When we first found the puppy bitten by the rattlesnake, we assumed it happened in the tall grass by the bird pen while on a walk with puppy owners.(See https://sneakingbliss.com/2018/08/26/rattlesnake-strike/) It just made sense that the puppy surprised the snake and in defense the snake bit. Yesterday, I reviewed footage of the puppy cam to see if I could observe any odd behavior after the puppies returned to the playpen following the walk. What I saw was unsettling to say the least. As the video plays, keep an eye on the right side of the ball pit.
The puppies enjoyed the playroom on this rainy day.
Mama Tasha has pretty much weaned the pups. That’s okay with them, they have one-year-old Phanny to play with. Too much fun.
Yesterday we celebrated three years with Sailor with a nice pheasant hunt. He was joined by Bliss and Phanny. Tasha stayed home with the puppies. We’ll have to make it up to her.
Pheasant Hunting with our Golden Retrievers
Pheasant parmesan for dinner after a bountiful day in the field. I’d love to know your favorite way to enjoy pheasant. Click to enlarge images.
Bliss pointing her pheasant.
Bliss with a nice rooster.
Bliss on another point.
Bliss bringing in her bounty.
Sailor pointing his pheasant.
Sailor bringing dinner in.
Saturday Night Redtail Phantom
Phanny’s first retrieve of the day lands in the water.
Phanny flushes a beautiful rooster.
Phanny gets another water retrieve.
Phanny relishes her pheasant.
Sailor shows his appreciation.
A nice wrap to a day at Clear Creek Sports Club.
The entire pack when we returned home. Tasha is on maternity leave so she wasn’t at the club with us. She enjoyed the birds once we got home.
Earlier this month, Tim and I headed north to Saturday Night Golden Retrievers in Montana with Sailor, Tasha, and Bliss. We were on a special mission to bring home the newest addition to our retrievers.
Welcome home Phanny, our little Saturday Night Redtail Phantom.
Phanny’s off to a nice start. Bliss thinks we got a new puppy just for her as a playmate. Tasha keeps an eye on her. Sailor’s worried about sharing. Phanny is taking it all in. She loves swimming and getting her start as a hunting retriever. Here are some shots of Phanny’s first week home. Click to enlarge.
When you’re done here, check out Tim’s post and photos of the road trip.
Saturday Night Redtail Phantom – “Phanny”
The two of us in the meadow by the barn at the Flament’s. Home of Saturday Night Golden Retrievers.
“Lulu” Saturday Night Shenanigans – Phanny’s Dam
“Canuck” Heads Up Run For The Border RN – Phanny’s Sire
I took an opportunity to do a few drills with Sailor once we reached Saturday Night Golden Retrievers.
Tasha, Sailor, and Bliss by the creek the day before we left with Phanny.
We enjoyed the antelope in both Idaho and Montana.
We stopped at the Gallatin River for a family shot on our way to the west side of Yellowstone while heading home.
A wintery scene from Yellowstone.
Sailor watched the scenery, especially when beasts were about.
Now that’s nothing like the cows next door.
We enjoyed stopping for photo opportunities along the way.
Snake river canyon.
Phanny sleeping in the RV on the way home.
About half way home near the border between Idaho and Nevada, Tim snapped this shot of me with Phanny.
Phanny in the Idaho desert before crossing into Nevada.
Phanny sneaks a moment with Tim.
Wait for me!
Phanny tries really hard to keep up with Sailor.
The first shot of the pack at home. L-R: Bliss, Tasha, Phanny, Sailor
Wait for me. Phanny follows the big dogs into the little pond.
The nice cool water felt pretty good.
A natural born swimmer.
Invigorated by her first swim, Phanny shares her enthusiasm.
7-week-old Phanny meets her first live bird her first full day home.
It won’t be long and Phanny won’t fit into the cats’ house.
Phanny knocked the food bag over and helped herself.
Sailor shows Phanny how to frolic on the grass.
Phanny all misty from rolling in the morning dew.
Phanny meets the chickens. Later she will learn these are “no birds.”
Phanny in the blue lupin.
Tasha slips into the pond in an attempt to escape the pesky puppy.
Phanny and Sailor learning to share.
Planning a stick thieving strike.
Bliss plans a twig thieving strike.
Phanny is determined to snatch the ball from Tasha.
Bliss, Sailor, Tasha and Phanny in front.
Training starts early.
Phanny carries her prize.
Keeping a sharp eye on it.
Phanny marks her first water retrieve.
Better grab fast.
Proud puppy success.
Right into my hands with the bird.
Enjoying the moment. A good start for a future hunter.