This is Lucy. The first picture is her first quail. We're working on
her retrieving skills. She's doing well. The next two pictures were
of her on her first thrown pheasant shoot. She loves being in the
field and things come really natural to her. She is very birdy! She
gets better each time we're out. The last photo shows her fierce
determination. A chip monk ran in the hole in the tree. She wanted
it bad. She's a great dog! Terribly spoiled, but a great dog.
2011. While it was a long way to drive, we have since learned that we will
not be buying another dog from anywhere else and can't wait to get him
a little sister.
From day one I could tell that Dale was one of the birdiest dogs I have ever
handled. I have always been a lab and Chesapeake owner and in the past
been committed to those breeds. But I tell you this---the Covey
Flush lines are GUN DOGS. I have a coffee table book entitled, "The
Encyclopedia of North American Gun Dog" in which it describes how
important it is to get an English Cocker Spaniel lineage that is still
infused with the sporting blood that has makes this breed the versatile
worker that it is, especially sires from Britain. When we were inquiring
about getting a puppy, Christopher assured me that he makes a
deliberate attempt to incorporate this fundamental ideal into every litter
he produces. I can assure you, he has succeeded.
I worked with Dale on quartering, flushing, and retrieving starting at
about 3-4 months. To be honest, I am by no means a professional
trainer. My knowledge comes from books and second hand knowledge
as I guide my dog the best way I know how. But with that being said,
this dog makes me look good. I joined a dove club last season which
consisted of 7-8 hunts throughout the season on Sundays. Dale was, to
put it simply, remarkable. His marks were always rock solid and his
determination was evident to everyone in the club as he consistently
outperformed the other labs and retrievers who were brought along. He
was attentive, focused, and steadfast. And all this at 8 months old. But
most importantly, his enthusiasm was unbridled. I have yet to see
another dog this excited to get after birds. Even if he's in the front seat
of the truck going to the grocery store, he is constantly scanning the
skies for fowl. Now at a year and a half old and 35+ pounds, he is a bird
dog if I've ever seen one.
While I have grown to expect the very best of Dale in the field, he's first
and foremost a house dog. He obviously earns it, and we have trouble
not spoiling him--he sleeps in our king bed and becomes our couch
companion on movie nights. Our home is quite simply not home without
him and he is certainly part of our family in every way. We truly think we
have one of the best dogs around.
Thank you so much for everything,
We just LOVE Jessie! 3 quail hunts and she has with
her ability to "find the bird." She is still learning!
Doug, Ainslie, Stanton, Gig, and Ben (and JESSIE!)
||P.O. Box 56
Sasser, GA 39885
I hope you are doing well and enjoyed your summer. Early, my English Cocker
Spaniel ("ECS"), is now four years old. She and I have been working hard to
sharpen her skills for the field. As in previous years, Early is ready for this dove
Recently, I was thinking about when I began the process of acquiring an ECS,
which was six years ago this fall. Admittedly, you were not the first breeder I
contacted. I first called a breeder who touted themselves as the premier
provider of ECS's and bragged about selling dogs to celebrities. After a few
telephone conversations, the breeder would not return my calls. Discouraged, I
continued my search for another legitimate breeder in the Southeast; especially
a breeder who would simply return my calls and answer my questions.
In about October of 2005, I discovered your website and called you. We talked
for a length of time about the breed and my expectations of the same. You
patiently answered the questions of a novice seeking a bird dog. I had a very
specific dog in mind: female, mask, liver or blue roan, and most importantly,
would obey commands. Candidly, you informed me you could not predict the
color or gender of a litter, and that someone else also wanted an ECS of my
description. I had to wait. So I did. However, in the interim, you continually
voluntarily called me to talk about ECS's, training methods, your current litters,
and hunting. Our discussions over that span fortified my belief that I was getting
the right dog from the right breeder.
I really appreciate your enthusiasm for the ECS breed. You did not make one
single empty promise about your dogs. Your advice smoothed the transition
from aspiring bird dog owner, to hunting with a birdie ECS.
Looking back on my process, the joke is me for wasting my time with another
breeder who would not give me the time. When people ask me where I got
Early, I quickly tell them, "Christopher at Covey Flush Kennels, don't waste your
time with anyone else."
Please continue to breed great dogs.
Nathan and I wanted to thank you so very much
for Sadie. We got her from you last July and she
has been doing wonderfully with us in Las Vegas.
She bring us so much joy and happiness. Sadie is
very smart, trains easily and is well behaved. She
retrieves well, her sense for flushing birds is keen,
and she is very active with us, whether it is going
on 6-7 mile runs, hiking in the Mt. Charleston for
two hours or playing at the dog park. Sadie has
become part of our family and we couldn't imagine
life without her. In fact some days we think she
thinks she is a person. From the way she sits on
the couch to the way she sleeps. She is very
affectionate and follows us around like a baby
chicken. It's quite amusing.
Again, thank you so much for breeding these
Nathan & Nicole
We wanted to send you an
update on our spaniel, Rosie.
At only six months old, she is
already retrieving birds (and
at a long distance).
I have a video and photo.
This is Bret (Nicki's Netmeg, we
Here is a picture of Meg carrying
her first pheasant. She probably
thought it was the biggest quail
ever shot. I have a couple more
pictures on facebook if you want to
And not all cockers hunt birds ...
|Thanks, Claude, for such a wonderful letter,
all the gorgeous pictures you've sent us, and
for the many referrals you've sent our way.
We really appreciate it!
If you you'd like to share a note or pictures about
how the puppy you got from us is doing, attach
it to an email saying that it's for the website.
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This is Abbey at 8 months old hunting with Georgia
Governor Deal. She has been flushing and retrieving
for Broadfield Plantation since she was six and one
half months old. She has become the primary
flushing and retrieving dog. She hunts at least six
days a week and has not lost a bird since the second
week she started.
The dog handler says she is the most phenomenal
dog of any age he has ever hunted. She sleeps at
home with him when she is hunting and with us when
she isn't. I am looking forward to getting the second
puppy in January. There have been several guests
she has hunted with that wanted to take her home!!
I hope that you are doing
Winston has turned out
to be more that we could
have ever hoped for …..
check pics above!
Onyx. He is such a good dog.
We love him and he fits right in
to our family.
He is training well. Finding
grouse wings already and
retrieving on land very well.
Too cold for water yet.
Thank you so much.
Earl Weaver and Dinah Weaver
Here's a shot of Dolly with
a rooster. She's doing
great. Couldn't have
asked for a better pup.
Just wanted to give you an update on Kermit, who we got from you back in August of 2013. At only 16 months old, Kermit is already halfway to his Junior Hunter
title by AKC. He received qualifying scores in both of his first two hunt tests given near Augusta, GA by the Welsh Springer Spaniel Club. See the attached picture
of Kermit and me with our winning ribbons. He will be going for his title at the Cocker Spaniel Specialty Club Hunt Test in Jackson, GA in early December.
Not only has he done extremely well in the Hunt Tests, he is also a great hunter and is truly a natural. We have been on several quail hunts and pheasant shoots.
I’ve attached another picture of the results from one mornings hunt recently at High Point Quail in Locust Grove, GA.
Even though Kermit is a fantastic dog in the field, he is first and foremost a great family pet. We could not be happier with him as a member of our family. He
sleeps on our bed every night and keeps our feet warm when it is cold!
Thanks for turning us on to a great breed and fantastic dog, Christopher.
Sandy Springs, GA