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.