Puppies born January 21, 2010. Click here for photos. Click here for videos.
Tulla was bred and due January 23, 2010. Inquiries invited!
As of July 1, 2009 Airedales were accepted into the AKC upland spaniel tests. This was extra special news for me, because Randy was actively working on a committee to allow Airedales into AKC hunt tests shortly before he passed away in May of 2002. I know he watches over our Airedale world & he is thrilled that it finally happened, and so am I.
This summer has been an exciting time for those of us that love to work with our Airedales in the field, whether it be the sport of hunting or the fun & challenge of testing. Surprisingly quite a few of us excitedly jumped right in, entered the tests, and although I could be prejudice, in my mind the results have been outstanding.
In just a few months, there are 2 dales that received their Junior Hunter title, both of which were 4 for 4 (4 tests & 4 qualifying legs). And 2 dales that have received their Senior Hunter title, with several other dales getting legs towards their title.
3 Strongbow Airedales have entered these tests so far with great results.
Strongbow Breezy Ella Louise CDX RE JH owned & handled by Joyce Contofalsky received her JH at the first ATCA sponsored test on Montgomery weekend in PA. Ella, who is a Winston daughter, was the second Airedale to get a JH title with the 4 for 4 record. BRAVO! click on photos Strongbow Tessa of Wingate (who is a Winston grand daughter) owned & handled by Mark Werner has gotten her first qualifying leg towards her JH. And, she was one of two of Marks dales that qualified at the very first test that Airedales were allowed to enter in.
And, last but certainly not least, CH Strongbow Tullamore Dew CGC (who is a Winston grand daughter) owned & handled by "ME" received her second & third leg towards her JH title this last weekend. YEAH!!!! Unfortunately, tests are done for the year in WI, so we'll have to practice, practice, practice this winter and finish up next year. click on photo
I am so very proud of the awesome job everyone is doing....GO AIREDALES!!! And, I am especially proud of Tulla and quite proud of myself. When I first heard the news about Airedales being allowed into these tests, I had no intention of entering, since I didn't think we could do it. BUT, somebody up there (two persistent guardian angels) kept saying "Tulla & you CAN do it!"
I know in my heart that Randy & Winston are beaming with pride right now....after all, they started it all!!!
For the full report on H/F test, click this link: ttp://www.airedale.org/pdf/2009_MCKCHTreport.pdf