I’d like to introduce you to Stan. This is Peggy’s boyfriend, or at least will be on the 31st March this year! Stan comes from Powerscourt Cocker Spaniels.
Chris from Powerscourt says: Stan is a handsome, compact dark blue roan with a beautiful head & gentle expression, good bone, and a lovely soft temperament – another one of our gentle & loving boys. Stan is a very experienced stud dog. He is gentle and considerate with his “brides” and is especially good with maiden or shy bitches. Stan’s puppies have all been healthy & of good quality, excellent type and with outgoing and gentle natures, sweet heads, good bone, short compact bodies with good front and rear angulation and full/long good quality coats. Stan is father to over 150 “children”.
To find a stud dog for Peggy I initially went to the Kennel Club website during her last season to look for stud dogs in Gloucestershire. Two names came up, Alison Matthews of Sonham Cockers in Newent and Jane Simmonds from Shenmore Cockers in the Forest of Dean. I emailed both who were really helpful but at that time Peggy had not had any tests and I stupidly had forgotten to get her ownership transferred over so I’d decided to wait until her next season.
Both Alison and Jane at Shenmore suggested that I might be better looking for another solid Cocker to mate Peggy with but Alison said her beautiful Cocker, George would be an ideal stud for my Orange Roan, Honey. So Honey was set up, but I still had to find a stud for Peggy!
The next move was to type ‘Cocker Spaniel Stud Dog’ into Google and up popped a website called http://www.champdogs.co.uk/breeds/cocker-spaniel/stud-dogs You can type in your postcode and the website will sort Stud dogs that live closest to you. You can also search for Health Tested Cockers, Working Cockers etc. George was up there and so were a number of other Cocker Studs that lived fairly close to me. I was initially looking for a solid dog, but for some reason Powerscourt Cockers caught my eye so I looked at their website.
I just loved the fact that Chris from Powerscourt had photos of her dogs sitting at the kitchen table, lying across her neck, draped over her lap…. they were just like my two dogs! Her video also shows her daughter being smothered in puppy love in their kitchen and I thought, that’s just what my house will be like and I can’t wait!
I emailed Chris and spoke to her on the phone to find out if she was happy for me to use Stan. We had to check the pedigree to make sure that Peggy wasn’t related in any way and that was that. Peggy is due to meet Stan this Saturday (31st March!). I am nervous and really hope that Peggy won’t find it too awful. I really don’t know what to expect. Having spoken to Chris, all her years of experience has helped to put my mind at rest, but I can’t help it, I’m still a little worried.
Fingers crossed for Saturday!
Next blog: The Deed and how it went!