June 14, 2015 Our annual CERF clinic went off without a hitch - all of our dogs checked out as clear/normal. Good for another year!We are accepting a few more puppy reservations - please see the Upcoming Litters page for information on what we've got coming up.
May 7, 2015 The Upcoming Litters page has been updated! We have two exciting litters planned for this summer - check it out! March 11, 2015 Finally! A long over due update. New pages added in the Stud Dog section for Remedy and Chip, and in the Girls section for Cha Cha, Soda,Lyrical, and Brush. These youngsters will be a big part of the future of Little Eden.
June 27, 2013 Summer has arrived - time to enjoy some playtime at the pond! Puppies from our spring litters got in a few trips back there prior to going to their respective new homes. We'll continue the fun times with the "keeper" puppies - Little Eden Lyrical from Lofty's litter, and an as yet un-named male from Brianna's group. Please check out the "Dam Of" page we've added for Brianna - her litter by Spanky was truly outstanding - really good quality throughout (in other words a breeder's dream come true!). Be sure to check out Rowdy's updated "Sire Of" page as well - we've added several new photos and are quite pleased with what this young sire has given us so far.We've also added a page for our beautiful girl Little Eden Airy. Co-own with our good friend Shirley Buist, Airy is blossoming under her excellent and loving care. Watch for this little dynamo this summer and in the coming years!
,February 28, 2013 Puppies due! Our planned litters for 2013 are on the way! Brianna and Lofty have been bred - puppies expected in April. Check the Upcoming Litters page for details! December 29, 2012 Well! Just like that, 2012 is almost over! And a good year it was! We enjoyed lots of great times with friends and our terriers fared exceptionally well in competition at the trials. Certainly a major highlight of the year was judging Ring II at the JRTCA National Trial in October. The opportunity to have hands on so many wonderful terriers was an honor that will not soon to be forgotten. Our beautiful and much loved Gilda has been retired from the breeding program, and sadly we also lost our young stud dog Sam (to unexplained sterility) from the program as well. Both are in the most wonderful loving pet homes where they are King and Queen respectively of the their new domains :-) Thankfully they leave us with several sons and daughters to carry their legacy forward into future generations. Speaking of the future, may you all have the most wonderful year ever in 2013 - Happy New Year!Breeding plans for 2013 are being formulated and can be seen here.
August 29, 2012 It's been a pretty quiet summer thus far. We traveled to CT twice for the always well run Yankee, Rescue, and Huntington Hunt Trials and are preparing for a busy September. Looking forward to Northgate and the Canadian National!
May 7, 2012 We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the dedicated breeders who have thoughtfully and successfully incorporated our dogs/bloodlines into their own programs, adding their own personal input along the way. We are honored and humbled by your efforts. It is a comforting feeling to know that as time goes on, and we eventually slow down, the years of hard work and generations bred in our program will not be in vain. It is our belief that breeders are the custodians of these special working terriers, and that as such we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us . We consider the success we have achieved a tribute to those breeders whose work we have since built upon - and we thank them from the bottom of our heart . We are forever grateful. Our fondest hope, and an important part of our goal in developing our line is that we and our terriers can help others, as others have helped us, in the communal ongoing effort to preserve this great breed for those yet to come.
April 23, 2012 We've updated the Stud Dogs Page and are proud to introduce our newest pride and joy - Rapscallion Rowdy.
April 16, 2012 Abby needs a new home - please click here to see her.We really enjoyed our first trial of the season! The VA club did a super bang up job, seeing to it that every little detail was looked after. We only took puppies, but through the efforts of others, our dogs and their offspring were very well represented in all divisions. Saturday our up and coming young boys all placed well in their respective classes and Lily took Best Bitch Puppy and Reserve Puppy Champion. Later in the day we got to see Don and Sheryl Gaskell take Working Terrier Champion and Reserve with Little Eden Swagger and his dam Little Eden Brisk respectively. Talk about keeping it all the family - what a thrill! Thanks to Don and Sheryl for their continuing dedication and hard work, and a very special CONGRATULATIONS to them on Brisk's recently earned Bronze Medallion! WOOHOO! Best Open Terrier (both days!) went to Pat Winslow's beautiful Sam daughter Winslow Farms Trifle - great job Pat, she looked incredible! On Sunday the pups again did us proud with Rapscallion Rowdy (photo coming soon), Venery Spy, and Lily all winning their classes. Rowdy then continued on to be Best Dog Puppy andReserve Puppy Champion. He is an incredibly exciting dog to handle - talk about charisma! Gotta love it! Our good friend Jill was able to attend the trail on this day after having to miss Saturday, and boy is she glad she came! She brought two terriers, and had the honor of taking home two Championships! Her Little Eden Dempsey made his debut in the Working Terrier Division and walked away with the big prize. Not to be outdone, his little sister Venery Nimble was Best Bitch Pup and Puppy Champion - and this her very first time in the ring - way to go Jill!
We can hardly wait for the next trial - CT in May. Meanwhile we are patiently waiting for miss Lofty to whelp and look forward to a fun summer with her puppies :-)
March 23, 2012 Spring has sprung in a big way here in Medina! It was an amazingly mild winter (didn't have to plow the driveway at all!!) and now the flowers and trees are blooming, nearly a month ahead of normal. Sure hope this weather continues and we don't experience a drastic change back to normal. I truly fear for the local fruit farmers if that happens.Winter hunting is over for the year and we're gearing up for another exciting trial season. It'll be fun to get puppies out and to see everyone again! Speaking of puppies, Lofty has been bred and is expecting her second litter in May. See Upcoming Litters for details.
January 24, 2012 New photos have been added to Spanky's Sire of pages (one and two). With limited litters on the ground, the depth of quality evident in his offspring continues to thrill and amaze us. Very few sires can boast the percentages he has achieved in his young stud career - we know how lucky we are to have him and count our blessings every day :-)The winter has thankfully been mild to date (knock on wood!), hunting has been fruitful, and we are eagerly awaiting the birth of Brianna's litter next month. Stay tuned!
December 30, 2011 Winter is finally showing itself here in Medina. With a light snow covering and a really cold night, conditions were perfect yesterday for the first fox bolt of the season - a Grey in gorgeous full coat! This, courtesy of Lily! Hopefully her first of many :-)Litter due! Brianna has been bred and we're expecting pups mid February. Click here for details. Unfortunately Violet did not conceive - we'll try again with her another time.
November 28, 2011 Oh where, oh where does the time go?? There's lots to report on this fall so let's get right to it. In September I was given the honor of judging theCanadian Jack Russell Terrier Club's National Trial. It was a great experience and one I'll always cherish the memory of. Thanks to the Club for inviting me, and to all those who came from far and wide with their beautiful terriers to show. Overall the entry in most classes was of excellent quality. There were some very nice dogs, but in general, as has been the case for some time now in our breed, the depth of quality seemed greater in the bitches. The over R/B Open Bitch class in particular had a truly outstanding entry - the kind any judge dreams of having in their ring. I would have to say it was the class of the show and my Best Open Terrier and Reserve came from within it. Boding well for the future, there look to be some very nice pups coming along as well. A lovely bitch and dog took Best and Reserve 4-6 Month Puppy, and two absolutely gorgeous bitches for 6-12 Month Puppy Champion and Reserve. Working Terrier Champion was a keen and sturdy little bitch with the Reserve going to a nice up and coming young dog. Congratulations to all and thanks again for the opportunity!The American National in October was our final show of the year. Being held late in October, chilly temperatures were expected, but it's hard to believe anyone could have had a clue about the snow storm we ended up enduring. Friday's racing and seminars lucked out with clear skies and reasonable temps. Thankfully the storm was predicted well enough in advance so that Conformation was able to be moved to a large indoor building before the snow struck. It wasn't ideal, the power went out and it was cold, but it sure beat being out in the mud and snow all weekend. Our ringside spot at the original outdoor ring was literally under water by Sunday! Ah, the joys of late fall in the Northeast :-) So, after a rocky start, figuring out how to organize with the show being indoors and the van with all the terriers and equipment being outdoors, we ended up having a really terrific National! We are grateful to all the friends who helped out with running dogs back and forth to the vehicle - Shirley and I had 12 dogs between us out there! On Saturday the day began for us with the 4-6 Month Puppy Division in ring II. We don't often enter dogs in both rings as there are invariably conflicts. Special thanks go to Jill Acland for helping out when those inevitable conflicts arose. Jill expertly handled both of our young pups to class wins, and then took Little Eden Pluck on to Best 4-6 Month Dog Puppy and his sister Little Eden Gwen to Reserve 4-6 Month Bitch Puppy. Pluck finished up by going Reserve 4-6 Month Champion. Not bad for their first show ever! Meanwhile the 6-12 Month Puppy Division was going on in Ring 1. We had one entry in the division, our pride and joy, Little Eden Lily. We of course had high hopes for our little Easter Lily, but she had just turned six months earlier that same week - could she pull it off competing against the older, more mature puppies? Lily, dynamo that she is, did not disappoint! She and her litter sister Layla took first and second place respectively in a really tough class full of outstanding bitch puppies. Congratulations to Diane Wright, co-owner and handler of Layla - she looked awesome Diane! Our little Lily wasn't done yet - she showed her brains out all morning and continued on to be Best Bitch Puppy. Still, she didn't fade or let down at all in the final as the judge asked to be reminded of her age and spanned her one last time. Young or not, this pup has what it took to win it all and we are so proud to say that Lily is the 2011 JRTCA National Puppy Conformation Champion! It was an incredibly exciting moment - one to be cherished and relived over and over. Lily is a pup I so wanted Bob Clough to see. Sadly that will never come to be. I like to hope though that maybe, just maybe, Bob was looking down and saw it all :-)
Phew! It's hard to believe that all of that happened just on Saturday morning! In the afternoon we had the Working Terriers to show and behold. The classes were well filled and deep in quality - so nice to see! Our entries for the division were Lofty and Violet and we couldn't be more proud of the pair of them. In the the always tough Bred By Exhibitor class Lofty took a very respectable second place. Later Violet pulled off a nice win in her class and continued on to be Best Working Bitch - a huge honor given the quality of the bitches competing. In the final we had four really nice terriers vying for the "Big One" This year the Working Championship award went to the dog with Violet going Reserve Working Terrier Champion. Heartfelt congratulations to Mitzie Day with her boy DayDream Bravo! He is a dog we've long admired and this was truly a well deserved win! WooHoo!
Sunday brought an end to the snow showers - the sun returned and melted it all away into mud. The show continued, thankfully again indoors. The Family classes are always a highlight of the National Trial. They were especially well filled this year, giving great hope for the future after last year's light entry. The Stud Dog and Get class filled every side and corner of the expanded ring - a wonderful sight to behold! Congratulations to Sandra Ferber and her Fox Run Curtis on winning this very tough and prestigious class! We are very happy with our Big Smith Spanky's second place finish in this class and were honored even further when Little Eden Stroll won the Brood Bitch and Produce class for the second year in a row. In the final it was the boys (Curtis and Spanky) who took Best Family and Reserve. Congratulations to those who took part in these important classes. It isn't easy to organize offspring (that may be from all areas of the country) and handlers for this division - Kudos to you all and keep up the good work!
The Open Division is typically the largest of any trial and it was no different here. We had three terriers entered, Stroll who at seven years of age took third place in a great Bred By Exhibitor Bitch class, Brianna who was sixth in her class and Sam who was second in a really tough class. The best part of the day though (or maybe the whole show!) was watching Jill Acland and her Little Eden Dempsey showing and competing for everything they were worth. All the preparatory hard work paid off - the pair performed together as one and Dempsey won Best Open Dog. Later, after lunch, the raffle, and all the bitches had shown, the final four entered the ring one last time. All the dogs and handlers looked fantastic and worked flawlessly. The tension was palpable as the judge handed her results card off to the announcer. I will say, Marty really knows how to build the suspense - LOL!! You could have heard a pin drop as he called out the winner - by number! Who knew the numbers? Not me! I was waiting for the dog's name, but when I saw Jill give a tiny little "start" I knew that they had done it! Dempsey was Best Open Terrier! I honestly cannot remember ever having so much fun at a trial - it was great to scream and wildly cheer them on and to witness their success - WOOHOO!! and YEAH!! Thanks for another great memory to relive again and again during the upcoming long cold winter :-) Now to settle in for that never ending winter with Bob Clough's new book. Thanks so much to his beloved wife Lynn for being there to sign his books and especially for her kind words. You are the best!
Shortly after the National Violet came in season - several months earlier than expected. She has been bred and is hopefully expecting a litter, due in January. Click here for more info.
October 5, 2011 A Tribute to Bob Clough. One of the truly great terrier men is gone. I feel very emotional writing this - Even though I really didn't know Bob all that well, his opinion has always meant more to me than I can put into words. Truth be told, I was in awe of him. This man could "see" a dog with his hands. He considered judging a huge honor and it showed in his gentle handling of the terriers and kindness to the exhibitors. I in turn always felt honored to have a dog in his ring. He really "got" what it means to be a breeder - all the challenges we face, how hard we work, and how it feels to achieve one's goals over the years. He was one of the very few whose opinion could influence my breeding decisions. Even though I only got to show to Bob once every few years, it was always in the back of my mind that I couldn't wait to show him the next generation of my breeding - would he appreciate it? Would he approve? Was I on the right path? I'll miss him and his input terribly - a better dog man there never was. The terrier world feels a whole lot emptier without him in it.
Below is a reprint of what I wrote here on my website about the 2003 JRTCA National which was judged by Bob. The memory is sweet and rereading it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for everything Bob! And a special thanks to Bob's family for sharing him and his expertise with us here on this side of the pond. May they take comfort in knowing how much Bob was admired, respected, and appreciated all around the world.
October 31, 2003
Another JRTCA National has come and gone, and without question it was the show of my life! On Saturday, world renown working terrierman, breeder, and judge, Bob Clough, made our Little Eden Strut the 2003 JRTCA National Champion. Later that same day he awarded the title ofNational Puppy Champion to Strut's daughter, Little Eden Slick. On Sunday, Strut won the very competitive Stud Dog & Get class and went on to win Best Family. Needless to say, Strut has once again exceeded all our expectations, and has made history in the process. To the best of my knowledge, no other dog has ever been National Champion, the sire of the National Puppy Champion, and the winner of the National Best Family award all in the same year. To top if all off, our kennel won the Three Generation Breeder's Class with Little Eden Bagpiper, her son Strut, and granddaughter Slick. You could have knocked me over with a feather. A definite highlight of the weekend for me was the Stud Dog class. The first three in the lineup were Strut, Rivet, and Dagger—three successive generations, each an improvement upon the last (in the opinion of our esteemed judge). I considered that to be a wonderful tribute from Mr. Clough to an outstandingly dominant sire line, and to all the breeders involved in producing these beautiful families. Click here to see Struts JRTCA National Best Family and here for a photo of Strut and his half sister Buckaroo Breeze receiving awards for JRTCA National Champion and Reserve.
September 19, 2011 The Available Puppies page has been updated. We currently have two very nice pups available to approved homes. Please click here for more information. We may be offering a few other very nice puppies, and possibly an adult bitch for sale in the next few weeks - please keep checkingback.We've just added a Dam Of page for Sasparilla - she is living up to all of our expectations as an individual and as a producer of quality offspring. Take a look and watch for her beautiful kids sired by Strut at this year's National. We've also added an additional Dam Of page showing Stroll'smost recent litter - take a look and keep an eye out for our new boy Little Eden Pluck this fall.
