The New Addition
January 3rd, seven weeks old
yellow Lab "Kooly" will be picked up in Columbia, Tennessee
from Allstar Labs. Kooly is by NFC AFC Dewey's Drake of Moon Rivers -
the top Open yellow
Lab of 2002,4, qualified multiple years for the National AM and Open
Retriever Field Trials,
finalist in the 2004 National Amateur and winner of
the 2004 National Open. Kooly's dam is
Maxine's Midnight Pursuit JH (Maxie) by 2XNAFC 2XCNAFC Ebonstar Lean Mac
Greenbriar's Tooter in Pursuit QAA.
Maxie became a JH in September of 2001 and littermates Landry's Mardi
Gras Magic QAA,
FC AFC CAFC Comstocks Bodacious on the 2001 derby list plus another
Dixie Chick QAA. FC AFC CAFC
Comstocks Bodacious won a sanctioned Open Field Trial
and ran 8 series in the 2003 & 10 series in the 2004 National Amateur
Retriever Field Trials,
7 series in the 2004 National Open which Drake won and the
winner of the 2005 Canadian
Open Field Trial. Maxie has other littermates with derby points.
Drake & Maxie info (link) Kooly's Tentative Timeline (link)
|There are four
reasons for Kooly becoming
a KwickLab. To begin with, Taffey will not
be bred until next fall. This would mean at
least two years before training another pup.
I'm 63 years old and cannot afford to wait.
Experience can be gained only by doing.
Secondly, Dewey's Drake is high on my list
to be the sire of Taffey's pups. What better
way is there to evaluate this choice? Next,
Kooly is not bred to be a PL. This means all
training efforts can be focused solely on
retriever skills (without the concerns for any
upland pointing). Lastly, Kooly's pedigree
displays a very strong genetic propensity to
succeed as a field trial dog. Specifically,
Kooly and I will become an ambitious "white
coat" project. But what if he points?)
Dec. 31 Two more days until the trip to pick
up Kooly. Time seems to have slowed down
and we still have to wait another year
(actually a couple of days).
Jan. 3 Kooly leaves Tennessee as a young
KwickLab. The long drive back to northern
Illinois was eased by the familiar scent of his
mother and siblings (placed on a towel). He
was 50 days old.....today and the 1275 miles
round trip - went well!
Jan. 5 total puppy checkup at the vet's -
Kooly passed with flying colors 52 days and 11.4
two walks a day and making great strides with the crate training,
him (He's a puppy!), zips up and down the carpeted stairs and hops over
fours, scoots thru brush and wants to be with, has already started
dogs (when confronting them in their crates), Taffey has all of a sudden
like a pup again, FIRST two retrieves today! narrow hallway with a paint
many pups will not start this early
note: his litter had lots of toys to play with - another
Jan. 6 bitter cold, 20° below zero wind chill tomorrow morning -
Retrospective: The night before we went to pick Kooly up, the
breeder and his
family visited with us. Kooly was brought out of the whelping box and
left to roam
the living room. Blake (the breeder's son) held him for awhile, and
later he crawled
over my legs as I sat on the floor. He played and visited everyone. Then
over to a small dog bed which had a ball, puppy bumper and another toy.
up and played with the dummy, and then chased the ball as it rolled
away. He was
perfectly content to be alone for a bit without his siblings. Then he
went back to
visiting. What a charmer! and what a wonderful example of super
was seven weeks old and acting as if he were weeks older. I felt very
Taffey was an exceptional pup and Kooly appears to be the same.
For ongoing, detailed progress....click on the Tentative Timeline
Kooly is 4 months old & 33 pounds of
rock attacking, non-stop action.
Kooly chukar pointing
5 months old & 43
Place Board Sit
- Officially In Training
six months old & 51
seven months old & 56
Kooly - 8
weeks & 13 lbs
& 24 pounds
notice the "front end"