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Full-Day Seminars for Puppies and Young Dogs

will be offered at WASSOOKEAG again this year
to get them off to the right start for
basic obedience, hunting and hunt tests.
THESE POPULAR ONE-DAY SEMINARS
will be offered again in April, June and September 2015
Contact Dave at
wassookg@uninets.net for more information.


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
RETRIEVER TRAINING GROUPS
ARE CONDUCTED APRIL THROUGH SEPTEMBER AT WASSOOKEAG

These groups are held at Wassookeag Retrievers every week for a few dedicated owner/handlers and their transition level dogs.
Two weekly groups – a morning and evening group – are held where various scenarios, including land and water marks, blinds and live flyers are set up to give participants an opportunity to advance together as a team and experience the general atmosphere and type of retrieves they will encounter in both hunting and hunt tests
.
Questions??  Contact us at  wassookg@uninets.net or (207) 234-4092

Watch for announcements of other upcoming classes, training groups and seminars to be held at WASSOOKEAG throughout the year !

WASSOOKEAG NEWS / BRAGS / HAPPENINGS

On July 19th and 20th, 2014 WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS served as test headquarters for the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s annual AKC Hunt Test.  Master, Senior and Junior stakes were held on properties around Dixmont.  The weather was beautidul all weekend and a good time was had by all.  

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS will be hosting another club training day for the
Penobscot Hunting Reriever Club on Sunday July 13th beginning at 9am.
Check out
www.phrc.net for more information.

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS will be hosting another club training day for the
Penobscot Hunting Reriever Club on Sunday June 15th beginning at 9am.
Check out
www.phrc.net for more information.

 WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS will be hosting a club training day for the
Penobscot Hunting Reriever Club on May 4th beginning at 9am. 

Spring has finally arrived at WASSOOKEAG with the ice going out on our ponds
on April 16th. 
The fields are drying out nicely and we are gearing up for
what promises to be another exceptional season!

Wassookeag Retrievers, Inc. will be participating at two
Maine Sportsman’s Shows this year where again we will be on hand to discuss our various Retriever Training and Obedience Programs which we offer year-round including our unique Puppy & Young Dog Retriever Training Classes
, ,
 Antler Tracking / Shed Dog Training
as well as our
full-service Retriever-focused boarding and training
facility
and plans for upcoming litters in 2014. Be sure to stop by our booth for some
engaging retriever talk and to meet some of our dogs!

PFFA Cabin Fever Reliever
www.cabinfeverreliever.com

Brewer, ME   March 1st and 2nd
The focus of the show is “Promoting traditional Maine outdoor activities and crafts through education and demonstration” – a mission that WASSOOKEAG feels very strongly about.
Past events were a great success and we look forward to participating again in 2014.

Gabby (2)

   Annual PCCA Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show
www.conservationassociation.org
Orono, ME     March 7, 8, & 9  2014
Also look for the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club booth at the show!

**We will not be at the Augusta event this year due to other commitments
but we wish all the participants a great show.

Autumn – our favorite season – has arrived at WASSOOKEAG.  We are still out training every day and there are no signs of slowing down!  Our 2013 Retriever Training Classes have just finished up but we have set the dates for the 2014 schedule which are posted above.  We are pleased to be receiving updates and pictures from class participants and Wassookeag trainees on their successful hunting seasons!  It is so satisfying to see the work that has gone into training a retriever come together in the field.  The joy of seeing this teamwork develop between true hunting partners is indescribable. Whether your interests lie in waterfowling or upland hunting and you want to polish your Retriever’s hunting capabilities or just need to brush up on a few skills, give us a call.

On October 5th, WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS hosted the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s Working Certificate Tests with Retrievers at all levels participating.  The day also included the club’s 3rd annual PEE WEE stakes where young puppies also had the opportunity to strut their stuff and earn a ribbon.   The day concluded with a tailgate party and awards ceremony.  For more information about the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club, visit their website at www.phrc.net.
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WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS attended the Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of  Ducks Unlimited’s  annual Waterfowl Hunters Party on Saturday, August 17th.  It was held at a new location this year – The Gardiner Sportsman’s Club.  What a great spot!  This fun,  family-friendly event was well attended and the perfect Maine summer weather we had was icing on the cake.  WASSOOKEAG had a small information booth set up and Dave helped out with the retriever competition.  Other event highlights included competitions in duck calling  for both adults and kids, decoy carving and best duck boat rig, a big raffle and a cookout!

It’s another busy Summer at WASSOOKEAG…….Our Retriever Training Camp is full, Daycare is busier than ever, our Boarding Kennel is keeping us busy year-round and the final set of Retriever training Classes for 2013 have just gotten underway. 

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Don’t forget to register for WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS’ upcoming Retriever Training Classes for Puppies and Young Dogs.  These popular classes are fun for your dog and for YOU!.  Our next sets of classes begin on Saturday August 3rd at 9:00 am and on Tuesday August 6th at 6:00 pm..  Choose the sessions that best fit your schedule. 

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WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS will be the headquarters for an AKC Retriever Hunt Test on June 20th and 21st sponsored by the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club.  There will be a total of 148 Retrievers entered in the five tests offered – a Master test and two Junior and Senior tests.  Learn more about the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club at www.phrc.net

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS will be hosting another training day on July 14th starting at 12 noon sponsored by the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club.  For more information, visit www.phrc.net Training Day page.  Everyone welcome!


WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS hosted a training day on June 30th sponsored by the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club.  We had an excellent turnout and the weather was perfect. 

The first sessions of classes for 2013 began May 4th with our Retriever Training Classes for Puppies and Young Dogs and have just wrapped up.  We had an excellent turnout for the 6 week long program.  FMI about our upcoming classes in August 2013 visit our Training page and download a registration form.

