Terrain De L’Escarbot (Sonny)
Dam: Rose De L’Escarbot
Sire: Nilo De La Valleta
Owner: Lee Swanson
Producer: John and Bruce Mooney
Hi John & Bruce, Just a note to say Hi & let you know that Sonny is 14 yrs young today ( Jan. 29, 2016 ) & doing well & still hunting like a champ but just a little slower. Thanks for my best friend. Lee Swanson
Our little Rupert continues to completely delight us in every way, including (of course) his hunting abilities. This past weekend I had him out for his first pheasant hunt, and he performed very well. He stays close, checking back with me frequently, even when he’s on a bird. I rarely have to call him back to hunt closer – he seems to have a natural range of 10 to 30 yards that he rarely exceeds. I’ve hunted with a lot of dogs, and it seemed like their owners were always yelling at them to hunt closer. With Rupert, I rarely have to communicate with him at all. He just seems to know what to do.
He seems to have an excellent nose, definitely has endless energy to go all day, and does just fine in heavy cover. A couple of times he took off running after hens that flushed in the distance and then ignored my whistle to get him back, which is a bit annoying. Normally he responds instantly to the whistle. But of course he’s only 9 months old.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I’m having a great time hunting with him. We enjoy him a lot both in the field and in our condo. Except for his habit of finding socks in the house and chewing them up. Oh well…
Bruce and Petra MN
Floyd De L’Escarbot
Dam: Voyouse Du Buisson De Choisel (Import France)
Sire: Diska De Saint Lubin (Import France).
Owner: Mike Mollow (CT)
Producer: John and Bruce Mooney
ohn— Floyd’s 5th hunting season is going very well. Floyd has turned into a woodcock specialist. He’s also such a great guy at home. The kids love him so much. We just lost an older dog and we are in the early stages of thinking about getting Floyd a “sister” French Brittany. I’ll be in touch when we get closer to that day. Thanks again for a really good dog.
Below: the point and the retrieve in Warren, VT
John and Bruce,
This is another great note from your teacher friend in New Hampshire. Brady and I spent the Summer in Northern Maine running a conservation camp. The picture I am sending you is from a youth hunters apprentice ship program through Safari Club International. Brady and I were asked to help with 12 young kids on a Pheasant hunt. Pheasants are hard for Brady a little just because they run so much. But as the picture shows Brady was on a long track after a young man winged this pheasant. I heard Brady’s bell far out in the thick stuff and thought he lost the bird so I called him back around and when he was coming back his bell went silent.
So I figured he was pointing the pheasant, to my amazement when I went in to flush the bird, Brady had the pheasant in his mouth and was locked on a woodcock. I couldn’t believe that with a nose full of pheasant he would still point his favorite bird to hunt!!!!!! We are still training and learning, but Brady is only two and I am still a rookie, But we love to do it all. Thanks again for this amazing experience.
Best Wishes, David Kenney
I thought I’d give you an update, long over-due, on Bella. She’s a hoot! Great personality! Moans and groans as she’s petted. She loves to fetch and runs the field and wood very well. We didn’t have much luck with ruff’s (low numbers) near our deer camp this year but she certainly covered the ground and will catch on to them. Worked up a couple fairly well and did well on the few woodcock encountered. I was invited to a game farm with a couple guys who ran labs. We hunted them first and didn’t have great luck. Put them away and we brought out Bella and walked to where we saw a roost enter the tall grass. She went the complete 1800 wrong direction into the short grass despite my pleas. Not a good first impression on the lab guys. Until she went on point and we all hurried along in the cut grass to flush a hidden hen! We bagged that bird and then the hunt was on! Back to the tall grass and we simply stood still and watched her cover lots of ground. When I mentioned we could follow her the guys thought it was great just to stand and watch. She was brilliant. I was proud. Of Bella, not my shooting. We finished the field with her and brought out the labs again and didn’t scare up another bird. One of the guys told me he talked about this little dog the entire next day at work. With snow melted we’re getting back out into the woods or pastures, whatever we can find, and both getting some needed exercise.
The attached photo shows how smart she is and maybe a new training technique.
Hope you’re catching spring fever,
I haven’t spoken to you in a while but I thought I would tell you that I am very pleased with Gus. He is 17 months old now and has seen plenty of pen raised birds throughout the winter: chukers and pheasants. He is working well and I love his nose and I really am getting used to his point. He points from a longer distance than our previous FB. I think this will be an asset on grouse. He is retrieving nicely, but still has a a tendency to want to keep the bird and play with it. He is good at home and all the family love him. I think he will make a fine bird dog and I am glad I made the choice of your kennel. He is quite the athlete:40 lbs. of pure muscle. There is no stop in his desire!
Just wanted to send you another update on Zephyr (Jesper de L’Escarbot), as we are excited to celebrate his very first Christmas with us! Thought you’d also enjoy his picture with Santa we got taken at Petco a few weeks ago, which I’ve attached! He got lots of compliments from everyone he met that day — he’s such a handsome and well-behaved boy!
Zephyr will be starting his third level of obedience courses in January as well! He just completed his second one for older puppies last weekend and passed with flying colors! Definitely the smartest puppy in his whole class…he has amazing focus, impulse control, and absolutely loves to please, which really sets him apart from the other dogs, in my opinion. He truly enjoys learning new things! In fact, we are currently on the track to earning his Canine Good Citizen and therapy dog certification!
I hope all is well with you! Have a merry Christmas!
Alyssa Elbert IA
Its been quite while since I touched base. I think Dory (official name Drummer) is now 6 and has quite a few miles and birds behind him. He’s been a great dog and the only one left in my kennel after I put down the other 2 I had at the time he joined us.
Anyway, Dory has hunted a great variety of birds over the past 6 years including ruffed grouse, woodcock, snipe, Sharptailed, Sage, and Blue grouse, plus pheasants , huns, and chukars. This September we flew to AK and I shot all three species of ptarmigan over him as well. He is a driven bird finder and I’d have to say that his specialty is covey birds in big country – he is absolutely death on chukars.
Anyway, thought you might like a couple of pics, so see attached.
I have Bernadette — more commonly known as Tater, from your 2006 breeding of Toy and Tabia. Tater is doing well — we just got back from a week of ruffed grouse hunting in Maine. She is healthy and in her prime. But my older dog — the male Aussie you met briefly and worried about — is 14 now and it will be time to have another dog in the house in a year or so to keep Tater company. I have so much appreciated Tater’s trueness to your breeding vision that I want to get another of your puppies. She has been everything you told me she would be and more — extraordinarily athletic, as smart as any Border Collie I’ve ever met, a tremendous hunter, and a wonderful house companion.
So, while I am not ready to get a puppy right now, I would ask that perhaps you could let me know about upcoming breedings so that I can put my name in early. If that requires a deposit now, let me know.
Thanks for the great work you do with these dogs.
Here is a great picture of Harper. She is very intense with fantastic hunting instinct and loads of field trial potential. She won the open division in the North Dakota field trial this spring. She always is willing to please and has a smile on her face! Thanks for a great dog!