New pictures have been added throughout the site. Be sure to check out the Stud Dog section for new photos of Spanky and Sam. Lofty now has a Dam Of page and we've updated the Sire Of pages for Sam and Spanky (who now has 2 pages).
June 6, 2011 It's hard to believe nearly three months have gone by since our last update! Between caring for and socializing puppies, gardening, grooming, and somehow making it to a trial in CT, well lets just say time sure does fly! Our litters from Tarnation and Lofty are looking really nice and have been great fun.
We are currently working with those on our reservation list and it looks like all or most of the pups from these two litters are spoken for. If any of these little munchkins become available they will be posted on the Available Puppies page in the next few weeks. We are expecting to have puppies available again in August. Please check out our Upcoming Litters page and let us know if you'd like to get on our puppy list :-)
As mentioned, we went to our first trial of the season last month. It was great to see our terrier friends again after the longest winter on record! Our dogs did us proud and as always, it's especially exciting to see the new crop of up and coming youngsters - by the looks of it this new generation will be a good one, well stacked with quality!
Finally, we'd like to say thank you and congratulations to those who have sent their good bitches to our stud dogs in the past year. Jean V's litter bySpanky out of Shelmar Brash has hit the show ring and is making quite a splash - so far all three of them in show homes have been Best or Reserve 4 - 6 Month Puppy! We saw Stasha make her debut in CT, and all we can say is WOW! From what we hear Pat Winslow's beautiful girl Trifle (by Sam) has been doing really well too, taking Puppy Champion all three times she's been in the ring! WooHoo - can't wait to see this one in person! It's going to be an exciting year!
March 16, 2011 Brianna turned a year old last month so now that most of our snow has finally melted we took the opportunity to take pictures for her registration. As long as we were at it we snapped a few on the grass - not very green yet, but we're just happy to be able to see it after this long, never ending winter! Anyway, we've posted updated photo's on Brianna's own page and also The Girls page. Take a peek - we think she is pretty special! March 14, 2011 After seeing Jean Veazey's litter out of Shelmar Brash this past weekend, we are now officially excited! There is no doubt about it, Spanky has lived up to all expectations and emerged as a sire of note. Granted, the five litters he's sired to date are out of truly outstanding bitches, but there is no denying the stamp of consistency Spanky has bestowed upon them. Check out his updated Sire Of page and see for yourself - we believe pictures speak louder than words :-) Upcoming litters page has been updated. This has been one LONG, COLD winter and we can hardly wait for some spring puppies to play with! Oh for some green grass and walks to the pond!
November 19, 2010 We've posted our breeding plans for 2011 on the upcoming litters page. Depending on timing and the number of reservations we receive, we may also consider breeding Sequel in the spring. Stay tuned for updates!New pictures of Lofty and Brianna!
November 8, 2010 We've just returned from the JRTCA National and now another trial season has come to an end, at least for us in the cold northeast. The new venue was nice, and as a bonus an hour's shorter drive for us! The later date brought cold temps and high winds, but at least no rain and mud this year! On Friday we socialized, shopped, and took pictures. It's always great to see folks from near and far one last time for the year. On Saturday highlights for our crew came in the Veteran Division where Stroll won the well filled Veteran Bitch class and went on the be Reserve Best Veteran overall. In the Working Terrier Division we were represented by two bitches. Lofty and Violet each won their respective classes ,and then our little Lofty finished the day by going all the way - she is the reigning JRTCA National Working Terrier Champion for 2010! WooHoo!! We could not be more proud of this little bitch - she showed her heart out, never put a foot wrong, and seemed to love every minute of it. I'm betting though that she'll love her time out in the field this winter even more - LOL! Special congratulations this day also go out to our good friend Shirley Buist whose beautiful bitch Torch took Reserve Best Working Bitch from the Veteran class at nearly nine years old! She looks and feels like a two year old! Congrats as well to Kay Seawright whose young pup Little Eden Triple Play, AKA Tazer (Sam x Diva II) had a great day takingReserve Best 4 - 6 Month Dog Pup his first time ever in the ring! Great job Kay - the future looks quite bright for Tazer! This is exactly how Sam's show career began - let's hope it's an omen :-) Sunday morning rolled around and time for the Family classes - always one of the highlights of the National. It's a chance for breeders from all over the country to gather and see what various dogs/kennels are producing. Truly an opportunity not to be missed for the serious breeder. This year the Stud Dog class was won by Firestorm Blast, (bred by Rane Sessions, owned by Cheryl Hart) and our own Little Eden Stroll took the honors in the Brood Bitch class with daughters Sequel, Demi and Diva II by her side. Stroll then went on to be awarded Best Family! WooHoo - Girl Power! The rest of the day was taken up with the Open Division in Ring I and Child and Youth Handlers in Ring II. Congratulations to all the winners! This is always a great show, and many a nice dog gets "the gate" in those large classes. Any placement, and even participation is something to be proud of at the National! One more special note - Erin Tack has been a consistent contender in the Youth Division for quite a few years now. She works hard and is always polite and a good sport. She and her fellow Youth competitors truly represent the future of our club. Erin really kept it together when the terrier she had spent the last year training in Agility and GTG was in another class and was not available for her Youth class in the time allotted. Undaunted, Erin took a loaner dog (Little Eden Intensity) that she had never worked with before and managed to go forth and win the whole thing! The mark of a true natural handler in my opinion - Congratulations Erin!
On to other news: We have a litter coming in December. Check Upcoming Litters for details.
Check out Sam's Sire of Page to see new photos Dig It Rocco and Dig It Cleopatra - both class winners at this years National! Also be sure to seeSpanky's Sire of Page for new pics of several of his kids - we are more than thrilled with the ability these young stud dogs are showing us as sires! And don't miss the best photo ever of our girl Gilda! Thanks to all who helped during the many photo sessions over the National weekend - it takes a village! LOL!!
To see more of the photos we took over the weekend please use the following link:
And finally, that which is the most difficult to talk about - our matriarch Round the Bend Wrinkle has passed away. She will never be forgotten and lives on through her descendents who so consistently and unmistakably bear her stamp, even multiple generations down the line. R.I.P. Dinky.
September 27, 2010 Wow! This has been one very busy month! Traveling to three trials has made the time fly by. Northgate, Jacks on the James and theCanadian National are all behind us now. Despite some extremes in weather, there were good times, good friends, and lots of nice terriers to see. Our dogs did us proud on all three weekends. Results can be seen on their individual pages, but we must make one special note here regarding Sam - he has been on quite a roll this summer and we are thrilled that he was just named the Canadian National Best Open Terrier in some very nice company! He seems to be following in the footsteps of the rest of Jean's dogs - they just keep getting better and better with age. Heck, at 8.5 years old Sam's mother can still kick some major butt! I'd like to publically congratulate Jean and Reed Veazey for doing such a great job and for proving that a breeding program doesn't need to be big to be BIG (successful).On another note, we are pleased to introduce our newest future brood bitch - Little Eden Brianna. This little stick of dynamite looks so much like her grand dam "Brit" it's scary! And of course it doesn't hurt that she is sired by Strut either :-) We are delighted to have another of his beautiful daughters to go forward with especially since he's now nine years old. The plan is to keep those genes well stacked in our pedigrees, and we think Brianna will be an important part of those plans.
August 28, 2010 We really enjoyed our puppies this summer. They've grown and most have gone on to their new homes. We will be keeping a very promising bitch pup from Stroll's litter named Little Eden Stellar. Our Gilda has done it again! Of course she did have some help from Spanky. He has been siring some lovely pups, consistently stamping them with his great bone, harsh, dense coat and awesome, eager to please temperament. We are especially pleased with how well Spanky has been crossing with bitches from our Wrinkle line. Take a peek at his updated "Sire Of" page and see for yourself. Looks like our three year search for an outcross male has paid off in a big way. August 20, 2010 In order to keep a pup or two we had some tough decisions to make. We've worked long and hard to get to this point, and in the end it's a good feeling to be able share some very nice terriers with eager aspiring young breeders. Congratulations to Cristen Hand, the new owner of Little Eden Demi, Penny Jukes, new owner of Little Eden Diva II, and Cary Merritt, new owner of Woofgang Stash. I know these three Texas gals will make me proud!
July 22, 2010 Puppy pictures are up! Please click here to see our puppies from Diva and Stroll! They are growing like crazy and are starting to really get up and around now. Before long they'll be able to take the trek back to the pond with the older pups!
June 14, 2010 Our annual CERF clinic was held June 13 and we are pleased to announce that all (ours and those owned by others) of the Jack Russell tested were normal - great news for all of us!
We've been to three trial weekends so far this year and have enjoyed every minute. Thanks to those who host these events and also to all the volunteers who keep things running smoothly so that we may enjoy a weekend out with our terriers. Results for our dogs can be seen on their individual pages - we're pleased to say they have been doing us proud! It's especially exciting to have Sam back after his year in Indiana. He is as breath taking as ever, and is also proving to be a sire worth watching. Thanks to Jennifer Shaul for taking such great care of our boy - we wish you great success with his Dig It puppies!
We've added a "Sire Of" link to Spanky's page. We are quite pleased with what we've seen in his first litters since arriving here at Little Eden, and can hardly wait to see what he and Stroll can create :-) She is due July 1, 2010.
May 11, 2010 We've been busy adding new photos throughout the site. Please check out Violet's litter by Stash and the new additions to Wrinkle's page (fifth generation descendants) in the History section. We are also extremely pleased to introduce our newest "golden girl" Dig It Sasparilla. We just love this girl and feel she represents a huge step forward in our breeding program.
April 2, 2010 Spring has finally arrived!! I just hope it's here to stay. It was a long, cold winter - no more snow PLEASE!. Not much to report from the last few months, but I guess no news is good news. We got some good hunting in, but for much of the winter season the ground was frozen. This is quite rare for us - we can normally dig right through the season. Looking forward to getting back out come May :-) The old dogs are starting to show their age now. York and Wrinkle both celebrated their 14th birthdays in January. York has become totally deaf and had to be neutered this winter due to a rapidly enlarging growth. I think it was more traumatic for me than it was for him. He has always been such a majestic stallion of a dog - I was worried that he would somehow be different after his surgery. Nope! He's still "the man" and can stare down any dog on the place. He just doesn't care to as often anymore :-)Violet presented us with seven beautiful puppies on March 10. Unfortunately one tiny girl didn't make it past the third day, but the remaining six are growing and doing well. It's been a year since we've had a litter here and we are thoroughly smitten with them! Tarnation was bred to Spanky and is due next week. She looks to have a belly full - fingers crossed for an easy delivery! Oh! and Sam is coming home next week too! WooHoo! We can hardly wait!
Today we are enjoying temperatures in the 70's. Been doing lots of grooming and coats are coming along as we prepare for the first trial of the season. It will be great to get out and see everyone again and to have a look at the season's new crop of puppies.
March 2, 2010 A few new photos of Sam's most recent litter posted here. January 10, 2010 Happy New Year! It's hard to believe two months have gone by since the last update - as they say, time does fly when you're having fun! We do have some news to report:Puppies on the way! Sequel and Stash have a litter due in March! Something to look forward to while shoveling the seemingly never ending snow this winter :-) Check out Stash's "Sire Of" page to see the new photos of his son Shelmar Sergeant. We have been very pleased with his pups so far and can hardly wait for Violet's litter to be born! Double Dose's "Sire Of" page has been updated as well. We are equally as impressed with the ability Sam has shown as a sire and we look forward to welcoming him home in May.
Congratulations are in order here and a bit overdue. Little Eden Brisk earned a Natural Hunting Certificate to Raccoon back in November. Thanks Don and Sheryl for doing such a great job with our beautiful girl. We now await her much anticipated litter - Brisk has been bred to Strut and is due to whelp in mid February. Please contact Ruckerhill for information on this upcoming litter.
Congratulations also go out to Cristen Hand in Texas - her Little Eden Katie recently earned her first Natural Hunting Certificate by working a large Raccoon. Katie has been bred to Little Eden Intensity and is expecting a litter early this spring - please contact Shotglass JRT for more information on this exciting combination.
November 9, 2009 Another trial season has drawn to a close - for us northerners anyway :-) The JRTCA National was really just about survival this year with the worst weather imaginable. Not something I hope to experience ever again. Amazingly though when I looked around the ring the terriers appeared bright and happy for the most part. I was glad of that since the National is where we get the chance to see terriers from other parts of the county and one of course hopes to see them at their best. We didn't get to visit with as many friends as usual because nobody could be found - those with tents left standing couldn't park near them so there was a lot of running back and forth and not as much time for socializing as a result. Despite the dreadful conditions our terriers did us proud. We came with four and each of them won their respective class. By the end of the weekend we had three National Reserve Champions to boot! Lofty was Reserve Puppy Champion, Sequel was Reserve Working Terrier Championand Intensity finished it off for us by going Reserve Best Open Terrier before leaving for Texas with his new co-owner Cristen Hand. Now we'll settle in for the winter and hopefully have plenty of good hunting weather to enjoy. We've been busy updating photos throughout the site - check out Wrinkle's page in the History section and be sure to take a look at the new picture of Spanky. He's one handsome dude! We've also added new photos of Little Eden Diva II to Stroll's offspring page. This litter sister to Sequel and Demi is every bit as nice as they are - what a litter! And finally we've updated the Upcoming Litters Page with plans for Stroll's next litter.
October 14, 2009 We received the rest of our PLL test results today and are pleased to announce that it 's good news! We tested 27 terriers (current as well as some important retirees) and came up with 2 carriers and 25 NORMAL!! Both carriers are old and long retired from breeding which means that all of our current breeding stock is normal. WooHoo! Results are posted on each dog's page. October 5, 2009 We have received some of our PLL test results back from the lab. These are posted on each dog's page. We will continue to update with more results as they come in - hopefully this week. September 28, 2009 This has been one busy and exciting month! We'll start with the best news of all - The gene mutation that causes Lens Luxation (in our breed as well as several others) has been found and there is now a DNA test available! All of our terrier's test requests are currently at the lab and we are anxiously awaiting results. Of course we are hoping for "good" results, but any result is better than the unknown. Results will be posted as they arrive. With this new test breeders will never have to accidentally produce another terrier affected by this horrible disease. It's a true blessing. Special thanks go out to the people who we unmercifully pestered to donate DNA to this important study - you as much as anyone have helped make this new technology possible! Click this link for more information: http://www.jrt-research.com/
We attended three great Trials this month, with the first being Northgate. The Tack's always put on a first class show, but this one was extra special in that it was their 10 year anniversary trial. The weekend started with a "Champion of Champions" class, open to any dog who had been a conformation Champion at Northgate over the last ten years. This historical showcase seemed like a fitting event for Strut's final appearance in the show ring. Needless to say, it was a very sentimental experience - this dog has done everything I've ever asked of him and more - he still looks great and this is how I wanted him to go out. I was an emotional mess getting ready for the class, but once in the ring with my favorite boy I savored every minute we had together out there. It was hot, and there were three judges to examine each entry, but Strut kept it together and showed like he always has. It was a true pleasure to be at the end of his lead, and a time I will cherish forever. It was only icing on the cake when he was selected as the "winner" - and I didn't even cry :-) Please click here and scroll down to see "the man" on the day. The rest of the day went well for our terriers too - this was to be Lofty's debut in the ring and WOW! did she pull it off. I swear she never put a foot wrong - it's as if she glows from within. Crazy I know, but true. Our little Lofty girl was Best 4-6 Month Puppy on Saturday and Sunday as well. In the Working Division Demi was Reserve Working Bitch on Sunday to her sister Sequel who went all the way to be Working Terrier Champion both days! WooHoo! Not to be totally outdone by the girls, Stash was Reserve Best Working Dog on Saturday under Joan Crouse and Ten was named Best Open Terrier on Sunday under Ted Harris. To finish the weekend, Sequel was named the "Best Terrier of the Weekend" by the two judge panel. It was very exciting!