Dory, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever bred at WASSOOKEAG and owned by
John and Nicole Gray, is this month’s Boatyard Dog in the May issue of
Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors.  Dory is a litter sister to our own Boogie (Wassookeag’s Face The Music and Dance) out of Wassookeag’s Winter Solstice and sired by Can Ch Kare’s Red Typhoon, JH, CD, WC.
Dory - Boat Yard Dog
Wassookeag dogs and puppies have also graced the pages of LLBean catalogs, FetchDog, Mud River Dog Products,  Hinckley Yachts, Ellen Allen Annapolis,
the Piscataquis Observer and the Bangor Daily News,

 WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS hosted a training day for the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club on April 20th.  Despite the cloudy forecast, the event was well attended by club members anxious to get outside and work with their dogs.  As it turned out,
the rain stopped just as the training got underway and it turned out to be a very successful and pleasant day.

Saila

On April 11th, Wassookeag Retrievers was featured in The Weekly –
a Bangor Daily News publication – in an article written by Brian Swartz.  We received
a lot of positive attention following the write-up from old friends and new.  We even received an impromptu visit from Senator Susan Collins and her husband, Tom Daffron the next day.  As dog lovers themselves, they saw the article and were intrigued by our
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.   

Spring has finally sprung at WASSOOKEAG!  The fields are bare and fairly dry, the ponds are still solid but beginning their transformation toward open water.  Deer are out grazing every morning and late afternoon, flocks of turkeys have reappeared and the Canada Geese have stopped in for their bi-annual visit as they take a break from their travels.

Wassookeag Retrievers, Inc. will be participating at just two
Maine Sportsman’s Shows this Spring where again we will be on hand to discuss our various Retriever Training and Obedience Programs which we offer year-round including our unique Puppy & Young Dog Retriever Training Classes
, ,
 Antler Tracking / Shed Dog Training
as well as our
full-service Retriever-focused boarding and training
facility
and plans for upcoming litters in 2013. Be sure to stop by our booth for some
engaging retriever talk and to meet some of our dogs!

PFFA Cabin Fever Reliever
www.cabinfeverreliever.com

Brewer, ME   February 23 and 24
The focus of the show is “Promoting traditional Maine outdoor activities and crafts through education and demonstration” – a mission that WASSOOKEAG feels very strongly about.
Past events were a great success and we look forward to participating again in 2013.

75th Annual PCCA Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show
www.conservationassociation.org
Orono, ME     March 8, 9, & 10  2013
Also look for the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club booth at the show!

**We will not be at the Augusta event this year due to other commitments
but we wish all the participants a great show.

2012 was the busiest year yet at WASSOOKEAG with the expansion of more services
to meet our client’s needs.   Our unique * specialized * professional
daycare, boarding and training programs which focus on Retrievers have become extremely popular
amongst those in the know.
We have added new ponds for training and recreational swims
and increased our groomed nature trails for the dogs to enjoy.
We are looking forward to another exciting year in 2013.

Autumn has arrived at WASSOOKEAG and the hectic pace of Summer is beginning to subside.  We are looking forward to our favorite season, getting in some hunting with our dogs and preparing for Winter.  We are still busy welcoming daycare and boarding clients going out daily to train and providing private  lessons to all levels of retrievers.
Dates for our Spring classes have been set and will be posted shortly.

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS will be hosting another “Fall Bare Bones Classic” – working certificate tests for all retrievers.  This fun, annual event, sponsored by the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club, is scheduled for October 7th.  For more information or to download an entry visit the club’s website at  http://www.phrc.net/ClubEvents.html

Summer activities at WASSOOKEAG are now in full-swing including daily obedience and retriever training for the dogs in our boarding/training programs, individual lessons for owner/handlers, Saturday morning and Monday evening classes,  daily fun trips to the ponds for swimming and exploring, puppy playtime and entertaining visitors. 

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS will be at the Merrymeeting Bay Waterfowlers Day sponsored by the Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.  We will have a table set up with some of our dogs to talk about our training programs and Dave will be judging their Retriever Competition.  For more information visit the DU website at http://www.ducks.org/maine/events/28439/merrymeeting-bay-waterfowlers-day
Bring your dog and have some fun all while supporting a great organization!

CONTRATULATIONS ro Dave and Wassookeag’s Fast Eddy for earning Eddy’s
AKC Junior Hunter title at the Penobscot Hunting Retriever tests in July. 

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS is proud to be the test headquarters for the 2012 AKC Retriever Hunt Test to be hosted by the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club on Saturday and Sunday, July 21st and 22nd.  Tests will be set up for Master, Senior and Junior level dogs.  Enter at www.entryexpress.net .  This is also a great opportunity for those new to retrievers to come and watch the excellent dog work and see what the sport of Retriever Hunt Tests is all about.  The partnership between a happy, well trained Retriever and it’s handler working together is a beautiful sight to see!

CONGRATULATIONS to Josh Holland and Wassookeag’s Remi for earning Remi’s
AKC Junior Hunter title in June at the Southern Berkshire Golden Retriever Club test in Simsbury, CT.  Remi is a gorgeous Archie X Bertha boy, and a full brother to our black female, Alice.  Remi was trained by Dave and handled by Josh in all four qualifying legs
to earn his AKC title.

WASSOOKEAG will host another training day for the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club on Sunday, June 3rd, 2012.  Everyone welcome!!  For more information, visit the
Training Days page on the club’s website at
www.phrc.net

WASSOOKEAG hosted a training day for the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club on Sunday, April 22, 2012.  We had an excellent turnout despite the cold and rainy forecast with over 20 handlers and nearly 40 dogs participating.  Thankfully the rain held off until late afternoon after the last of the equipment had been put away. 

Plans are underway for our Spring and Summer Retriever Training Classes which will begin in May with classes offered on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings. 

