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Gary and I have had Irish Setters since 1978 when we purchased a pet from a local breeder, Jerry Vance of Mount Forest Kennels in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Before that I had an IS in high school as a family dog, and Gary's grandfather raised 'red dogs' for hunting in Indiana. So we have a long history with the breed.

That first dog, Mount Forest Chessire (Chessie) was a wonderful friend.  We took her and our black and tan mix MillieMutt backbacking, hiking, and for many walks around Nebraska.  When we moved to California, then to Connecticut, then to Houston, then to Memphis she and Millie came along.  They welcomed our children. They saw Christmases and summers galore.

When Chessie died, our home was empty.  A little before that, Gary had been travelling through Hartford airport and saw a woman with an absolutely beautiful Irish Setter.  He talked with her and she said when the time comes to contact her and she would help us. We did contact her, Celeste Gavin, and she recommended a litter. We contacted AnneMarie Kubacz in New Jersey, and  we were fortunate to purchase Ramblin' Red Taggart, also a pet.

Over time, we lost Taggart to the Rainbow Bridge, and purchased a young puppy Regalaire Lady Gaelin from Barbara Riegle in Michigan. Although we had hoped to show her, we weren't able to. She's one of the smartest dogs, except perhaps for Millie Mutt, that we've had. I took her to CGC training on a lark and she passed the first time there (In truth, she'd had one basic obedience class several years before; I practiced leisurely for a few days before taking her to the testing).

We decided to get a puppy when Gaelin reached middle-age, and thus got Cendigh (RiverRun Sabbath Day Lake Cendigh). He was our first venture into the show arena.  He is pointed, has his CGC and RallyNovice titles, is working on other obedience titles, and is a great friend.

Our most recent (at the moment!) puppy is Dylan.  He's a strong show prospect (i.e. we believe he will be an excellent example of the Irish Setter) and won puppy breed and G2  in his first event -- a conformation match. We hope to show him as he matures.

Our policy has always been to support strong breeders since the health, intelligence, and well-being of our dogs has been most important.  Our dogs live in the house, relax on the sofa with me, and often snuggle in bed at night with us. They are cherished members of our family. In fact, one of Gary's graduate students once commented that he didn't know we had 2-legged kids:  all he ever heard about was the dogs. We love our 2-legged AND our 4-legged kids!

CendighDylanCendigh and Puppy Dylan -- 2010