Two weeks later we headed south to Virginia for the Jacks on the James Trials. This was also a very well run trial and we had a great time despite the long drive :-) Lofty was ready for her debut in the 6-12 Month Puppy Division and again did not disappoint - she was Reserve Puppy Champion on Saturday and went all the way on Sunday to be Puppy Champion. Stash was Best Working Dog Saturday and Demi was Best Working Bitch and Working Terrier Champion. Later in the Open Division, Stroll was Reserve Best Bitch and Reserve Best Open Terrier to her daughter Little Eden Samantha who is also Demi's sister! Talk about a family affair! Congratulations to Fred and Janet Settle who own Samantha - they've done a wonderful job with her. On Sunday littermates Sequel and Demi swept the Working Division taking Championand Reserve respectively. It is extremely satisfying to have the consistency we strive for in our breeding program recognized and rewarded by a variety of well respected judges - it's been a great year!
The next week it was on to Canada for the JRTCC National Trial. This small(ish) Club sure did put on a great trial! From the venue and beautiful decorations to the hospitality it was first class all the way. The wet weather did little to dampen anyone's spirits and we were all grateful to have the opportunity to show our terriers to David Jones (he doesn't' judge in the States). On Saturday puppies and working terriers showed. Lofty showed well in the rain (it's that great dense jacket!) and is the 2009 Canadian National Puppy Champion! She's a good one alright :-) In theWorking Division Stash battled it out with Brockwood Zoom who is owned by our good friend Sandra Barnett, but had to settle for second. Zoom showed his brains out and went on to be National Best Working Dog - Congratulations Sandra! Very well deserved! Demi won her under Working Bitch Class, then another friendly battle between Sequel and the beautiful Cairnbrae Rubicon owned by Ursula and Mal McEwen in the over working bitches. It was a tough match up and the Judge loved them both, but in the end there can only be one winner - this day it went to Ruby - what a class! These two went on to be Best Working Bitch and Reserve and then to National Working Terrier Champion andReserve. Congratulations to the McEwens! The Open, Family and Canadian Bred classes were held on Sunday. Intensity started the day off for us by going Best Open Dog. Then Stroll went Best Open Bitch! At the end they were the only two left standing in the ring - I was absolutely delighted that Stroll was named Canadian National Best Open Terrier with her half brother Ten going Reserve. A fitting way for Stroll to go out as this was her final trial before retiring from the ring. She had been acting rather bored with it of late all but she sure did turn it on this day! She did one even better later in the day by winning Brood Bitch and Produce and then National Best Family with Demi and Sequel by her side. Our Gilda has some big shoes to fill now that her mother Brit has been retired from breeding. Somehow we think she's up to the task - on to the the whelping box Stroll!
July 21, 2009 Introducing Big Smith Spanky! We have worked hard over the years to develop a consistent style and temperament in our terriers and think Spanky will fit right in. In addition to offering good looks and an impeccable temperament, we feel Spanky will have tremendous outcross value in our breeding program.The Upcoming Litters page has been updated.
This year has been the best in recent memory for groundhog hunting! They are everywhere! In addition to having plenty of work for the seasoned terriers, we are pleased to announce that Sequel and Stash have earned Natural Hunting Certificates this month. It's always especially exciting to see the youngsters proving their mettle and discovering what they are all about :-) Special Congratulations go out to Little Eden Brisk (co-owned with Don and Sheryl Gaskell) for earning a NHC to Groundhog her very first time in the field - talk about a natural! Way to go!
The annual Liberty Bell Trials were held this month at the beautiful Breezewood facility. As always, Bob and Betty Lee were the best of hosts and fun was had by all. It was a girls weekend for us - the boys stayed at home to grow coat in preparation for a major stripping in August. Bree made her debut in the 6 - 12 month Puppy Division and was Reserve Bitch Puppy on Saturday. She is really starting to come into herself and we think she will only get better with age. Demi was our star in the Working Terrier Division and was awarded the Working Terrier Championship both days! WooHoo! We chose Tarnation to represent our kennel in the Open Division for this show and she didn't disappoint. She was Best Bitchand Reserve Best Open Terrier on Saturday.
We're done showing now until September - it's going to be a busy fall season! Hope the coats stay manageable!
June 12, 2009 Our annual Health Testing (BAER & CERF) Clinic will be held on June 28 this year. All are welcome. Please contact us if you'd like to attend.Groundhog season is starting to hit full swing now - we are delighted to say that Violet has put A, B, and C together and has become a force to be reckoned with in the field. She is one strong bitch and knows how to use her power to best advantage - it looks like she'll be a good one.
The "Twin Trials" were held this past weekend up in Ontario, Canada. Since the loss of Sunny Hill to the annual trial schedule , these trials have become our most "local" at two hours away. As always seems to be the case at the Canadian trials, people were relaxed and happy and the terriers had a great time too. On Saturday we had the pleasure of presenting our terriers to Nancy Breakstone in the conformation ring. Among the highlights of the day for our kennel was Little Eden Bree going Best 4-6 Month Puppy. This little dynamo has some developing to do in order to really pull herself together, but we feel that her strong bone, harsh easy care coat and amazing chest bode well for the future. To finish the day we were thrilled when Intensity was awarded Best Open Terrier from a very strong division. Check out his gorgeous new photos which we were able to get with some much appreciated help from our friend Brian P. We couldn't be more pleased with how our boy Ten is growing up :-)Sunday found Sandhi Rogerson officiating in the conformation ring. Highlights from this day included Bree as Reserve Best 4-6 Month Puppyand Little Eden Demi as Working Terrier Champion. Intensity was Best Open Dog (and Lure Coursing Champion!!) but at the end of the day it was the girls who took the final honors in the Open Division with Little Eden Sequel as Best and Kay Seawright's gorgeous bitch Reynard's Folly Shelby as Reserve. It is always an honor to show breeding stock to experienced and highly sought after Judges such as the two we were lucky enough to have at these trials. We can only hope the trial chairs know how much breeders appreciate their efforts, especially in these difficult economic times.
May 29, 2009 We have added quite a few new photographs throughout the site. There are several new additions to the Offspring section and be sure to check out puppies on the produce/sire of pages for Brit, Kate, Demi and Intensity. We've also updated the Upcoming Litters page with plans for the rest of this year and the beginning of next year.Show season has started in the north - we've been to CT and OH this month, and are proud of how well our terriers are doing. Results can be seen on each individual terrier's page.
We picked up our puppies from Roxy's litter sired by Fox Island Grit. Thanks to Linda Lujan for bringing them all the way from Texas and to Cristen Hand for doing such a fine job of raising them. Watch for updates on Little Eden Lofty, a crackin little bitch pup and also a nice male from the litter, as yet unnamed.
And finally, congratulations to Doug and Sue Tack - new owners of Little Eden Brillo! It was hard to let her go, but I know she will be appreciated and well loved in NJ.
May 5, 2009 We haven't attended a trial since the National in October. Nonetheless our kennel has been very well represented by Little Eden Brisk, co-owned with Don & Sheryl Gaskell and Little Eden Katie owned by Cristen Hand. Katie was recently awarded Best Bitch and Reserve Open Terrier at the Spring Fling down in Denton Texas, and Brisk was Reserve Best Open Terrier this past weekend at the Carolina's Spring Classic I. WooHoo! The sisters are on a role! Congratulations to Don, Sheryl and Cristen! Flash! We just heard some more results from South Carolina -Little Eden Quinn (Skytop Squire x Little Eden Cleo), owned by Lori Belvedere was Best Working Bitch, Reserve Working Terrier andReserve Champion in Trailing and Locating - way to go!!Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we've been busy, busy, busy with puppies :-) Cleaning, feeding, cleaning, observing by the hour, cleaning, and of course lots of play time! What could be better? Stay tuned for photos in the next week or two.
March 23, 2009 Congratulations to Don & Sheryl Gaskell! They showed Little Eden Brisk all the way to Best Open Terrier at the River City II Trail this past weekend! WooHoo! Not bad for their debut in the ring :-) We're hoping for pictures soon. March 7, 2009 Our Brillo x Stash pup is now eight weeks old and we think she's pretty special. Click here to take a look. February 22, 2009 Winter seems to be hanging on forever - UGH! These long cold snowy days are so much less tolerable now that hunting season is over. For a lovely dose of "feel good" check out my new PhotoShow (link below). I can't figure out how to make the link work from here so you'll need to copy and paste it into your browser. Puppies always make me smile - hopefully they'll do the same for you. Watch it full screen and have your speakers on for the full happiness effect :-) http://www.photoshow.com/watch/cX5XJ4mS
January 18, 2009 Happy New Year everyone! It's hard to believe another one has come and gone - time does fly when you're having fun! Winter hunting has been great this year, well at least until this last arctic blast - BRRRR! The fox have been plentiful and we've had several calls from our "hound buddies" asking for help when they run one to ground. Lots of great experience for the terriers and fun for me and the guys!Brillo whelped her litter by Stash but it was a tough one for her. Although the puppies were not large, all four needed to be forcibly pulled from her. Try as she might, she just couldn't get them born. Even with the assistance of my veterinarian we were only able to save two of the four babies. A sad day for sure, but the remaining two girl pups look very nice indeed. Stay tuned for updates on these little beauties.
We have a busy spring planned with three litters due in March. Thankfully by the time the puppies are old enough to be monsters, they will be able to play outside! We didn't have any puppies last spring or summer and I really missed watching them learn about life and explore back at the pond. I can hardly wait!
December 26, 2008 We have a few changes to mention on the Girls Page:Our very special girl Ovation has made the permanent move to Michigan - we miss her already, but know Joyce of Woofgang Kennel loves and appreciates her as much as we do. Fang leaves us with a beautiful son and a new daughter from her most recent litter to carry on with.
Roxy has moved to Texas and now lives with her new co-owner Cristen Hand. Congratulations and thanks for giving Roxy such a wonderful home!
We've finally had time to make a page for our beautiful smooth girl "Kate" - take a look!
November 21, 2008 Brisk has been sold - thank you for your interest.Puppies! Gilda had her puppies on November 12 - two girls and a boy. At this point it appears they are all spoken for but we do have another litter coming early in the New Year. Click here for details!
Several new photos scattered throughout the site - check out Demi and Intensity, and also Clarissa and Jazz in the Offspring section.
October 21, 2008 Congratulations to Jennifer Shaul on Little Eden Sassafras's huge win at the JRTCA National! Jennifer did a great job handling Sassy all the way to Best Open Terrier from a Division which was literally dripping with quality this year. I was so excited and happy for Jennifer that I could hardly contain myself! You go girl!Other highlights for our Kennel include Intensity's class win and Reserve Dog Puppy award, and Working Division class wins for Demi andKate. It was a terrific weekend all around - beautiful weather, good friends and the opportunity to see some really fine terriers. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who made the trial possible for everyone to enjoy.
It was our last Trial of the year. Now we're looking forward to hunting season and are eagerly awaiting the birth of puppies from Ovation andStroll. Certainly plenty to keep us busy for the long winter months ahead!
September 29, 2008 Flash! Little Eden Brillo is the 2008 JRTCC National Working Terrier Conformation Champion!Flash! Little Eden Intensity is the 2008 JRTCC National Puppy Conformation Champion!
This year's Canadian National was one of their best yet. It was very well organized and the new venue was outstanding. To top it off, the ring and trophy tables were beautifully decorated and the trophies were absolutely gorgeous! A class act all the way around! The entry was not especially high in numbers as has been typical of most trials this year, but the quality was there and competition was keen. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the JRTCC for a great trial! Stay tuned for photos!
Oops! Another Flash! Cairnbrae Spider, a beautiful Strut son bred by Shirley Buist and owned by Sue Godbehere was Agility High in Trial at the Canadian National! Way to go Spider!
And Flash! number four - Little Eden Chiller, owned by Alan and Terri Wylie earned the JRTCA Bronze Medallion for Special Merit in the Field over the weekend! Way to go Vinnie!!
September 23, 2008 New photos of Sam and Violet! September 15, 2008 Stroll is expecting her second litter! Click here for details. September 3, 2008 We made our annual trip to the Northgate Terrier Trials over Labor Day weekend. Held at the beautiful home of Doug and Sue Tack in New Jersey, these trials are truly in a league of their own. The Tacks have trial chairing down to a science and I for one vote for Sue as a member of the JRTCA Trial Committee! She is an endless source of great ideas and is more than willing to share them. We were especially honored that our terriers did well both days, as this trial weekend is generally acknowledged as being one the finest gatherings of quality Jack Russells to be found anywhere. On Saturday under Kevin Allen, Intensity was Puppy Conformation Champion, little Brillo was Reserve Working Conformation Champion, Sam was Best Open Terrier and our new smooth bitch, Ruffwinds Wicked Brew (aka Kate) was Best Open Bitch and Reserve Open Terrier. Kate who came here by way of Colorado from our good friends Jeff and Teresa Rooney has been with us for about a month and we couldn't be more pleased with her! She doesn't have a page of her own in the Girls Section yet (soon!), so click here for a sneak preview. Sunday's Judge, Sandhi Rogerson also chose Intensity as her Puppy Champion for the day. Brillo who has matured beautifully and is enjoying a very successful year was Working Terrier Champion, and Sequel rounded out the day for us by going Best Open Terrier. Now, if we can only keep the coats right until the National!New pictures scattered about the site. And stay tuned for an upcoming litter announcement in the near future.
August 18, 2008 This past weekend we attended the annual Sunny Hill Terrier Trials. I'm always in awe of this beautiful facility and this year was no different. It has to be the most perfect venue for a trial and Alayne (who is a wonderful hostess!) is kind enough to share it with all of us each year. Thank you Alayne! On Saturday with Roma Garon (over from England) officiating in the conformation ring our young male Intensity earned the Puppy Championship with a performance that will stand out in my memory forever. From my end of the lead it seemed he was about to explode with charisma as he floated around the ring and shamelessly gazed into the Judge's eyes with each pass! Talk about a show off - he's definitely got it down pat! This day was also pretty exciting for Violet who made her debut as an adult after missing most of the shows so far due to a false pregnancy. She's definitely back in shape and proved it by winning Bred By Exhibitor Bitch, Best Open Bitch and then ultimately Best Open Terrier! Sam was no slouch either and took Best Open Dog and Reserve Open Terrier to Violet - a good day all around for the Little Eden gang. On Sunday Brillo started the day off for us by going all the way to the Working Terrier Championship under Judge Joan Crouse. Ten wasReserve Puppy Champion this day to a lovely puppy dog owned by Doug and Sue Tack - congratulations guys! Then Stash celebrated his birthday by being named Best Open Dog and then Reserve Open Terrier to one of my favorite bitches of all time Lilliput Rowen of Ask Creek - great job Teresa!Congratulations also go out to Paula Rhyndress and Little Eden Jazz who recently earned his Advanced Standard Agility Title! Good going you two!
July 10, 2008 We traveled south to the Liberty Bell Trials over the Holiday weekend and had another great time with friends and terriers. Results and some new photos have been posted throughout the site.Hunting has been good this summer season - the youngsters are all getting some exposure and Brillo has been happily working herself bald :-) She'll have some help now from Demi who is a "natural" and has earned a spot on the "A" string.