Wassookeag Retrievers, Inc. will be participating at three
Maine Sportsman’s Shows again this Spring where we will be on hand to discuss our various Retriever Training and Obedience Programs
which we offer year-round including our unique Puppy & Young Dog Retriever Training Classes, Summer Youth Fun Day as well as our
full-service Retriever-focused boarding and training facility and plans for upcoming litters in 2012. Be sure to stop by our booth for some
engaging retriever talk and to meet some of our dogs!

PFFA Cabin Fever Reliever
www.cabinfeverreliever.com

Brewer, ME   February 25 and 26
The focus of the show is “Promoting traditional Maine outdoor activities and crafts through education and demonstration” – a mission that WASSOOKEAG feels very strongly about.
Last year’s event was a great success and we look forward to participating again in 2012.

73rd Annual PCCA Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show
www.conservationassociation.org
Orono, ME     March 9, 10, & 11  2012
Also look for the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club booth at the show

State of Maine Sportsman’s Show
www.mainesportsmanshow.com
Augusta, ME   March 30, 31 and  April 1, 2012


On October 9th, WASSOOKEAG hosted the final club training day of the season sponsored by the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club .  The day was absolutely beautiful and dogs enjoyed several water set-ups taking full advantage of the
unseasonably warm weather.  It was a nice way to wrap up the 2011 club training season and we are already making plans for some of next year’s events.

Congratulations to Wassookeag’s Fast Eddy who completed the requirements of the PHRC Working Certificate test on September 17th.  Kudos also to our young puppies, Wassookeag’s Fizzy Lizzy “Phyllis” and Cribstone Wassookeag Rules of the Sea “Seamus” for participating in the PHRC 1st annual Pee Wee Stakes.
  

The Penobcot Hunting Retriever Club Fall Bare Bones Classic WC/I’X tests and
PEE WEE Retriever Stakes scheduled for August 28th at WASSOOKEAG had to be postponed due to the anticipated arrival of Tropical Storm Irene.  The new date is September 17th and entries have reopened until September 14th.  More information and a registration form can be downloaded from the club website at
www.phrc.net annual events page.  This event is meant to be a fun, informal introduction to the Retriever games. 

NEW TITLE!  Our “token” Golden Retriever, Mioak’s Rush To Wassookeag, earned his AKC Junior Hunter title on September 4th going four in a row handled by Dave. 

CONGRATULATIONS! to Elvis Campobasso and his chocolate female, Lilly.  They competed in the DockDogs competion at the Hunting Expo hosted by LLBean on
August 27th where Lilly placed in the Semi-Pro finals jumping 18’10”!!  Lilly is a
three year old Indy X Sage pup.  “Everyone comments on how beautiful of a dog she is and how good tempered she is”.  WASSOOKEAG couldn’t be more proud of this team!

WASSOOKEAG hosted a retriever training day for the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club on Sunday June 12, 2011. More than 20 dogs and their handlers braved the cool, damp day for an opportunity to train. Dogs ranging in age from 10 weeks to 10 years were not at all hampered by the low June temperatures.  The rain held off and the black flies and mosquitoes were non-existent.  Puppies were introduced to birds and enjoyed some puppy retrieves while marks were set up for all levels for the big dogs
to do what they love most.

The ice went out at Wassookeag on April 16th!  The dogs have all been in for some fun swims and formal water training is about to resume.

Spring is finally making it’s way to WASSOOKEAG!  The fields are clearing and beginning to dry out.  We can walk the dogs on the woods trails without putting on our snowshoes, the ice on our six training ponds is beginning to break up  and some of the more determined Retrievers have found enough open water
around the inlets and outlets to go for a swim.


The focus of the show is “Promoting traditional Maine outdoor activities and crafts through education and demonstration” – a mission that WASSOOKEAG feels very strongly about.  The Event was a great success.  We got to meet lots of new folks and saw some old friends as well.  Gabby, Avery, Rush and Filson joined us in our booth and enjoyed the weekend immensely!  WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS won one of the Ehhibitor prizes –
a beautiful signed and numbered print by
Maine wildlife artist, Mark McCoullough.

 Wassookeag Retrievers will be hosting the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s 2010 Fall Bare Bones Classic WC/I/X tests for all Retrievers again this year on Sunday, October 10th.  WC/I/X  tests for Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers following the rules and regulations of the NSDTRC(USA) will also be offered and the judging panel has received preapproval from the National club.  Bring your retriever for a fun day of testing from entry level to advanced work.  For more information visit the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s website at www.phrc.net.  A registration form can be downloaded from the Annual Events page.  Entries must be received by October 2nd.  Contact any club member for more information.
 

On July 3rd WASSOOKEAG hosted an impromptu club
Training Day / Lobster Fest.  A full day of retriever  training was followed by a scrumptious lobster feed.  The weather couldn’t have been better and we thank Ed & Colette Sparks of Cribstone Labradors for picking up the Lobsters right off the boat that morning!  The day provided all of the best Maine has to offer including fine retriever folks, great dogs, delicious food and a beautiful, clear July day!
 

Wassookeag Retrievers was pleased to be the host site of the
2010 Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s 5th Annual Youth Day
on Sunday June 6th. This event was open to the public and proved to be an excellent opportunity for young retriever enthusiasts to get involved and have fun with retriever training.  Even though the weather did not cooperate (the retrievers didn’t mind!) everyone had a great time running the dogs on land and water marks and “getting their feet wet” (no pun intended
J) experiencing the joys of training retrievers to do what they love most.  It was hard to tell who was having more fun, the kids or the dogs but it was clear that everyone went home with some wonderful memories!

CONGRATULATIONS! to owner/handler Molly Billings and her
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever pup, Wassookeag’s Zoe Elizabeth for titling in Rally Novice at the Vacationland Dog Club trials in Scarborough on May 22nd and also for earning a leg toward Zoe’s Companion Dog (CD) title.  Zoe is a Wassookeag pup from the
Drew X Annie litter.  Wassookeag Retrievers is proud of Zoe and her young trainer, Molly, for their most recent accomplishments!

