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Application, Hunting Stories, Recipes


Windmill Hill Kennels

"Rough Shooting Springer Spaniels"


"A Little Snow Never Stops, Huh Girl"

This page contains an application to purchase a pup and some interesting home and hunting stories as well as a recipe or two.
A Few Important Points

1) While we do our best from conception to their nourishment to their training and conditioning, we cannot guarantee their hunting prowess and athletic ability in the future. While we are sort of like a family from "Prairie Home Companion's: Lake Whoa - Be - Gone" because  all our pups will be wonderful, however not all will be "above average," unlike the children who live in that mythical town in MN. No matter if your pup shows promise as a "Hall of Fame" dog or just a fine friend and loyal hunting buddy, our expectations are you will love and care for them as a member of your family.
2) As part of all our sales agreements we include a "right to first refusal" clause in case you decide to sell or give away your pup at anytime in its life. We believe since we took the actions that brought them into this world, we have an obligation to ensure as best we can that they are always well loved and cared for. There are too many horror stories on the internet about abandoned or neglected dogs.
3) As a policy we never sell two pups from the same litter to the same family at the same time. One pup at a time is enough for any family because they will need your focus to thrive. Also, while some good breeder/trainer/handlers have a string of dogs in a kennel, we breed our litters to be "Home and Hunters." Which means we will not sell to anyone whose housing and training arrangements are such that the dog will spend the majority its life in a kennel when not training. We understand the need for some kennel time while possibly away for training or for a short stay while a family travels. But a life in a kennel is not what our dogs were bred to live.   
4) We reserve the right to not sell a pup to anyone we deem unfit for any reason.
5) We will gladly provide references from families who have pups from our past litters.

When a pup goes to its forever home, a little bit of us is torn out. This is why we have these policies. 

Good Stories

For those who love reading the types of stories found in "Gray's Sporting Journal" or remember those short stories from "Tale Feathers" you may enjoy some of the stories found here. Tempest and I are in the process of journaling our misadventures and will have excerpts of these here posted for your feed-back.

“Puppies Everywhere”

By Anthony E. Baker, PhD

 

When feeding the pups today I did what I did as a squad leader in the Infantry for many years; counted heads so I knew I had everyone. When one was missing I panicked, then realized one of our pups was off to her new home. This not so sudden realization brought me to tears again, though I knew she was with a great family who knew and loved the breed. I remembered how well she took to her new people.

 

Running to their “Hey, Hey, Hey” she smiled her puppy smile and wagged her puppy tail with the exuberance of youth. She let them pick her up and she licked and nuzzled them as she had me and my wife for these many weeks. I was heartbroken and felt almost cheated on. I was happy that she was happy, but I was sad knowing that I would never experience those nuzzles again. I would not see her eyes go fully from blue to brown. I would never again see her having her puppy dreams at night. She would not lick my beard or lie in my lap as I stroked her paws. I knew this all to be a hard truth. Furthermore, I knew that there would be ten more, who will go just like this, our “Twelve Puppers of Summer 2013;” whose entry into this world was not an easy one. Ten more times I will feel the pangs of loss and the joy of giving them an opportunity at a great life with a wonderful forever family. So here is our prayer for their families...

 

A Prayer for Their New and Forever Family Home

 

So we ask that those with whom we have entrusted much, that you love them each day as we have loved them these many weeks. When they are no longer cute little puppies, love them still. When they make a mess or cry for their litter mates, as they will, love them still. When they miss the mark on a downed bird, or pass one holding tight, love them still. When they don’t stay exactly at heel or at hup love them still. When it is too cold or too hot and they need YOU to call it a day because they will never quit, love them still. When they have run their last run, flushed and retrieved their last bird, and it is nearing their time to leave this world, love them still.

 

Care enough that you will not ask them to go beyond their limits, because they will always try if you ask and never quit on you. Care enough to spend the time, money and effort to train or have them trained well, so you help them reach their full potential. Care enough to know that when your patience has worn thin (as it will) it is not time to discipline them, but care enough to not let them grow to be out of control when consistent guidance would have prevented that from happening. Care for them when they are dirty, hurt, sick, tired, hungry, needy, lonely, or injured. Lastly, care enough to be with them in the end as we were their in the beginning.

 

Remember we held their heads, rubbed their paws, and prayed listening to those first small gasps of breath that a puppy makes when they lie on the whelping box floor; so now a sacred duty of being their when they must leave this world falls on you. Don’t leave them alone when it is their time. If you can do that, you will be worthy of being their forever person. Remember “God created a dog as the only animal who will love you more than he or she will love themselves.” You have a duty to live up to their trust.