No more shows until mid August. The rest of the month will be spent working and grooming, with time out for our annual CERF and BAER testing clinic on July 26 (all are welcome).
June 17, 2008 We went to CT again this month for another Trial weekend. Had a great time with friends and our terriers did very well. Intensity was Puppy Conformation Champion both days. This dog pup is so very exciting to us! And what a blast it is to show him! Several days of crate time and x-pens are hard on any terrier, and Ten was ready to blow. He kept it together like the gentleman he is, but the electricity literally radiated from his body and up the lead - it's just the best when they show on the brink like that! Sam made his adult debut on Saturday - he looked the part, even in the sweltering heat, and went all the way to Best Open Terrier! Not bad for his first time with the big boys :-) On Sunday, Brillo was Best Working Bitch in very nice company and went on to be Working Terrier Champion for the day. She also showed really well - heck, I can hardly keep up with her as she struts her stuff, tiny though she may be! We've had several farmers calling for pest control services with Groundhog season in full swing now. Youngsters Intensity and Sequel got a bit of work and we very much like what they are showing us so far. This week it's off to another farmer's bean fields and more fun with the terriers!
We still have a very nice, eager to please female puppy available. She is really smart, and is pretty too! Take a look at this little love here.
May 26, 2008 Spring is here and we've been busy with the garden, etc. It rained this afternoon so it seemed like a good time to sit down and do some computer work. Pull up a chair and take a look around the site, we've updated show highlights for those we've had out so far this year, added a beautiful new photo of Stash, and added several new photos to Wrinkle and Keeper's pages in the History section. We'd like to make special mention of our up and coming Strut son Little Eden Intensity. At just six months old, he doesn't have his own page yet, but photos of him can be found on of Strut's Sire Of , page one, and on Keeper's page in the History section. "Ten" is looking like he may be the one to step into his Daddy's shoes around here and we couldn't be more excited! He's gorgeous, gamey when it counts, and sweet as can be the rest of the time. We're allowing him time to grow up, but he has been shown lightly. To date: Northgate Terrier Tune Up where he was Reserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy,Yankee I where he was Best Dog Puppy and Puppy Conformation Champion (at 6 months, 1 day of age) and Yankee II where he was Reserve Best Dog Puppy behind our Double Dose who was 11 months old and much more mature. Stay tuned, Intensity will be getting his own page soon! May 9, 2008 We've finally made some long overdue updates to The Girls section of our website and have added new pages for three very promising youngsters. Please welcome Little Eden Roxy, Little Eden Sequel and Little Eden Demi.We have an especially nice female puppy available to a loving pet home. Please click here for more information.
May 2, 2008 New pictures of Stash posted today! April 28, 2008 Available puppies updated! Please click here for more information. We also have plans to retire a couple of our favorite girls in the near future. Let us know if you think you can offer the perfect "forever" home to one of these special ladies.We've updated our Stud Dogs section and added new pages for our up coming young boys. Click on their names to check out Woofgang Stash and Shelmar Double Dose !
January 7, 2008 Wow! It's hard to believe it's 2008 already - Happy New Year to all!Things have been pretty quiet around here, which is a good thing. Our youngsters are coming along well and Roxy and Tarnation are showing promise in the hunt field. Unfortunately, Brit failed to conceive this time, most likely due to poor timing - so no New Year's puppies. Thanks to all who expressed interest in the litter. Please check the Upcoming Litters Page to see what we have planned for this spring - we're quite excited! We've also updated both Wrinkle's and Keeper's pages in the History section and added a couple new kids to Bric's Sire Of page. Enjoy!
November 12, 2007 Well, it's been far longer than intended between updates, but here goes .....September found us at the JRTCC National Trial for a wonderful Autumn weekend with terriers and friends. The weather was simply breathtaking - the clear blue skies a perfect backdrop for stunning fall tree colors. We brought home some very nice placements includingReserve National Puppy Champion with Little Eden Roxy and Best Bitch and Reserve National Open Terrier with Stroll. Old York came out and pulled a very respectable 2nd place in Bronze Medallion Dog and Magic won the always competitive Bred by Exhibitor Dog Class. However the highlight for me was leading Little Eden Brit into the ring - this bitch always takes my breath away. I don't even recall what placement she took, but she sure gave me a thrill as she floated around the ring, then stopped and looked so regally off into the distance. I think she knew what I was feeling too :-) Although he wasn't in attendance, Strut was very well represented through his offspring whose placements included Working Terrier Champion, Reserve Puppy Champion and Open GTG Champion.
On to October and the JRTCA National, always the highlight of the trial season. Unbelievably the weather here rivaled that in Canada the previous month - how did we get so lucky?? On Saturday we had three 4-6 month puppies with this being the first time in the ring for each of them. I was thrilled with their placements in the large competitive classes - the boys Shelmar Double Dose (aka Sam) and Little Eden Walker were second and third respectively in their class with Sam going on the be Reserve Best 4-6 Month Dog Puppy. Our bitch pup entry, Little Eden Demi was second in her class to Sam's litter sister, Shelmar Brash. Little Eden Samantha owned by the Settle's and a littermate to Demi andWalker was fourth in this very large class as well. Brash and Demi wound up as Best 4-6 Month Bitch Pup and Reserve with Brash and ultimately going on to be the Best 4-6 Month Puppy overall! I thought Jean, Brash's breeder/owner was going to burst - heck I was pretty thrilled myself as Brash and Sam are sired by our young dog Bric - and in fact are his first get to enter the ring. Brillo was third in her working class and Tarnation was also third in her puppy class. On Sunday we won the Breeders Generation Class with York, Brit, Stroll and Demi - an honor we're very proud of. In the Open Division Magic was third in BBE Dog - our last time in the ring together as he now resides in Georgia with his new owners Fred and Janet Settle. I wish the Settle's the best of luck with this very special dog. Little Eden Angel, co-owned with Don & Sheryl Gaskell took a fourth in the incredibly tough under R/B Bitch class - excellent job Sheryl! Watch for Angel's upcoming litter by Bric, due to be whelped in Kentucky later this winter. And finally, Stroll did it again! She was named the National Reserve Best Open Terrier for the third year in a row! Some might say three strikes and you're out, but I'm delighted with Gilda's consistent record in top competition over the years and also quite proud of the fact the both she and the winner Cairnbrae Rubicon are York grand daughters. Other highlights from the trial include Little Eden Chiller owned by Alan and Terri Wylie winning Veteran Working Dog, Stud Dog and Get and then National Reserve Best Family. Congratulations on an outstanding National! Representing Strut were Littlefields Milkman, owned by Beth Kleinfelder, who was Reserve Best Working Dog and of course our Gilda, Reserve Best Open Terrier.
In other news - we weren't going to have any winter puppies this year, but decided at the last minute to repeat the Strut x Brit cross - see details here.
We'd also like to introduce a couple of very promising puppies from Ovation's litter by Strut. Woofgang Stash resides here with us and Joyce's puppy, as yet unnamed is in MI with her. If all goes well, you'll be seeing more of these boys next year!
September14, 2007 The Available Puppies page has been updated - click here to check it out.We've added a "Dam Of" page for Stroll. If her first litter is any indication, it's looking like "Gilda" may just follow in her mum's footsteps as a producer - could we be so blessed?! Click here to see why we're so excited. Congratulations go to Fred and Janet Settle on the acquisition of one of these fine puppies - watch for Little Eden Samantha down south!
We made our annual trip to the Northgate Trials over Labor Day weekend - and what a weekend it was! The weather was perfect - certainly after last year's hurricane the Tack's, our ever gracious hosts really deserved it! Year after year, Doug and Sue open their home and farm to us and put on what inevitably ends up being one of finest events of the season. Saturday's judge was the esteemed terrierman Bob Clough, over from Wales. I am honored and extremely pleased that my terriers placed so well this day as I value Mr. Clough's opinion very highly. Highlights include Little Eden Tarnation - Reserve Puppy Champion, Little Eden Brillo - Reserve Best Working Bitch, Little Eden Magic - Best Open Terrier,Little Eden Stroll - Best Open Bitch and Reserve Best Open Terrier. On Sunday our own equally well respected breed expert, Sandra Ferber did the officiating. Highlights of this day included class wins for Tarnation and also Roxy who went on the be Reserve Best Bitch Puppy. Brillo was once again Reserve Best Working Bitch and then went on the be Reserve Working Terrier Champion. Magic was second inBred By Exhibitor Dog, and Stroll won Bred By Exhibitor Bitch. A good showing all around and we couldn't be more pleased :-) A big thanks goes out to my friend Brian P. for helping me get the great new photos of Brillo and Tarnation - I really appreciate it Brian!
August 22, 2007 We attended the Sunny Hill Terrier Trials this past weekend and had a really fun time with friends both two and four legged. Brillo made her debut in the Working Division and pulled off a Reserve Championship on Sunday. She may be tiny, but you'd be hard pressed to find a terrier more full of themselves - this little bitch makes herself seem larger than life! Tarnation got herself noticed as well with her gorgeous movement and showy attitude and was Puppy Champion on Sunday. Our little Angel made her show ring debut and really shined. On Saturday she won her under R/B bitch class and went on to be Reserve Best Bitch and Reserve Best Open Terrier behind another beautiful bitch Little Eden Sassafras who is owned and loved by Jennifer Shaul. Angel also went Best Open Bitch on Sunday. We were delighted with this honor as the depth of quality in our breed's females is currently truly outstanding. There were certainly some very fine examples in attendance at this trial - it was great to see. After the show, Angel left for her new home with co-owner's Don and Sheryl Gaskell - we know Angel will love the hunting in Kentucky!
August 12, 2007 We've made a page showing offspring of our dog Bric. With his first two litters on the ground Bric is showing excellent potential as a producer of quality puppies. We couldn't be more pleased with this young sire! Click here to see for yourself.We have several nice male puppies available - contact us for details!
August 2, 2007 We have puppies available! Click here to see these little beauties.It's been a busy month hunting with friends, playing with puppies, and our summer BAER/CERF clinic. This year we again had multiple breeds here for testing, including 54 Jack Russells for CERF (53 normal, one w/cataracts) and about 40 puppies for BAER testing (all normal). For a change the weather actually cooperated and we didn't melt - it was quite pleasant and we really enjoyed hanging out with friends for the day.
We'd like to extend a hearty congratulations to Alan & Terri Wylie and their beloved boy Little Eden Chiller. We understand they had a great weekend in the field recently with Vinnie working hard and earning Natural Hunting Certificates to Groundhog and Red Fox. Good job!
Congratulations also go to Lena Kjempengren from Norway on her beautiful puppies! Lena, a veterinarian and experienced breeder, had a really nice litter out of Little Eden Cleo sired by a dog of her breeding, and a also a litter sired by Strut via frozen semen out of her gorgeous bitch "Vita." Click here to see what has to be one of the most astonishingly beautiful eight week old puppies I've ever seen. I'm absolutely thrilled for Lena - it's looking like her plan to combine our bloodlines just might be working :-)
Little Eden Tarnation has her own page now in "The Girls" section - click here.
July 8, 2007 Our annual summer BAER and CERF testing clinic is scheduled for July 15, 2007. Start time 9:00 - all are welcome. If you'd like to attend please call and let us know - we'll gladly add you to the list. New photo of the Sophie x Magic puppies! Click here to see them. July 1, 2007 General News: We have puppies! Stroll's babies are just getting up on their feet - we can hardly wait until they are old enough to toddle along for walks and playtime back at the pond! See these beauties here. A photo of Sophie's pups, born June 12, will follow as soon as I get one to post.Summer hunting has been great so far. Our youngsters are showing what they're made of and we're liking what we see. Angel (Strut x Beauty) is showing the full promise of her pedigree - with Bagpiper as her double grandmother she will be a good one. Bric is very keen and is also developing nicely. Brillo will be worth her weight in gold on groundhog. Watch for her in the Working Classes at our next trial outing - our little itty bitty has recently earned her first NHC :-)
Congratulations go out to Jennifer Shaul and her Little Eden Swish who was Best Open Terrier and Best Family at the recent Summer Celebration I in Illinois. Great job you two!
June 3, 2007 EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT! My good friend Gail Stock has recently undertaken a new publishing endeavor that promises to benefit all of us "doggy folk". I for one, am extremely grateful for Gail's efforts and look forward to watching the Jack Russell Journal grow and prosper. To give you an idea of what this newsletter promises to deliver, here (reprinted with permission) is Gail's inaugural "From the Editor" column: From the Editor………………….. Welcome to the first edition of the JACK RUSSELL JOURNAL. This newsletter has been launched to provide articles about owning, showing, and breeding our terriers. We hope to have articles on working as well as all phases of competition - racing, g-t-g, agility, obedience, and conformation. While many new people have become avid enthusiasts of our breed, they can’t find information to help them learn to work or exhibit the dogs they have or to establish and conduct positive, productive breeding programs. They face years of learning – or not learning – by trial and error. At the same time, we long-term owners can always learn something new.
While many breeders and exhibitors are willing to provide guidance to the novice, many newcomers are reluctant to approach well-established breeders. By publishing this newsletter, we hope to provide a vehicle for breeders and exhibitors to exchange ideas with each other and at the same time bring their wealth of information to you. We hope to provide exciting, informative, and enjoyable articles about our dogs, their breeders and exhibitors, as well as give insight into the general world of dogs.
This newsletter will be published monthly with the shortest press deadlines. We believe timely information is critical. We welcome your input, comments, suggestions, and participation. We will publish articles on almost any dog-related subject as long as they do not include personal attacks on any person or any group. And, we invite letters (or emails) to the Editor. We are always willing to listen to whatever you have to say. This is your newsletter.
Thanks. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you will submit your comments and suggestions.
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May 31, 2007 YANKEE TRIALS: These Trials have always been among our favorites, and judging by the consistently large entry, lots of other folks feel the same way :-) This year the weather man was wrong in our favor for a change, and instead of the torrential downpours predicted the weather was really just fine - phew! I even got to put the tent away dry - always a bonus! The youngsters we're showing this spring are coming along well and once again did us proud. To start the weekend off Roxy earned the Reserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy award on Saturday. Then Tarnation who turned six months on the day went Best Bitch Puppy and on to Res. Puppy Champion! She did it one better on Sunday and took the top spot in the division - Puppy Champion! Not to be completely outdone by the girls, Looker was Res. Best Dog Puppy both days. Our yearlings Magic and Brillo continued to do well in the very competitive Bred By Exhibitor classes. Magic took a third on Saturday, then won the class Sunday, and went on to be Best Open Dog and Res. Best Open Terrier. Brillo took a second place and added another class win to her credits on Sunday.BUCKEYE TRIALS: A week later we were off again (YIKES! I'm getting too old for this!). Thank goodness for the breeze! It was HOT in Ohio! Or at least it seemed that way to us northerners - heck we had a frost at home earlier in the week. These Trials are especially nice in that we get to see friends we rarely see otherwise - it was great fun. Our 4-6'er Roxy once again started the weekend off with a bang by going Best 4-6 Month Bitch Puppy and Res. Best 4-6 Month Puppy overall on Saturday. Tarnation was Best Bitch Puppy and Res. Puppy ChampionSaturday and Res. Best Bitch Puppy on Sunday. These girls are off to a great start in the ring for sure! Looker finished his Puppy career with a second in his class each day - next time he goes into the ring he'll have to play with the "big boys." Magic continued to shine - he was Best Open Dog both days, Best Open Terrier on Saturday and Res. Best Open Terrier Sunday. Brillo won Bred By Exhibitor Bitch both days and also took Res. Best Open Bitch on Sunday - we just love this little dynamo - she sure doesn't think she's small!
