Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fun in the Sun

Dempsey and Rose cool off in our super sized pool.

Monday, August 24, 2009

CERF Eye Testing

In August we loaded up the car with all our breeding dogs and drove 2.5 hours to Long Island. Noelle La Croix, DVM examined all the dogs for hereditary eye diseases and any potential eye problems. All the dogs checked out clear and will receive their CERF certificate shortly. This is an annual exam and I wanted to let everyone know if you are in reasonable driving distance and need to have these tests done it would be worth your while to visit Veterinary Medical Center of Long Islannd. I highly recommend her and her staff. They were very friendly, efficient and informative. I also have to tell the fee they charge is even less than if you attended a CERF clinic. I had to call back because I thought I got the information incorrect. Other doctors are charging MUCH more for no apparent reason other than they just don't want to do it. These tests are important and have to be done every year so charging exorbitant amounts of money would only deter people from having them done which makes no sense. (?)

Duhblainn & Teagan Go on Vacation

Beth sent us some great pics of her dogs Dubhlain (Jasper) and Teagan (Kaley) swimming in the lake and at the cottage they stayed at in Maine. Looks like fun!!! Dubhlain loved swimming while Teagan liked only getting her feet wet. Can I come next year?
Beth was bombarded by people telling her she had the cutest cockers they had ever seen (of course) and even got an e-mail from one of the people she mets in regards to getting a new puppy one day! Keep up the cuteness!
Thank you Beth for the PURE maple syrup you brought us back. It is YUMMMMY!

Hot Dog Fest 2009

Moondrop Gardens celebrated their first Annual Hot Dog Fest this past weekend and WOW- it was so much fun. Even though the weather did not want to cooperate- all the dogs who had not seen each other in a while were on best behavior and had a blast. It was nice having many of the families meet each other since we chat on the google group and facebook- but never have met in person. I have a special relationship with all my puppy families so it was really nice to share this time with each other. They all have one very important thing in their life in common- their Moondrop Gardens Cocker Spaniel. It was nice to share stories, watch the puppies play together and see how they have grown from little puppies to big gorgeous cocker spaniels.
I am going to post some pictures here- but wait for everyone else's pictures and put together a slideshow.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for coming and bringing all that they did.

Thank you Colleen, John and Ginger (Azalea) for making the doggie cupcakes and taking care of the cake for the adults.
Thanks Ann, Guy, Sophia (Fern) and Abbey for for making the delicious coleslaw, potato salad and cucumber salad. YUMMY!
Thank you Marlee (Iris) and Family for bringing the Macaroni Salad. Sorry you could not plant your beautiful Aster plant yourself- but we did it for you in Moondrop Gardens and stay tuned for a pic...
Thank you Beth, Barbara, Dubhlainn (Jasper) and Kaley (Teagan) for bringing the wings and the Philly Pretzels. Barbara- thank you soooo much for taking care of the dishes (next time I would prefer you to weed..LOL) and Beth for drying of course. That was a big help. Thanks for stopping to pick up paper towels in our EMERGENCY!!!

Thank you Theresa, Jamie, Caitlin, Danielle, Chris, Brian and Bella (Buttercup) for bringing the soda. You brought so much- we will have some for next year..LOL! Bella was a joy and we are so proud of her achievements.

We could not wait to taste the O'Brien's Tatertot Casserole and it was well worth the wait. Thank you Amy, Bill, Mikala, Collin and Betty Boop (Chamomile) for bringing it. Thanks Betty for the coolest kissing cocker salt and pepper shakers. I LOVE THEM SOOO MUCH! They look just like your mom and dad and i will cherish them forever.
Some families brought perennials to plant in Moondrop Gardens to represent their puppy. Because of the weather we could not have them plant them themselves- so we did it for them the next day.

Thank you Sophia for your butterfly bush.
Thank you Teagan for your butterfly bush.
Thank You Duhblainn for your butterfly bush....everyone knows how I love butterflys.
Thank You Marlee for you pretty Aster. I had fun painting the markers and hope you think they look just like your puppy.

Cristina and Rocco we really missed you! Sorry Rocco was under the weather- but I am posting his updated pictures here.

The Hot Dog Fest was such a great success I am already thinking of ideas for next years party.
If you have any ideas- let me know. I know there were allot of families that would love to be there- but could not. SAVE THE DATE: Last weekend in July 2010 for the 2nd Annual Hot Dog Fest. Stay tuned for exact details.

Like mother like daughter

Furgi (Erica) with her doggie peanut butter carrot cupcake.

cocker kid craft

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Maggie Graduates

Congratulations Maggie (Petunia) in a job well done. Happy Graduation! Keep up the good work. Training never ends:)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Abbey & Herbie Go Camping

I just got some pictures from Pam and had to share. Abbey & Herbie (Ginger and Herb) went camping some of the summer and had a blast doing well....just about everything.

Here is Herbie with his red mitten he took from Moondrop Gardens. He still cherishes it...Don'tworry Herbie- I still have the other one safe and sound.
Here is Abbey with her chocolate flavored bone that we sent her for Christmas. TOo cute for words.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Welcome Mumzy & Lala

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce my two newest girls. Serenity Cockers from upstate NY decided that they were going to retire and relocate. Linda told me she had 2 sweet girls with nice pedigrees that she needed to find a new home for. Before I even researched pedigrees and saw pictures I needed to be assured that these girls had EXCEPTIONAL temperaments. I could never take 2 adult girls into my home with the rest of my crew if they were not going to meld. Well sure enough these girls have the merriest attitudes around. They love everyone and everything. Serenity Linda's Love Laced Lala is a uniquely marked tri girl and Serenity's Sweet Merry Mumz for Mamma is a brightly colored red and white girl from sable lines. They have wonderful pedigrees and we are looking forward to fabulous puppies from them. I could not be happier. To read more about the girls- please visit their individual pages on the website. We anticipate puppies from Lala and Dillon to go home around Christmastime.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Delilah Graduates

We would like to congratulate Delilah for graduating from her puppy class. We took her to pump up her socialization skills and by the end of the class she was taking treats from the other people in the room and had made friends with our trainer, Suzanne.
If you live in the area and would like to take a class I highly recommend classes by Suzanne at PetSmart in Newburg. She is a FABULOUS trainer that really cares about your dog and has alot of experience to get you through your dog's training and all your dog's problem areas. I have had really great experiences and will be going back for sure. She tailors classes to your dog's specific needs and problems and is always available for extra support if you need it. Of course she gives you the tools and you need to work at it consistently with your dog. You will only get out of class what you put it. But we find it essential for socialization and basic training.