 

If you can and are willing do all this, take our little ones and sally forth to do great things...

"Our Christmas Surprise"

 By Tempest Baker-Prout

   

    The time had come and our cabin on the hill seemed a little (no a lot) empty. My puppies, save one – Brigit, were all in their new and wonderful forever homes. We sat on the porch discussing our plans for the upcoming season. I put my head in his lap and let my chestnut brown eyes speak to him for me. Our focus would be waterfowl we decided, with upland birds filling in on days that pursuing web-footers would not be wise nor productive. Brigit romped with her Uncle George in front yard where just a few short weeks before, a dozen of my puppies ran and played puppy games with each other. You could tell by her darting night sky eyes, she so wanted to get Uncle George to puppy play with her. Finally he relented, getting into his “puppy bow” stance his milk chocolate eyes fixed on her, he would dash in and bowl her over then run away for her to chase. But we both looked at the spot where the puppy play pen would be and my litter would sit or stand and look out at the new world around them. It seemed empty.


    Then Dad looked at me the way he does when he has one of his crazy a_ _ ed ideas floating in his head. “Oooooh Noooooo,” was the only thing that I could think. Flipping through one of his Gundog magazines he pointed to advertisements from artists who attempted to capture the spirit and image of breeds like mine. “The eyes” he said; “They have to get the eyes right.”  He asked for my opinion since I knew style, grace, and poise so well. “Look at those labs,” I told him with an earnest nudge; “See how they look to the sky or to their hunter just the way I do.” He long ago had learned not to argue with me about certain things and this was one of them. “Email her, T_O_D_A_Y,” was my sharp command. Good soldier that he is, he carried out the task diligently.  


    In short order a conversation was struck with artist Marie Fritz Perry about our vision for a portrait. It had to capture a special moment when all my pups were together and not covering themselves with puppy food or poop. Mom had taken one picture that captured such a moment. Dad called it “the Dalton Gang” photo. Almost all were standing on their hind legs leaning on the bars of the puppy play pen and saying with their eyes, “Let Us Out!” Marie fell instantly in love with it (understandably, they were my puppies after all) and she started to send sketches back to Dad to get his and my input. He would send pictures to her of each one so she could capture the unique look each individual puppy would express to their new world.


    Now, this was a covert operation. From Dad’s first career in the Army he knew that secrecy was of the utmost priority. You see, this portrait was for Mom. Yes, the woman who always knew what Christmas (and birthdays and anniversaries) had in store for her. Each year we would set off on a “Top Secret” mission only to be discovered. Not this time we vowed. Marie and Dad communicated in the dead of night, knowing if he was discovered with this other women it would be hard to explain. The returns were decided to be worth the risks. However, to make this work of art be absolutely what Mom would want, he had to get her input on what pictures of each puppy to send Marie. A ploy was hatched.


    Dad would use the ruse of a calendar he wanted to create. Each of the twelve pups would have their own month. Of course Mom would have to choose the picture of the pup for each month. This was not an easy process with literally over one thousand pictures to go through. We didn’t think of that. Oh, and Mom is detail oriented so this was not an easy or short process. Marie remained steadfast and ready each time Dad had a photo to share with her that would capture the eyes the way Mom would want it. Marie would tell Dad each week about the progress and send pictures for his and my feedback. We knew she was the right artist for this project because she spoke of the pups as if they were living in her studio.


    Finally the big day came and portrait of the “Puppies of Summer 2013 – Off to a Good Start” was finished and shipped to Maryland to meet us there for the holidays. Not before it got lost by UPS. Luckily, Marie was right on it and worked out that last hurdle and portrait was ready for Christmas morning. We felt overjoyed yet sad, since Marie told us how her studio was,  “a little empty without those puppy faces waiting for her in her studio each morning.”


    To sum things up, the mission was a success. Mom was for the first time (and likely the last) surprised by Dad. Each of my puppies faces were capture with an expression all their own. We still miss them. Dad still gets a little misty eyed when he thinks of them and our summer of 2013. But this portrait that hangs in our cabin in place for all to see reminds him of that long night and day when they came into this world. He and Mom think of warm evenings on the porch with them in the play pen or fun afternoons in the backyard exploring. They also still remember the pee and poop and the vomit and food all over the place.


But they would be puppys only once…

Marie Fritz Perry’s work as a sporting dog artist was featured in the December 2013 issue of Gun Dog Magazine. Her motto is "If you can dream it, I can paint it!" referring to her desire to work with her clients to achieve their vision for their specialized canine or equine portrait. "I take in the love and memories that they express about their dog, or horse, as well as a scene that they can feel, taste, touch, remember."