Wassookeag’s Rebecca WC, CGC headed to southern Maine in April for another catalog photo shoot  – this time for the “Holiday” season editions of Maine’s famous outdoor gear and apparel store. 

Spring arrived early at WASSOOKEAG this year.  The fields are drying out nicely and our newest technical pond is near completion offering even more challenging opportunities for water drills and  advanced level retriever work.

On Sunday, October 4th, WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS hosted the
“2009 FALL BARE BONES CLASSIC” WC/I/X TESTS
for Goldens, Tollers and all other Retriever Breeds.
The tests were sponsored by the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club and sanctioned by the Golden Retriever Club of America and the
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA).
29 dogs representing three Retriever breeds from throughout New England participated in the various tests. Congratulations to all the qualifiers! This is always a fun way to wind down the test season and get ready for hunting!

Wassookeag’s Rebecca WC, CGC was chosen to participate in a professional photo shoot for a well known Maine based outdoor gear and apparel company on August 15th.  The shoot took place on a beautiful private beach in southern Maine and will appear in an upcoming Spring Kids catalog.  Rebecca enjoyed the attention and especially loved taking a nice long swim at the end of the session.

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS had their annual state inspection done on August 4th with another 100% satisfactory rating in every category.  We are proud of our fully licensed professional Retriever training, breeding and boarding kennel and of the 100% positive ratings it has received in every single inspection we’ve ever had from the state of Maine, the town of Dixmont as well as the American Kennel Club over the years.

Wassookeag’s Rebecca WC, CGC our 2 1/2 year old out of Wassookeag’s Fresh Samantha JH, WC, CGC and sired by Broadway Wassookeag Showtime JH, WC, CGC just had her final x-rays submitted to OFA and we are pleased to announce they came back OFA EXCELLENT hips / OFA normal elbows
just as our other two Tony girls did.
Rebecca will be running AKC hunt tests with Dave this season.  She exhibits the same enthusiasm and trainability as her fun-loving parents!

WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS will be hosting a Retriever Field Day for all levels of dogs on Sunday, June 7th beginning at 9:00am.  Sponsored by the Maine Retriever Field Trial Club and the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club, all proceeds will go to benefit Foggy Ridge Gamebird Farm.  All Retriever enthusiasts are welcome.  Join us for a day of training, fun and good food.  Cost is $20.00 / dog.  Contact wassookg@uninets.net to request an informational flyer and registration form.

April 8th was a landmark for WASSOOKEAG as we traveled to Boston to pick up our new addition – an 8-week old field-bred Golden Retriever named RUSH who flew in from Wisconsin.  It was no surprise that he came off the plane ready and raring to go!  RUSH was bred by
Mickey Strandberg of MIOAK’S Kennels in Dousman.  He’s in training here for hunt tests and derby stakes and will become one of Sue’s personal gun dogs as well.  We are looking forward to a lot of fun with this
bold and feisty little fellow!

A WASSOOKEAG RECORD was set on March 15th (Dave’s birthday) when Chloe delivered 11 beautiful, chunky, chocolate pups!  All 11 puppies are healthy, active, and content as Chloe keeps them well fed and happy. 

The new year brought a NEW DOG VAN to WASSOOKEAG!
Our van puts on many miles each year traveling to dog shows, hunt tests and seminars on both sides of the border and it was finally time for a replacement! Our new van is big…it’s bad…and it’s white
J so we have dubbed it “THE SNOW GOOSE”!  We have added our new logo
so watch for us at a dog event near you!!

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are always a lot of fun around WASSOOKEAG and this year was no exception.  We love hearing from so many of our puppy families from over the years and the pictures and updates are always appreciated!  This year we were surprised to find in the mail a beautiful 2009 calendar called  DOG DAYS OF GOLF sponsored by LebanonTurf as a supplement to Golfdom Magazine.  The cover features Wassookeag’s Duke a Hilton X Chloe “pup”  and he is also pictured on every page with his buddy, Bella.  Duke is owned and loved by the Hand family who operate the Bucksport Golf Course.  Duke was acquired in the winter of 2007 to chase the geese off the golf course and apparently he is doing a fabulous job!  Duke is up for the Dog Of The Year contest at the Golf Industry Show to be held in New Orleans in February!

On Sunday, October 5th, WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS hosted the “2008 FALL BARE BONES CLASSIC” WC/I/X TESTS
for Goldens, Tollers and all other Retriever Breeds.
The tests were sponsored by the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club. 29 dogs representing four Retriever breeds participated in the various tests. Congratulations to Wassookeag’s Little Sure Shot, WC “Annie” our little red fireball who passed her NSDTRC(USA) Working Certificate test, handled by Dave and also to Wassookeag Jade, WC and

Skyfire Wassookeag Boathouse Brown, WC both earning their
Working Certificates handled by Sue.

Sue attended the Pawcatuck River Labrador Retriever Club specialty show in Stonington, CT on September 18th where
Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC, CGC –  “Filson”
won the Open Yellow Class.

On Saturday, September 6th, Dave and Sue traveled to Boothbay Harbor with the Filson X Bertha pups where the puppies participated in a photo shoot for a major outdoor clothing and recreation equipment company.  Their photos will be featured in the upcoming 2009 Summer Home catalog and will have world-wide distribution!  The photo shoot was a lot of fun and the pups were surprisingly cooperative throughout the day! 

CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Wassookeag’s Chasin The Wind, SH, WCX, CGC for completing his AKC SENIOR HUNTER title with Dave at the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club tests on August 24th, 2008.
Chase will now be participating in AKC Master level hunt tests with Dave.

Dave assisted at the Penobscot Valley Kennel Club booth accompanied by NSDTR Wassookeag’s Little Sure Shot – “ANNIE” at the
Bangor Dog Days event on August 16th.  Annie enjoyed the morning greeting visitors to the club booth while Dave answered questions about Tollers and training Retrievers.

