Thursday Barks And Bytes



The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog
The Barks:
Who is this cute little Labrador puppy?
This cute little bug checking out MK is my Grand Niece Mia. My niece Brittany and her boyfriend got their first puppy together. She is turning 8 weeks old on Friday and I got to puppysit for the first time Sunday afternoon. She was a joy to have and she got along well with the Sand Spring gang. MK was a little taken back because Mia had more energy then she did and she chased her a lot. Even know this little girl is not a curly dog we will be helping her owners train her and hopefully when she gets bigger hunt over her.
Mia with her first frozen pigeon at 7 weeks.
For Memorial Day I posted up some pictures of  the American Legion memorial where my dad’s brick in memory is. When I went there on Friday the brick wasn’t in place yet so I took Grandma back on Monday and the brick was in place. Here are the pictures I took that day.
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That little flag I left behind for my dad. Thank you for your service dad.
Gamblers first AKC MH test.
Last Saturday we took Gambler to his first Master Hunter test. John handled Gambler as I don’t like to get up in front of people and perform plus Gambler acts better when John is running him. Last year when John started running him we had issues with him wanting to bring the birds back to me in the gallery. I thought he was over that but it showed on Saturday that he still loves his momma and wants to bring me the birds. The land triple was first and Gambler did very well retrieving all three marks until he was on the way back from the third mark you can see him do a loop and swing wide to come my way as John blew his whistle and called him in. He then set him up for the blind retrieve and you can see Gambler looking my way and then his mind goes to mush and it was all over then. Here is the video so you can see what he did and didn’t do. Gambler ended up failing on his land blind so thank you for your donation.

We have Gambler entered into another Master Hunter test this coming weekend, so I will be hiding and hopefully he will be listening better.

EXCITING NEWS……………………………..

Just got Glory’s OFA Hip’s and Elbow’s back. She has normal elbows and EXCELLENT hips!

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I never imagined that Glory’s hips would come back as a excellent. That is the highest rating that OFA is really particular about giving out. I am super excited to have my first excellent in my Sand Spring lines. Now the wait begins for another 6 months to pass before she can be bred and hopefully have a litter of puppies.

The Bytes:

Outtakes of MK and our photo shoot.

More treats please!

More treats please!

Hey, someone pick this up please.

Hey, someone pick this up please.

I'm outta here!

I’m outta here!

Mia and MK meeting for the first time.

Stop back tomorrow for FitDog Friday and see what the gang has been up to.


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Happy Memorial Day

Sand Spring Chesapeakes would like to wish all our blogville friends and family a Happy Memorial Day. Hope you all had a safe holiday weekend. If you hadn’t seen my post on Facebook Gambler didn’t pass his MH test this weekend. We had a nice weekend despite that. We will keep training and try again this next weekend.

Now to honor all those who have served in the Armed Forces. We remember you and will never forget. Thank you for your service!

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Black And White Sunday~Remembering Those Who Have Fallen

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Gambler and I visited the Grand River Veterans Memorial in Markesan, WI. This is the town where I grew up. My dad was a Vietnam Veteran so I went there to visit his brick and to remember all those who have fallen. That statue used to be in a park right next to my house where I would go often and play and I was fascinated with that statue and would just stare at it. I’m so glad they moved it and put it in this special memorial.


We are joining Dachshund Nola & Sugar The Golden Retriever for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop.


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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day From Sand Spring Chesapeakes


My friend posted up this poem and the one at the end of the post on Facebook so I thought I would repost it as it is a lovely tribute to our fallen soldiers. Thanks Rachel!


The Last Soldier
When the last soldier passes on,
When armies are disbanded and militias discharged,
When weapons are abandoned and armor discarded,
Your mission will, at last, be over.
For you know the soldier’s secret.
Yours was not a mission of war
Nor a mission of ruin.
Yours was not a mission of destruction
Nor a mission of death.
Your mission was safety, security, protection.
Your mission was honor, loyalty, service.
Your mission was to end violence, tyranny, despair.
When the last soldier passes on,
When the uniforms are retired and the final grave filled,
We will remember all who served and sacrificed for our nation.
Until then G-d of Old,
Watch over our soldiers and our veterans.
Renew their courage.
Rebuild their strength.
Heal their wounds.
Bind their hearts with Your steadfast love.
Remember them,
Bless them,
Sustain them,
And give them peace.
© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved













The pictures were taken where my mom and dad’s ashes are spread on mine and my brothers land. My dad was in Vietnam, came home had a wonderful family and now is laid to rest on what was once his land. God Bless all the Soldiers, we remember you!

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In Flanders Field - Copy of Signed Original
Courtesy of Bee MacGuire
Obtained From TheMcCrae Museum of The Guelph Museum