That's it for us as far as shows until late August. We'll be home playing with new puppies and getting the youngsters into the field. The farmers have been calling - looks like a good groundhog season ahead! Stay tuned :-)
May 15, 2007 Check out Foxport Keeper's page in the History Section - we've done a long overdue update showing six generations of her beautiful descendents. As time has gone on, it is descendents of Wrinkle and Keeper that we have chosen to go forward with in our breeding program. Good bitches are the key to success in any breeding endeavor and we feel incredibly fortunate to have two such outstanding female lines to work with here at Little Eden.New pictures of Bric and Magic and Brillo!
.May 8, 2007 TRIAL NEWS: We recently attended the Mason Dixon Ice Breaker Trial with a few puppies and a couple of yearlings in tow. Since we had two babies in the same age/coat group, it was decided to show only one each day. Little Eden Roxy debuted on Saturday. The dampness and the icy cold wind didn't slow her down a bit - she showed her little heart out and wound up as Best 4-6 Month Puppy. Not to be outdone, Roxy's favorite playmate Little Eden Tarnation took the same honor on Sunday, although she was lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day for her first time in the ring! Little Eden Looker did us proud in the 9-12 month puppy division going Reserve Dog Puppy on Saturday, and then Best Dog Puppy and Reserve Puppy Champion on Sunday. Magic made his adult debut in the Bred By Exhibitor classes. We're very pleased with how this young dog is maturing and were thrilled with his final results of Reserve Open Dog on Saturday and Best Open Dog for Sunday. The decision was made to also show Brillo in the Bred By classes for her adult debut. Proving herself perfectly capable of competing with the bigger girls, our little tiny Brillo was Reserve Bitch and Reserve Open Terrier on Sunday! What a little firecracker she is! Bric had his first experience in the ring on Saturday as well and was third in a nice tall R/B dog class. While he may never be as "showy" as his brother and sister, we love him and are proud of him just the same :-)We had good news from Texas where Little Eden Vixen (L.E. Strut x L.E. Foxy) was Working Terrier Champion and Little Eden Turbo (L.E. Strut x Fox Island Dart) was Reserve Champion right behind her at the recent Texas Two Step Trial. Congratulations Deborah!
Good news also came from Canada where Little Eden Jazz (Strut x Dart) entered his first Sanctioned Agility Match. His owner Paula called me breathless with excitement - seems Jazz ran five out of five clean runs in great time. He has now earned his first Agility title and is half way to his second - Congratulations Paula and Jazz!
April 23, 2007 Yippee! The weather has finally turned the corner around here! Our first trial of the year is coming up next weekend and we've been grooming like mad. It is so nice to be outside and not freeze!We took some new photos of our young hopefuls yesterday. Little Eden Roxy is from Foxy's last litter. We are extremely pleased with her so far and feel fortunate to have such a lovely bitch pup to go forward with. Roxy exhibits the best her pedigree has to offer - super personality with a tail that never stops wagging, beautiful angles front and rear, and the "motor" to put them to good use. Her movement will take your breath away! Little Eden Tarnation is from Revelation's first litter. She too has a personality to die for and is beautiful to boot. Both of these girls are showing lots of promise and we look forward to their future contribution to our breeding program. Click on their names to see the photos - I haven't yet gotten the hang of getting a link to take you to an exact location on a page, so you may need to scroll down a bit to find them - sorry!
April 16, 2007 We're happy to report that progress is being made with the site updating. New pictures are scattered around the site, including a new "photo gallery" link on Strut's page. Click here to check it out! Brit's pedigree and "Dam Of" page are now back up, and we've added a "Dam Of" page for Revelation. We'll be sure to keep you informed as work continues on the site. April 7, 2007 We have puppies coming this spring! Please click here for details.
March, 2007 The time has arrived for me to begin doing the updates to the website on my own. I'm really looking forward to the project, but please bear with me - I'm sure it will involve a very large learning curve for this computer illiterate! I do intend to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks though!.We have a nice male puppy for sale - see him here.
On December 23, 2006, Foxy suffered severe complications during an emergency c-section and was spayed in order to save her life. We are thankful that she is now back to her normal healthy self and grateful that she has left us with five beautiful babies to carry on her legacy. We have one puppy from this special litter currently available to the right loving home.
.November 3, 2006.TRIAL NEWS:.In September we attended the Jack Russell Terrier Club of Canada's National Trial held at the beautiful Valen's Conservation Area. We really lucked out when it came to the weather—it was much better than had been predicted. Dedicated breeders and exhibitors traveled from far and wide to attend this event and lend their support the JRTCC. Some of the classes were small, but by no means was there any lack of quality in the terriers being exhibited. We had a great weekend visiting with friends and couldn't have been more pleased with how the terriers performed—they truly did us proud. On Saturday Turbo was second in the Bronze Medallion Dog class. His sire Strut was Best Working Dog and was then crowned the 2006 JRTCC National Working Terrier Champion, an honor he also received in 2004, the last time this show was held. Our working bitches did really well too--Ovation won the Bronze Medallion Bitch class and went on to be Best Working Bitch closely followed by Cleo who also won her class and then took the Reserve Working Bitch honors. Ovation continued on to be Reserve Working Terrier Champion behind her kennelmate Strut. In the Puppy Division Magic continued his winning ways and went all the way to be named the2006 JRTCC National Puppy Champion. Little Brillo took a respectable third in her class. On Sunday morning Strut took Best Familyhonors with Conquest Strike and our girls Cleo and Stroll by his side. Later that afternoon, Stroll showed beautifully and ended up as the 2006 JRTCC National Best Open Terrier. As is fitting for this show the afternoon ended with the Canadian Bred classes. Our entry, Conquest Thorn won his class and his sister, owned by Gaye Redpath went all the way to Best Canadian Bred Puppy. All in all a really great show!
.After a month of struggling to keep coats in shape we were off to Maryland and the largest gathering of Jack Russell Terriers to be found anywhere—the JRTCA National Trial. The weather was far better than last year and as always we got to visit with folks we never see any other time, made new friends and saw some of the finest terriers in the world. Walking around the huge ring filled with the best of the best is an experience like no other and one not to be missed by any serious breeder. Saturday started off with the 6-12 Month Puppy Division in Ring I and 4-6 Month Puppies in Ring II. Our first entry was Conquest Thorn who was awarded fifth place in the 6-9 month R/B dog puppy class. Magic then took a second place in his 9-12 Month class. All this happened while the huge 4-6 month R/B dog puppy class was going on in ring 1. We had an entry in that class and made it into the ring with Looker just as the Judge finished examining the final dog. Being so rushed was certainly not the best of circumstances for his first time in the show ring, but Looker held it together just fine and was awarded second place in the class. This pup was a delight all weekend—he was a great traveler and really seemed to enjoy the "show scene." We have high hopes of this little guy following in his dad's footsteps someday. Special Congrats to Doug and Sue Tack of Northgate Kennel on winningReserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy with Little Eden Quinn (their dog Squire x our girl Cleo). It was quite an honor as this division is always huge at the National and the quality was especially deep this year.
I'd also like to say thank you and offer huge congratulations to Jennifer Shaul for handling our co-owned girl Little Eden Sassafras to a fabulous class win in the 9-12 Month R/B Bitch Puppy Class—great job Jennifer! Brillo was our entry and she managed a fifth place in this very tough class. All in all we were very pleased with the youngsters—they held their own in the very toughest of competition.
After the lunch break the Working Terrier Division started off with the Bronze Medallion Dog class. Turbo showed his little heart out and won this prestigious class in grand style. Standing in the ring I couldn't help but be reminded of another great smooth working dog--Hudson, Turbo'sgreat grandsire, who previously won this same class three times. It was a true honor to lead each of these dogs into the ring, and an experience I won't ever forget.
Then it was Strut's turn in the ring. He won the Bred By Exhibitor Working Dog Class and ended up as Reserve Best Working Dog with Conquest Chisel, a beautiful dog we've always admired taking Best. Although we were secretly hoping for the elusive and as yet never achieved "hat trick "for Strut's swan song in the ring, we could never be disappointed in him, and it's impossible to feel bad about standing behind Chisel, a truly outstanding example of our breed. It just wasn't to be, that's all. Perhaps in a few years, we'll bring Strut out again for one final public appearance at the National, like we did with York. Until then, I think almost everyone will agree, Strut is one of kind—a very special dog, beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. He certainly leaves some very big shoes to fill on the Trial circuit. Click here for photos of Strut in the ring..
Both of our working bitch entries were in season and had to be scratched, so on to Sunday. Our only entry in the Open Division was Stroll, And she once again did us proud. She won the highly competitive Bred By Exhibitor Bitch Class, then went Best Open Bitch. Our little Gilda was truly amazing—the further she went, the better she showed—what a blast we had together! At the end of it all, Stroll was Reserve Best Open Terrier at the JRTCA National Trial for the second year in a row. I think she's a keeper. Click here for photos of Stroll in the ring.
Now we'll settle in for the winter and concentrate on getting our youngsters some time in the field. There's a chill in the air and thoughts are turning to fox hunting around here!
.OTHER NEWS:.Congratulations to Lena Kjempengren as the new owner of Little Eden Cleo. Lena has had her eye on Cleo since she was seven weeks old. Things worked out and the time was right, so Cleo now lives in Norway! I'm delighted to be able to share such a lovely bitch with Lena. In her capable hands, I’m sure Cleo will continue her winning ways, and hopefully she'll help Lena accomplish her goals for her breeding program..Congratulations also go out to Deborah Townsend as the new owner of Little Eden Turbo and co-owner ofLittle Eden Vixen. Look for Deborah and her new charges down in Texas this winter.
.September 19, 2006.Despite not attending any trials during July, it was an especially busy month. Mostly staying home and tending puppies. Things had been planned as such and it was an absolute blast playing with the little guys and gals.Our annual BAER and CERF testing clinic was held on July 16 this year. Somehow it never fails to be unbearably hot for this event. Thank goodness for plenty of electric fans and shade trees! We had multiple breeds attend this year, including over 70 Jack Russells for CERF testing. All were NORMAL (Yippee!) with the exception of three who had been previously diagnosed with cataracts and are being annually monitored for progression. This was great news for lots of people. We also had quite a few puppies for BAER testing, and all were normal! A good day all around!
Probably the most exciting news in July came from Germany announcing the birth of two beautiful litters sired by Strut via frozen semen. Congratulations to Gabi Schmidt (The Wanderers) and Hans Lange (Highfast)! Many thanks to them for the steady stream of great photos! See the miracle babies here and stayed tuned for updates on these little beauties. Ain't technology grand??
.TRIAL NEWS:.August had us ready and able to attend a few trials again. As always, Tri State was a great time with its relaxed and fun atmosphere. It's especially nice to have the opinion of some different Judges at these Open Trials. This year we were honored to show under Karen Fitzpatrick (Saturday) and Mark Gwilt (Sunday), over here to judge for the first time on Sunday. Our dogs placed well both days. It's a good feeling to have both American and Foreign judges suggest through through their placements that our breeding program is on the right track.We brought out a new dog pup (Conquest Thorn) for the first time and he started the weekend off by going Best 4-6 Month Puppy. Thorn repeated this win on Sunday as well. Magic was Puppy Champion on Saturday and ended the day as Reserve Best Terrier of the Day—quite an accomplishment for a young pup! Keeping things in the family, Magic's sister Brillo was Best Bitch Puppy both days, and Reserve Puppy Champion on Sunday.
Turbo won the Bronze Medallion Dog class both days and went on to be Reserve Best Working Dog on Saturday. Sunday he stepped it up a notch and was Best Working Dog and Reserve Working Terrier Champion. Stroll was Reserve Open Terrier on Saturday. Sunday was an even better day for her as she went Best Open Terrier and Best Terrier of the Day! This was a repeat feat for her as she was Best Overall Terrier the year before at this same show while still a puppy. Stroll is on a roll!
.Then it was on to Sunny Hill two weeks later. We are lucky to live close enough to this outstanding venue that it was possible to drive back and forth each night. Despite getting lost in the dark after a most delicious dinner on Saturday night, it was nice to sleep in one's own bed. Here we had the pleasure of showing under Kevin Allen (England) on Saturday and Sandra Ferber (NY) on Sunday. The weekend started out a bit wet with drizzle falling most of the day on Saturday. We dusted off our "Main Man" (Strut) for this show since Mr. Allen had never seen him. Strut ended up as Reserve Best Working Terrier and also won Best Family with our girls Cleo and Stroll by his side along with Conquest Surf, who was Reserve Puppy Champion. Our young dog Magic has been very well received this year and was Puppy Champion both days. Ovation is truly in her prime and was Best Working Bitch both days and went all the way to Working Terrier Champion on Sunday. All in all, a good showing—we couldn't be more proud of our four-legged friends.
.Over Labor Day we made our annual pilgrimage to the Northgate Trials, hosted by Doug and Sue Tack. Entries were huge again this year and despite the tail end of a hurricane making an appearance on Saturday, the show went on without a hitch. This was made possible by the Tack's foresight and incredible generosity in providing a huge tent for the announcers stand and the conformation classes. Many an exhibitor lost their Easy-Up, but somehow spirits remained high. People made the best of things and we all had some fun.Judges for the weekend were Steve Wallace (England) and Gaye Redpath (Canada). Strut had never been shown under Mr. Wallace either, so we brought him along to show on Saturday. Although Strut has been enjoying life in semi-retirement, he has really seemed to relish "strutting his stuff" on a few special occasions this year. Neither rain nor wind nor Hurricane Ernesto could keep "the Strut Man" from showing his butt off. He could not be denied and was crowned Working Terrier Champion for the fourth straight year at this Trial.
Our girl Fang was Best Working Bitch and was right behind Strut as Reserve Working Champion. We didn't show Strut in Family this year but nevertheless his kids made their presence felt. Turbo was Reserve Best Working Dog both days, Stroll was Best Open Terrier both days, and his beautiful smooth daughter Northgate Stella, owned by the Shury's was Puppy Champion on Saturday. Magic had his turn again on Sunday taking Puppy Champion with his litter sister Brillo taking Best Bitch Puppy. The Working Division on Sunday was a sweep for the girls with Ovation as Champion and Cleo as Reserve.
.Our last trials of the year will be the JRTCC National in September and the JRTCA National down Maryland way in October. Hopefully terrier coats will cooperate and not get too hairy as the days and nights get cooler!.
May/June, 2006.Summer has arrived and the new hunting season is in full swing. Spring was a busy time with getting coats in shape, working in the garden, and getting ready for puppies, all of which have now arrived.We did attend the Buckeye trials, as this fit nicely into our schedule, just before the girls started whelping. It was great to see our friends from near and far at this, our first trial of the year. The terriers did us proud.
On Saturday, Little Eden Sassafras and Little Eden Brillo were Best and Reserve 4-6 Month Bitch Pups; and Brillo's brother Magic was Reserve 4-6 Month Dog Puppy. Sassafras then went on and was named Best 4-6 Month Puppy. This was our first time showing for all three of these pups. Saturday, Stroll was the star among our adults, going Reserve Best Open Terrier.
On Sunday, the babies again did well with Magic going Best 4-6 Month Dog Puppy and Sassafras overall Reserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy. In the Working Terrier Division, Fang showed beautifully and literally felt like she was floating on the end of my lead. This spectacular performance did not go unnoticed by the judge who made our girl Fang Working Terrier Champion of the day.
