Gatsby and Ria Babies Have Arrived!

Multi-tasking tired Momma—Feeding the Puppies while taking a well-deserved nap.

Multi-tasking tired Momma—Feeding the Puppies while taking a well-deserved nap.

Time has flown by so quickly the past six months or so. Between raising puppies and dogs, busy work schedules and other life events, it’s been challenging to carve out time to update our blog. Perhaps 2019 will be the year I change this!

We are just thrilled that Gatsby and Ria welcomed a beautiful litter on January 11, 2019. Eight girls and two boys are healthy and strong, a good start to their wonderful lives. Gatsby aka Am Ch/Can GCh Whisperidge’s The Great Gatsby, FDJ is owned by Lyndsay Ferguson of Leaside GSPs and bred by Sue Richards, Stephanie Kepler, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, and Yvonne Hassler-Deterding. Ria aka Ch Legacyk’s Come See About Me, FDJ is owned by me and bred by Nancibeth Koutstaal, Legacyk GSPs.

This is Ria’s final litter and after she finishes raising her puppies, she will retire. She is such a wonderful example of how dogs in our Guardian Program flourish. Ria went to live with her Guardian family a number of years ago. They approached us wanting an older dog, uninterested in the puppy stage. It was important to them that their new family member be a quality, purebred adult dog and that they have an understanding of her history—health, training, temperament and so on. Ria has continued to blossom with her family and the mutual bond between them is clear and evident. The result? Her family has a well-behaved, beautiful family companion and Ria is happy, healthy, sound, fit and an outstanding mother to her puppies. She will retire in about eight weeks to play “Ria-style” golf (i.e. chasing ducks and geese on the golf course behind her property), enjoying the cottage and of course her family who adore her.

This is the very best outcome for all and what we strive to achieve with every Stannyfield dog.

And...We're Back, Celebrating our Foundation!

I have been so busy with work and dog activities, I fully recognize our blog has slipped. When we designed this website originally, our intent was to publish a regular blog to inform, educate, amuse and occasionally brag about our successes. I have been working on developing a list of topics for blogs and our goal from this point forward is to publish monthly and maybe even more frequently when we can. I hope you find our upcoming blogs informative and fun! 

To celebrate our blog refresh, we have renamed our blog the Stannyfield Dispatch. Our inaugural Stannyfield Dispatch blog is all about where we have come from and how important that foundation is to us, and a solid foundation should be important to all dog owners and breeders.

We have spent a significant amount of time and effort building a foundation of obedience and good behaviour on our dogs. We enjoy this! It's all about creating a solid bond with our dogs by working together, reaching milestones and enjoying the treats and rewards that come with them. Part of this building always includes teaching respect for boundaries. Examples include: we always go through doorways and openings first, and the dogs are released when they are allowed to follow; when eating as a group, each dog must respect the space of others; the countertops are never a self-serve situation and so on. In part, this was born out of living in Toronto many years ago when we brought home our first dogs. Our busy street required that our first order of business was to teach the pups to respect the front door boundary to save them from rushing out and being hit by a car.

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Fast forward several decades...Just this week, our lawn care service came to the farm to mow and trim our lawn and dog yard--keep in mind our dog yard has two large farm gates as seen in the photo. I work from home several days per week and was up against a few deadlines the day the lawn was mowed and was rushed to make sure the dogs got out for their runs, while still meeting my deadlines. Our lawn care service forgot to close the main gate and I let the first group of dogs out without checking! HOWEVER, I was shocked and brimming with pride when I ran outside and all three dogs were standing at the threshold, waiting to be released. 

My light bulb moment? Put the work in with your dogs and puppies as it will pay off in situations like this, which could have been fatal if the dogs had rushed to the road and been hit by a car.

Thank you to all of the dog experts who have helped us to become responsible dog owners by teaching our dogs to make good decisions in various situations. Our dogs are such an important part of our lives and the sight of three of our dogs deciding for themselves to stand at a large open gate was simply life affirming. 

If you have ideas for future blog post topics, please feel free to share!