CH Victory the Hills Are Alive SH WCX CGC TKN "Julie” 12/1/2010 - 11/26/2021

Julie was one of a kind, I believe I’d used the word crazy more often with her than all my others put together ;-) Her heart always belonged to John Bulger who passed in 2018 and while she lived with me the last few years of her life, she never stopped looking for him. My comfort is knowing they are together again and will have an eternity of retrieving together. 

CH Victory Fair Winds N Following Seas CD RE MH WCX HOF “Cece” 9/15/2007 - 4/28/2020

We lost a great one this year. CeCe was born an old soul and left us as an old soul. Our friend Bob captured her perfectly years ago, it’s my favorite photo of her. She was 12-1/2, but it’s still hard. I was lucky to have a mobile vet come out so we could do this at home.

At 9 weeks I could take CeCe with her mom Gale to my mothers Alzheimer’s unit. She was perfect, well behaved and understood that some people didn’t want to meet her. Later in life CeCe had perfected the pearly whites at stupid male dogs without any of us knowing what she was doing, every once in a while we saw the pearly whites and got a big kick out of that. Her favorite companion was Quinn, Tracey's dog and we called them Jack & Jill. Whenever we had a bunch of dogs out running and were missing 2, we knew it was Jack and Jill. I’ll miss my CeCe Peeps, she was the matriarch in my house. I’m thankful to have spent this many years with her. 

GCH Victory’s Gone Sailing CD BN RN MH WCX HOF “Cruise” 2-25-2009 - 2/13/2020

        Cruise was the consummate hunter, always and of anything fur or fowl. She might not have been the sharpest knife in the drawer ;-), but her temperament was impeccable like her momma Solo. She loved every person and every dog she ever met and had the best attitude towards puppies, mine and everyone elses. Cruise proved herself to be a natural upland hunting dog and those moments are some that will last with me forever and yes she did flashpoint birds just like Solo, so fun to watch. She was the most “watery” dog I’ve ever had and would swim forever anywhere just for her own enjoyment. She was so pretty with beautiful breed type and lovely structure. She had 2 litters and produced multi talented lovely dogs. She would tell me when a training or test setup looked ‘ scary’ with a very high pitched, but quiet whine (we used to call it Cruisey’s EEEEEEEE) Cruise was literally never sick a day in her life and a few days before she died, she was causing a ruckus by chasing ducks at the farm where we field train. She was full of cancer, everywhere. The only signs she gave me in the last few days was more water consumption and a slightly indifferent feeling towards training which she loved. It’s amazing to me that these stoic animals are so filled with sickness and still continue to enjoy life to the fullest. She had a hugely enlarged heart and died of cardiac arrect before I would have made the decision to let her go. She took good care of me in life and at the end as she left on her own terms… what a truly lovely dog, I will always miss her.

GCH Victory’s Jelly Side Up CD BN RA SH WCX “Jelly” 1/16/2012 - 10/1/2019

        A puppy from the J litter was not supposed to stay and then the #8 puppy popped out as a liver girl and all bets were off. Jelly Beans was a tremendous athlete, team player, competitor and mother. She was super healthy up until the day we discovered the splenic bleed and I had a great solid week with her after that before we said good bye. My heart is broken, I was not ready for Jelly to leave me, so young and we had a lot left to do together. She loved me and I her, 7-1/2 years was not enough. I have her mother CeCe and her daughter Pink to help me through the pain, but at times it feels unbearable. Thanks for listening...

Victory’s Party Boat CGC “Party” 10/20/2016 - 8/19/2019

        Party was everything I ever wanted. I could actually leave that as my only statement about her, she was everything  She was pretty with lovely breed type and beautiful structure. Her temperament was ideal and very like her momma Cruise and grandmomma Solo. She was way too young to die, we had a lot of things left to do together and I am heartbroken. I wish I had more pictures of her, but my wonderful memories of her will have to suffice.

Victory’s Diligent Mariner SH WCX “Gent” 11/11/2005 - 4/7/2019

        Gent was a big ol goofy “guys” dog. He loved Jim and loved all stuff “guy”.  He lived to retrieve, like many of them do, but it was a particular passion of his and he could talk anyone who came over into “just throwing one”… He took care of his sister Blue when we had to separate Blue and Freya and he was a perfect gentleman and made that easy for Blue and us. He grew to love puppies and was delightful with our litters and each puppy we kept. He did decide it was his job to protect the litters when we had them and did that fiercely, good boy. He will be missed, but he lived a great long healthy life and Jim let him go on the perfect day so he didn’t suffer. We think Snitch will miss him most right now, but we will miss him so much with the “R” litter on the ground and we wish he had gotten to know them and they him...

