15.8.10......time really does fly, and so much has happened since Crufts, and not too sure where to start ! In no particular order !!!
I finished college and passed my dog grooming exam with a distinction
had an excellent summer showing with my GSP's and the Husbands Cockers and the two Bracci (Micki and Conte) We have had best of breed, best puppy, several reserve best of breed and best male. We have so far now have 5 qualified for Crufts 2011. Sorry about the lack of results from each show but i would be here for a while :0)
Andsal babies are continuing to do well in other spheres such as working trials, agility, field trials and obedience.....well done to everyone and long may it continue
Sadly in July we had to make a very hard decision and Paulgun the Wizard from Andsal is now at Rainbow bridge. He was a once in a lifetime dog. He was never sick or sorry, he had to be the best working dog that anyone could have wished for, there was never a day to cold or a river too wide, which he has passed onto his offspring, and i feel very privileged and honoured to be owned by such a wonderful and talented dog. Thank you to Pauline and Arnold Giggins for this very special boy.
Merlin as he was known is the only GSP to have sired winners in just about every discipline there is. They include, showing, working trials, working tests, field trials, obedience, agility and he also has two children that are fully trained narcotics search dogs for the police and prison service, he also has a son that is in training to search for humans in disasters such as the 7/11 disaster. He was my first male GSP, and he was a terror as a puppy, he and his mum shadow destroyed my leather 3 piece suite, my lounge carpet and my stair carpet ...all just in 2 hours! He was gobby and loved the sound of his own bark, to which my neighbours will verify! I was told that they grew up at about 2 years old, well that never arrived and he still thought he was 6 months old for his entire life. He loved puppies and was superb with them, his temperament was faultless and he always had a twinkle in his eye. He was a BIG dog but he managed to curl himself up into the smallest of ball to fit on the sofa and he would sit on your lap at any opportunity he had, he was like lightening and if you were sat down then he was sitting on you before you realised what was going on. he was top dog and everyone know it!
Merlin was my foundation stud dog and i have his field trial winner son, Dipper to carry on his legacy and several daughters and granddaughters. There are also Merlin sons and Daughters world wide. Anyone who has owned a Merlin baby knows what a special boy he is. I knew exactly what he would produce ...his black and whites and solid blacks were Merlin doubles and the liver and whites and livers were replicas of mum, that never changed and just by looking at his black and white babies, you are looking at Merlin.
Merlin, you were one very special boy and will be truly missed by everyone that me you and everyone that has one of your babies, have fun at rainbow bridge and your mum Shadow will keep you in check. You have no idea how much you are missed xxxxx
WOW!! WHAT A DAY WE HAD, IT WAS A 4AM START AND 10PM FINISH BUT WELL WORTH IT !!
THE DAY STARTED WITH SHOWING SPOOK (GWP) WHO HAD A 5TH IN LIMIT, IT WAS THEN A MAD DASH TO ANOTHER HALL FOR THE COCKER SPANIELS. THE CLASSES WERE HUGE AND WE REALLY DIDN'T EXPECT TO COME AWAY WITH A 4TH WITH LILY. THE JUDGE WAS THE WORLD FAMOUS FRANK KANE WHO HAS TO BE ONE OF THE FAIREST JUDGES THERE IS. HE EVEN MADE A POINT IN COMING OVER TO US AND SAID "SHE HAS ONE OF THE BEST MOVEMENTS...SHE JUST NEEDS TO MATURE" OVER THE MOON IS PUTTING IT MILDLY !!
THEN CAME THE BRACCO'S TURN....... THE JUDGE WAS MR C DE GIULIANI FROM ITALY. CONTE WAS 2ND IN POST GRADUATE, BUT THEN HE HAD A 2ND IN OPEN WHICH WAS THE BIGGEST CLASS OF THE DAY NEXT TO THE WORLD CHAMPION (WHO THEN TOOK BEST OF BREED. ) COMING 2ND NEXT TO THE WORLD CHAMPION....I CAN HANDLE THAT!!!!! THEN MICKI TOOK 2ND IN POST GRAD, AGAIN IT WAS A HUGE CLASS AND I AM SO PROUD OF THEM ALL.
8.01.10 BOSTON CHAMP SHOW...I DID WONDER IF IT WAS A GOOD IDEA GOING AS WE HAD RATHER A LOT OF SHOW, BUT IT TOOK IS 2HRS TO DO A 40 MINUTE JOURNEY AND WE GOT THERE SAFE AND SOUND. WHAT AN EXCELLENT DAY WE HAD, 2 FIRSTS, A SECOND, RESERVE BEST BITCH AND BEST PUPPY IN BREED...LETS HOPE MANCHESTER IS A GOOD SHOW FOR US TOO WHICH IS IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS
JANUARY 2010...HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY ANDSAL BABIES (AND OWNERS OF COURSE !!) AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYONE WHO SENT XMAS CARDS, PHOTOS AND GENERAL UPDATES ON MY BABIES....PLEASE DONT FORGET TO LET ME KNOW THROUGHOUT 2010 :0)
DECEMBER 2009....HAS NOW GONE, BUT BELOW ARE THE ROSETTES WE HAVE HAD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR...LETS HOPE 2010 IS ANOTHER GOOD ONE FOR SHOWING
20.12.09 Well i have no idea where the year has gone to, we have been very busy with shows and also i am now at college doing a grooming course, which i am really enjoying, i will have a separate page when i get the time to do it. Showing has gone really well, having numerous best puppy in breed and a reserve best in breed, and we have 6 qualified for crufts 2010, not sure if we can take them all though!! Our last show was LKA where we had a 1st in post grad. There are a few open shows left this year and early next, but the next Champ show is Boston in January. I should have been at a show today but we have about a foot of snow and Newark is lousy on a cold day, so we have spent most of the last two days in the fields playing with the dogs in the snow.....lots and lots of photos taken, and will put those on the gallery page when time allows.
