Thursday, December 27, 2012

Byam's Sister is Titled!

Penny 5 has an AKC senior hunter title with Doug and she is just about ready to start on her master hunter title.
And her litter of five pups born in January, all 5 of the pups have been out hunting pheasants this fall.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Byam's Sister is a Winner!

More news from Byam's family!

Rae who is Byam's littermate sister formerl known as F6 won an amazing third place in the American Brittany Club National Ametuer Gun Dog Championship this year!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Byam's Sister Update - Penny 5 Sucessful Hunt

While Byam has been busy taking care of her human grandparents, her littermate Byam's sister - Penny 5 - was having a great time hunting pheasants with Doug in North Dakota!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Byam - Back to Blogging Soon

Byam is attempting to be the best mama-dog to her human grandparents.  She will share more of her adventures as soon as possible.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Big Scare - All Ended Well

We had a big scare this week.  All ended well, but we were super worried.
Byam, my little 28 pound Brittany went to our vet for her rabies vacine - just a normal appointment and check up.  We love our doctor, as she has great diagnosis skills, and forward-thinking ideas such as adding massage thereapy - but that is another story years before Byam was even born. 
Byam's heart has a murmur.
We got an appointment at Iowa State University's Vet College.
Of course while we waited, we googled dog heart murmur and found out that murmurs could be anywhere from minor to grave. 
Our student doctor, and his supervising teaching doctor asked lots of questions about her lethargy - none.  And about Byam's travel - extensive.  And time spent swimming - recently.  Then Byam was put into a Thundershirt and had an echocardiogram.  Her heart murmur is minor, does not require any treatment or medicine at this time.  We have a follow up scheduled in a year to check again. 
We are so lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christian Petersen Sculpture "The Gentle Doctor"


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Snacking on Soap


Byam has always liked soap, but this is the first time she was bold enough to keep licking while I grabbed a photo.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Out in the field!

Byam and S got some training in this morning, before the heat of the day bumped up the humidity.
There was a bit of rain last night, so Byam was wet from head to tail. Amazingly she was not covered in mud, so her bath was a little easier than normal.  Her ears were covered with burrs, so she got a small haircut to avoid pulling her fur.  Now she is asleep on my legs, I just love that!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Again - No Dogs Allowed on the Beach

Byam is considered a pet, not to us as she is a member of the family.  But rules are rules, even for Brittany Spaniels.  We did find another spot on Don Willams Lake, where dogs have entered for a  wade or swim for years.  This weekend we also learned the difference between chipmunks and ground squirrels.  Byam tried to sneak up on any number of ground squirrels with good luck on the ground squirrels' side.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Byam and Sarah - New Friends

Byam has a new friend, Sarah.  She kept Byam busy, happy and wet at the Decorah Iowa campground.  Amazingly Sarah was able to walk with Byam on her leash - without Byam pulling!  What an amazing girl!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wilson's Creek Battlefield

Near Springfield is a very important battlefield of the Civil War.
Wilson's Creek - the first major Civil War battle west of the Mississippi.
And this national park allows horse riding and dogs on trails.
Byam was glad to get out with us.
Suggestion - watch for ticks.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Missing You Today and Always

In Loving Memory
July 13th 1991 to March 27th 2008

Sunday, March 18, 2012

80 Degrees in March - True March Madness


 Incredible Day - March has been Summer-like this year!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Byam's Sister Update

Byam's sister - Penny 5 may get out to train this week as Doug's gift to her, as they work on her senior hunter title. And Byam now has a niece in Adel Iowa!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Byam Wants to Go Hunting

Waiting to go looking for pheasants - waiting is the hardest part.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Bacon Flavor

Byam's New Bacon Flavored Nylabone is a Favorite

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

She's Just That Fast!

Brittany - Faster than the speed of a camera!