Working from photos and discussions she has with her clients, she produces works that please her clients; and, in the end, continues to stir up the emotions they hold for the animals they love through the art. To say we highly recommend her is an understatement.

Good Friends

We have been extremely fortunate meeting many fine people along our personal "Hunter's Road." Many have become strong friends and others important mentors. All share a love of bird hunting and bird dogs (most of the time springer spaniels). Whether at hunt tests, hunting preserves, or with hunting guides the experiences we have shared have been and continue to be the best any true outdoorsman could ask for. So we will share a story or two about them here.


Also, we are listing businesses and organizations that have provided a wealth of information and wonderful experiences. We have made many other springer and hunting friends, which for the sake of their privacy we have not mentioned here, but remain in our hearts, minds, and contact lists. The businesses and organizations listed have always provided us great experiences and have our endorsement, which doesn't come easy.

Steve Church of Churchie Kennel and Gun Dog Training

It was June of 2016 and we were at the annual Patriot Sporting Spaniel Club June Training day when I met Steve Church. We had been members of the club for many years, but I was working in Maryland for awhile so had not been active with the club for some time. Now, back in Rhode Island, we decided to be active with them once again. I immediately noticed two things about Steve Church.


The first he was part of what everyone else was doing. I didn't know he was a trainer at the time, but I recognized he knew what he was doing and most of all he was willing to listen and share what he knew. Too often, I believe highly skilled trainers forget these two important points of communication. When training Brigit he picked up on some things we were doing together that really didn't work well and instead of saying, "I can fix that for you," he said "This is how you can fix that". This made all the difference in the world. 


The second he loves what he does. It is more than a business to him I believe. I think it is a vocation. It is not just what he does, but who he is and that is not always the case for all trainers. 


After much discussion, we decided to let Brigit have a "summer camp" with him. She immediately took to him, which did make us both a bit jealous and comforted as well. We would get weekly and sometimes daily Facebook reports on her progress and what she had done since the last time we communicated. Again, to my knowledge, almost unheard of in the professional training world. Since that summer, Brigit had a great fall and winter hunting in NH, RI and NC. Her drive was still there, but under self - control. She has progressed well towards her AKC Senior title and we should see her done with it this Fall. I have to give credit for this to Steve Church's abilities and personality. 


He only takes a limited number of dogs so he can focus his attention fully on them. So if you are interested in finding out more don't wait because there may be a waiting list. Here is his information and he comes highly recommended by us and more importantly Brigit.


Churchie Kennel and Bird Dog Training  

41 St. Laurent St.

Epping, NH

603-759-3567

schurch41@comcast.net

You can also find out who he is and what he does on Facebook. 


Art Giraud and Don Pomeroy
It has been a tough year year for those of us in the New England Field Springer Spaniel community. We have had two losses of good friends.
Don and Art were your typical "grumpy old men." The best of friends...most of the time.
But as I eulogized my father who was in their mold, I think of them in this way...
 "Diamonds have flaws, which make them unique and desirable. Such is it with the people we call true friends."
Art Giraud
   We came to meet Art when he came with Billy to look over our first litter for Don Pomeroy, (who we will talk about in a minute). He had a plain spoken way about him, but a very gentle touch with the pups. He like myself tend to talk with, not to, the dogs we come to know. It was then and there, he picked out our smallest pup who at birth was only 6.5 ounces and was bottle fed for more than a week. 
   "Don't listen to what they say about the runts," he told me. "I like him because he has a funny nose like me," and that was that. He would be named Pinocchio or "Pinoke" for a call name.
   I would continue to meet up with Art at Nod Brook and knew I could always count on him to find me some pigeons when I needed them most. Never one to shy away with his opinions (as was Don) I enjoyed listen to his point of view even when we didn't agree.
   We lost Art this May and I had talked to him in March when he was worried about his health and I promised should anything happen, we would care for Pinoke. Now at 60 pounds and five legs of his Master Hunter title completed, Pinoke lives with us once again. 
No worries Art your big guy is safe with us...One more leg to go buddy.     
Don Pomeroy
   As mentioned before, we met Art through Don Pomeroy. When I first talked to him he reminded me of those guys who know all the baseball stats of players. He proceeded to tell me all about the lineage and pedigree of numerous field springers in such volume, it was hard for me to take it all in. But in the end he told me in his sing-song voice, "I think I want a female form your litter." So began a relationship where he would often call me on a daily basis asking how Tempest was doing, and later how the pups were doing, his ideas on diet, and sometimes how the Red Sox's needed to trade a player.
   He, having first pick, chose our little girl Zoe, who was the first female to retrieve and come to her name at just 4 weeks. She would have been my first pick too. Months past and we met at some events at Nod Brook WMA in CT a few times. He always had something on his mind about a future litter he wanted to share with me. In May 2015 he called me and said he had too many dogs at his age to train them all properly. He needed a hip replacement and walking had been getting progressively difficult. He asked if I wanted to take Zoe back. Without hesitation I said yes and Zoe returned to cabin on the hill. She has flourished and at this moment has a Junior Hunter title and two legs towards her Senior.
   Don sadly passed away in 2016, but not without having seen his little Zoe get a Junior ribbon at Nod Brook. 
Your tippy toed - smiley girl is doing well Don...Check us out when we make Senior.
 