Wassookeag’s Little Sure Shot – “ANNIE” earned a PHRC Working Certificate title on July 19th.  The only Toller among an entry of 28, Annie completed the test with ease and at only 35 pounds – it’s safe to say she was the smallest qualifier that day!  Congratulations also to Jake, Dutch and Baldrick on their titles and also to “CHASE” who was test dog in the Intermediate and Excellent level tests handled by Dave.

Skyfire Wassookeag Boathouse Brown turned 1 year old on July 17th.  Thank you to all the breeder judges who recognized Brew’s quality in the puppy classes at the LRCP, LRCPV, and the LRCGB Specialty shows.
Brew just got his OFA prelims done and they came back
OFA EXCELLENT Hips, Elbows clear.  A CERF was done 7/13/08 and he is OptGen Clear/Normal by parentage.

WASSOOKEAG had two dog’s entered at the
Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s AKC hunt test on July 6th.  Congratulations to Wassookeag’s Chasin’ The Wind, JH, WCX for passing his third wing toward his Senior Hunter title and to

Wassookeag Jade
for qualifying at the Junior stake making her half-way to her title.  Both dogs were handled by Dave.

Dave traveled to Mexico, New York on June 27th to attend a Retriever handling drills seminar given by Carol Cassity, author of the excellent training manual, “Building a Retriever – Drills and More”  This seminar was sponsored by the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club-USA.

On June 13th at the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston Specialty in Chelmsford, MA, Brew placed in the 9-12 month
sweepstakes class handled by Sue.

In May it was off to Westfield, MA to the Labrador Retriever Club of Pioneer Valley where Brew and Filson were in the ribbons again.  Brew won the 9-12 month Sweeps class and placed in the regular class and Filson placed well in the Open Yellow class.

In April, Sue traveled to Frederick, Maryland once again for the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac Specialty.  This is the largest specialty show in the world with over 1600 Labrador entries.  The “boys” from Wassookeag faired very well at the show with “Filson” – (Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC) winning second place in his class and our new  puppy “Brew” –  Skyfire Wassookeag Boathouse Brown  WON the 6 – 9 month old Chocolate Puppy Dog Sweeps Class and placed 4th in his regular class.  This was Brew’s first trip to a dog show and he thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!
A special thank you goes to Filson’s breeder, Linda Wages, of Pinehaven Labradors in South Carolina and to Brew’s breeder, Stephanie Harris, of Skyfire Labradors
in Washington state for sending these wonderful boys to Wassookeag.  Linda and Stephanie were both at the specialty as well!
 

Wassookeag Retrievers, Inc. will be participating at three
Maine Sportsman’s Shows in the Spring of 2008.
Thanks to EaglePack Premium Dog Food
for sponsoring
our booths again this year.  Dates as follows:
70th Annual PCCA Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show

Orono, ME     March 14,15,& 16
Pine Tree State Sportsman’s Show
Wilton, ME    March 21, 22, 23
State of Maine Sportsman’s Show
Augusta, ME     March 28, 29, 30
 

Dave just returned home from a quick trip to Iowa to pick up our new
Ainley 8-dog trailer.  With all the bells and whistles, our new training trailer has roomy, well ventilated and insulated space for the dogs to travel in style and safety with tons of closets and specialized compartments for all of our training equipment that we use on a daily basis.

On Saturday, November 3rd, Dave & Sue attended the third annual
Pet Expo hosted by the Tri-County Obedience Club in Wilton, ME.  Wassookeag Retrievers participated with our Labradors and Tollers on “Meet The Breeds Boulevard” and talked to folks about our training programs.  Wassookeag representatives included
Labradors – Archie, Cybill & Brew; and Tollers – Gabby and Pumpkin

all of whom enjoyed greeting folks at the show and were good little ambassadors for their respective breeds.

Dave & Sue got a chance to travel together to the
Susquehanna Retriever Club Hunt Tests in Elkton, MD on October 27th and 28th while our daughter, Laurie, held down the fort here at WASSOOKEAG.  We had a great time!  Dave finished up two hunting titles on dogs and our newest addition, Wassookeag Jade, passed her first hunt test, handled by Sue.

Congratulations go out to our high rolling chocolate male,
Blindfaith’s Indianola Jones (INDY) for passing his
Working Certificate Intermediate (WCI) test on October 14th at the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s WC/I X tests held in Maxfield, ME.   Also, hugs and congrats to Wassookeag’s Rebecca for passing her
Working Certificate (WC) test the same day.  At just 9 months of age, Rebecca was the youngest dog entered at the tests.  Both passed with flying colors!  (Indy was the youngest dog entered in any of the upper level tests).  Indy and Rebecca were handled by Dave.

Sue took three dogs (Filson, Archie and Smudge) to the Paukatuck River Labrador Retriever Club specialty in North Stonington, CT  on September 20th and 21st coming home with two blue ribbons.  Immediately upon return, Dave headed to the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston hunt tests in Woodstock, CT on September 22nd and 23rd finishing Hunt Test titles on Indy and River, picking up a third leg toward Rose‘s JH and another leg for Chase toward his Senior Hunter title.

Dave traveled to Long Island, NY with five dogs for the Long Island Retriever Field Trial Club tests on September 8th & 9th.  Wassookeag dogs, INDY went 2 for 2 toward his JH title and CHASE earned a leg toward his Senior Hunter title.  The three client dogs, Rose, Duke and Moxie all did well, too and came home with ribbons toward their AKC titles!

