2014 National Chesapeake Show Speciality

Thought I’d give a little update from our recent time at the Chessie National Specialty.

Jesse – GCH** CoolWater’s The Tide Is High – made it through two cuts in the breed ring.

Patton – CH CoolWater’s Patton’s Destiny is Some Great Thing – placed in sweeps and made the first cut in a very competitive breed ring.

Fen – SHR CoolWater’s Roane Point BN, RN- picked up two new titles Beginners Novice Obedience (BN) and Rally Novice(RN). She also earned her first leg towards her Companion Dog title (CD). In conformation, Fen took 4th in a large class with many other nice Chesapeakes. This gave Fen the Versatility award – qualifying in three events.

All in all I couldn’t be prouder of our crew and the dogs who did their best to give us 100% each time we asked.



SHR CoolWater's Roane Point

Size: 22″| Weight: 60 lbs.| Color: Medium Red-Brown| Coat: Very thick with ample texture

Fen lives in Georgia with her owner, Laurea Griggs.

Fen is very much like her grandmother, Morgan, in that she’s a very happy-go-lucky girl with an amazing temperament. She has never meet a stranger and she’s very out-going and friendly. She gets along well with other dogs both male and female.

Fen is an athletic and versatile girl with great trainability. She’s very birdy, a great marker with good drive and control. She’s quiet and steady at the line and in the blind. She’s a great companion as well – friendly and outgoing wtih a nice ‘off-switch’, relaxed and easy going in the house. Fen is currently training for her Senior and Seasoned titles. She’s been on ducks, quail, chukkars and pheasant.

Conformationally, Fen is sound and balanced. She finished her AKC Conformation Championship quickly and easily with 4 major wins.

Fen also has titles in hunt tests, obedience, rally, barn hunt and will be competing in agility soon. Here are a few of Fen’s accomplishments thus far:

        • Won the 4-6 month old puppy stakes at the 2013 National Field Trial Specialty.
        • Earned her UKC Started Retriever title, by going 4 for 4, at 9 months of age.
        • Earned her Junior Hunter title at 17 months of age.
        • Earned her Therapy Dog Title (THD)
        • Earned her IABCA (International) conformation title in one weekend.
        • Earned her AKC conformation championship with 4 majors at 15 months of age.
        • Earned qualifying legs towards her Beginners Novice Obedience (BN) title each time she entered.
        • Earned qualifying legs towards her Rally Novice (RN) title each time she entered.
        • Earned qualifying legs towards her CD title each time she entered.
        • Took 4th in a very competitive 12-18 mos. class a the 2014 American Chesapeake National Show Specialty.
        • Earned qualifying legs towards her Rally Advanced (RA) title each time she entered.
        • Earned qualifying legs towards her Rally Advanced Excellence (RE) title each time she entered. (She earned her RA and RE titles the same weekend).
        • Earned her barn hunt title her first weekend attempting the endeavor with two high in trials.

We look forward to watching Fen grow up and see her do some fun things in her future.

All of Fen’s clearances are listed below. They can also be found here.
OFA – Hips: Good
Elbows: Normal
Dental Dentition: Normal
DM: Clear
CERF: Normal
Cardiac: Normal
EIC: Clear by parentage
PRA: Clear by Parentage

U-SHR AKC/Int’l CH CoolWater’s Roane Point JH, CD, BN, RN, RA, RE, RATI, RATN, THD U-HR Int’l CH York River’s Up at Dawn CD, BN, RE, SH, NAP CH* Von Hausman’s Break O’ Day CH Cal-I-Co Almost Famous
CH Von Hausman’s Adelaide
Eastern Waters Follow Your Dream CH Chesachobee’s Odysseus
CH* Eastern Waters’ Chasin a Dream CD, RN
CoolWater’s SuperNova CH** Misty Hill Nash CH Prince Hannibal of Jala
CH Ches-shores Misty Hill Genesis
CH Silvercreek’s Spiced Rum Cabinridge’s Crack Me a Bud
BISS Am. GCH**/Can CH  Silvercreek Casbar’s Cheers

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.

CoolWater's Fly Me To the Moon - Gabby


CoolWater's Fly Me To The Moon - Gabby

SHR CoolWater’s Fly Me To The Moon – Gabby

Gabby is 23″, 72 lbs. and dark sedge. Her coat is very course, very short and thick.

She resides in Mississippi and is co-owned with Kevin & Pam Goodrum and Connie Colvin of Alabama. She is primarily a hunting companion.

Gabby is highly intelligent and very active. She is proving herself to be easily trainable and she picks up on concepts well. She is a fast and stylish retriever with good marking ability. Gabby earned her UKC  Started Hunting Retriever title (SHR) by going 4 for 4.

Temperament wise Gabby is very friendly and social.

Conformation wise, Gabby has many nice attributes – beautiful head with little ears/nice ear set, nice topline, great depth of chest and an underline which many Chesapeakes lack. Gabby has shown limitedly in AKC shows. She currently has 10 points (including a major).

She will periodically continue running hunt tests and showing to finalize her championship and we will update the website with her progress.