Breeders and Trainers

 

Steve Church

Churchie Kennel and Gun Dog Training

Epping, NH

schurch41@comcast.net


Mike Wallace 

Salmy Kennels 

www.salmykennel.com

mgwsfly@aol.com


Kevin & Betsey Battistoni       

Crosswinds Kennel - Millbrook NY    

crosswinds.salix1@verizon.net           


Jon VanIngen      

Buckingham Kennels - Doylestown PA       

jonvi@comcast.net        

 

Brent A Lemaster

Guadaira Kennels - Amanda, Ohio

www.guadairakennels.com/

brent778@live.com


Jim Keller

Wildwind Kennels – Knox, ME

www.uninets.net/~wildwind/

jim@wildwindkennels.com


Tim & Billie K Edwards

Fast Track Springers – Watkins Glen, NY 

www.fasttrackspringers.com/

Tim@FastTrackSpringers.com


Patrick Perry

Hedgerow Kennel and Hunt Club - Royalston, MA

www.hedgerow.com/

Hedgerow@acunet.net


Theresa & Barry Schroeder

Wilspring Kennel - Finksburg, MD

wilspring@comcast.net


Geoff English

Woodland Kennel - Oxford, CT

http://www.woodlandkennel.com/

genglish@gundogsonline.com

Organizations 

 

Mid Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Club - Mid Atlantic States

www.mahsc.com

 

Patriot Sporting Spaniel Club - New England States

www.patriotsportingspanielclub.com

 

English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association

www.essfta.org

 

North American Hunting Retriever Association

www.nahra.org

 

New England English Springer Spaniel Rescue

www.essrescue.org

 

New England Brittany Rescue

www.nebrittanyrescue.org

 

National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network

www.nbran.org


Guardian Angels For Soldiers Pets

www.guardianangelsforpets.org

 

Wounded Warrior Outdoors

www.woundedwarrioroutdoors.com

 

America's Vet Dogs

www.vetdogs.org


Pheasants Forever

www.pheasantsforever.org

 

Ducks Unlimited

www.ducks.org

 

Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club

www.wallumlakerodgun.com

Hunting Guides and Preserves

 

Caroline County Hunting Preserve - Denton, MD

http://carolinecountyshootingpreserve.com/

See story about this place above.


Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve - Bladenboro, NC

http://allenbrothers.org/


B and B Waterfowl Guide Service - NC

www.bandbwaterfowl.com


Game Creek Hunting Farms - Woodstown, NJ

www.gamecreek.com


Hopewell Pheasentry - Felton, PA

www.gentryfarms.com


Wild Wings Hunting Preserve - Kempton, PA

www.bittnerswildwings.com


Lady Woods Hunting Preserve - Douglas, MA 

www.ladywoods.com


Millstream Hunting Preserve - Marlborough, CT

www.millstreampreserve.com


Markover Hunting Preserve - Danielson, CT

www.markover.com


Fairholm Farm Upland Preserve - Woodstock, CT

www.uplandpreserve.com


Hopkins Hunting Preserve - Kennedyville, MD

www.hopkinshunting-clays.com


Schraders Hunting Preserve - Henderson, MD

www.schradersoutdoors.com


Winter Haven Hunting Preserve - Palmyra, VA

www.winterhavenpreserve.com/


Lopstick Lodge - Pittsburg, NH

www.cabinsatlopstick.com/


Marshtown Hunting Preserve - Dover, DE

www.marshtown.net


Quail Hollow Hunts - Berkely Springs, WV

www.quailhollowhunts.com/

Artists and Authors

 Marie Fritz-Perry

www.mariefritzperryartist.com

See Chapter 9 Story and the Picture Below it


BJ Lewis

bjlewisart@gmail.com

See Picture Below

The Next Generation
Windmill Hill's "Water Fire"
Call Name Brgit

Good Eats

We also eat what we kill and are constantly trying variations of recipies for all the game birds that we are fortunate enough to harvest. We will be posting some of the one's that have passed the "Donna Taste Test" for you to try out as well.