Posts Tagged ‘Realta Supernova’

Cooper is an orphan now, if dogs can be said to be orphans. Both his parents are gone. Balloo died in 2008, and Nova passed away on August 21st.

Ch Realta’s SuperNova CD, RN, MH, WCX, QAA — 9/29/02-8/21/11

Nova, 2010

You can see from her many titles that Nova was a very accomplished Irish Water Spaniel. But they don’t spell out her accomplishments completely. She was:

  • First IWS bitch to achieve Qualified All Age in AKC field trials
  • Second generation Master Hunter
  • First IWS bitch qualified to attend the Master National
  • One of the two first IWS to attend the Master National (along with her half sister, Nike)
  • Dam to the 2009 AND 2011 IWSCA National Specialty WB BOW: Maggie and Emmy
  • A top producer, being dam to three show champions: Maggie, Mowgli, and Cooper
  • Dam to one and almost a second All-Around IWS (Emmy has her CH, JH, and CD; Cooper has to get 2 more legs on his Obedience CD)
  • Beloved companion, and dam to many other lovable and beloved companions

Nova has been an inspiration to me personally. The fact of Nova’s accomplishments has kept me going when I was ready to quit, almost convinced that we couldn’t do it, whatever it was — getting Cooper’s show championship, his hunting titles, and now, his tantalizingly close (but not guaranteed) Obedience title.

But I keep going because my working toward Cooper’s training and titles are inspired and supported by my desire to honor Nova and Rosemary. I am so blessed to have both of them in my heart and my life.

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After all these years, we finally got to meet Nova, Cooper’s mom. We knew and loved Balloo, Cooper’s dad, so we were thrilled with the opportunity to meet the other half.


Cooper is a lot like his mom. Even though she has earned a Master Hunter title, she still is a touch over-eager for retrieving. When Rosemary was out throwing bumpers for her, Nova still had a little trouble staying in the heel position while waiting for the command to go. She wanted to go get the bumper NOW!

Made us feel a lot better — Cooper isn’t defying us when he pulls out out to the line — he’s just his mother’s son. Rosemary told us that “line manners” was one of the more difficult things to train with Nova. We’re still in process with Cooper, and it isn’t easy with him, either. They’re built similarly, too, with big chests and broad shoulders, and the intense focus in the face and eyes.

Thanks to Rosemary for bringing Nova out the the National Specialty. It was a privilege.

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I’ve been working with Rosemary to get a Realta IWS website going.

If you notice any similarity to my blog — well, that’s not coincidental. I’m not really a web developer, so I am just going with what I know.


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Cooper comes from a long tradition of hunting excellence. His mom, Nova (CH Realta’s Supernova CD RN MH), is titled as an AKC Master Hunter. She competed in last year’s Master Nationals. This is a competition in which all the retrievers are already Master Hunters and are competing for the top title. In that competition, there were mostly Labs and two Irish Water Spaniels: Nova and Nova’s sister, Nike (Ch Realta’s Just Do It, CDX, MH, TD, RA).

Today, Nike flawlessly passed the Sauvie Island Retriever Hunting Test. Because Nike is already a Master Hunter, the test she takes is the most difficult. The test consists of three scenarios over two days. For each scenario, the dog has to find and retrieve three ducks. Sometimes the dog can see where the duck is located, and sometimes the dog has to follow the handler’s directions to find the duck.

NIke bringing back her duck

Nike bringing back the first of three ducks

Passing this test adds one more leg to Nike’s test roster for this year. She needs to pass 5 out of 7 tests this year to qualify for the 2009 Master Nationals in Texas.

I should add, too, that Cooper’s brother, Tiki, earned his Senior Hunter title earlier this month.

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All ten pups, one day old. We didn’t know about the pups, the mother, or the breeder.

puppies_whelp_nova-11But we had met some great folks in Lake Oswego, Oregon, in December 2006 and some more at the Portland Rose City Classic in January 2007. They helped us decide that an Irish Water Spaniel was for us. And behind the scenes, they helped us find one: the little boy with the blue ribbon around his neck.

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Nova "stacked"Rosemary Sexton of Minnesota has a true champion with Nova. In the world of bird dogs, she is a Master Hunter, one of a handful of Irish Water Spaniels to reach to the top tier. She was cover-girl of “Bird Dog and Retriever News” (July, 07), shown along with a couple of deceased ducks. It is good to not to forget that this breed is a sporting dog and has the energy, drive, instincts, and smarts to bring home the goods from a hunting trip.

Nova on the cover of Bird Dog NewsWe were referred to Rosemary by Amy Loewen, who knew there was a Nova litter “on the ground” and that there may be a puppy available. The details that resulted can be followed in the Dog Blog.

Again, we can only hope that Cooper’s genetics and breeding will put him on a level that matches his parents.

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