SHR)
HWA Titles: Junior Hunter Flushing (JHF); Junior Hunter Retrieving (JHR)
AKC Titles: Junior Hunter (JH); Senior Upland (SHU)

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Here are the nieces and nephews…..

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Here the little guys and girls are sleeping at just about a week old. A well balanced litter with 3 boys – 3 girls.

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting bigger. Reddi is an attentive mom and they glow with the care and attention lavished upon them.

 

 

 

 

 

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Eyes peek open! Three weeks old! Now to start the puppy food….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Did we ever mention that puppies go through LOTS of newspaper? We are happy to accept donations of clean full size papers. Slick ad circulars should be put in recycling.

These guys just romp and play now in the good weather–not to hot and not too cold–so far!

Reservations being accepted

Contact Nancy at 330-666-2004

 

 

 

More about Pete While We Wait….

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast night, Tempe was scratching in her roomy whelping box, prepared well in advance for her. She has newspapers that she was happily shredding into confetti. This is any early sign but as soon as it became light outside, she stopped and relaxed. This is so she can sleep all day and keep me up all tonight–I’m just betting! Why is she behind a barrier? Because she wants to have her puppies in the closet with my shoes!

While we wait, I am using this time to help you become more acquainted with the family has led up to the highly anticipated delivery. You may wonder why we care so much about the capital letters in front of the names and those that follow behind. What is the significance of  numbers listed behind AKC, OFA and CERF letters? It means that some highly qualified experienced and educated people looked at the ancestors of your puppy in a dispassionate and unbiased manner.

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Instead of “We love Fluffy so *much* that we just had to have puppies to share with EVERYBODY so they can validate our feelings!” type of breeding, these puppies are instead resulting from a body of experts of dogs in general and Airedales in particular reaching a consensus that, indeed, each is an outstanding specimen of an Airedale and worthy of continuing the breed as we exercise responsible stewardship.

Different experts have ascertained the ancestors’ appearance, temperament, and physical soundness (Championships), intelligence, physical soundness, and temperament (CD, CDX, UD, UDX, SchH, and Agility), genetic soundness (OFA, CERF, and longevity) and so on.

Furthermore, no dog ever achieved any of these accomplishments without the love, dedication, and huge amounts of time, money, and knowledge expended in providing the support needed to participate in these sports and activities. Please keep in mind that Pete was Yvonne’s FIRST dog in these sports and they taught each other everything! You don’t know what that means until you try it.

 

The sire:Seneca Airedales_Pete

CH Seneca Ochoco Pete UDX

AKC #  RM245710/03

CERF # 197/1999-13

OFA #AT-3161G30M  Good

Here’s a story about Pete as a young dog:

Fall, 2001:

To have a Champion, you have to show in conformation…here’s one experience:

The first time I tried it, I hated it.  Let’s see.  I spent days and hours pulling hair.  Not only was I a complete Novice at this dog thing BUT I had an Airedale Terrier—probably the hardest dog to get ready for show—I’ll spare you the details.   Suffice it to say, it involves hours of hand pulling to mere nths of hair in some places and carefully hand plucking single long hairs from other places.  And after all that pulling, and eyeballing and effort I go to the show and he still looks like a hayseed next to the other dogs—readied for show by professionals or owners working on their upteenth dog.  The whole ring thing passes by in a flash and you’re lucky if your dog is even looked at seriously by the judge.  And unlike obedience competition where the dog is truly judged and scored according to a standard, the judge in (the conformation) ring gives you nothing to help you out the next time.

After my first attempt I wrote a letter to the breeder telling her I was done with the whole thing and sorry….(breeder’s note: it was sort of funny too, but that wasn’t the end of it–read on….)

Now mind you I got Pete to train.  I always wanted to train a good dog and he is that, through and through.  He also happens to quite a nice looking Airedale and frankly I got tired of him being referred to as the obedience Airedale in the Airedale Club.  There was even one of those show folk types who insisted an obedience dog could not be a show dog.  In the larger scheme of things I wanted his breeder to get the recognition her breeding program deserves but in the small corners of my human heart I wanted people to give my dog his due!!

So I sent him to dog camp—that is to say a professional handler.  He was out and back in 12 weeks.  Champion Seneca’s Ochoco Pete CDX.

–Yvonne R., WA

Pete was one of three Airedales nationally to qualify for the 2005 Eukanuba Invitationals, FL. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPete was the oldest at 8 years of age.

