We are getting a new puppy

I have been looking to get an Irish Water Spaniel for some time now. At the last two CLA Game Fairs I spent some time with the people from The Sporting Irish Water Spaniel Club asking about breeders and the chances of getting a puppy from good working parents. This is quite a rare breed and even rarer in the sporting field so I was expecting quite a long wait. To cut a long story short we heard of a couple of litters that were due at the end of Feb this year bred by a Gamekeeper in East Sussex with 35 years experience of working with IWS. I called them just after Christmas and said that we were very keen to get and train an IWS bitch. The first litter arrived and produced 4 dogs and 1 bitch, the breeder is keeping that bitch. Yesterday the second litter arrived and produced 4 bitches and 2 dogs, and we have one of the bitches. We are off to see them on Sunday but they will be little more than liver coloured fur balls at the moment.

Here is a picture of the proud parents



That is Maeve (the bitch) on the left and Bentley (an American import dog) on the right.