Prairie Sky Kennel
Lynn Oliphant & Rhonda Shewfelt, Box 80 Site 600 RR6, Saskatoon, SK S7K 3J9 306-374-1068
This webpage was last updated on November 8, 2017
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Sunnynook's Jade is shown at the left, hunting with a Peregrine Falcon. She was one of the previous LMs who lived at the Prairie Sky Kennel. Currently Sunnynook's Balsam, Prairie Sky's Aloe and her son Prairie Sky's live there. They also share their house with two cats and the falcons they raise.
Besides having a great love of dogs, especially puppies, Rhonda is a veterinarian who teaches anatomy at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Prairie Sky "C" litter is planned for spring 2018. The proposed parents are Sunnynook's Balsam and Sunnynook's Cue "Q". Although they are from the same kennel, they are not closely related.
Sunnynook's Balsam, dam of the planned Prairie Sky C Litter
Working: Balsam is very energetic with a high level of desire to hunt. We have not done much gun hunting with her as she is hunted, along with our two older dogs, with a falcon both on ducks and upland birds. Compared to the other five LMs we have had, she is the fastest and largest running dog we have experienced and she wants to be in the lead, both in the field and at home. As a young dog she showed her confidence and independence leading to a bit of a problem when she would run off for a while chasing rabbits when let out of the house. She has outgrown that and is now very good on the recall and cooperative hunting with us. She has a very good nose and by one year of age was finding more birds than our other two dogs. Her pointing and steadiness has continuously improved but she still chases hard when birds get up. We have not discouraged this since it is helpful when hunting with the falcons. Balsam's eyesight is very good. As a youngster, she would catch sight of high flying birds and chase them incessantly - another trait she has thankfully outgrown. Balsam tracks well and gives tongue on live game. She has a strong desire to retrieve and carry and she proudly carries ducks back to the car that the falcon has killed. She pays attention to the other dogs when they are acting gamey and naturally backs. She is very intelligent with a strong desire to please which we find helpful when trying to locate lost boots and slippers. Balsam loves the water and is a strong swimmer. Her frisbee is a favourite toy and she is amazingly fast and agile jumping up to take it out of the air. She is a bit of a talker and doesn't hesitate to let you know of her needs. All in all, she is a happy, enthusiastic and fun-loving dog. We are very pleased with her development as a hunting partner.
Training: We have found Balsam to be very easy to train and a fast learner. She knows and respects most field commands we use including "Come", "Heel", "Stay" and "Flush". She holds points indefinitely when reinforced by the "Stay" command. With respect to retrieving, her natural ability has been more than sufficient and we have not undertaken any specific "training" other than to associate the command "Fetch" with any situation requiring finding dead or wounded game, etc.
Sunnynook's Cue "Q", sire of the planned Prairie Sky C Litter
Sunnynook's Cue "Q" was born on March 2, 2015. He lives with the Schryer family in Saskatoon. Q was radiographed at 18 months and his hips were rated excellent and his elbows normal. He obtained a score of Good in HAE (56), Very Good in AHAE (176), and Very Good in PE (199) in the Versatile Hunting Dog Federation testing system. He does not carry brown coat color or Black Hair Follicular Dysplasia based on DNA testing of his parents.
At just over 1.5 years, Q’s medium frame weighed 61 lbs, and tended to be somewhat longer than tall. Q was awarded the "Good" category for body form and "Very Good" for coat in his conformation assessment.
Q has seen as much waterfowl hunting already as many LMs see in a lifetime. Besides ducks and geese, Q has hunted pheasant, Gray Partridge, and Ruffed and Sharp-tailed grouse.
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