Liam & Holly
I decided to 'proof' Holly with a dog coming from a kennel I know well: Fishercreek. In 2010 I bred Nova and Céleste with Roman (who gave me Forrest), so for me going back with a similar pedigree is part of the key in Knightcastle's future, already planning ahead future breedings.
Liam finished his American Championship with 5 Majors owner handled. He is a lovely boy, stunning headpiece, side gait and solid movement coming and going. A lovely straight coat, beautiful bone, proper tail carriage and scissor bite. His temperament is an asset to the Flat Coat breed.
As for my Holly, she is a very soft, elegant and sensitive Flatcoat and has the best temperement of all my dogs.
'Legends': the perfect theme for that litter! The Blarney Stone is a famous rock in Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (eloquence). The Holy Grail is generally considered to be the cup from which Christ drank at the Last Supper. Two fantastic legends put together, like the dogs themselves; Liam and Holly.
Holly was bred to Liam in December 2012, eleven puppies born on February 13 2013, seven girls and four boys. The funny thing is on that morning, everything was fine with Holly, I went to work as usual. At eleven in the morning I came back home for lunch to find four puppies on the floor of my bedroom, where the whelping box was. At 8pm, ten puppies were born and we all went to sleep, exhausted. I woke up in the morning with an extra girl (the gold one), who was born on Valentine's day! So for the first time in Knightcastle's history, five puppies were born without my help. Holly did a great job!
Lilly (Knightcastle Jeanne D'Arc) is the girl I kept for the next generation. She's the one born on Valentine's day!! This litter brought also Knightcastle's first Best in Show winner, Indigo (Bermuda CH BIS Knightcastle Bermuda Triangle CGC), owned by Geralyn Counsell.