I got my first FCR, Tramp (Am/Can Ch. OTCh. U–CD Grousemoor Some Like It Hot TD WC; Can UD), in 1986. She was my first FCR, my first Champion, my first Obedience Trial Champion. Tramp had a litter of puppies for her breeder and co-owner, Helen Szostak, in 1989. One of her sons, Grousemoor Nike Air Jordan, went on to sire a dog named Valeycrst Boot Scootinboogie, who won the Veterans Sweepstake at the National Specialty. Although I had little to do with the breeding, I love knowing that my girl lives on in her descendants.
When my 2nd FCR, Treasure (Ch. OTCh. U-UD Grousemoor Forget Me Not UDX RN OA OAJ WC; Can UD; RL2 (1 JH leg earned when she was 11), reached the end of her life at 12.5 years old, I regretted two things: not doing more field work with her when she was younger, and not breeding her. Alas, it was not the time in my life to devote the time required to raising a litter of puppies, so I never even considered it.
I strongly considered breeding my 3rd FCR, Ty (Ch. Grousemoor Timeless UDX OM2 SH RE WCX; RL3), but for various reasons, never did.
So here I am, breeding Sonic. I adore her: her temperament, her looks, her biddability and huge desire to work, but also who she is as my every day companion.
To produce athletic, sound puppies with correct FCR structure, outstanding FCR temperaments and strong retrieving desire and abilities.
Biddability/trainability/desire to work
Beautiful head, feet, top line, tail set
OFA Excellent hips
Want to improve on
Movement – would like more reach and drive, and she’s a bit too close in the rear
Bit more coat and furnishings
Bite (Sonic is just a bit undershot)
Water courage – she finds long water entries and big water some what intimidating