What a Weekend!

Boy, I love it when I receive news that I wasn’t expecting. It was a great weekend for our gang and I thought I’d share some of the updates:

  • Fen (Logan x Nova) – SHR CoolWater’s Roane Point – picked up her first Junior Hunter pass and her sire his first Master Hunter pass in GA.
  • Patton (Logan x Nova) – CH CoolWater’s Patton’s Destiny Is Some Great Thing – completed his AKC Championship in Springfield, MA.
    • Patton finished his Championship in 5 weekends with 3 majors at just under 10 months of age!
  • Oak (Nash x Morgan) – GCH* Jala’s Misty Hill CoolWater Oak – earned 3-Group 3’s and 1-Group 2 win in Birmingham, Alabama.

I am just over the moon excited for everyone and their accomplishments! What a wonderful weekend.

Jesse the Chessie

GCH CoolWater's The Tide Is High- "Jesse"

GCH CoolWater’s The Tide Is High- “Jesse”

We had a very nice surprise this weekend. Jesse, who has been taking some time off  from showing, came back out this weekend in preparation for her attendance at the Eukanuba shows at the end of the year.

This weekend, each day she was entered, she took Best Opposite Sex to the #1 Chessie in the country. The entries averaged to about 17-18 Chesapeakes each day  – as such these placements were nice wins for her.

She received many compliments both from judges and other Chesapeake breeders and we couldn’t be prouder.


Chesapeake Field Trial Specialty

CoolWater's Roane Point - "Fen"

CoolWater’s Roane Point – “Fen”

The national Chesapeake Field Trial Specialty was held in Cheraw, SC October 29-31. It’s not very often the Field Trial Specialty is so close to home and while I’ve attended several National Show Specialties for the breed, I’ve never attended the FTS before. I had a great time visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. I saw a few beautiful Chesapeakes and without a doubt some wonderful working animals as well. An added bonus to the trip is that our “Fen” (Logan x Nova) was entered in the wee puppy stakes with her owner Laurea Griggs of Newnan, GA.

Laurea has been working diligently with Fen and her working with Fen regularly showed as Fen won the wee puppy stakes. We are quite excited about this duo and look forward to seeing what they’ll do in the future.

A Winner

GCH CH CoolWater Oak & Kyle JamesToday I got to see, Oak, a puppy I bred 4 years ago.I haven’t seen this puppy since he left my house as a wee baby. Oak has had some nice success with very limited showing. However, his greatest accomplishment is being a buddy to his owner, Kyle.

Some of you know Kyle, many of you don’t. Kyle is one of the breed old-timers that you don’t hear about any more. Sitting and talking with him for an hour provides more valuable learning opportunities than I can begin to state. As a long time Chessie breeder/fancier, Kyle has seen many dogs come and go. He has had wins and losses, successes in breedings and failures. This provides valuable insight for those of us currently finding our way.

Today, as I watched Oak with Kyle, and as Kyle told me that Oak will be his last “dog”, I was told Oak ended up being everything Kyle could have asked for as his last buddy. If I never produce another “winner,” that is ok. After today, I believe I have already won in more ways than one.



A week of lows and HIGHS

GCH CH Jala's Misty Hill CoolWater Oak - Oak

GCH CH Jala’s Misty Hill CoolWater Oak – Oak

Today I found out “Oak” – GCH Jala’s Misty Hill CoolWater Oak –  owned by Kyle & Coralee James & Stacey Thomson – bred by me out of (CH Misty Hill Nash x CH Silvercreek’s Spiced Rum) took a **Group 2 win** today in Arcadia, FL under judge Kenneth Buxton.

While “Oak” has a few other group placements this Group 2 is a first for us. Needless to say, we are beyond thrilled with Oaks success.



Hunting in Canada

We received some great news. A while back I posted about this puppy and how a bad situation sometimes turns out for the best. Well, today I received these photos of the same puppy out on his first hunt – in Canada.

The pup will be a year old this month and he’s handled his first hunt wonderfully. I’m thrilled with the progress he’s made and the updates his owner has reported. Here’s to many more successful hunts for Bear.

And she turns 11

Today, our Jessie turns 11 years old. I’m not sure where the time has gone as it seems like yesterday when we picked her up from a Chesapeake Breeder in MS.

Jessie has always been a handful. She’s probably the smartest dog I’ve ever encountered. I know everyone says that about their dogs, but this is true. And, Jessie isn’t just ‘book smart’ (in that she picks up on things easily) but she is conniving and she is always scheming up ways to get what she wants. For example,  one day my mother was watching Jessie for the day. When I went to pick her up, I noticed Jessie standing there very proud of herself with this rather large nice stuffed animal which I KNEW wasn’t hers. I went to take it away from her and my mother stated, “Don’t she earned that.”

Puzzled, I questioned her. “She earned it?” Immediately I think, oh boy what did she do.

The story continues:

Mom: “You know the closet in the sewing room?”
Me: “Yeah.”
Mom: “You know the wire shelf at the very top?”
Me: “Yeah.”
Mom: “You know how there was fabric at the very top?” “Well, the stuffed animal was on top of all the folded fabric at the very top of the closet. She saw it there and I told her, NO, Not for Jessie but she had other ideas. So, I stood back and watched her.”

“You know how there is that small tote in front of the closet?”
Me: “Yeah.”
Mom: “Well, Jessie stood on the tote and she looked up at the toy. She jumped once and she couldn’t reach it. The next time, she jumped higher. The third time she jumped even higher and that time she was able to reach the fabric at the very bottom of the pile on the wire shelf. The next time she jumped she pulled the fabric out of the bottom. As she continued jumping each time she would pull the fabric just a little more. Eventually, she pulled all the fabric down out of the closet and all that was left was the stuffed animal.

You see, she earned it.”

I wish I could say that this is just one story that Jessie has given me. However, Jessie’s life has been story after story after story. Gosh. I wish everyone a dog like Jessie. Although, I’m not sure everyone could handle a dog like her.

Happy Birthday Old Girl. We wish you many more.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppies

Puppies! Logan x Nova

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Puppies

Nova and Puppies

This morning, Nova delivered 12 beautiful puppies – 4 girls and 8 boys. While there are some color variations, it appears most are varying shades of brown with one being a very light brown (or maybe dark deadgrass). They are all healthy and range from 8 -13 oz. at this time.

Nova is resting comfortably and is being a very attentive mom. For more information on puppy availability or for more information on Nova/Logan please contact us at: [email protected] or 407.212.1741.

CH CoolWaters RipTide - "Rip"

New AKC Champion! CH CoolWater’s RipTide aka “Rip”

I’m happy to report that we have a new AKC Champion, CH CoolWaters RipTide aka “Rip.” Rip is a beautiful Chesapeake who picked up the last point needed at the DeLand, FL dog show under judge Mrs. Billings. He earned his championship in basically 5 1/2 weekends of showing. During that time he took Best of Breed twice over Specials for two 4-point majors. Rip is the third AKC Champion out of his litter – the other two being “Oak”  (GCh Jala Misty Hill CoolWater Oak) and “Jesse”  (Bronze GCh CoolWaters The Tide Is High). His littermate, Nova, is only needing 5 single points and we hope she will pick them up sometime this year.


CoolWaters Perfect Storm


CoolWaters Perfect Storm

CoolWaters Perfect Storm – “Surge”

CoolWaters Perfect Storm


PRA: A by Parentage

Color: Brown

Surge is a happy-go-lucky, outgoing, smart little Chesapeake puppy. Since he is still so young, more information on him will be forthcoming.

Surge is available to the right home. We would like to keep him in Florida, if possible. Please contact us for more information: [email protected]