Wassookeag’s Chasin The Wind, JH, WCX  – “CHASE” earned his WORKING RETRIEVER EXCELLENT (WCX) title at the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s “Firecracker Classic” test on July 20th, 2007 handled by Dave.  Three other WASSOOKEAG Labradors earned their Working Certificate titles the same day including:
Wassookeag’s Educating Archie, WC  “Archie” –  handled by Sue

Blindfaith’s Indianola Jones, WC  –  “Indy” handled by Dave and
Wassookeag’s Gimme The Cash, WC   “Jimmie”   – 
handled by Sue

 

Sue brought Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC and
Can Ch Luna’s Rising Star, JH, WC to the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston Specialty Show in Westford, MA on June 15th. 
Filson took a third place in Open Yellow Dogs and “Bertha” placed 2nd in her Hunting Retriever class.  The next day Ace and Filson were entered at the shows in Topsfield, MA where Filson won the Open Yellow Dog Class and Ace took Reserve Winners Dog at the Toller ring.

It was off to Westfield, MA for the Labrador Retriever Club of Pioneer Valley specialty show on May 11th and 12th where Sue traveled light this time with just two Wassookeag Labradors.
It was worth the trip, though, as Bertha (Can Ch Luna’s Rising Star, JH, WC, CGC) won Best Hunting Retriever  and Filson (Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC, CGC) won a second in class placement in the large and hotly contested Open Yellow Class!

Sue just returned home from Frederick, MD where she showed four WASSOOKEAG dogs at the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac specialty show on April 11-13th.  There were 1142 Labradors entered and the show had three rings of Labradors going for three FULL days!!
This show is dubbed “The Breeder’s National” as exhibitors come
from all over the world to watch and participate.
The WASSOOKEAG Labradors
were successful with the following wins:

Can Ch Luna’s Rising Star, JH, WC, CGC –
Bertha
won FIRST
Place in the Hunting Retriever female class and has posession of the Hunting Retriever Challenge trophy for the upcoming year.
Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC, CGC

Filson
won second in class in Am Bred Yellow
Wassookeag’s Natalie

Natalie
won a fourth in class placement in Am Bred Chocolate
Wassookeag’s Educating Archie

Archie
made the final cut in a class of 26 12-18 mos old dogs.
The LRCP Specialty continues to be the largest gathering of Labrador Retrievers in the world!

Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC won the large Open Yellow Dog class at the Eastern Dog Club Show in Boston under breeder judge Michael Silva (Shadowbrook Labradors) on December 9th handled by Sue.

We just received OFA hip and elbow results back on our 2 year old chocolate male, Blindfaith’s Indianola Jones and we’re happy to report he is OFA EXCELLENT, Elbows normal.  He is also CERF’d annually and CNM clear.  Indy has an extensive field pedigree. He is sired by FC-AFC Puff Daddy (FC-AFC Espirit Playin For Keeps X FC-AFC Tailwind’s Hurricane) and out of Field Of Dreams Willow D’One QAA (FC-AFC Tiger McBunn X FC-AFC Gator Pt’s Sweet Potato Pie).  Indy has tons of drive and will be running upper level hunt tests this year with Dave.  We just added Indy’s picture and pedigree to our stud dog page.

Watch for WASSOOKEAG RETRIEVERS, INC.  again this year at the Penobscot County Conservation Association’s Sportsman’s Show
at the University of Maine Field House in Orono
on March 16th, 17th and 18th as well as  

The State of Maine Sportsman’s Show at the
Augusta Civic Center on March 30th, 31st, and April 1st.
 We will be on hand to discuss our various

Retriever Training and Obedience Programs which we offer year-round, as well as our unique Retriever-focused boarding facility and plans for upcoming litters in 2007.

Wassookeag Retrievers hosted the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s Annual Fall “Bare Bones Classic” WC/I/X tests on October 1st with over 30 retrievers participating.  Judges were Pam and Derek Dunn from Rusagonis, New Brunswick.  Congratulations to
Wassookeag’s Twice The Spice, (Sage), for earning her
Working Certificate title handled by Dave.

Pinehaven Wassookeag Cybill made her show debut in September at the Miramichi Kennel Club shows in Sunny Corner, New Brunswick, Canada and won Reserve Winners Female, Best Puppy in Breed and on to Best Puppy in Sporting Group under breeder judge Pat Lanctot (Ebonylane) from the 6 – 9 month class handled by Sue.

Our 2 year old chocolate female, Wassookeag’s Twice The Spice, (Sage), recently had her hip and elbow x-rays done and sent in to the OFA for evaluation and we are very happy to report that her hips were rated EXCELLENT and elbows Normal by the
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals!!!!!

Can Ch Luna’s Rising Star, JH, WC, CGC (Bertha) completed her AKC Junior Hunter title at the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club test in Dover-Foxcroft, ME on August 27th handled by Dave.  Bertha finished in four consecutive tests in CT & ME in just three weeks!!! 

Wassookeag’s Fly Rod Crosby, JH, WC (Rhoda) completed her AKC Junior Hunter title at the
Yankee Waterfowler’s Hunting Retriever Club test
in CT on August 13th handled by Dave.

Wassookeag’s Fly Rod Crosby, WC qualified for her
third wing toward her AKC Junior Hunter Title at the
Colonial Retriever Field Trial Club test at
 West Thompson, CT on August 5th handled by Dave.

Wassookeag’s Fly Rod Crosby, WC and
Wassookeag’s Educating Archie made their show debuts in Canada at the Fredericton Kennel Club Shows in July.  Rhoda went Reserve Winners and little 6-month old Archie took Best Puppy in Breed! 
Rhoda and Archie were handled to their wins by Sue.

Wassookeag’s Phoebe and
Wassookeag’s Fly Rod Crosby
are both half way to their Junior Hunter titles following the Finger Lakes Retriever Club tests in Baldwinsville, NY on July 15th and 16th.  Phoebe and Rhoda
were handled by Dave
in the 90+ degree heat!

