This weekend I am heading out to parts west, to go do a little free coursing with a friend of mine. I am taking Flagg to her this weekend, he will get to live in the land of fun and jackrabbits. I think she is going to use him for some predator control work too. He will just LOVE that. She’s got a pup on order from my current litter, one of the little boys will also be moving west to chase things. That has got to be the greatest life for the dogs, to get to do what you were bred for.
Since I am going out there, I am taking the two older babies, Jack and Spirit for their first taste of the jack, and CJ is going along to chase him some tail too. I won’t get to stay long, because we have a storm coming in late in the weekend. Most likely I will drive home Saturday night. Just as well, since the babies don’t need to run two days in a row, they are only 16 months old.
I decided to send Flagg to her for several reasons. The first, and most important, is that he will be able to do what he was bred for. Chase things. She has agreed to keep him intact so that he will be available at a later date if I feel I need to bring him back into my breeding program. Looking at his two pups that live here, I am pretty sure I will want to use him again, probably next year or the year after. He’s a great dog, with a delicious personality, athletic ability and a keen prey drive. He will fit right in at her house, and I am sure he will get along just fine.
I have some plans in the works for the future. I am actively looking for a stud for Sara. I really want to breed one last litter from her. It’s not hard to see why when you look at the athletic ability of the kids she already has. I have a dog in NM that I am seriously considering, and at least one more way up north that I want to get a look at when I go up there in April. If I can’t find just what I want, she will not be bred again.
I am also looking for a stud for Sonnet, for a litter next year. There’s not really anything I want to change about her, so hopefully I can find a nice fast boy for her litter. Again, I am looking at a couple of different dogs. I also have one in my yard that I am considering for her. Just have to wait and see.
The object for me right now is to get some outcrossing going on. Most of the dogs in my yard go back to my foundation stud, Mir. His legacy is fantastic, BUT I am going to breed myself into a corner if I don’t pay attention. It’s time to bring in some new blood. The problem tho, is that a large percentage of the performance dogs out there are related. So, as much as I hate the idea, I may have to cross out to show lines. Of course, I still have to find the right dogs, so the search continues.