The Duchess County Trials were the last on our calendar until August. rained a bit on Saturday morning and was blazing hot all day Sunday. I wish all trials could be held at such a wonderful facility as this. The covered pavilion made sure all remained comfortable, allowing a nice breeze to flow through and blocking the brutal sun. Our terriers showed well. Brillo and Magic were Best 4-6 Month Puppy and Reserve each day. On Saturday, Stroll was Best Open Terrier and Revelation took that same honor on Sunday. Be sure to take a look at the new photos of these two lovely girls. The Fairgrounds were great for photo opportunities as well!
.Several new additions have been added to Strut's "Sire Of" pages. Click here to see these lovely up and coming youngsters. They're already doing their daddy proud!.April 18, 2006.The nice weather is finally returning to the Northeast. Ovation had a busy winter raising a lovely litter of puppies, then finished the season by working a fox and earning her Bronze Medallion to boot! We couldn't be more proud of our girl Fang!.Several of our girls have moved on to well deserved retirement. It's always hard to let them go, but we know they are well loved and happy. Click on their names to read about Bagpiper, Veela, and Slick in their new homes..Check out the new kid on the block---introducing Little Eden Revelation!.February 14, 2006.Despite the milder than normal weather, we've been having good luck and plenty of fun hunting. Turbo earned his Bronze Medallion last week on a beautiful sunny 50-degree day, working a raccoon (an 11-foot dig!) and a possum. .January 19, 2006.Now that deer season is finally over, we've been getting out with the terriers for some fun days in the hunt field. The youngsters are coming along well. Turbo did a great job working his first fox last week and is proving to be a well-rounded and useful worker. He can fit just about anywhere, has the drive to get the job done, and the sense not get himself smashed up in the process..November 20, 2005.TRIAL NEWS:.Phew! The whirlwind of October and the JRTCA National Trial is past. It was as always an incredible experience seeing some of the best terriers in North America, and meeting up with friends from far and wide. Saturday brought dismal weather for all to endure —cold, rain, and wind. Thankfully this was well forecast and having packed appropriate clothes helped a lot, at least for the humans. The terriers did their best to seem "up." Certainly it was true that all the conformation handlers were in the same boat as we did our best to keep the dogs warm, dry, and interested in looking good for the judge. This was no easy task let me tell you, since many of the classes went on for over an hour due to large entries. Our dogs did us proud. All placed well in their respective classes. In ring one, Strut pulled off his third consecutive National Best Working Terrier Dog award. It was quite a thrill and a fine testament to his ancestors that he is holding together so well over the years. At four he is in his prime and looks better than ever—in our eyes anyway.
Strut's kids, Turbo, Cleo, and Vixen did well in their working classes, placing 2nd, 3rd, and 2nd respectively. To top it off, his dam Bagpiper managed a 3rd place in the Veteran Working Terrier Bitch class—not bad for a smooth in that horrid weather! Click here for a photo of old Piper showing off her stuff. It was a good day for the family.
Special mention and congratulations go to Northgate Flyn (Strut x Crossruff Fuss), owned by Doug and Sue Tack. This gorgeous and versatile girl was 2nd in her large puppy conformation class, 3rd and 4th in her racing classes, and was Puppy GTG Champion!
Over in ring two, Ovation's girls Revelation and Rendezvous made their debut in the 4-6 month puppy division. We were very pleased indeed when Revelation won and Rendezvous placed third in their very large class and Rev went on to be named Best 4-6 Month Puppy!
On Sunday the sun made an appearance and good spirits abounded for the day. First Class of the day was Stud Dog and Get. The only problem with competing in this class is that you don't get to walk around the ring and get a really good look at all the gorgeous exhibits. This is the premier display of current stud dogs and their offspring and is something not to be missed by any serious breeder if they can help it. You cannot imagine how thrilling it was when Strut won the class and his grandsire Hudson was second. Strut was also awarded Reserve Best Family, with Best going to the lovely and very deserving brood bitch, Sow's Ear White Riot. Click here for a picture of Strut with his get Stroll, Cleo, and Crossruff Cutter.
In the Open Division, Stroll made her debut with the "big girls" and won Bred by Exhibitor Bitch. Especially at the National, this class is always full of the "best of the best!" We were so proud of Stroll—she pulled it off after just turning a year old the week before! Ovation also showed her heart out—she put on the performance of her lifetime and was fourth in the tall R/B bitch class. So, at the end of the day, the ball was in young Stroll's court as the representative of our kennel. She didn't disappoint us. Our little girl went Reserve Best Open Bitch and then on to Reserve Best Open Terrier! Yahoo! Click here for a couple of nice pictures of Stoll in the ring.
Probably the highlight for us at this year's National was the Breeders Generation Class—our kennel won it for the third consecutive time! This year our entry consisted of Hudson, his daughter Bagpiper, her son Strut, and his daughter Stroll. We couldn't be any more proud of these four special terriers, each representing a successive generation in our breeding program. They are a living example of our "motto," and what we strive for in breeding: "Quality through the generations." Each of them is outstanding in his or her own right, both in the field and in the show ring. Hudson is a three time winner of the Bronze Medallion Class at the National and was the 2000 Reserve National Champion. Piper won the Veteran Working Terrier Bitch Class at last year's National. Strut has won at the national each of the four years he has attended: Best Open Dog in 2002, Best Working Dog 2003-2005 and National Champion in 2003 & 2004. And last but not least, Stroll was Reserve Best Open Terrier at this year's National—her first time competing as an adult! Click here for a really great picture of our wining group.
.OTHER NEWS:.York is now officially retired. He remains vigorous, healthy, and gorgeous in his tenth year of life; but his days as an active sire are over. We feel truly blessed to have this magnificent dog in our life and we look forward to watching his legacy continue through his many outstanding get..We were very pleased to hear that Conquest Gusty, Strut's daughter out of Buckaroo Breeze started her show career with a bang a few weeks ago down in Florida. She was Reserve Puppy Champion on Saturday and Puppy Champion on Sunday. Congratulations! .Check out Wrinkle's page in the History section—we finally got a picture of Little Eden Tag!.September 17, 2005.This continues to be a banner year for groundhog hunting here in western New York. So far we've only managed to explore a tiny, but fruitful corner of a great new farm. We're looking forward to a great fall/winter season there as well. In August we made a trip to Ohio to hunt with our good friend Steff. Ovation and Cleo got to see some action and earned Natural Hunting Certificates to groundhog. Turbo, our very promising youngster also got to show us what he's made of. After a near-death experience involving him and a thankfully dog-savvy band of broodmares, Turbo got down to business in a sette occupied by two good sized groundhogs. One bolt and a good dig later, my appreciation for this smart little smooth dog's ability below ground continues to grow. Here's hoping he's now stock broke too!
.TRIAL NEWS:.Northgate was once again an outstanding success! As usual it was expertly organized and the Tacks, who so graciously host this trial on their property, were well rewarded with a huge entry of over 500 terriers! The weather was tip top and a great time was had by all. The best thing about the whole weekend was the announcement that all proceeds from the trials this year will be donated to the Red Cross to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina.We were very pleased with our terriers' results. Making her first appearance in the ring, Little Eden Revelation showed beautifully and was third in her class on Saturday. She won it on Sunday and ended up as Reserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy. We couldn't be happier with this little girl.
Turbo ended his puppy career in style, winning his class both days and on Sunday, going Reserve Best Dog Puppy. He'll show with the "big boys" at the National. Stroll also finished her puppy career with bang and was Puppy Champion both days. Another Strut daughter, Arazmataz Scout, was Reserve Best Bitch Puppy behind Stroll on Sunday, much to the delight of her proud owner Brian P. Daddy Strut was Working Champion and the winner of Best Family both days.
Other highlights include Little Eden Cleo making her debut in the working division where she was Reserve Best Working Bitch on Sunday and Little Eden Ovation going Best Open Bitch and Reserve Best Open Terrier on Sunday as well.
That's all the news for now. We'll continue to enjoy groundhog hunting as long as the weather holds, and work on keeping coats in shape for the National next month. Until then...
.August 11, 2005.Congratulations to Foxy's new co-owner, Sandy Ryan of Round the Bend Terriers..The Tri State Open Trials were this past weekend. It had been quite some time since we'd shown our terriers to David Jones, a working terrierman whose opinion is very well respected the world over. We also enjoyed having the opportunity to show under Julie Felton for the first time and were delighted that both judges seemed to think we are on the right track with our breeding program. All our dogs did well in their respective classes and divisions. But without question, the high point was at the end of each day when Best Terrier of the Day and Reserve were chosen from amongst the Puppy Champion and Reserve, Best Open Terrier and Reserve, Working Champion and Reserve, and Best Colored Terrier and Reserve.
On Saturday we had three dogs in the ring: Strut (Working Terrier Champion), Stroll (Puppy Champion, and Cleo (Reserve Best Open Terrier). I was thrilled and amazed to the point of having goose bumps when Best Terrier of the Day was awarded to Strut and Reserve went to his daughter Little Eden Stroll.
At the end of the day on Sunday, we had the same three terriers in the ring. I can't tell you how exciting it was when on this day, Stroll was awarded Best of Day and her sire Strut was Reserve Best of the Day. It was an emotional and very memorable moment, and something I will always be proud of as a breeder.
.July 23, 2005.We have been having some great groundhog hunts this year, despite the torturous heat wave that just won't quit. Our youngsters are coming along nicely and Slick earned a Natural Hunting Certificate last month..TRIAL NEWS:.We felt like going somewhere new this year so we loaded Strut and five of his kids into the van and headed south for the JRT Research Foundation Benefit Trials in Kentucky. These trials were especially well-run with plenty of traditional southern hospitality and great trophies.Judges Ted Harris and Michelle Davies drew a terrific entry and the overall quality of the terriers was excellent. Both days went quite well for the Little Eden gang.
- Turbo was Best Dog Puppy on Saturday and Reserve Dog Puppy on Sunday.
- Stroll was Best Bitch Puppy and Puppy Champion both days.
- Slick won her class both days and was Best Working Bitch on Sunday.
- Strut was Best Working Dog, Working Terrier Champion, and won Best Family both days.
- Little Eden Majestic, now owned by Joyce Kruger, was Best Open Dog on Saturday.
- Vixen won the Bred By Exhibitor class both days.
- Cleo was Best Open Bitch and Best Open Terrier on Saturday
- Swish was Reserve Best Open Bitch on Sunday.
It was quite a weekend for Susan Snyder as well. Her York daughter Decisive Awe won her class and was Reserve Best Working Bitch on Saturday. This was their first time in the working division and I was very proud of them both.
.TERRIERS FOR SALE & OTHER NEWS:.Little Eden Cleo has come back home and has her own page in The Girls section of our website. Under the expert care of Micki Gorman, Cleo has matured into an exquisitely beautiful young bitch that we are proud to have in our breeding program..Congratulations to Bethany McNaught! Her Little Eden Charmed One won "High in Trial" at a recent Obedience Match and has also earned herTherapy Dog Title (TDI). Good job girls!.Check out this photo of Hudson son, Little Eden Pippin! Pippin lives in Nebraska with Libby Milroy and their field-trialing Labrador Retrievers. Looks like he is fitting right in with his Lab friends..June 9, 2005.TRIAL NEWS:.We had a great time at the Ohio Trials, despite some pretty intense storms that kept popping up during Saturday afternoon. Thankfully they were short in duration, and no one got hurt or lost a tent. Our dogs did quite well for the most part. A real highlight for us was Vixen going all the way and being named Working Terrier Champion, defeating her Ol' Man in the process! Vixen has always been a favorite of ours and she really showed her heart out. Not to be undone, Vixen's son Sling Blade, sired by Oliver Twist, was Best 4-6 Month Puppy both days. Keeping it all in the family, Strut's daughter Stroll (aka Gilda) was Puppy Champion on Sunday, and his son Swift Run Derringer was Best Open Terrier on Saturday. We practically flew home after skipping the Family Class on Sunday in record time, expecting Tundra to whelp that night. False alarm though—she was awfully nice by waiting until Tuesday morning and allowing me to catch up on sleep before the big event!
The Rescue Trials held at Breezewood were very well-attended and ran without a hitch all weekend. Our terriers again did us proud. Strut was Working Terrier Champion and the winner of Best Family both days. Our young Sling Blade was Best 4-6 Month Dog Pup and Reserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy overall both days. A lovely Strut daughter, Northgate Flynn, owned and bred by Doug & Sue Tack, was Best 4-6 Month Puppy on Sunday. This division was quite large and had wonderful depth of quality throughout—a good sign for the future in our breed.Stroll was Reserve Puppy Champion on Saturday, Turbo was Reserve Best Dog Puppy both days, and Vixen was Reserve Best Working Bitch on Sunday.
.OTHER NEWS:.Check out the new photo of our beloved Wrinkle in the History Section. We think she still looks pretty darn good as she fast approaches the decade mark..Congratulations to Susan Snyder and her York daughter Decisive Awe on earning a Natural Hunting Certificate to Groundhog!.May 19, 2005.The weather has improved and things are going well here at Little Eden. We've had some youngsters out in the field recently and have been especially pleased with how our young male Little Eden Turbo is coming along. He's shown us enough to indicate he'll be one of those we all love so well—a true natural at his work. Now he'll be put up until he matures a bit. It's for his own good, but I haven't been able to convince Turbo of that—he's already a demon for work!.TRIAL NEWS:.We've been out to a few trials this spring and have been quite pleased with our terrier's placements. At the Mason Dixon Ice Breaker, we showed Strut in the Family Classes where he won Best Family on Saturday and Reserve on Sunday with Crossruff Cutter, Little Eden Stroll, and Little Eden Slick by his side. In the Working Division, we had Slick entered. She ended up Reserve Best Working Bitch on Saturday and was awarded Best on Sunday. We also showed two of our Strut puppies in the 6-12 division. Turbo won his class each day and went on to Reserve Best Dog Puppy the second day. We are very excited about this young smooth dog and are looking forward to a very bright future with him. Our little girl Stroll (aka Gilda) is developing nicely as well. She looks so much like her daddy that sometimes we get them mixed up! She finished her first trial weekend by going Reserve Puppy Champion both days..At the Yankee Trials in CT we were expecting it to rain all weekend. Low and behold, it never rained at all until just after I took my tent down on Sunday—and then not enough to cause any problems—what a relief! This was the first show for our Vixen boy "Reynard." We were delighted that he was third in his class Saturday and Best 4-6 month Puppy on Sunday. Reynard's smooth brother Vito also did well his first time out, winning his class both days! It was also Vixen's first show since giving birth—she took a respectable second place in a very tough Bred by Exhibitor Bitch class on Saturday and won her Working Terrier Class on Sunday. Gilda was Reserve Puppy Champion on Saturday and Turbo won his class and went on to be Reserve Best Dog Puppy both days. Not bad for a small smooth! To top off the weekend, Strut was Working Champion and the Winner of Stud & Get both days..OTHER NEWS:.We put up a page of Dart's offspring—check it out here..We've also updated the "Dam Of" pages for Brit and Foxy and added some pics on Strut's "Sire Of" page 1. Take a peek..March 25, 2005.Spring is supposed to be here, but you'd never know it by the amount of snow still left on the ground in our yard! Repeated heavy snowfalls made getting out into the field difficult at best this winter season. Even so we did manage to get out several times with die hard hunting friends and had some excellent digs. Snow shoes rule! Although we had no luck getting Strut into a fox as we had hoped to do, he did enjoy working a mean ol' coon for an hour or so while we dug down five and half feet to the pair. Our young girl Fang got out several times this season as well, gaining plenty of good experience and earning an NHC to Raccoon in the process. We're at home for awhile now until baby season is over, but the terriers and I are eagerly awaiting some good groundhog digging come late May or June..We were disappointed to find that Beauty's breeding to York didn't take this time around. Panic-stricken is more like it, due to the fear that perhaps this indicated our old boy was "done." We were lucky to have another bitch in season to act as a "teaser" so York was collected and the semen evaluated by our veterinarian. Thankfully all is well! I was incredibly relieved as several litters to be sired by York are planned for this coming year, now that we finally have some bitches small enough to go to him. In fact, the long awaited cross of Veela and York is in the works right now.Little Eden Swish, who will whelp in Indiana with co-owner Jennifer Shaul presiding, has also been bred to York.
