Rainy (Cascade's Downpour) is the pup we kept out of our 2015 Maggie/ Dutch litter. She is the fastest developing pup I have ever trained. She was swimming voluntarily without a retrieve for incentive before 3 months, and was consistently pointing birds by 10 weeks old. Her natural retrieve developed early. She is confident and biddable. Her prey drive in the field is intense. She quarters back and forth in front of multiple gunners like an old pro. She is sweet, affectionate and well mannered in the house. Her "inside world" revolves around Karen. Rainy is 50lbs with nice furnishings and a medium harsh wiry field coat with a dense undercoat.
Rainy has been successful hunting on sharptail grouse, ruffed grouse, pheasants and ducks and geese in her first season. She was enthusiastically retrieving ducks in the strong currents of the Missouri River and Big Horn River at 9 months old. She has solid points and honors other dogs' points. She lays calmly inside the layout blind with me waiting for the geese to decoy.
Rainy scored a very respectable 107 out of a possible 112 points in her NAVHDA Natural Ability test. Adding in the distractions that she ran during her heat cycle and it was a very hot day, I thought she performed pretty well. Her Pennhip scores are better than the breed average.
She has hit the fields in her third season acting like a seasoned dog; hunting hard, tracking wounded birds, pointing staunchly, honoring other dogs' points, quartering in front of multiple gunners, retrieving enthusiastically (including live geese) and loving the water. I couldn't ask for anything more out of her.
I like Rainy so much I kept a male pup from her 2017 litter.
We bred Rainy to Riser for spring of 2018 and they produced 8 beautiful pups with early reports indicating strong water love, early bird pointing and biddable personalities. (See Puppy page and Photos page for more on Riser) That litter has qualified for a NAVHDA NA Breeders Award. Naturally we repeated the breeding.
Unfortunately Rainy had a medical issue requiring that she be spayed following her 2019 litter. We had not planned to retire her so soon. Rainy spends her days hunting and hanging out at work, and going for ice cream, and being the center of attention with her new family in West Virginia.