UP NEXT..... High 'N Dry Farms Maple Leaf Maggie
We have a small farm in Northern CA in a small town called Paradise, CA.
We raise heritage and rare chicken breeds, have two resident horses, two Leicester Longwool Sheep and of course our Springer Spaniels, Kate, Stella, Maggie & Hunter
It was truly Paradise until the Camp Fire came to town on November 8, 2018.
The deadliest and most destructive fire in CA history ripped through our town, killing 85 people
(one in our own family) and virtually burning down 98% of our town and other surrounding communities, in about 4 hours.
It was estimated that about 57,000 people were fleeing at the same time in a town with 4 ways out.
The Camp Fire has changed our lives.
We were scheduled to take our bitch Kate to be bred that day but when we woke up to a fire burning our whole town
our plans changed to evacuation mode and trying to save our animals. We were able to load up our dogs and horses
but were forced to leave our flock of about 60 beautiful chickens behind. We lost about a dozen breeding chickens soon after we were able to return to our property. Probably from breathing the smoke and eating off of the ground scattered with ash.
By the grace of God (and a burn scar from a fire two years prior, that burned down 3 of our neighbors homes and was at our doorstep), when the Camp Fire hit the burn scar from the previous fire, the fire went around us. That gave us time to gather our animals, some belongings and leave. It also bought time to get firefighters to us to fight the fire coming up behind us and across the lake from us. We spent several nights in our truck until we were able to get to our daughters house in a neighboring town.
Along with our daughter, her husband (a Fire Chief) and their 3 kids, was our son and his wife, their family (who lost their home), of three kids, together we totaled 5 dogs, 6 kids, birds, hamsters and 6 adults, for the next 3 weeks.
Everyone we knew were families after families all in one house with an array of animals and
generations of family members just as we were.
After 2 years, so many are living in those conditions and the majority of the towns people, still in RV's or have left the area to find housing and to start a life as it will be years before our town recovers.
We were one of the few with houses still standing. Not without it's own issues and loss of jobs, town and most importantly community.
And now......let's talk English Springer Spaniels!
We have four bitches, Kate, Stella, Maggie and Hunter, they are our well bred pets. They are a beautiful representation of the Springer Spaniel breed as well as exhibiting all the wonderful traits of the springer spaniel. Prior to switching our breeding focus on Springer Spaniels, I bred American Cocker Spaniels for about 25 years. I bred the Cocker Spaniels to be good hunting dogs as they are also in the sporting group of dogs. I became frustrated when the breeders started to breed a smaller and more "arm candy" dog than what they were bred to do. Along with running an art studio, a wine bar, restaurant and gift shop, I felt I didn't have the time to promote the dying hunting bloodline so I retired from breeding cocker spaniels.
After we lost our last cocker spaniel, our lab was lonely so I gave my husband the breed choice (since I had chosen almost all our dogs for 25 years, except for those that adopted us). He chose the Springer Spaniel. After the fire and losing any opportunity to reopen our businesses in Paradise I knew it was time to concentrate on our farm and our now, three springers and get back to my love of genetics and breeding better dogs through careful research and matching mates.
ABOUT OUR GIRLS
"High 'N Dry Farms Maple Leaf Maggie" call name Maggie. what can we say about Maggie? She is the happiest girl around. She loves everything, everyone and every animal she's ever met. She's especially fond of the calf cow our neighbors have and she works diligently to win over Dahli-Llama too! She does like to chase chickens for sport and she has the softest mouth.....we know that because she likes to carry the small ones around in her mouth. Our chickens called a meeting with me, they've asked that I train her to stop picking them up! She loves playing with her 1/2 sister Hunter. Their favorite pastime has been digging up whatever mom plants. Still working on that! "Let's keep another puppy I said, it'll be fun I said.....what's one more dog I said?" Maggie has completed all the required testing with flying colors and is one of breeding dogs. She's liver and white and from mostly field lines with some bench thrown in.
"High 'N Dry Farms Toppin' Off the Hunt" call name Hunter. She's smart, independent and the easiest puppy we've ever raised. She comes from some especially fancy Show lines but man, this girl springs through tall grass like a deer and will do anything to chase a bird. She's our smallest springer and definitely the fastest. Maggie starts yipping when they're running because she can't catch Hunter. She is also so sweet and loves to snuggle, even with the cats! She's a peacemaker and really wants to please. She is surely a daddy's girl. She follows my husband everywhere and can hardly take her eye's off him! She's completed all her health testing and is one of our breeding dogs. She's Liver & White and is field bred with a bench bred Sire.
"Kate's Pure Chance" call name Kate is the comedian of the four and mom to Maggie & Hunter. She talks all the time! The things we understand are
my husbands name "Hal", "I love you", sings along with Happy Birthday and some other choice words
I taught her as a joke and as with kids, they pick up right away and don't seem to forget! She is a Liver & White
Field Champion Bred, lean, mean running machine and that dog can fly over fences like I've never seen! She is now retired.
"Stella the Pub Dog" call name Stella is deep in well known Bench Champion bloodlines. She is a Tri-Color Liver, White & Tan with a loving and snuggling personality. She can swim forever if there's ducks involved and loves, loves, loves toys! If I'm looking for some wayward chicks she can always find the for me and resists catching them as they fly by! She's a good girl and is our best behaved girl! She is now retired.
Kate, Stella, Maggie and Hunter all practice the Springer Sprawl as often as possible. Maggie definitely has the longes sprawl! That girl is tall! They travel extensively with us and have great manners. They are good in the field, show ring, as well as the hotel! They love people (especially the UPS man with treats), kids, other dogs (unless you're walking by our house, even if it's the hundredth time). Stella, Maggie & Hunter love our cats, Kate tolerates them, maybe because she was pregnant when we got them, she actually seems to like them now.
They get along with our chickens and horses but Stella and Maggie love to bark at the horses to get them running around and they can't always resist a hop towards a group of free ranging chickens just to make them scatter and Maggie, full on chases them, especially her favorite! Then they trot off with a
big smile and act like they did nothing! Their human Dad taught them that!
We offer the mix of field and bench bred bloodlines to offer a well rounded dog that esthetically offers our adopting families the choice of the type of Springer Spaniels they prefer and still have all the qualities of a bred to standard English Springer Spaniel.
Friendly, Playful, Obedient
The English Springer Spaniel is a sweet-faced, lovable bird dog of great energy, stamina, and brains. Sport hunters cherish the duality of working Springers: handsome, mannerly pets during the week, and trusty hunting buddies on weekends.
The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized sporting dog, with a compact body and a docked tail. His coat is moderately long, with feathering on his legs, ears, chest and brisket. His pendulous ears, soft gentle expression, sturdy build and friendly wagging tail proclaim him unmistakably a member of the ancient family of Spaniels. He is above all a well-proportioned dog, free from exaggeration, nicely balanced in every part. His carriage is proud and upstanding, body deep, legs strong and muscular, with enough length to carry him with ease. Taken as a whole, the English Springer Spaniel suggests power, endurance and agility. He looks the part of a dog that can go, and keep going, under difficult hunting conditions. At his best, he is endowed with style, symmetry, balance and enthusiasm, and is every inch a sporting dog of distinct spaniel character, combining beauty and utility.
Kate (L) & Kate (R) love to get muddy!
We're asked a lot, why we keep our puppies for at least 8 weeks and often longer. Over the last 30 yrs of breeding, raising puppies & preparing them for their forever homes, there has been leaps & bounds of information on the phycological development of puppies in their first 12 weeks of life. These weeks with the litter will give them a good start on the lessons they need to be stable and happy dogs for the rest of their lives.