Yvonne Rauch with Pete UDX (Left), Mary Law with Spice UDX (Center), and Alice Peterson with Tigger UDX (Right)

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Well, we had a beautiful day out on the Lost River for our first day of field training. It was the third day of training for most…..The first part of the morning was introducing the labs and the dale to birds: pigeons, pheasant and duck. Some dogs took right to it. Others, mine included, had to deep sniff the birds and then be enticed to pick them up. Pete was quite puzzled by the whole thing and exhibited none of his usual retrieve drive.

The trainer told those of us whose dogs were less than enthusiastic not to start worrying and fretting; things would kick in.

We moved onto bumpers being tossed by someone stationed out in the field who also shot a small starter pistol. Pete clicked in and did an excellent job marking. We then moved to water where Pete could hardly stand the fact that other dogs were going before him. We did some of the longest water retrieves ever and he did not want to stop after three.

The last piece of training was shooting a bird for the dog to retrieve from “the line.” The dogs who had shown a bit more enthusiasm went first and I took one of the shot birds and did some refresher training while waiting our turn. I placed the bird in Pete’s mouth and told him to hold.

Then asked him to give and praised. I did that just a few times and then had Bob hold Pete while I stood a few feet in front of him, extending the bird.

“Hey Pete, Take it.” As soon as he strained against the collar he was released; he came and took the bird, praise, Hold, praise, Give. I then did a very short retrieve from my side. Then I had Bob, a short distance off, throw the bird and sent Pete out. The light went on and so did his drive.

We went to the line (all that obedience training also kicked in) and he did a beautiful retrieve.  …while he has always loved to retrieve, and has been known to bark on the go out or retrieve in the obedience ring, as soon as I took the bird, he wheeled in place, faced outward and barked at me, the line judge and (I swear!) the gunner in the field. Everyone agreed; he was given a second bird to retrieve.

The two trainers feel that he should be ready in August for his first NAHRA trial and started talking about beginning the work on multiple marks and directed hunting. He is so fun to watch…..

Sun, 27 Jun 2004

…Pete and I went off to Bend, OR this weekend to see what competing in Open B and Utility B might be like. This is one heck of a brag so please forgive…..We qualified in both each day, earning two UDX legs, three OTCH points, and on Sunday High Scoring Terrier and High in Combined. Quite a ride! I’m still somewhat stunned. And this was the good part–his scores and heeling got better with each performance, not worse as before.

Imagine what he could do if he had a really GOOD handler and trainer. I’d say field work has helped his outlook…..People kept coming by and saying: Wow! An Airedale! An intact male Airedale! Wow.

The paternal grandsire:

Seneca Airedales_LuckiLuckyboy von Abendstern SchH III 64 times), FH II German Import

AKC # RM213151/01

AT-2471E122M  Excellent (at 10.5 years of age)

Lucky, the sire of working offspring in Germany, is a product of many generations of East German working dogs.  This indicates that a very high priority for temperment, health, and soundness was applied in the breeding progams that produced him consistently, over a period of over 30 years.

Physically, Luckyboy is in excellent condition at the age of 11 years.  He last competed in the intensely physical sport of Schutzhund on the weekend of July 4th, 1997 with a score of 280 from a possible score of 300.  He was qualified for the all-breed national working trials to be held in fall, 1997 which complicated his purchase, as he could not go if he came to the USA.

Genetically, Luckyboy offers a rare outcross to American breeders.  He especially possesses great substance, excellent coat color, and soundness-front and rear.   His head excells in the flat planes of the top of the skull with a full semi-circle of backskull,   small dark eye, and correct bite with but one missing pre-molar (P4).  His health and obvious vigor at his advanced age is impressive and a factor in my interest in the line.

The paternal granddam:

Seneca Jasmine

AKC#RM133842/01 OFA AT-2463G29F Good

Her  full sisters include:

CH Seneca Foxy of Ohuivo CDX, NA, NAJ  (CH title from Bred-By classes (BBE), 3X National Specialty winner of BBE, & Best Junior in Sweeps, performance class winner)

OFA # 2401E25F Excellent, CERF # AT-164/96-21

CH Seneca Brave Chance, Finished from the Bred-by classes with 3 majors

OFA AT-2089 Fair, CERF # AT-139/95-27

U-CD U-CH MACH CH Seneca Darby Life O’ The Party MHV UD AGI AGII PAX2 MXP7 MJP9 RA FDCH, Specialty winner and versatile agility dog, first MACH in breed history OFA AT-2104G30F Good

 

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