Hats off to BIS Can Ch Beinnbhreaghs Aces Are Better, WC for going Winners Dog and Best Of Winners for another MAJOR win (4 points) at the Northshore Kennel Club Show in Topsfield, MA on June 17th handled by Sue .   Not bad for a boy that hasn’t been shown for a year.  Ace went Winners Dog and Best of Winners at the same show last year for a four-point major win.  Ace was just shown the one day in Topsfield.  Guess I better take him out and get the last few single points he needs to finish up that AKC Championship!

We recently received the test results from OptiGen on
Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson WC
and are happy to report he is genetically Normal/Clear meaning he can be bred to any dog and will produce no pups affected with the prcd form of PRA. So far, the only inherited PRA disease known in Labradors is this prcd form of PRA.

WASSOOKEAG was well represented again this year at The Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac Specialty Show in Frederick, Maryland.  Sue brought four Labradors to this show which was the largest gathering of
Labrador Retrievers in the world to date – over 1100 Labradors entered!
Can Ch Luna’s Rising Star, WC,
even in blowing coat, made the final cut in the large Am Bred class.
Pinehaven Wassookeag Browning
made his first ever ring debut with a fourth in class placement in the 9 – 12 mos old group.
Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC
placed fourth in his large 12 – 18 month old class and last but not least,
Wassookeag’s Natalie, WC went FIRST in her Novice class at just 18 months of age!!

WASSOOKEAG welcomes a new addition from
South Carolina – Pinehaven Wassookeag Cybill

– a beautiful yellow Labrador puppy out of

BISS Ch Sure Shot Hyspire Impressive  (Travis)   X
Ch Pinehaven’s Mink N Diamonds (Minky)  –
Cybill is a half-sister to Filson and Martha. 

Our 18 month old yellow male, Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC, CGC recently had his preliminary hip and elbow x-rays done and sent in to the OFA for evaluation and we are very happy to report that his hips were rated EXCELLENT and elbows Normal by the
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals!!!!!

Both Dave & Sue traveled to Prince Edward Island, Canada for the Island Dog Club shows on October 29th and 30th.  Saturday was especially exciting when Wassookeag’s Smoke Jumper, WC, CGC  (Smudge) won the Bred-By class, reserve winner’s female and Best Bred-By in Breed handled by David and Luna’s Rising Star WC, CGC (Bertha) won the Open Class, Winner’s Female, Best Of Winners, BEST OF BREED over 5 specials and a Sporting Group 2nd for 5 points to finish her Canadian Championship!!!!! handled by Sue.  Dave also had the honor of handling our puppy, Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson, WC, CGC to the Best of Opposite Sex win over 4 male specials!!!  Sue then took the lead with Filson to earn Best Puppy in Breed and his third Best Puppy In Sporting Group win.  On Saturday evening it was off the the Atlantic Puppy Awards with Filson where he was invited to compete with all puppies who earned a Best Puppy in Sporting Group win in the past year from any of the three Atlantic provinces.  This was a semi-formal affair.  There were approximately 20 Sporting group puppies competing (6 Labradors) and Filson showed like a trooper, winning a Group 4th placement.  One of the challenges here was showing a Labrador puppy in a full-length gown – though we pulled it off without a hitch!!  On Sunday Smudge went Best Bred-By female, Reserve Winners Female and Best Bred-By in Breed again, Bertha took BEST OF BREED for a second time and a 3rd in Sporting Group while Filson went Best Puppy in Breed once more under Judge Jim Reynolds.

Three Wassookeag Labradors traveled to Bridgewater, NJ with Sue for the Mid-Jersey Labrador Retriever Club Specialty Shows on October 20th and 21st with all coming home with ribbons!  Wassookeag’s Natalie WC won fourth in sweeps both days, Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson WC won 3rd in sweeps and 2nd in regular on Thursday and 2nd in sweeps and FIRST in regular on Friday and Luna’s Rising Star WC, CGC  (Bertha) won 4th in the large Am Bred Class on Thursday
and 2nd on Friday!

The trip to Rhode Island for the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc, National Specialty on October 12th, 13th and 14th proved successful with Wassookeag’s Natalie WC placing 2nd in sweepstakes in the 12 – 15 mos. class and fourth in regular, Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson WC placing third in sweeps and second in regular and
Broadway Wassookeag Showtime JH, WC, CGC (Tony) placing third in the Hunting Retriever Class.

Wassookeag Retrievers was host again to the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club’s annual Fall Working Certificate tests which were held on October 2nd.  The weather was beautiful with a large turnout of partipants working their dogs.  Congratulations to the following WASSOOKEAG dogs for earning working titles at the test:  

Wassookeag’s Natalie  – Working Certificate
Can Ch Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson  –  Working Certificate
Wassookeag’s Chasin The Wind, JH  –  Working Certificate Intermediate

Sue headed north to Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada in September with our two yellow Labradors, Luna’s Rising Star WC, CGC  (Bertha) and Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson.  It was well worth the trip when Filson went Winners Dog and Best of Winners, Best Puppy in Breed and Best Puppy in Sporting Group for four points toward his Canadian Championship at the first show under Judge Natalie Dunfee and Winner’s Dog, Best of Opposite Sex over 4 male specials, Best Puppy In Breed and Best Puppy In Sporting Group again at the second show under Judge Dr. Michael Woods to finish his Canadian Championship!!!!!!! in three straight shows (just two weekends) from the 9 – 12 mos Puppy Class!!!

Luna’s Rising Star, WC, CGC  (Bertha) and Pinehaven Wassookeag Filson made their Canadian show debut in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Halifax Kennel Club shows on September 3rd and 4th.  “Bertha” came home with a 5 point major for going Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best of Opposite Sex over 4 specials!!  Also, our Kansas-born yellow male puppy, Filson, earned a 3 point major by going Winner’s Dog over the adult males as well as Best Puppy In Breed at the same show!! Filson had just turned nine months old the week before!! 