My thoughts are will Roy Gill as it is just over a year ago when Ann died, she is still deeply missed by all who knew her
I hope she will be proud of the beautiful solid liver bitch that is in partnership with a good friend of mine. Fen is still a puppy and is by Birkenwald Xanto, i am sure she would have liked her as much as we do. (photos below)
29.7.09 Hip score results back for Andsal Runa at 3:3 and Andsal Xquisite 5:6
28.7.09 Not very good at keeping this updated but there has been all sorts happening, been busy with showing, Spook had a second at East of England in Limit, Paul's cockers are also doing well too, last week we were at Leeds with Tammy and Blossie who had a third and VHC. Not sure why but i didn't enter any of mine! Our next show is National Gundog on the 1st August and i am taking Buddy and two of Paul's cockers
2.7.09 Windsor champ show, the hottest day of the year - who ever invented Air con needs a medal. Because the public pay an entrance fee we couldn't take Buddy or Anya but we took Spook, my much loved GWP, who came out of retirement, this was his first show since he took the reserve CC at Crufts - he had a 3rd in limit, and he was a star as always. I also took the Hubby's two cockers who had a 2nd in junior with Blossie who has qualified for Crufts at her second champ show, and Tammy had a 3rd, so good results all round really. a couple of photos below - Spook on the left, Tammy in the middle and Blossie on the right
Crikey we are now in July, where is the year going??!! We have been doing some open shows and Blackpool was our first Champ show of this year, and Took Buddy who had a 4th in a fairly large class. This was his first champ show, so we were pleased with the result.
April - May Sorry about the lack of updates but its been very busy around here. Vora has given us 13 beautiful babies, we are having to help her feed them, but they are all doing very well. There have been some excellent results in showing and working tests etc, I have put those on my results page. We have had two outstanding foals as well - they can be seen if you click on the new foals link of the home page.
28.2.09 Wath & West Anya was second in Puppy
21.2.09 Buddy mated Birkenwald Vora today, this really will be an exciting litter, and I cant wait!
21.2.09 Back at Newark again today, Anya was 2nd in puppy, the judge said what a lovely pup but just not as mature at the one that was 1st. Well she is still only 6 months old! Buddy was 3rd in Graduate
15.2.09 Went to Leicester Gundog Soc with Anya and Buddy and also the Hubby with his leg still in plaster :0) Anya was best puppy in breed and Buddy was second in Post Grad. This was the first show for both of them and i am very proud how they took it both in their stride and they behaved beautifully. Next show is the 21.2.09 (and its the day before i am 40!!!!
14.2.09 Holly gave me her babies today, and they are lovely, they are big strong pups and i am looking forward to seeing how they grow. I normally name them in alphabetical order but these just might have to have a valentine theme!!
19.1.09 Great news for the Birkenwald affix, Roy has just called me to say that the affix has been transferred to his name, which means that the dogs/puppies, that he and Ann planned for the future will still carry "Birkenwald"
7.1.09. Ann's funeral was held yesterday at Yeovil Crematorium, it was a lovely service and and a lot of people travelled many miles to say goodbye to a very special lady, for those people who knew Ann i am sure you would agree that she was a kind, thoughtful lady who was so generous and would help anyone that asked. The thing that will always stick in my mind about yesterday is the song "Who let the dogs out" which was the parting music. Ann would have found that very amusing.
Now for the good news. Roy is going to continue with the Birkenwald line, both he and Ann had planned the coming years to which Roy will honour, which is wonderful for several reasons, a couple of those being is that Ann would be overjoyed that Roy is continuing her lifelong passion, and it is also wonderful for the breed itself - continuing to expand the gene pool here in England which is not enormous, and quite frankly the pure "English" bred dogs are lacking in just about every way possible. (but that is another topic totally)
Now, the not such good news is that there are terrible rumours being spread by very small minded people - idiots spring to mind! who have nothing better to do, and we have our suspicions on who it is but WHEN both Roy and i find out who is spreading them, god help them. I am too angry to say much more, but for anyone who is too stupid to listen - here are the facts.
The Birkenwald Affix is NOT for sale, the only person who will continue with that Affix and the ONLY person that could do it justice is Roy
Ann and Roy's Birkenwald dogs are NOT for sale, other than any puppies Roy breeds
ANN GILL - BIRKENWALD 18.12.08
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart, i
have have to tell you
that a very good friend of mine has passed away. Ann has done so much
for the breed for many many years and she is someone i looked up to
and respected, and i felt honoured that she was someone i could call a
very good friend.
There is no one else in the breed of GSP's that went to the lengths
she did to find the prefect dog for her outstanding bitches. regularly
travelling to Germany, even up to very recently.
My thoughts are with Roy and her family. Ann will be missed by many
many people in this country and the rest of the world where she has
I just hope that i can make her and Roy proud with my wonderful Birkenwald dogs that both Ann and Roy trusted me with.
This really is the end of an era and Ann will forever remain in my heart and thoughts
THE PHOTO BELOW IS OF KAISER WHO IS OWNED BY JO MARSDEN. HE IS NOW QUITE FAMOUS AS THIS PICTURE IS IN THE MORRISONS XMAS BROCHURE 2008