OFA Hips CB-10559G26F-VPI- Good
OFA Elbows CB-EL2436F26-VPI- Normal
DM – Carrier
EIC – Normal/Clear
Cardiac – Normal


SHR CoolWater’s Out On A Limb JH CH PondHollow
BroadWater Bear SH
Ch Cal-I-Co Twist of Fate Ch** Pond Hollow Bering Sea Ch/CanCh*Redlion’s Big Business JH WD
Ch Pond Hollow Abilene
Ch Cal-I-Co Raspberry Reef Ch Cal-I-Co’s American Flyer
Ch Cal-I-Co Bimini
 Ch Pond Hollow Anguilla Ch Penrose Punt Gunner Gamescout WD Arnac Bay Jetsam WDX
Penrose Limited Edition
Ch Rocky Creek Rosamond Swan BISS Ch** Pond Hollow Morocco
Ch*/Can Ch Homespun At Rocky Creek

SHR Jessie’s On Her way CD, JH
Cajun Breaux CH* Chesagrove’s KodiakSport CD, MH, WDQ CH Eastern Waters The Equalizer
CH Pinebrook Chesagrove Carrie CDX, JH
Lakebreeze’s Caddyshack JH FC/AFC Ed’s Turnpike Drifter MH***
Lakebreeze’s Ginger Ale
Cajun BayouQueen ****DC/AFC Coot’s GypsyClipper MH*** ROMQ Captain Cody’s Coot Catcher MH, WDQ***c
CH Chip’s Gypsy of Caroway WD
Eastin’s Brown Starr Catcher Magnum DI
Falcon’s Candy Can
CoolWater’s SuperNova Ch** Misty Hill Nash Ch Prince Hannibal of Jala Ch**/Can Ch Chesacola’s Brutus Beefcake CD Buck Conquistador Bug Bee
Chesacola’s Dixie Brown
Haute Jala Southern Belle Wyndhams Decoy of Jala
Jala’s Turtle Bay Jessie
Ch Ches-Shores Misty Hill Genesis Ch Chestnut Hills Marketeer Ch* Chestnut Hills Coca Kele
Ch Chestnut Hills Arnac Wye Oak WD
Ch* Ches-Shores Princess Tala Ch Chesabar Decoy of Chestnuthil
Ch Chesabar Decoy of Chestnuthil
CH Silvercreek’s Spiced Rum Cabinridge’s Crack Me a Bud Ch Chesabar’s Mt”n” Brusiser CD JH WDX Ch Chesabar’s Star of Obadiahs CD
Ch/Can BISS Ch Chesbar’s Brittany
Ch Cabinridge’s Favorite Fergie Ch Ches-Shores Crazy as a Loon
Ch Cabinridge’s Glowing Amber
BIS/BISS Ch**/Can Ch Silvercreek Casbar’s Cheers Ch*/Can BIS Ch** Silvercreek Remington Steele JH WD Ch Pond Hollow Calico Key Largo
Ch**/Can Ch*/PR Ch*/WW97 Silvercreek I Love Lucy JH WD
Mattamuskeet’s Diamond Maggie G Ch* Sand Bar’s Cast in Stone
Ch Mattamuskeet Lady of the Lake

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.

Sometimes it’s for the best.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever  Puppy

Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to screen a home, life just happens and a puppy just doesn’t work out for one reason or another.

This is “Bear”, a male Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy. His name was formally “Willoughby”. When Bear was about 12 -weeks old he was returned to us. He didn’t do anything wrong and there was nothing wrong with him. His new owners just were not as equipped to handle a young dog, a puppy, as they thought they might be.

Thankfully, I quickly made a phone call to a seasoned Chessie home and they welcomed the puppy into their home with open arms.

Bear is currently 7 months old and is doing some field training as he will be hunted over later this year. His owner reports he’s doing doubles and is casting in any direction and he told me today, that he cannot stress how impressed he is with how easy he learns.

My point is not that he’s a fabulous puppy (although I do think he’s pretty cute) but that sometimes when a home doesn’t work out it’s for the best

Training Day

It’s been awhile since I’ve been out in the field working the dogs.  Sadly, now, we’re coming up on the summer months and it’ll really be too hot to do a lot of training. Anyways, took Morgan and Jessie out for the day. They did great and didn’t skip a beat.



Show Update – Maryland: Chesapeake Bay Retriever – CoolWater’s The Tide Is High

GCH CoolWaters The Tide Is High - "Jesse"

GCH CoolWaters The Tide Is High – “Jesse”

It’s been awhile since Jesse has been out on the show circuit. She took several months off and just stepped back into the ring mid-February. Unfortunately, this meant she missed Eukanuba at the end of 2012 and Westminster in early February (2013). Taking the time off, affected her overall ranking for 2012. Regardless, we’re very proud of how she ended the year – Jesse was the #11 Chesapeake (breed points) for 2012.  This is very good considering she wasn’t shown for several months.

So, onto 2013..

Jesse’s first weekend out in 2013 didn’t disappoint. Saturday, Jesse took Best of Breed over 12 other Chesapeakes under judge Marianne Reder. On Sunday, she took Best Opposite Sex.  The judge was extremely complimentary to Jesse and couldn’t say enough nice things about her. Of course, we love judges who love our dogs. 🙂