purchased Miss Kitty as a pup through Millercreek Kennels
in the fall of 2002. She was whelped on September 22nd, 2002.
her parents pack some tremendous credentials. Dad is FC-AFC Rebel
With A Cause, and mom was HRCH Cropper's Dazzling Texas Indy MH. Needless
to say, we have some pretty big plans for Miss Kitty.
told us at Kitty's first checkup that she is shy and timid, and
to this day Doc was generally right. But Kitty is also an instigator.
In fact we since have nicknamed her "The Demon-Dog". She's
a pretty funny nut, and full of piss and vinegar (so to speak).
She keeps our boy dogs on their toes and so far lives up to her
Dad's namesake; Kitty is a one of a kind retriever.
approximately 6-months of age, Kitty was sent to Pat McHale at
Kennels outside of Plantersville, Texas, where she was
trained to be an obedient gun dog. As much as she loves being home
with us and her other partners in crime (Mason and Tater) she also
seems to also be in her element at "Uncle Pat's". Kitty
thrives in the sports of hunting and hunt tests and revisits Ridgewood
Kennels often in preparation for hunt test seasons.
2003 and 2004 Cindi and I ran Kitty in AKC and HRC hunt tests and
achieved her JH and SHR titles. In 2005 she got her HR title and
earned 3 out of 4 passes toward an Upland Hunter title. We quickly
realized Kitty was more dog than we could handle and turned her
over to Pat from here on. Then in 2006 she earned her HRCH title
and got the final pass for her UH title. She also ended the season
one pass shy of an MH title. Then in the spring of 2007 Kitty earned
her MH title.
qualified and ran the 2007 Master Nationals in Remington Virginia.
She did not come home with a plate, but she and her handler put
forth a great effort and we decided to try again in 2008.
year 2008 proved to be a good year for Kitty as she qualified to
run the '08 Master Nationals in Virginia, Minnesota. Pat McHale
took her and three of his other Master Hunters and out of the four,
three came home as 2008 Master National Qualifiers! Kitty did very
well with only one handle on one mark throughout all six series.
Kitty's Qualifying score at the 2008 Master Nationals entitled
her to two (out of two) Master Pass credits toward the five out
of seven needed to qualify to run the 2009 Master Nationals. We entered her in a few local Master events and she got the
three additional passes needed to qualify.
2009 Master Nationals were held October 23 thru November 1 in Manheim,
TX and Kitty passed there as well becoming one of the 2009 Master
October 2010 Kitty and her trainer, Pat McHale, traveled to Corning,
California to run the 2010 Master National and they returned home
with their third straight Master National Qualifying Score. This
means Kitty has now earned the newly recognized AKC Master National
Hunter title (MNH). In addition, Kitty has been inducted into the
Master National Hall of Fame. Kitty is currently qualified to run
the 2011 MN in Maryland.
you may be able to tell from some of the photos below, Kitty has
a very high drive. She has tremendous marking abilities, and perseverance
that doesn't end until she finds the bird, regardless of obstacles
or terrain. She's fun to handle and a joy to watch.
hips are registered with the OFA as GOOD (OFA
Cetificate). She is CNM - CLEAR, EIC - CLEAR, and her eyes are
examined annually by CERF and diagnosed as NORMAL.
here to see Kitty's pedigree. Click
see Kitty running the 2010 Master Natl in California.
here for information about Kitty's July 2011 Litter!!
are some great images of Miss Kitty as she grows and leaves fond
memories in our lives. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.
This page will be updated often so visit it again soon.