We've got two puppies in NJ ready to go home! Both are show prospects, one male, one female!
And we have puppies in NY!
We have 3 pet girls and 1 show girl just waiting for the right homes!
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Five Generations of Blacfriar dogs!
Sydney 10, her daughter Minnie 6, her son Seamus 3, his daughter Zenyatta 8 months, Sammie 7 (Zenyatta's mother and Sydney's half sister),
and Amelia almost 13, in the foreground.
Amelia is Zenyatta's grandmother on her maternal side and her great, great grandmother on her paternal side!
Taken in July, 2011
At three months!
Meeting the bird! Oops!
And this is Plato! now lead free and acting totally normally!
I just don't get why this bird doesn't want to be my "close" friend!
Gus at two!
He sure got a lot of coat!
And he has turned out to be a great mouser!
January 5, 2020: Bart BOB, Mariah BOS, and their son Maverick, Blacfriar The Eagle Has Landed, BOW! It was a family affair!
January 12: Blacfriar Fly Me To The Moon, Apollo, took a 4 point major in Washington state!
First: January 17: And we have our first Champion of the year! Pai, Swiftwater Redwing Blackbird, bred by Susan Kravit and owned by Elizabeth Knight finished her Championship by taking a 3 point major in Oregon! Pai finished with 3 majors totally owner handled!
Second: January 18: Marty, Blackmoor Vanquish Shaken Not Stirred, owned by Pat Wolkin and bred by Laurie Dux, got his Bronze Grand Championship in Wildwood, NJ!
Third: January 19: Chelsea, Argon's Lady Chelsea Rogers, bred and owned by Jake Cassaday, finished her Championship by taking a 3 point major in Wildwood, NJ!
Fourth: January 26: Zuma, Fairytails Ready Set Get Wet, bred by Randy Grimm and owned by Nancy and Ted Ferringer, got his Championship at Erie, PA!
Fifth: February 21: Bart, GCHS Blacfriar Bartholomew Cubbins, finished his Gold Grand Championship by going Select Dog in Springfield, MA! He is our first Gold Grand Champion!
Sixth: March 20: Prince, Argon's Purple Rain, finished his Silver Grand Championship by taking BOB at Augusta, NJ!
Seventh: April 28: Echo, Argon's Lady Echo, bred and owned by Jake Cassaday, finished her Championship by going WB at Bear, Delaware!
Eighth: May 11: Kona, Blacfriar Learning To Fly, owned by Aaron and Dana Pelto, and bred by me, took WB and BOW to finish her Championship!
Nineth: May 18: Fred, Swiftwater Steadfast Fool, bred by Susan Kravit and owned by Heather Hay finished his American Championship by going WD at Lynden, WA!
Dana and Kona!
Tenth: May 31: Peeve, GCHS Nicholcity Revere, bred by Cyndy Nichols and owned by Andy Abramowitz, got his Silver Grand Championship by going BOB in Columbus, NJ!
Eleventh: June 15: Olive, Ch Argon's Princess Olive The Other Reindeer, bred and owned by Jake Cassaday, took Select Bitch to finish her Grand Championship!
Twelfth: June 22: Plum, Ch. Argon's Black Diamond, bred by Florence Engoran and Jake Cassaday and owned by Mary Jane Koren, took WD to finish his Championship!
Thirteenth: July 13: Trivia, owned and bred by me, finished her Grand Championship by taking Select for a 3 point major at Madison, OH!
Fourteenth: August 3: Mazie, Fairytails Amazing Aurora, owned and bred by Randy Grimm, got a 3 point major to finish her Championship!
Fifteenth: August 4: Ember, Ch. Ceilidh Irish Mist, bred by Betsy Olson and owned by Randy Sliker, got a 4 point major to finish her Grand Championship!
Sixteenth: August 18: Raven, Ch. Blackmoor Puppy New Year, bred and owned by Laurie Dux, took BOB for 3 points to finish her Canadian Grand Championship!
Seventeenth: August 23: Albert, Ch. Blackmoor First Visitor Albert, bred by Laurie Dux and owned by Betsy Wiley, took BOS at Madison, OH to finish his Grand Championship title!
Eighteenth: August 24: Rosie, Ceilidh Wild Irish Rose, bred and owned by Betsy Olson, took WB at Madison, OH to finish her Championship!
Nineteenth: September 8: Ben, Argon's Lord of Lightening, owned and bred by Jake Cassaday, finished his Championship by taking WD and BOW at Bridgewater, NJ!
Twentieth: September 8: Trivia, Blacfriar Trivial Pursuit, owned and bred by me, finished her Canadian Grand Championship by taking Select Bitch at Jerseyville, Ontario, Canada!
Twenty-First: September 14: Prince, CGHS Argon's Purple Rain, bred by Jake Cassaday and owned by Janet Herrington, finished his Gold Grand Championship by taking BOB at Macungie, PA!
Flat Coated Retriever Specialty 2018
The Specialty was held in York, PA with the field events at Rebel Ridge in Elton, MD!
Hunt Tests started off the Specialty on Saturday, May 19th! Unfortunately for all of us, it was a day of great rain! I only had one dog entered and that was Zenyatta in Senior Hunter. She went right out on the land double, unable to find one bird in all that water. She must have passed within a couple of feet of it but a pouring rain holds down odor and she just couldn't get it! But Bart did us well earning another Junior Hunter leg despite the conditions!
Sunday, May 20th was Working tests and singles tests. Trivia made her first attempt at a WCX! She was steady for three land birds, a true miracle! and then refused to pick up a wounded flyer! She needs more work on picking up live birds!
Monday, May 21st, was agility and we had a nice day! Zenyatta qualified her standard run and her fast run! Madeline qualified her JWW's run! And Mariah qualified her first Open run ever by taking first place in Open JWW! Lexi, Mariah's sister, got two novice legs! And Nemo qualified Novice Standard, Novice JWW and Novice Fast! The funnest thing was that 3 out of the four placements in Master Standard went to dogs out of the Blacfriar breeding program!
Tuesday was Sweepstakes for Veterans and Gun Dogs.
Stitch took Third in a fairly large Veterans 11+ class, not bad for a veteran who could be in the 13+ class if they had one!
Zenyatta took Third in a very large Veterans 7 - 9 class! and Rozie took Fourth!
Bart took 4th in the huge Gun Dog dogs, Junior Hunter class!
And Zenyatta took 3rd in the large Gun Dogs bitches, Junior Hunter Class! And Madeline and Trivia both made the cut!
Wednesday was Dog Day! We don't have very many dogs to show, mostly bitches. Jake took second in Bred By with Arthur!
But they did have Juniors this day and it was won by Dana Pelto showing her 7 month old puppy, Kona! WOW!
Thursday was Bitch Day! and we have lots of bitches!
Honey, Madeline's 8 month old daughter, owned by Gayle Haak, took Third in the Puppy 6 - 9 sweepstakes!
Honey at 8 months!
And Kona, Trivia's 7 month old daughter, owned by Aaron and Dana Pelto, took Fourth in the Puppy 6 - 9 class!
Stitch was up first in Veteran's 11+! She made the cut, not bad for a 13 year old!
Zenyatta took Second in the large Veteran's 7 - 9 class.
Trivia took 4th in Hunting Dogs, Started!
And Madeline took 4th in Hunting Dogs, Intermediate!
And Friday was Best of Breed day! We had several dogs in Best of Breed. Bart, Gracie, and Gunner all made the first cut. Bart and Gracie went on to the last cut! Unfortunately, that was the end for the Blacfriar dogs. One Seamus son, Dover, Timberblac's True Brew, got a JAM!
And Gracie got second in the Brood Bitch Class!
And Bart got fourth in the Stud Dog Class!
And at the banquet, Rozie, Randy Grimm's bitch, was inducted into the Hall of Fame! That is truly an honor!!!
Flat Coated Retriever Specialty 2017!
The Specialty was held at Peek'n Peak, put on by the wonderful folks in the Western NY area as well as many great folks who wanted to help from other areas!
So the first thing up was a Tracking trial. Unfortunately none of our dogs were in this as none of them have ever trained in tracking! Maybe next year!
Then came the Hunt Tests on Saturday, May 13th. Both Rozie and Bart did us proud! They both got a Junior Hunt leg and, in Rozie's case, that made her title, JH!
And that put Rozie eligible for the Hall of Fame next year!
On Sunday we had the working tests. And again, Bart and Rozie did fantastic. Both got their WC's.
Monday was agility day! Berry got a double Q! And Sera, Debbie Ting's young girl, and Cece, Betsy Olson's young girl, both got a double Q's in novice! Bodie got a double Q and his AXJ! And Trivia got a Novice Fast leg for her NF!
Tuesday started the conformation and obedience show!
Sunny was first up with a Third in Veteran's Sweeps 9 - 11!
Stitch got a Second in Veteran's Sweeps 11+!
Then Trivia got a Novice B leg for her first leg toward her CD!
And in the evening, Stitch, Zenyatta and Madeline all participated in the Ring of Honor! Stitch has been in the Hall of Fame since 2013 but this was the induction year for both Zenyatta and Madeline!
Wednesday started the regular conformation and was dog day!
First up was the 12 - 15 month class which was Won by Argon's Purple Rain, Prince, bred by Jake Cassaday. Blacfriar Winner Takes All, Gunnar, Zenyatta's son and Mariah's brother, took Fourth in that class. Then Luka, Blacfriar Happy Trails, took Third in the American Bred Class. And Sunny took Second in Veteran's 9 - 11! In the meantime, in Rally, Trivia took a Rally Advanced leg to get her RA and Mariah took a Rally Novice leg to get her RN, her first title.
And Stitch qualified Veteran's obedience and placed Fourth in the class.
Thursday was bitch day!
Argon's Lady Echo, Echo, bred by Jake Cassaday, took Third in the 6 - 9 puppy class. Madeline took Third in the Working Bitch class. Eve, Blacfriar Auld Lang Syne, took Fourth in the Veteran's 7 -9 class. And Stitch took Third in the Veteran's 11+ class.
Friday was Best of Breed day!
Ch. Blackmoor Puppy New Year, Raven, bred by Laurie Dux and Ch. Fairytail Thomas Beau Jefferson, Bennie, bred by Randy Grimm, both got Cuts in Breed. And Timberblac True Brew, bred by Jennifer Martin, got a Judges Award of Merit.
And Zenyatta, with her Get, Nemo and Mariah, took First in the Brood Bitch Class and Stitch with her Get, Madeline and Bart, got Fourth in the Brood Bitch Class!
And Berry, Fairytail Halle Berry, owned by Debbie Ring, Rosie, Fairytail Rosa Parks, owned by Randy Grimm, and Trivia, Blacfriar Trivial Pursuit, owned by me, all took Hat Trick Awards, qualifying in three different areas of endeavor!
And so ended the FCRSA National put on in Western New York!
It was a beautiful show at a spectacular venue!
Gunnar taking Fourth in 12 - 15 dogs
Luka taking third in AmBred
Madeline taking third in Working Bitches
Eve taking Fourth in Veteran Bitches 7 - 9
Stitch taking Third in Veteran Bitches 11+
Zenyatta with Nemo and Mariah won the Brood Bitch Class
Stitch with Madeline and Bart got 4th in the Brood Bitch Class
Flat Coated Retriever Specialty 2013!
Our Specialty started out with a bang!
Ellie, Ch. Blacfriar Star of Elbereth, owned by Maggie Minkiewicz, got her Master Hunter!
That is so difficult and Maggie and Ellie worked so hard and did such a wonderful job! I was so thrilled!
Then we went on to the Sweepstakes where Norah took a 4th in a class of over 20 girls in the Junior Hunter Gun Dog class. We were thrilled for Norah who is now 10 and who we didn't think was competitive with the young ladies in this class. Guess she was!
The regular classes started out slowly and we were not doing what I thought we should. But timing is everything and we apparently had a bunch of young dogs who were just not in the right place for their classes. Some were just too young for the class, some not mature enough, and some not in coat.
Finally, Ruby, Butterblac's Ruby Back in Time, took first in the Open class. We didn't breed Ruby but her father is our foundation dog Darktarn Blac Phineas.
Then Stitch, Blacfriar A Stitch in Time, won first in the Field Trial bitch class! That's a nice win!
Friday was Best of Breed day. And we had several dogs in for Best of Breed.
Arthur, Blacfriar Arthur Big Boy Crudup, was first in and didn't do anything.
Seamus, Blacfriar Seamus McGrath, was second in and didn't do anything.
How disappointing as both of these dogs are so very nice!
Then Zenyatta went in and made the first cut! Excellent! She's nice but so young, not quite 2 1/2.
Then she made the second cut in bitches!
Then the judge called in the 6 veterans, the two field trial class winners, the two working class winners, and the winners dog and bitch!
And she cut to one veteran, one field trial class winner, and the winner's dog and bitch!
Stitch was still in, now the winner of the field trial classes and going to get a JAM! How exciting!
And finally the judge started pulling her choices for Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Best of Winners, Select dog and Select bitch!
And there was Stitch in the final five! Oh, my God!
And she got it!
Best of Opposite Sex!
And then Zenyatta got a JAM, Judges Award of Merit!
And Stitch topped off the day by getting inducted into the Hall of Fame!
I wonder if any other dog has ever gotten BOB or BOS at the Specialty the same day they were inducted into the Hall of Fame?
What a day!!!
What a Specialty!
Master Hunter, Best of Opposite Sex, and a Jam and a Hall of Fame! And a bunch of obedience and rally Q's for Randy, Maggie, and one for me! And an agility Q for Zenyatta as well!
Both Randy and Maggie also won the Grits award, a ribbon for qualifying in three different areas with the same dog!
Ellie in the field getting her Master Hunter!
Stitch getting Best of Opposite Sex!
Zenyatta taking a Judges Award of Merit!
Norah taking 4th in the JH Gun Dog Class!
Stitch was third in Brood Bitch!
That's Madeline and Bartholemew at 6 months old!
And third in Brace!
Zenyatta and Stitch!
Ruby won the Open Class!
And Jake Cassaday has a girl in season. It is Be, Ch. Argon's Let It Be, a Seamus - Belle daughter! She is a lovely bitch! And she is going to be bred to Arthur, Ch. Argon's King Avalon Of The Mist. This litter will be due in early September. And both dogs carry liver so there should be some liver puppies in this litter, approximately 1/4 of the litter!
And scratch this breeding. Be has been instead bred to Rand, Argon's Lord of the Morning. That was Rand and Be's idea! There will be no liver puppies as Rand is a pure black!
And Jake does think that Be is pregnant!
And Be had 5 puppies on September 21st, three bitches and two dogs! All are doing well!
And at almost 5 weeks, these puppies are eating, running, playing and truly being puppies!
And I did evaluate this litter today and there are two gorgeous males and a lovely bitch in this litter! If you are looking for a wonderful show dog, these would be great dogs to bet on!
And there is only one show bitch left in this litter!
And Jake Cassaday's Willow was bred to Arthur. That's Argon's Queen of the Waters bred to Argon's King Avalon of the Mist.
Willow had 8 puppies, 5 dogs and 3 bitches on September 23rd! All of these puppies are also doing well.
And at just past 4 weeks, these puppies are also doing great!
And i did evaluate this litter today. There is a very nice show bitch in this litter and a nice show dog! And there are some very nice pets available as well!
And there are three puppies left from these two breedings, a show bitch and a show male, both to the right homes!
And now there is one male show puppy available!
Please contact me if you are interested in any of these puppies!
And I will be breeding Trivia as soon as she comes in season! Don't have any idea when that will be but probably within two months! And she is going to Ch. Fairytails Thomas Beau Jefferson!
And Trivia is in season! She will be bred the last weekend in October approximately!
And there's been a change in plans and Trivia has been bred to Benny's father, Blacfriar Viscount Monck, Guinness! Guinness is a gorgeous dog who has fathered some of our nicest puppies! She will be due November 28 which is Thanksgiving Day!
And Trivia is pregnant!
With 3 weeks to go, Trivia is also on maternity leave!
And right on time, on Thanksgiving day, Trivia had two bitch puppies!
One puppy is still available!
And I have bred Zenyatta to a very special male! We don't know if this will take as she is an older bitch but it might! If she has puppies, she will be due November 21st!
And Zenyatta is pregnant! We are so excited!
And with 2 weeks to go, Zenyatta is doing great! She's on maternity leave! No more agility for her!
And an X-ray today says that she has at least 8 puppies! We're so excited!
Zenyatta delivered a dream litter on November 19th!
For those who have been in the breed a while, the sire's name is Buttblac One For The Money! And his sire's name is Athercroft Deacon Blues, whelped in 1978! What a pedigree!
She has 10 puppies, 8 bitches and 2 dogs.
On day 4, everyone seems to be doing fine!
Sadly, we have lost one puppy! At almost 2 weeks, everyone seems to be doing wonderfully! There are 7 bitches and 2 dogs in this litter.
So the total at Blacfriar is now 9 bitches and 2 dogs!
Several puppies have already been promised from this litter and will be going home this week! We do have some pets still available!
We have one show quality bitch and three pet bitches available from these litters!
And Jake Cassaday has just bred Echo, Ch Argon's Echo, a liver bitch. And she has been bred to Arthur, Ch. Argon's King Avalon of the Mist, who carries liver! Puppies are due February 2nd and there should be both liver and black!
And Echo is pregnant with a good size litter! There should be livers in this litter!
And I will be breeding Madeline probably around the first of March. She is going to be inseminated by Darktarn Blac Phineas! He is her great, great grandfather!
The above litters are recommended litters where I know the quality of the dogs and the integrity of the breeders!
Blacfriar is now starting an Evaluation Service! For a long time, I have been evaluating litters for folks who have dogs that I've bred or who have bred to dogs that I've bred. This service has always been free and will continue to be so! I do expect to have my travel expenses paid but that's all. This service will continue to be provided for anyone that has my dogs or breeds to my dogs.
However, I am now extending this service to anyone else who'd like to have me look at their litter. I am basically interested in looking at Flat Coats but would consider some other breeds as well. If you have another breed, you need to consider that I do not know as much about type in other breeds although, for many breeds, basic structure is the same.
There will be a cost for this service depending on how much time I'll have to use. If you can get me at a dog show or trial and I only have to look at the litter, the cost will be less. If I have to spend a day traveling, or even two days traveling, it will be higher.
Having had a very successful breeding program for the last 30 years, I will tell you that one of the keys to successful breeding is to pick the right puppies at each generation! That's what this service is about!