.January 23, 2005.Winter has set in here in Medina. You'd never know it was 68 degrees last week! We're buried under two feet of snow, with more on the way! And it's COLD!Hunting has been slow this year due to several trappers having set lines on some of my best places. These are farms I have been hunting for years. We did bolt the first fox of the season in December, with more dens to check as soon as we can get out again.
.November 20, 2004.It's hard to believe another trialing year has come and gone for us already! I guess it's true what they say—time flies when you're having fun..The National:.This year's JRTCA National Trial was, as always, beautifully organized and exceptionally well run by many hard-working volunteers. The weather even cooperated for the most part after a less than ideal forecast. We arrived on Friday and spent the afternoon setting up, visiting friends from afar and "browsing stud dogs" as possible future mates for our girls.Saturday dawned chilly but wonderfully sunny! The day could not have started off any better for us, as our beloved Strut won the Bred by Exhibitor Working Dog Class. There simply are no words to describe my feelings as Strut won Best Working Dog and then went on to defend his title, becoming the JRTCA National Working Terrier Conformation Champion once again. No one will ever have to remind me of how special this dog is. Click here to see us in the ring during the final judging, the 2004 Champion and Reserve with the judge, and Strut with his trophies.
We didn't show any puppies this year, as we wanted to bring out our veterans without having to worry about ring conflicts. Naturally York was along for the ride. He hadn't been out in a couple of years and it seemed appropriate that he make one more public appearance in his lifetime. I can't tell you how exciting it was to be on the end of his lead as he paraded around the ring like a stallion surveying his domain. At nine years of age, this grand old underground warrior still has wonderful flexibility, and outstanding movement that always gets noticed. He looks as good as he ever did—and isn't even gray! At the end of it all, York won the Veteran Working Dog class in ring one, and was second in a very competitive Veteran Dog class in ring two. Take a look at this great action shot—I think you'll agree that York seemed to be enjoying himself as much as I enjoyed being out there with him.
We were equally pleased with how our girls did this year. Vixen and Slick were each second in their respective Working Bitch classes. On Sunday, Veela showed herself well and was fourth in the always huge under R/B Bitch class. Ovation (aka Fang) won a very tough Bred by Exhibitor class. She ended up one of only three bitches left in the ring as the judge narrowed down the field and made his final decision for Best and Reserve. Click here to see Fang turn it on when it counts!
Not to be outdone by the younger generation, Bagpiper won her Veteran Working Bitch class in ring one and had great fun doing it! In ring two, Thriller won the Veteran Bitch class and went on to be named Best Veteran overall. This made it a "North American Sweep" for her, as she was Best Veteran at the Canadian National this year too. The Veteran Division is always exceedingly competitive at the National. What an educational treat for new breeders (and the not-so-new too!) to see these great old dogs, many of whom are in the pedigrees of today's younger generation of top working and winning terriers. Click here to see Thriller in action.
On Sunday, Strut placed fifth in the Stud Dog & Get class. But the highlight of our day was definitely the Breeder's Generation Class. Thanks to a rule change, the mighty Hudson was able to take his rightful place in our group this year. It was an emotional moment to see him standing in the ring, as magnificent as ever, with his daughter Bagpiper, his grandson Strut, and his great granddaughter Slick. I was nearly moved to tears as we won this class for the second year in a row. Hudson has certainly been a very big factor in the success our kennel enjoys today—hats off to the old dogs!
.October 5, 2004.The groundhogs are getting well covered with fat in preparation for winter. Sure hope we're not in for one as severe as last year. I don't think I could take another winter like that... We've recently had some enjoyable treks out in the field with friends, both old and new. It's been a good summer—our novice workers are coming along nicely and the weather has been great in this part of the country..We've been back in the show ring too now that the days are cooler and more pleasant. The Northgate Trial, as usual, was beautifully run and extremely well attended with somewhere around 450 dogs entered! Certainly it's one of the largest trials of the year. Strut was Working Champion on Saturday. I owe a big thank you to Sandy for showing the dude for me as I was off showing my big red dog for part of the day. Take a peek at our newest canine family member, Swed/Am Ch. Farao Anubis Aakhe. On Sunday, Strut was Reserve Working Terrier. His daughters did him proud as well. Vixen was Reserve Working Bitch, while Slick and Cleo went Best Open Bitch and Reserve, respectively. Slick then went on to be name as Reserve Best Open Terrier. All in all, a fun but exhausting weekend since I'd been away from home since Wednesday!.The Canadian National, we are proud to say, went very well for us. Almost unbelievably, Strut pulled off a repeat of the results from last year's American National and is now: the 2004 Canadian National Champion, the winner of National Best Family, and the sire of the National Puppy Champion! Congratulations to Gaye on Conquest Strike's excellent win! This is a beautiful young male and one to keep an eye on for in the future. In addition, Strut son, Swift Run Derringer, was the Reserve Best Open Terrier; and the Reserve Best Bitch Puppy was Strut daughter, Little Eden Swish. Additionally, Little Eden Roxy won a nice class, Ovation, one of our favorites, was Best Open Terrier, and last but not least, we dusted off our bed dog, Thriller for the occasion. The 'ol girl treated us to a real "thrill" by going National Best Veteran and was also named Best Bronze Medallion Terrier. Little Eden Terriers owned by others did us equally proud. Little Eden Bristle, owned by Sandy Kiteley won Reserve Best Family.Little Eden Charmed One, owned by Bethany McNaught was Best Altered Terrier; and Little Eden Slap Shot, owed by Sue McNaught scored a 198 in Obedience! A bang-up weekend was had by all with great weather, great friends and great fun..We've added a new page of Strut's offspring—you can check it out here.
.August 18, 2004.We had a great time at the recent Tri State Terrier Trials in Shohola, PA. These events were extremely well run and the weather was great. Our terriers made us proud with a respectable showing on Saturday under the internationally well-respected terrierwoman Linda Cowasjee. Our little girl Veela made a big splash in her debut as an adult by going Best Open Terrier. Strut was Working Terrier Champion and ended up as the Overall Best Terrier of the Day. His daughters Swish and Slick both won their classes, Mandy Johnson's beautiful Crossruff Cutter was second, and Vixen was third in a very nice Bred By Exhibitor Bitch class. In ring two, Foxy's daughter (by Rushill Rio) Little Eden Roxy made her show ring debut. She won her class and went on to be named Reserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy!On Sunday Englishman Geoff Burnhill officiated in the main ring. He used Veela as Reserve Best Open Terrier, Strut as Reserve Working Champion, and Vixen as the winner in the Bred By Class. In ring two, Strut won Best Family and Roxy was second in a very good class of bitch puppies. All in all a good weekend. We it made home just before midnight, and the transmission in our van kindly waited until we were about ten miles from home before deciding not to shift out of second gear :)
.Congratulations to Bob Boyd and Chris Wardell on a very successful weekend in Kentucky. Their gorgeous young male Swift Run Derringer was Puppy Champion both days! Derringer has attracted quite a bit of attention recently and with good reason—he is absolutely stunning in every way. Derringer is sired by Strut and is out of a York daughter. This combination (Strut over a York daughter) has been working almost magically well and appears to be a good old-fashioned breeding "nick" of the highest caliber!Hearty congratulations also go out to Mandy Johnson and our good friend Gaye Redpath. Mandy's Strut daughter Crossruff Cutter was Best Open Terrier on Saturday and Gaye's Little Eden Sergeant (York x Little Eden Dallas) took Best Open Terrier on Sunday. We heard these were terrific trials and that fun was had by all—wish we had been there!
.We finally got some new photographs of "beautiful Brit" as she's known around here. Brit is approaching her third birthday and without question is maturing beyond our wildest expectations. .
July 17, 2004.We would like to extend hearty congratulations to all our friends who did so well at the recent Russell Rescue Benefit Trials. I know Sandy Kiteley is proud of her bitch Little Eden Bristle (Little Eden Bazooka x Little Eden Snap) and rightly so. Bristle won Best Family and Reserve best Veteran on Saturday and was Best Veteran on Sunday. Way to go Bristle! Sandy also handled her York son Conquest Omen to Reserve Best Working Dog honors on Sunday. Congrats also to Gaye Redpath and her Strut son Conquest Strike was Best Dog Puppy and Reserve Puppy Champion on Saturday!At the recent West Virginia Working Terrier Trials, Strut's sons continued their winning ways. Anmchara Jekyll-n-Hyde was Reserve Best Dog Puppy under Bob Clough and Conquest Strike who was Best Dog Puppy Champion under Marye Vale.
Our crew did very well at our most recent outing, this time up in Ontario, Canada for a couple of very well run Trials. The weather was wonderful and great fun was had by all. On Saturday at the Brocksett Trial, Strut was Best Working Terrier and also won Best Family. His get were very well represented as well. Swift Run Derringer was Best Dog Puppy and Puppy Conformation Champion while his litter sister Swift Run Honor was Reserve Best Bitch Puppy her first time in the ring. Little Eden Slick was Best Working Bitch and Little Eden Vixen won a very nice Bred By Exhibitor Bitch Class. To top off the day, our pride and joy, Veela was Best Bitch Puppy & Reserve Puppy Champion.
Sunday was the Niagara Group Trial. Strut was again Working Terrier Champion with Reserve going to his daughter, Slick. Reserve Working Dog went to the gorgeous York son Conquest Omen. On this day, Strut took Reserve Best Family to Oliver Twist and his beautiful, always consistent family group. Congratulations to fellow Western New Yorker Valerie Davis! In the Puppy Division, Strut sons Conquest Strike and Swift Run Derringer took Best Dog Puppy and Reserve, respectively. Best Bitch Puppy and Puppy Champion was Veela who showed like a dream and literally stood like a statue. The Open Division was especially exciting for us. In what the judge of the day said was one of the strongest Open Divisions she had judged in quite some time, our own Little Eden Brit took the top honor and was Best Open Terrier! We have always dearly loved Brit, but she slow to mature and was only shown once as a puppy. This weekend was her debut as an adult and we couldn't have been more thrilled! To top if off, Vixen again won the Best Bred By Exhibitor Bitch Class.
Until next time—hug your terriers and smile like you mean it :)
..July 14, 2004.Groundhog hunting is getting underway after allowing time for babies to mature and get out on their own. We had the opportunity to school a few of our youngsters recently and we couldn't be more pleased! Those pesky rodents had better watch out for Wizard and Beauty! vShow season is in full swing. It's been great to get out and see old friends after the long cold winter and very rewarding to have our breeding efforts validated by a variety of judges.Congratulations to Micki Gorman for a successful trial at Hi Bid! Micki has been doing a great job with her gorgeous male Little Eden Majestic, who was awarded the Puppy Conformation Champion for the day. Another dog pup, Anmchara Dasher, this one of Micki's own breeding, and sired by Strut was Best 4-6 Month Puppy. Dasher's handsome littermate, Anmchara Jekyll-n-Hyde is definitely one to keep your eye on this year. He won his class in style at the Ice Breaker in April.
The Yankee Trials in CT were very well run as usual and loads of fun. In the puppy division, our girl Veela showed her heart out and was Puppy Conformation Champion both days. Not to be outdone, her littermates Wizard and Majestic, showed great guns too. Wizard was Best Dog Pup on Saturday and Micki's Majestic was Best Dog Pup and Reserve Puppy Champion on Sunday! In the Open Division, Ovation took top honors on Saturday while Cleo got the nod on Sunday. Both these girls have matured beautifully—we couldn't be more pleased! Having young bitches of this quality in our breeding program surely bodes well for the future. Strut won the Stud Dog & Get class on Saturday and placed second to his influential grandsire on Sunday. In the Working Division, Strut's daughter Slick made her adult debut on Sunday and was Reserve Working Terrier Champion.
We drove to Ohio over the Memorial Day holiday weekend to attend the Buckeye Extravaganza Trials. It was really great seeing our good friends from as far away as Texas, Florida, and Indiana. On Saturday, our girls Veela and Stitch were Best Bitch Puppy and Reserve, respectively with Veela going on to be Reserve Puppy Conformation Champion for the day. On Sunday, the very exciting Strut son Swift Run Derringer made his debut by going Reserve Best Dog Puppy. Strut won Stud Dog & Get/Best Family both days in some very tough competition. Strut was also best Working Terrier on Saturday, with his daughter Slick going Reserve Working Terrier on Sunday. In the Open Division on Saturday, Ovation was Best with another of our favorite young bitches, Vixen going Reserve. Ovation continued her winning ways on Sunday, once again being named Best Open Terrier. Our little "Fang-Fang" has really made us proud this year, earning five Best Open Terrier awards out of six times shown! To make it a "clean sweep" for the weekend by girls from our bloodlines, the beautiful Decisive Awe was Reserve Open Terrier on Sunday! Awe is owned and bred by Susan Snyder and is out of Little Eden Radish, sired by The Hollow York. Congratulations Susan!
.May 9, 2004.TRIAL NEWSAlthough we didn't go to any shows ourselves in February and March (too cold and terriers too hairy!), our thanks go out to the owners of our pups and terriers sired by our boys who were out there showing and reporting their consistently excellent results.
In February at the Georgia Winter Spectacular, the gorgeous York daughter, Briddle Creek Encore owned by Shirley Davis, was Reserve Open Terrier on Saturday, while Bagpiper son, Little Eden Maverick owned by Cathy Shreve, was Reserve Open Terrier on Sunday. Another young son of "Piper," Little Eden Reign of Fire owned by Deborah Williams, was Reserve Puppy Champion both days! Rainy, as Reign of Fire is called, then went on to the Brenham, TX show where he was Reserve Dog Puppy.
In Florida at the Fox Cry Spring Fling Trials, Strut daughter, Crossruff Cutter owned by Mandy Johnson, was Best Bitch Puppy both days and went on to be named Puppy Champion on Saturday and Reserve Puppy Champion on Sunday. The beautiful York daughter, Hart Farms Shirley (all grown up now) owned by Cheryl Hart, was Best Open Terrier on Sunday as well.
At the Mississippi River City Trials, York's daughters again did very well. Briddle Creek Encore was Best Open Terrier both days andFirestorm Fahrenheit was Reserve Open Terrier on Saturday. Congratulations to all!
Our first trial of the year was The Mason Dixon Ice Breaker. We were very much looking forward to getting our two young bitches, Vixen and Slick, out for their first time in the Working Terrier Division, but as luck would have it, they both came into season the day after I sent in my entries! It never fails!
I hadn't entered Strut in Working, but since his daughters were unable to compete, "the dude" stepped into the ring once again winning Working Terrier Champion on Saturday and going Reserve to another very nice Rivet son, Firestorm Blast on Sunday. Strut with his get, Little Eden Cleo, Little Eden Stitch, and Swift Run Jagger by his side, won the Stud Dog Class and Best Family both days, remaining undefeated in these classes!