Victory’s Clear Sailing CDX BN RE MH OA NAJ NF WCX HOF “Solo” 12/17/2001 - 10/27/2016

        Solo was something so very special, a dog that everyone who ever met her loved and remembered. She had an incredible temperament, perfect in every way. She never had an issue with other dogs or people and would ignore any possible confrontation in her unassuming way. She was the ultimate puppy raiser, loving all puppies, mine and others and taught many many puppies to swim over the years in her gentle “come follow me” manner. I will never forget her and am ever indebted to Helenmary and Neal for letting me have this special “litter” from their lovely Beckett...

GCH Victory Deep Blue Sea RA JH WC “Blue” 11/11/2005 - 4/15/2016

         What can we say about Miss Bluesey? She was lovely to look at and very entitled, "as it should be" she would say. She was my favorite show dog and we had a successful, fun show career together. She loved to show and I loved to show her off! She and her mother Solo gave me 4 living generations when Blue’s grandkids were born here, something I will always treasure. We went swimming and retrieving on her last day and she found a turtle and ate the whole dang thing, way to go Bluesey. I miss you my stunning girl...

CH Wingmaster Gale Force at Victory CD SH WCX “Gale” 11/23/2000 - 7/5/2011

       Gale was a girl scout. She was a delight to live with, a wise old comforting soul in a lovely dog body who came into my life when I needed her. She helped raise puppies and keep order in the house. She died of an ulcer from anti inflammatory drugs I gave her to make her feel better, I haven’t forgvien myself yet… I now have her great grandchild Dora and am very grateful for that, thanks Gale for everything, I miss your wise ways Miss Woosey…

CH Articsun’s Tellin A Tail of Victory SH WCX “Story” 11/20/2004 - 1/8/2010

        Everybody loved the “Storesman”, you certainly couldn’t miss him, he was BIG and BROWN with a rollicking flat-coat character. He accomplished alot in his short life as it seemed he was either undergoing or recovering from 3 major surgeries due to a foreign object (grass seed). None of that affected his outlook on life and I was lucky that he gave me my Blue before he left this world way too young. People still talk about Story to this day and that tells you what an incredible personality he was. I was lucky to have him in my life. 

CH Victory’s Attention On Deck CDX SH AX AXJ WCX HOF “AtEase” 3/10/1995 - 3/20/2009

     AtEase was a funny little dog with a funny little temperament, never bred from. She was a fun performance dog and liked to work. She was super athletic and loved agility best, though she was a nice marking dog with a good water attitude. She retired with 1 MH leg. She ended up going to Hawaii with Mark and blossomed as an only dog and helped raise his new family of 3 kids. I was sorry to see her leave, but it worked out great for her and she loved living out her long life on the beach on the north shore of Oahu ;-)         

CH Hy-Tymes Virginia Reel CDX MH AX AXJ WCX HOF “Ginnie” 10/25/1991 - 6/16/2007

     Ginnie came into my life on her 1st birthday and left me at 15 3/4. The day we got her was the best day of her life and mine, we were meant for each other and she took a huge piece of me when she left. She is another one that people in the hunting retriever world still talk about. She was an itty bitty brown retrieving machine, driven, stylish and fun to watch. I was always proud to be next to her at the line. She was devoted to me and I to her, I never would have left her side if I didn't have to. We shot a flier on water for her on her last day and she stuffed herself with venison sausage while we toasted her with champagne, a great end to a great life. I miss her every single day of mine…

CH Hy-Tymes Victory Peter Pan CDX MH MX AXJ WCX HOF “Flyer” 9/25/1993 - 5/23/2006

      Flyer woke up every day knowing that it would be a good day and that he would make new friends, I always said I wish I had his outlook on life. Flyer greeted everyone at the door by grabbing their sleeve and leading them in, he talked alot of new people into flat-coats with that endearing quality and love for life. Flyer was diagnosed with cancer at 8-1/2 and we amputated his leg. Flyer apparently never realized that and lived for another 4 years running, swimming and waking up every day with his classic joyful attitude. He was a tremendous dog and yet another one that people still remark on to this day. I’ve been blessed with some pretty incredible dogs and Flyer is right up there on the top of the list.

CH Hy-Tymes Even Keel UD TD SH AX WCX HOF “Kelly” 9/4/1990 - 3/1/2003

    Kelly was Mark's and my first flat-coat and what a way to start. She was an incredibly stable animal with lovely structure and pretty type. She introduced us to the dog fancy and I am enjoying her great-great-great grandkids today. Though we didn’t want a performance dog, she led us into obedience, field and the show ring and retired with 1 MH leg and 2 group placements, she also introduced me to some of my dearest friends which is really what this dog fancy is all about. Thank you Kelly, I owe you so much.

Cassie CD JH WC and Mandy CD JH WC - Golden retriever litter sisters 1986 - 1998 and 2000, respectively 

     The girls were my introduction to pure bred dogs. Bought out of the newspaper, they were fun and healthy and stable girls. They helped raise several litters of flat-coats and introduced me to obedience and field. Cassie was a fiery little red dog and Mandy was a much larger laid back model of Cass. Moo and Coo were their alias names and they were as sweet as they come. I loved them so.

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