Congratulations to Wassookeag’s Chasin’ The Wind JH, WC  for completing his Junior Hunter title at the Maine Retriever Trial Club test on June 26th handled by Dave.  Chase is our two year old Black (Bc) male out of Wassookeag’s Sharp Shooter JH, Am/Can WC, CGC (Sheldon) and Welly-Bob Foxcroft Kiley, our Dickendall Arnold daughter.  Chase will be continuing on in the hunt test venue and starting his show career.

Three cheers for BIS Can Ch Beinnbhreaghs Aces Are Better, WC for earning a four-point major win at the Northshore Kennel Club conformation shows in Topsfield, MA on June 18th handled by Sue.

Wassookeag’s Natalie continues to be in the ribbons going second in a class of eighteen  6 – 9 month olds under breeder judge Jackie Mischou at the Labrador Retriever Club of Greater Boston Specialty on June 17th handled by Sue.  Natalie is out of Kiley and our Champion male, Simerdown’s Hilton, WC

Wassookeag Retrievers will be hosting a weekly training group for all levels of retrievers beginning June 1st from 3:00 PM – Dusk open to all Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club members and guests.  For more information about the training group contact Dave at wassookg@uninets.net.  For additional club events or to inquire about PHRC membership, check out their website at www.phrc.net

Congratulations to Wassookeag’s Luna’s Rising Star WC, a Tony daughter, for winning first place in the American Bred class at the Labrador Retriever Club of Pioneer Valley in Westfield, MA on May 13th, 2005 under Judge Sally Sasser.  Congratulations also to Killingworth’s Carosel owned by Lorraine Taylor and Lovina Norton for winning first place in the Novice class first time out.  Both dogs handled by Sue.

Wassookeag’s Natalie made her show debut at the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac in Frederick MD in April 2005 at 6 months and four days of age winning first place in the 6 – 9 mos chocolate puppy classes in both regular and sweepstakes under respected judges Mrs. Erica Jayes (Sandylands) and Ms. Beth Sweigert.

Congratulations to the following five WASSOOKEAG dogs for receiving Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club 2004 Awards of Merit at the annual presentation held on March 26th 2005

 BIS Can Ch Beinnbhreaghs Aces Are Better, NSDTRC USA WC
Wassookeag’s Fresh Samantha, JH, WC
Frye Mtn Wassookeag Sniper, WC
Wassookeag’s Charlotte, WC
Luna’s Rising Star, WC

Our lovely two year old chocolate female, Wassookeag’s Inherit The Wind, WC, “Chloe”,  recently had her hips and elbows x-rayed and sent to OFA for evaluation.  We are happy to report that she is OFA EXCELLENT, elbows clear and CERF’s annually.  Chloe is out of our chocolate stud dog, Sheldon and our Dickendall Arnold daughter, Welly-Bob Foxcroft Kiley.  Chloe will be shown and running hunt tests this summer and has been bred to our AKC Champion Ch Simerdown’s Hilton WC for January Puppies.

BIS Can Ch Beinnbhreaghs Aces Are Better, WC went Best of Winners at the Carroll County Kennel Club show in North Conway, NH on Sunday September 5th, 2004 handled by Sue for additional points toward
his AKC Championship.

Congratulations to Wassookeag’s Fresh Samantha JH, WC for completing her Junior Hunter title in style at the Penobscot Hunting Retriever Club tests on August 22nd handled by David. 

Congratulations, also, to BIS Can Ch Beinnbhreaghs Aces Are Better WC for completing his NSDTRC (USA) Working Certificate in July, handled by Sue and to Frye Mtn Wassookeag Sniper WC for passing his Working Certificate  handled by David.

Congratulations to some of our trainees this year.  Buck, Teal, and Hunter all passed their Junior Hunter titles in four consecutive tests.  Niki, Teal, Hunter, Coal, Maya, Hoss, and Katie all earned their WC first try!  We look forward to working with these promising young dogs again next year!

NSDTR Wassookeag’s Roll the Dice earned 2 points toward her AKC Championship by going Winner’s Bitch & BOS at the MCKC shows in Waldoboro on 08/31/03.  She earned two more points 09/27& 09/28 going Winner’s Bitch and BOS at the LAKC shows in Topsham and her father, BIS Can CH Beinnbhreaghs Aces Are Better, earned two points that same weekend going Best of Winners both days
handled to their wins by Sue.          

Can Ch Wassookeag’s Carpathia CGC (Thea)
Winner’s Bitch Moncton Kennel Club – Nov. 2002 – Judge Jack Ireland BOB / 3rd in Group Moncton Kennel Club – Nov. 2002 – Judge Donna Cole – New Champion! Thea obtained her Canadian Championship
in just two weekends!

WASSOOKEAG’S SMOKE JUMPER
 Best Puppy – LRCGB Specialty Match –
May 2002
Judge Dyan Baldwin
Best Puppy
– LRC of Canada National Specialty –
June 2002
Judge Marion Lyons (Chocoura)
Best Puppy
– LRC of Quebec –
June 2002
Judge Diane Pilbin (Chucklebrook)
SMUDGE
also earned her WC in July at nine months of age!

Smudge went BOS over specials for a five point major win at the Moncton Kennel Club show on May 4, 2003.

Can Ch West Wind Saila of Cedarwood JH
WCI, Can WC, Am/Can CD, CGC
1st place 10 – 12 year Veteran Sweepstakes at LRC, Inc. National Specialty at age 11 1/2.   Saila was also a team member of the 3rd place obedience team at the Nationals in Oct.

Susan recently returned from England where she attended the prestigious Crufts dog show.  There were many lovely Labradors and an extremely nice showing of Tollers present.  She also had the opportunity to visit several well known Labrador kennels including Sandylands, Warringah and Boothgates.  Special thanks to Marilyn and David Nightingale of Boothgates Labradors for their generous hospitality.

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