Our Little Eden Wizard was Puppy Champion on Saturday his very first time in the ring! Be sure to check out the updated photos of Wizard and his littermates here. This whole litter continues to please us greatly.
To top off the weekend, Little Eden Ovation was Best Open Terrier both days. Our little "Fang" has really blossomed over the winter and we couldn't be more proud of her!
.February 4, 2004.Be sure to check out Strut's "Sire Of" pages, we've added quite a few new photos..Please welcome Fox Island Dart to the Girls section of our website..We did manage to get some hunting in before the unbelievable cold and snow hit. In December we made a trip to Ohio for some fun with friends and terriers. On Friday our young bitch Slick did a great job and earned a well deserved JRTCA Hunting Certificate to Raccoon. I'm not sure who was more proud: me or Slick's other best friend, Jan Dewinter! Dart was the star on Saturday, first working an opossum and an hour later locating and working another sette with two raccoons in residence. Dart did a brilliant job and earned her Bronze Medallion with that effort!In January we got out once before the snow and cold took over completely. Our girl, Vixen found and worked what has to be one of the largest opossums on record. It was so big I couldn't lift it with one arm as we were doing an "after dig" photo session! Vixen did a great job, earning a NHC in the process. This is one that Steff and I will remember for a very long time.
.Leo moves overseas and gets a new name! Congratulations to Hans Lange of Highfast Kennel in Germany on the purchase of Little Eden Ramazotti, known as "Eros.".New photos of Veela and her "Mexican" sister, Filipa—see them here..
November 24, 2003.We have added a couple of terriers to the Offspring Section of our site. Please welcome Little Eden Cleo and Little Eden Willow..Congratulations to Kathleen Shreve! Her Little Eden Maverick was recently Best Open Terrier at the Denton Texas Trial. We understand that Maverick's son, Jack Company Poppe, was Puppy Champion at the same trial!.
October 31, 2003.Another JRTCA National has come and gone, and without question it was the show of my life! On Saturday, world renown working terrierman, breeder, and judge, Bob Clough, made our Little Eden Strut the 2003 JRTCA National Champion. Later that same day he awarded the title of National Puppy Champion to Strut's daughter, Little Eden Slick. On Sunday, Strut won the very competitive Stud Dog & Get class and went on to win Best Family. Needless to say, Strut has once again exceeded all our expectations, and has made history in the process. To the best of my knowledge, no other dog has ever been National Champion, the sire of the National Puppy Champion, and the winner of the National Best Family award all in the same year. To top if all off, our kennel won the Three Generation Breeder's Class with Little Eden Bagpiper, her son Strut, and granddaughter Slick. You could have knocked me over with a feather. A definite highlight of the weekend for me was the Stud Dog class. The first three in the lineup were Strut, Rivet, and Dagger—three successive generations, each an improvement upon the last (in the opinion of the judge). I considered that to be a wonderful tribute from Mr. Clough to an outstandingly dominant sire line, and to all the breeders involved in producing these beautiful families. Click here to see Struts JRTCA National Best Family and here for a photo of Strut and his half sister Buckaroo Breeze receiving awards for JRTCA National Champion and Reserve.In addition to the above awards, we would like to congratulate the following Strut children for their success at this year's National Trial:
- Swift Run Swagger: 2nd (out of 29) 6-9 Month Dog Puppy, R/B
- Swift Run Jagger: 3rd (out of 29) 6-9 Month Dog Puppy, R/B
- Swift Run Secret: 6th (out of 13) 6-9 Month Bitch Puppy, Smooth
- Crossruff Cutter: 3rd (out of 42) 6-9 Month Bitch Puppy, R/B
- Smilin' Jack Stride: 3rd (out of 28) 4-6 Month Dog Puppy, R/B
- Smilin' Jack Starstruck: 5th (out of 26) 4-6 Month Bitch Puppy, Smooth
.Hudson, now seven years old, showed at this years JRTCA National Trial and convincingly won the Bronze Medallion Class for the third time. Not bad for an ol' man! It was an honor to have Hudson on the end of my lead, looking and feeling as great as he did as a two year old. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to co-owners Jeff and Teresa Rooney for conditioning "Hud the Bud" to perfection and then allowing me the privilege of leading the grand old guy into the ring—he is truly one of the special ones..September, 2003.Our boy Strut continued his winning ways in September. At Northgate, the biggest trial of the year to date, Strut was Working Terrier Champion both days. He was also presented with the North Country Perpetual Trophy at this trial after being named the Best Overall Conformation Terrier as chosen from the Puppy, Open, and Working Champions from both days. I was extremely honored by this award and wish to thank the judges who unanimously voted Strut as the recipient of this beautiful trophy. We are very pleased so say that Strut's kids continue to follow in their Dad's winning footsteps as well. On Saturday, Strut son Swift Run Swagger was Best 4-6 Month Puppy, daughter's Little Eden Slick and Swift Run Secret were one and two in their class, and daughter Little Eden Vixen earned second in a very nice class. On Sunday, Swagger was second in his class, Slick was named Best 4-6 Month Puppy and Vixen won her class. We couldn't be more proud of all these youngsters!At the Free State Trials, Strut again swept the Working Division and also took Best Family both days. His kids really shined over the weekend as well. On Saturday, Swift Run Swagger was Best 4-6 Month Puppy and Little Eden Slick was Reserve. Swift Run Secret was second to Slick in their class, and Little Eden Vixen was the 6-12 Month Puppy Champion. Sunday, Swagger had a class win and wasReserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy, Secret and Slick did a flip flop and were first and second respectively and Little Eden Cleo had a nice class win.
At the Canadian National, Judge Terry Petrie didn't seem to care much for Strut, but his kids on the other hand, did really well. Swift Run Swagger won a tough 4-6 Month Puppy class with his brother Ghost coming second. Little Eden Slick won her class with Swift Run Secret again coming second. Slick then went on to be named the 2003 Canadian National 4-6 Month Puppy Champion! Our Little Eden Vixen had a nice class win and went on to be named Reserve Best Bitch Puppy—not a bad showing for our Strut babies!
.Victoria's Litter sired by Woofgang Wilson is one of the most consistently outstanding we have bred to date. Check out their baby pictures here and stayed tuned! These kids are going places!.
August 26, 2003.Our Little Eden Ovation has grown up. Her first time out as an adult she won the very competitive Bred by Exhibitor Bitch Class and wasReserve Best Open Bitch. Keep your eye out on this young bitch—we think she's only going to get better as she matures..Congratulations to Brad and Kammi Reiss and their daughters Alden and Ryan on the purchase of Little Eden Willow. We just know that Willow will consider life with her new family as a major slice of heaven on earth!.Please welcome Little Eden Vixen to The Girls Section!.Congratulations to Sandy Kiteley of Canada on her purchase of Conquest Omen and to Guillermo Benavides of Mexico on his purchase ofDeep Run Rook. Best of luck with your new boys!.Check out the new photos on Hudson's "Sire Of" page. Hudson son Ardeche Hazmat has been doing some very big winning in the show ring this year. It's quite likely that the young Ruffwind's Tuff will follow suit. Hopefully he'll work like his ol' man too!.Congratulations to the following York kids:Little Eden Only: Best Open Terrier, Rocky Mt. Challenge II & IX
Conquest Cricket: Reserve Best Open Terrier, Rocky Mt. Challenge II
Briddle Creek Pride: Puppy Champion, Kentuckiana Classic
Conquest Taunt: Reserve Best Working Bitch, Research Benefit, II
.Strut is well on his way to making our every dream come true. He has been on an incredible roll in the show ring this summer, he's working well, and his offspring are really looking nice. We could not be more proud of our homebred boy! At the recent Research Benefit Trials, Strut was Working Champion both days. His daughter Little Eden Slick won her class both days and was Reserve Best 4-6 month Puppy on Saturday. Strut son Swift Run Swagger was Best 4-6 month Puppy Sunday, and Strut daughter Little Eden Vixen was Best Bitch Puppy and Reserve Puppy Champion on Saturday—not a bad weekend for the "Family!".Check out Little Eden Temptation's feature in the Offspring section. This young bitch looks to have a very bright future ahead of her. Our sincere thanks to "BB's" co-owner Susan Snyder for doing such a great job with this up and coming young star!
.June 18, 2003.We are proud to say that terriers sired by our stud dog The Hollow York continued to excel at various trials throughout North America during the month of May. At the Piney Woods Trial in Texas, Briddle Creek Pride (York x Briddle Creek Britches) was Best 4-6 Month Puppy; Cottontop Creed (York x Briddle Creek Marla) was Puppy Champion; and Briddle Creek Vegas and Briddle Creek Encore (York x Briddle Creek Reid) were Best Open Terrier and Reserve, respectively. In the Northeast, our own Conquest Omen (York x Mystery) was a class winner both days in Connecticut and went on to be Best Open Terrier on Sunday at the Yankee Challenge under judge Lynn Clough. This was Omen's first time in the ring as an adult! Additionally, in Virginia at the Hunt Country Classic, Shelmar Yardley (York x Shelmar White Diamond) was Reserve Best Bitch at this large Open Trial. Congratulations to all!.It looks like Strut is going to be every bit as successful at stud as he is in the field and the show ring. In his first litter out of Little Eden Foxy, he produced Little Eden Cleo, who has been Puppy Champion twice already at only six months of age! Cleo's sister Vixen is just as nice—look for her to come out later this year. Be sure to check out Strut's "Sire Of" pages. We've added new photos of Cleo and Vixen on page one; and added a second page with photos of some very exciting young Swift Run pups.
.May1, 2003.Our thanks to Valerie Burgess for sending us a photo of her beautiful York daughter "Briddle Creek Ringer." We are very happy to include this aptly named bitch on her daddy's "Sire Of Page." See for yourself how much she looks like York!.Victoria has moved! Our little princess will be living in PA with her new co-owner Michaela Gorman. Micki is well known in the dog world for her beautiful Irish Wolfhounds. From what we hear, Victoria has already managed to wrap a few of these gentle giants right around her little finger! Sounds like she's "living large" and loving life in her new home!.We now co-own Little Eden Tundra and we'd like to express our thanks to Teresa Rooney of Ruffwinds Working Jack Russell Terriers for allowing us this opportunity. We think Tundra has matured into a stunningly beautiful bitch--take a look—we think you'll agree!.Little Eden Intrigue and Little Eden Essence, two beautiful smooth sisters, now have spots in the Offspring Section. .Congratulations to Kris Fierst of Redstone Jack Russells on her purchase of Little Eden Covergirl!.Check out Betty Boop's feature in the Offspring section. Betty is one cool dog and a wonderful ambassador for our breed..Congratulations to Kelly Pulver & Clarissa Carlton on their purchase of Oaks Edge Bianca. Look for Bianca's litter sired by Little Eden Strut later this year.
.April 9, 2003. Strut was Working Terrier Champion his first time out in this most important division!.Rainbow Pride Rip is so happy living in Canada with our friend Laura Mutton that we have decided to make it permanent. We know Laura will take good care of our buddy Rip. Keep an eye out for Laura's pup by Rip out of Round the Bend Glide.
.March 24, 2003.The History Section has been completed! It was quite enjoyable to go back and remember days gone by and great fun going through all our photos for this project. Take a look!.
December 14, 2002. Strut earned a Natural Hunting Certificate to Raccoon. He did a fine job, as we always knew he would, but lost a tooth in the process! We are very proud of our boy and don't mind his "funny smile" at all...New photos of the beautiful York kids Cairnbrae Tweed and Firestorm Fahrenheit. See them here..Little Eden Jewell is growing up beautifully and is taking the show ring by storm down in sunny Florida. See her new photo here.
.November 6, 2002. Swift Run Flash, a gorgeous son of Hudson was Reserve Best 4-6 Month Puppy at the Canadian National Trial this past September. .See the new picture of York's daughter, Swift Run Jewel, National Reserve Best Open Terrier, 2002. And check out Thornbush Gwen, another beautiful York daughter while you're at it!.October 30, 2002.The Hollow York was well represented by his offspring in both rings at the recent JRTCA National Trial. His young son, Morgan Hill Rowdy, was Best 4-6 Month Puppy in Ring 2. In the Main Ring, York's daughters excelled. Swift Run Jewel was Reserve Best Open Terrier, while Little Eden Only took second out of 34 in the very tough Over R/B Bitch Class. Be sure to check out these beautiful terriers as well as the new photo of the very promising York son, Deep Run Rook..In only his second time out with the "big boys," Little Eden Strut was named Best Open Dog at the JRTCA National Trial. Being in the ring with him that day will always be one of the highlights of my life showing dogs. Strut gave me all I asked for and then gave some more! I'm not sure how it looked to anyone else, but I felt like I had a million bucks on the end of my lead. I'll never forget those magical moments as he literally showed his heart out for me!.
September 25, 2002.Strut made his debut with "the big boys" at the Canadian National Trial where he won the Bred by Exhibitor Dog class. We just love this dog—check out his new pictures and you'll see why!.The Hollow York and his kids made a very impressive showing at the Canadian National Trial this year. Under renowned working terrierman, David Jones, York was named Reserve Best Veteran, Best Bronze Medallion Terrier, and I am especially pleased that he was also awarded Best Family. I would like to thank the following people and their York kids for helping us to achieve this prestigious win: Debbie Johnson with Briddle Creek Vegas, Shirley Davis with Briddle Creek Encore, Jean Veazey with Shelmar Yardley, Bob Boyd with Swift Run Jewel, and Don & Gail Stock with Morgan Hill Rowdy. Our own Conquest Omen also participated in York's Family. We took lots of new pictures, so please take a moment to browse through York's NEW "Sire Of" page to view these beautiful terriers..The time has come to retire a few of the older girls from our breeding program. Wrinkle, Thriller, and Hooligan will be spayed and allowed to spend their days playing, hunting, and cuddling in our beds. These three girls have played an important part in our success over the last five to seven years and now it's time for their descendants to take us into the future...So now that some of the older girls have retired to the "good life," it's time to introduce you to a one of the new kids on the block: Little Eden Brit: A stunning York daughter and granddaughter of Hooligan.
.August 1, 2002.Little Eden Maverick, littermate to Strut, is maturing beautifully under Kathy Simmons wonderful guidance and care. See new pictures of this handsome young dog here..Conquest Taunt and Conquest Trax are continuing their winning ways this show season, each earning multiple Bests and Reserves in their respective divisions. Take a look at these beautiful York kids here.
.June 12, 2002.York's offspring are really getting noticed with their remarkably consistent look and wonderful "feel." See another of his beautiful daughters here..
May 15, 2002.Our area code has changed to (585). Please make a note of it..Little Eden Maverick and Little Eden Tribute have taken Texas by storm! See these handsome litter brothers of Little Eden Strut in the Offspring section..Little Eden Strut now has his own page in the Stud Dog section of our site. This young dog will take your breath away!
.April 2, 2002.Little Eden Radish is all grown up down in Texas. A great big thank you to Susan Snyder of Decisive Terriers for doing such a wonderful job with Radish! Check out the new adult photo of this little beauty in her Offspring feature
.March 21, 2002.The Grooming the Jack Russell Terrier for Companionship, Work, and Show video is finally done! This informative "how to" production is a "must have" for those new to terrier grooming and offers tips for the experienced groomer as well. Order yours today at Canine Training Systems..
February 13, 2002.Conquest Dieter has moved to Arkansas. Congratulations to Darlene McCutcheon on the addition of this outstanding stud dog to her breeding program!