Here’s a list (in no particular order) of the people I often mention in my blog:
Rosemary: Cooper’s breeder; owner of Cooper’s mother Nova (the Master Hunter); owner of Realta kennels; co-breeder of Carlin; and long-time breeder of Irish Water Spaniels; provider of a lot of help and advice
Tammy: owner of Cooper’s father, Balloo, Cooper’s brother, Mowgli, and cousin, Cameo; long-time owner of Irish Water Spaniels; wonderful source of good dog training and dog grooming information; source of help and comfort; and a friend who is special to me
Russ: my husband; photographer, printer, image maker, and painter; boat builder; prospective hunter; dog co-manager
Colleen: a local owner of the first two Irish Water Spaniels, Bailey and Guinness, that I got to spend time with; source of a lot of IWS grooming help and ideas; and friend
Jayme: IWS groomer extraordinnaire; a frequent handler of Cooper in the show ring; one of Cooper’s trainers at the Academy of Canine Behavior
Colleen: former co-owner of Tooey and breeder of the Tooey x Cork puppies and the Tooey X JJ puppies; owner of Carlin’s sire, Harry; owner of the Academy of Canine Behavior; source of advice; owner of Whistle Stop kennel; long-time breeder of and informally recognized expert on Irish Water Spaniels
Amy: a local owner of one of Cooper’s sisters, Maggie; long-time owner of Irish Water Spaniels; possessor of a keen eye for excellent conformation
Laura: captain of my former flyball club, the X-Fidos
Steve: Tammy’s husband; Lego aficionado; former president of the Irish Water Spaniel Club of Puget Sound (IWSCOPS)
Butch: owner and pro hunt trainer at Parkdale Kennels
Andy: owner and pro hunt trainer at WaterDog Kennel
Richard: owner and pro hunt trainer at Tuxedo Kennels
Jill: Carlin’s breeder and owner of Carlin’s mother, Emmy
Judith: Tooey’s breeder and owner of Tooey’s mother, Dora, and father, Woody
Cooper: Our first Irish Water Spaniel, whose registered name with titles from AKC, UKC, NAFA, and IWSCA is SHR UCD Ch. Realta Rosario Cooper CD RAE SH SHU CGC WC WDX FDX.
He was Reserve Winner’s Dog at the local IWSCOPS Specialty in 2009, was awarded a Judge’s Award of Merit in conformation at the IWSCOPS Specialty in 2013, won Rally High in Trial and Rally High Combined in a show in January 2014, also been awarded by the IWSCA their Top Retriever Hunt Test IWS for 2011, the AKC All-Around IWS (2013), and Quintessential Versatility Award (2014).
Cooper was born on February 14, 2007 and died of lymphoma on June 18, 2015.
Tooey: Our second Irish Water Spaniel, whose registered name with her titles from the AKC and IWSCA is Ch. Stanegate Seconds Thoughts CD RN JH JHU RATN CGC WD WDX.
In 2014, she was awarded the IWSCA’s AKC All-Around IWS award in 2014, the Quintessential Versatility Award in 2015, as well as winning the Gun Bitch conformation class at the 2014 National Specialty. She is also a Top Producer, having had four puppies who have earned their show championship. As of August 2014, Tooey is one of only 5 IWS to be a Top Producer who is also All-Around and QVA.
Tooey was born on December 9, 2008.
Carlin: Our third Irish Water Spaniel, whose registered name is Realta’s Carlin O’Whistlestop SHU CA WD WDX.
Carlin was born on March 1, 2014.
Tooey x Cork puppies: Blue (Foley), Red (Pax), Purple (Jax), Green (Bold), Pink (Chica), Orange (Reilly), Yellow (Sorcha), Rainbow (Oonah), Gold (Keane), and White (Kwest)
Tooey x JJ puppies: Born July 9, 2013: Blue, Red, Pink (Autumn), Yellow, Green, Teal, Lavender (Louie), White