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.