AKC National Championship

Each year, in December, I attend a week long dog extravaganza in Orlando, FL. This year there were approximately 7,000 entries competing in Dock Diving, Agility, Obedience and Conformation at what has become the largest dog show in the United States. While I attend the event primarily to work, photographing all the lovely dogs, this year we entered a couple of dogs into the show.

Tuesday, Salty showed in conformation where she earned Best of Winners for a point.

Saturday, Gabby came down from Mississippi and earned Best of Winners for a point and an Award of Excellence. I haven’t seen Gabby since she had a litter of 17 (yes, 17) a year and a half ago. I was very pleased at how great she looked and how well she did. I was also thrilled to spend a little time with Gabby’s owner, Pam, who I should visit more often.

Friday night I was joined by Dyane Baldwin of Pond Hollow Chesapeakes (Salty’s breeder) and Laurea Griggs of Laurel Wood Chesapeakes (who owns Fen) for a great night of Italian food and dog talk. We were having such good discussions that we literally were the last patrons in the building.

I was glad, also, that Dyane got to see and spend a little time with Salty…giving her the opportunity to see how Salty was maturing and an added bonus was that she got to see a grand-pup of hers, Gabby. Gabby’s sire was the product of a breeding I did with one of Dyane’s dogs eight+ years ago.

Saturday and Sunday several other Chessie friends helped setup and staff a meet the breed booth, which was a great success.

It was an exhausting week with long hours and a lot of running around. Every year when I ask myself why I attend, I reflect on the week and remember why. I participate for the love of the breed, spending time with wonderful friends, and to celebrate dogs.

Hopefully next year I’ll say the same. 🙂



I’ve been away for awhile so posts have been a bit slow. This summer I had an amazing opportunity to visit my friend, Thora, in Germany. I was thrilled to spend some time with my friend, but this was a particularly exciting experience for me as it was my first time traveling overseas and while doing so I got to see and spend time with Chesapeakes from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

While in Germany, I also had the pleasure of seeing Purl. Purl is a girl from our Jockamo x Gabby litter about 15 months ago, she is owned by Thora.

Purl has had a number of achievements lately. In June, Purl obtained her Junior Champion VDH & DRC in 4 straight shows and then went on to earn a Best Of Breed win. In July, I had the pleasure seeing her pass her temperament test performed by the Deutscher (German) Retriever Club as well as earn her ACC WD (Working Dog Title). Since I’ve been home, Thora and Purl entered a working test for Curly-Coated and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, where they took a second place win in the beginners class.

I am very excited and proud of this young team and I look forward to their future updates.



I would like to introduce, Happ – CoolWater’s Eight Men Out. Happ is from our co-bred Jockamo and Gabby litter (GCH Rippling Waters Jockamo IPA SH x SHR CoolWater’s Fly Me To the Moon) and lives with Kevin & Pam in Mississippi along with his mother, Gabby. Last weekend, Happ and Gabby were entered in the Franklin, TN shows. Happ earned his first points and the judges were very complimentary of him. He’ll be a hunting companion and we look forward to sharing his progress/updates as he matures.



Hunting: Jad

We received these lovely photos of 5 mos. old Jad, from our Jockamo x Gabby litter, and his buddy Cooper, a 10 1/2 yr old GWP, hunting recently. Jad has some big paws to fill as Cooper is retiring. We hope to share lots of photos of Jad hunting in the future.

The Dog World, A Small World

I find it amazing how small the dog world is and how Facebook brings us all together.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of having dinner with a Chessie family from Ireland here on holiday and this weekend I finally met a friend from Germany, who I’ve known virtually through Facebook for several years. Not only is she visiting the US for the first time but she’s also taking home a Jockamo x Gabby puppy with her.

Meet Purl who will soon be learning nein and gut among several more German words in just a few short weeks. 

I’ve always said my dogs have made life interesting and have given me many new and wonderful friends over the years.

Congratulations, River and Gale!

CoolWater's River Run RN, Urban CGCIn April of this year, AKC announced a new title called the AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen. The first AKC Urban CGC test in the country was recently administered by the Obedience Training Club of Palm Beach County. The Urban CGC requires a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the title. The skills a dog must possess include:

  • Exits/enters doorways (of dog friendly buildings) with no pulling
  • Walks through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk
  • Reacts appropriately to city distractions (horns, sirens, etc.)
  • Waits on leash, crosses street under control
  • Ignores food and food containers on sidewalk
  • Person approaches on sidewalk and pets dog
  • 3-minute down-stay in lobby of dog friendly building
  • Safely negotiates stairs and elevators
  • Housetrained
  • Enters, exits, rides dog-friendly transportation (car, subway in a carry bag, cab)

To be eligible for the AKC Urban CGC title, dogs must have a CGC certificate or title on record at AKC and must have an AKC number (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). Dogs passing the AKC Urban Dog test will earn the “CGCU” title.

River, and his owner, Gale are the first Chessie team to obtain this new title. A huge congratulations to them!

Hunting News: Scarlett

I was told I don’t post enough photos of dogs working……..so here are a few of Ms. Scarlett, CoolWater’s Gone With the Wind, this year. It was her first hunting season and while she was hunted over very limitedly. She picked up every bird she was asked to. Good girl. Good girl.