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

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  1. Thanks for showing interest in what I put out. I sincerely hope you
    continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Please invite
    others too. Be safe, be fair, be good.

  2. Thank you for visiting my blog, liking my posts and following The Sundog Drift. Your dogs are beautiful. I watched “The Long Retrieve” and it brought chills to me. I grew up with a father who was a duck hunter and my husband hunts now. His best friend has a place on the Napa River here in California which is where he hunts. His friend has Chesapeakes who do the retrieving with such will and skill. If my Sundogs get to come they only get to watch. Several years ago I “was allowed” out in the boat for an afternoon/evening hunt in a place like “The Long Retrieve” The mud was everywhere. I think I am still cleaning some of my camera. I got fantastic shots of the dogs on the river but misplaced the old file. I keep searching for it. If I find it I will post. I do have newer photo’s of the river but not out on the hunt. Some day soon I’ll do a “Out of the Archives” post. Stay tuned.

  3. I wished, more people would share this opinion about the roles of dogs in our lives. I’ll never understand, how some people can treat their dogs like a piece of sports equipment and if they don’t function as expected… next, please. Don’t know much about Chessies (Katharinas Caden is the only one I met yet), but as I love dogs and Ireland, I’ll stop by periodical :-).

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