The Long Winter is Over…

and the silence is broken!  Sorry for the lack of updates over the long, cold winter, but updating the website took a back seat to a personal loss.  My wonderful Uncle Mike (Michael H. Helberg) passed away in January after a long series of health battles.  Uncle Mike was one of a kind and lived his life to the fullest, leaving nothing left undone.  His generosity, thirst for knowledge, love of people and zest for life made him larger than life.  It was like someone sucked the air out of the room when he left us.  We all miss him greatly.

Mitch, Kyle and the dogs had a fantastic winter down in Clermont, Florida, made doubly wonderful by the fact that I was able to join them and bring my mare, Stone.  We have loved every minute of our time here.  We would like to sincerely thank Wayne and Sharon Gey for their friendship and hospitality.  We are blessed to know you and count you among our friends.

Stay tuned.  I will be posting a long list of brags starting with some hunt test accomplishments and continuing with our great showing at the 2015 Flat-coated Retriever Society of America’s National Specialty.

Early Christmas Presents at the IX Shows

Santa came to the IX center in Cleveland and he was very good to Gamekeepers!  Alex, CH Gamekeepers Big Red 1 SH, earned his CH plus his first GCH points – a 4 pt GCH Major.  Chick, CH Gamekeepers Boom Chicka Wow Wow JH, finished her CH.  Bode, Gamekeepers Double Black Diamond JH WCX, earned his second Major and Cal, GCH Gamekeepers Iron Man CD RA JH WCX, turned in two brilliant Novice B performances (198 1/2 and a 198).  What great way to end the year!

Thanks and an extra Merry Christmas to our fantastic owners and their fantastic dogs Linda and Rob O’Leary (Alex), Ray and Eloise Girt (Bode) and Deanna German and Ed Zawodny (Cal) and to our extraordinary handlers Bryana Pierce and John Benoit.

Chick and Bode Show Ring Success!

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Chick

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Bode

After their successful debut in the field this Fall, Chick and Bode are now tearing it up in the show ring.  Thanks to our good friend Bryana Pierce.  Chick has been “in the purple” every weekend she has been out and her brother Bode is not lagging far behind.   Maybe Santa will bring some new Champions for Christmas?

Chick is Gamekeepers Boom Chicka Wow Wow JH and Bode is Gamekeepers Double Black Diamond JH WCX.  Bode is owned by Ray and Eloise Girt and he is their first performance dog.  Chick and Bode are two years old and are out of Ruff, GCH Flatford Ruffles and Flourishes WC and Dazzle, CH Gamekeepers Black Diamond  CD MH WCX.