My name is Mary Murray. I have been invoved with dogs one way or another all my life having grown up in rural Ireland where my family bred and raced greyhounds. My interest in Chesapeakes began over ten years ago when we collected our first chessie, Chester, from Mrs Janet Morris in Wales.
It was the beginning of a most wonderful adventure. Through Chester I started shooting and a love affair with Winter, that I’d lost since my childhood, was reignited.
I have been to the most amazing places and shared in the most fantastic experiences with this wonderful breed. Their ability to adapt from the shooting field to the show ring has meant we’ve had the oppurtunity to experience both disciplines.
I am not an expert gundog trainer nor an experienced show dog handler but have been lucky enough to have enjoyed a modicum of success since I became involved with this wonderful breed over a decade ago, thanks to the dogs that have found themselves into our family.
My blog is primarily about my year , taking my dogs from the shooting field at the end of January and following the work and preparation involved in getting them ready for the summer circuit of shows and working tests.
I make many, many mistakes and only hope my dogs forgive me for them. I have discovered in relation to working with dogs , just like children, you never ever learn everything. Each dog has their own unique way of fitting into our family. My job, as I see it, is to figure out what makes each of them tick and draw the very best from them. I try to take them to the very top of where their talents lie rather than trying to make them fit a specific role that I might think will suit them.
I hope my writing brings enjoyment and a connection to those of you that take the time to read it. Enjoy!
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill