I wanted to share some photos with you of “Chief” from Moss’ and Socks’ litter of December 6, 2012. He is an absolutely amazing retriever, family member, companion and friend. He is an outstanding retriever and could literally spend all day in the field retrieving birds. You can tell that this is what he was born to do. He also loves riding in the front of the boat taking it all in. He has enjoyed this since he was young puppy. He loves our children and is loved by them and has been a perfect family pet. From the time I get home in the afternoon, he follows me everywhere just wanting to be by my side. I could not ask for a better dog. I hope all is well with you and all of our friends at Covey Flush Kennels.
Governor Deal. She has been flushing and retrieving for Broadfield Plantation since she was six and one half months old. She has become the primary flushing and retrieving dog. She hunts at least six days a week and has not lost a bird since the second week she started.
The dog handler says she is the most phenomenal dog of any age he has ever hunted. She sleeps at home with him when she is hunting and with us when she isn’t. I am looking forward to getting the second puppy in January. There have been several guests she has hunted with that wanted to take her home!!
This is Lucy. The first picture is her first quail. We’re working on her retrieving skills. She’s doing well. She loves being in the field and things come really natural to her. She is very birdy! She gets better each time we’re out. The last photo shows her fierce determination. A chip monk ran in the hole in the tree. She wanted it bad. She’s a great dog! Terribly spoiled, but a great dog.
We just LOVE Jessie! 3 quail hunts and she has with her ability to “find the bird.” She is still learning!
2011. While it was a long way to drive, we have since learned that we will not be buying another dog from anywhere else and can’t wait to get him a little sister.
From day one I could tell that Dale was one of the birdiest dogs I have ever handled. I have always been a lab and Chesapeake owner and in the past been committed to those breeds. But I tell you this—the Covey Flush lines are GUN DOGS. I have a coffee table book entitled, “The Encyclopedia of North American Gun Dog” in which it describes how important it is to get an English Cocker Spaniel lineage that is still infused with the sporting blood that has makes this breed the versatile worker that it is, especially sires from Britain. When we were inquiring about getting a puppy, Christopher assured me that he makes a deliberate attempt to incorporate this fundamental ideal into every litter he produces. I can assure you, he has succeeded.
I worked with Dale on quartering, flushing, and retrieving starting at about 3-4 months. To be honest, I am by no means a professional trainer. My knowledge comes from books and second hand knowledge as I guide my dog the best way I know how. But with that being said, this dog makes me look good. I joined a dove club last season which consisted of 7-8 hunts throughout the season on Sundays. Dale was, to put it simply, remarkable. His marks were always rock solid and his determination was evident to everyone in the club as he consistently outperformed the other labs and retrievers who were brought along. He was attentive, focused, and steadfast. And all this at 8 months old. But most importantly, his enthusiasm was unbridled. I have yet to see another dog this excited to get after birds. Even if he’s in the front seat of the truck going to the grocery store, he is constantly scanning the skies for fowl. Now at a year and a half old and 35+ pounds, he is a bird dog if I’ve ever seen one.
While I have grown to expect the very best of Dale in the field, he’s first and foremost a house dog. He obviously earns it, and we have trouble not spoiling him–he sleeps in our king bed and becomes our couch companion on movie nights. Our home is quite simply not home without him and he is certainly part of our family in every way. We truly think we have one of the best dogs around.
Thank you so much for everything
We wanted to send you an update on our spaniel, Rosie.
At only six months old, she is already retrieving birds (and at a long distance).
This is Bret (Nicki’s Nutmeg, with her first pheasant. She probably thought it was the biggest quail her first pheasant. She probably ever shot. I have a couple more pictures on facebook if you want to see them.
I hope you are doing well and enjoyed your summer. Early, my English Cocker Spaniel (“ECS”), is now four years old. She and I have been working hard to sharpen her skills for the field. As in previous years, Early is ready for this dove season. Recently, I was thinking about when I began the process of acquiring an ECS, which was six years ago this fall. Admittedly, you were not the first breeder I contacted. I first called a breeder who touted themselves as the premier provider of ECS’s and bragged about selling dogs to celebrities. After a few telephone conversations, the breeder would not return my calls. Discouraged, I continued my search for another legitimate breeder in the Southeast; especially a breeder who would simply return my calls and answer my questions. In about October of 2005, I discovered your website and called you. We talked for a length of time about the breed and my expectations of the same. You patiently answered the questions of a novice seeking a bird dog. I had a very specific dog in mind: female, mask, liver or blue roan, and most importantly, would obey commands. Candidly, you informed me you could not predict the color or gender of a litter, and that someone else also wanted an ECS of my description. I had to wait. So I did. However, in the interim, you continually voluntarily called me to talk about ECS’s, training methods, your current litters, and hunting. Our discussions over that span fortified my belief that I was getting the light dog from the right breeder. I really appreciate your enthusiasm for the ECS breed. You did not make one single empty promise about your dogs. Your advice smoothed the transition from aspiring bird dog owner, to hunting with a birdie ECS. Looking back on my process, the joke is me for wasting my time with another breeder who would not give me the time. When people ask me where I got Early, I quickly tell them, “Christopher at Covey Flush Kennels, don’t waste your time with anyone else.”
Please continue to breed great dogs.
Just wanted to give you an update on Kermit, who we got from you back in August of 2013. At only 16 months old, Kermit is already halfway to his Junior Hunter title by AKC. He received qualifying scores in both of his first two hunt tests given near Augusta, GA by the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club. See the attached picture of Kermit and me with our winning ribbons. He will be going for his title at the Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club Hunt Test in Jackson, GA in early December.
Not only has he done extremely well in the Hunt Tests, he is also a great hunter and is truly a natural. We have been on several quail hunts and pheasant shoots. I’ve attached another picture of the results from one mornings hunt recently at High Point Quail in Locust Grove, GA.
Even though Kermit is a fantastic dog in the field, he is first and foremost a great family pet. We could not be happier with him as a member of our family. He sleeps on our bed every night and keeps our feet warm when it is cold!
Thanks for turning us on to a great breed and fantastic dog, Christopher.
Here’s a shot of Dolly with a rooster. She’s doing great. Couldn’t have asked for a better pup.
I hope that you are doing well!
Winston has turned out to be more that we could have ever hoped for!
Onyx. He is such a good dog. We love him and he fits right in to our family. Grouse wings already and retrieving on land very well. Too cold for water yet.
Thank you so much.
Robert and Penny