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Nina outdid herself


Still standing at the very end, Nina and her brother Trooper (Fishercreek Super Trooper) earned Judge’s Awards of Merit!  Nina was expertly handled by her owner, Theresa Kuchinos.

GCH Fishercreek Take A Chance On Me RN BN WC DS


This is Maestro’s daughter Nina.  She earned three new titles at the National which qualified her for the Tri-Wizard award!  Very proud of all Maestro has produced! 
Photo by Terry Fowler

Saudades’ Kebab with Falafel


Keanu had a great debut at the FCRSA 2018 National Specialty winning his 9-12 month puppy sweeps class under breeder/judge Liz Saunders and the 9-12 mos regular puppy class under breeder judge Jim Irvine of Scotland.  

He went on to take Best Puppy In Show!!!

2018 is already a good year for Saudades!

So far this year our kennel has had some fantastic results …

1/5 - Sporting Dog Fancier’s of Southern California
FRIDA  - Best Puppy In Sweepstakes

1/6 - Palm Springs Kennel Club
FATTOUSH - Winner’s Dog - 3 point major

1/7 - Palm Springs Kennel Club
FATTOUSH  -Winner’s Dog - Best of Winners - 5 point major
FRIDA  -Winner’s Bitch - 5 point major

1/12 - Mount Rainer Sporting Dog, WA
LOLA -Catori-Saudades’ First Ever After (Schmee x Juliet) Winner’s Bitch - Best of Winners for a 5 point major

1/18 - Portland, OR
TRYST - Catori-Saudades’ First Forbidden Escape (Schmee x Juliet) Winner’s Bitch - Best of Winners for 1 pt

1/19 - Portland, OR
NEW CHAMPION TRYST - Winner's Bitch - Best of Winners for her last 2 pints to complete her Championship

1/20 - Portland, OR
NEW CH LOLA - Winner’s Bitch - Best of Winners  to complete her title with a 4 point major win

1/21 Portland, OR
JETT - Catori-Saudades’ First Class Jett (Schmee x Juliet) Winners Bitch - Best of Winners for her first major and LOLA goes BOS for her first GCH major

2/13 Westminster Kennel Club, NY
FAVOR - Select Bitch under judge Pluis Davern for another 5 pt GCH major

2/17 Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club 
KASHI - Saudades’  Khafta Khashkhash was WB/BOW for her first point

2/18 Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club
KASHI goes Winner's Bitch again to earn another point.

3/21 Vallejo, CA
FATTOUSH - Winner’s Dog/ Best of Winners / Best of Breed for another point and FRIDA Winners Bitch for 1 point

3/31 Wisconsin
KEANU - Saudades’ Kebab with Falafel was Winner’s Dog / Best of Winners for a 4 pt major meanwhile in Albany, OR…
CARTOUCHE - Catori-Saudades’ First Time’s Lucky was WInner’s Dog/ Best of Winners for a 5 point major

4/1 Albany, OR
JETT was Winner’s Bitch / Best of Winners for another major, a 5-pointer and LOLA finished her Grand Championship in style going Select Bitch for her 5th 5- point major!

That’s a total of 46 points, 9 majors, 2 New Champions and 1 Grand Champion in less than 3 months!  So proud of all these dogs that I own, have bred or co-bred and their dedicated co-breeders and owners.  All of them are under the age of 2 years and are really showing a bright future for our kennel.  

Equally proud of those that are doing rally, obedience, agility or just being their owners best friend!  

Saudades’ High Hopes aka Rico, agility star


Rico had lots of fun running agility at the Harvest Moon Classic agility trials!

Photo by Jessica Heacock

2017 - Starting the New Year off right!

All of the years I have been showing dogs I had never ventured down to the January shows in Palm Springs, so this year I decided to make the trip with my good friend.  The grounds, the weather and the atmosphere of the show was fantastic!  The trip was made even better by some great results for our kennel!


Friday, January 6, 2017 
Southern California Sporting Dogs Association Specialty show

Luna - Saudades’ Garden Party was Winners Bitch for a 5 point major towards her Championship
Rowdy - CH Wind Dancer’s Fortune Hunter SH WCX was Select Dog for his first Grand Championship major! 

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Kennel Club of Palm Springs 

- Saudades’ I Walk The Line went Winners Dog for his first point with his owner Susan Liby
- *CH* Almanza The Bitch Is Back, co-owned with Kerry Forni, was Winners Bitch, Best of Winners, Best of Opposite Sex  to finish her Championship
Luna - Reserve Winners Bitch
Rowdy - Best of Breed and another 5 point Grand Champion major

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Kennel Club of Palm Springs

 - Saudades’ I Walk The Line went Winners Dog for another point
Luna - *CH* Saudades’ Garden Party was Winners Bitch/Best of Winners for a      5-point major to finish her Championship
Falafel - CH Saudades’ Funny In Farsi was Best of Opposite Sex for her 3rd GCH major
Rowdy - Best of Breed and his third 5-point Grand Champion major and the first recipient of the Bob Winningham Memorial Trophy (shown above)

Meanwhile in Minnesota...

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Land O Lakes Kennel Club

Jameson - Saudades’ Irish Mist was Reserve Winners Dog
Juice - Saudades’ Juicy Fruit was Winners Bitch and Best of Winners
Gisele - Saudades’ Going Away Party for Shannara Reserve Winners Bitch
Maestro’s daughter
Sami - Shannara’s Esperanza was Best of Opposite Sex

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Land O Lakes Kennel Club

Jameson - Saudades’ Irish Mist was Reserve Winners Dog
Jenny - Saudades’ Imagine That! was Winners Bitch for her first point
Sami - Shannara’s Esperanza was Best of Opposite Sex

So we ended the weekend with 19 points (3 5-point majors), 5 GCH majors, 1 Select Dog, 1 Select Bitch, 1 Best of Opposite Sex and single points on 3 of our puppies.  Made the drive home much easier.  Pleased as punch!

More photos to follow!

Fantastic Results from FCRSA 2016

Kennel da Saudade was well represented at the Flat-Coated Retriever National Specialty!

Our FCRSA 2016 Specialty Photo Album

Here is a full listing of our results …

FAVOR - Almanza The Bitch Is Back (at her first ever show)

Winner!  1st place Sweepstakes 6-9 month puppy bitches                                                                        Winner!  Best Puppy in Sweepstakes                                                                                                                  Winner!  1st place Regular Classes 6-9 month Puppy Bitches                                                                  Winner!  Winner!  Winners Bitch - Best of Winners - 5 point major!

LOLA - CH Starworkers Ooh La La
 1st place Brood Bitch
3rd place Veteran Bitches 7-9 years

PINGA - GCH Saudades’ Caipirinha de Cachaça
4th place Veteran Bitches 7-9 years

MAESTRO - GCH Almanza Intermezzo
3rd place Veteran Dogs 7-9 years

LYMON - CH Saudades’ Dream On In Denmark
Made it down to the final cut in Best of Breed
Helped his mother win the Brood Bitch class

SCHMEE - CH Saudades’ Escape To Neverland
Made 3 cuts in Best of Breed

FALAFEL -  Saudades’ Funny In Farsi
Winner!  1st place Bred By Exhibitor Bitches and Reserve Winner’s Bitch
Helped her mother win the Brood Bitch class

HULA - Saudades’ Hula Hoop
Winner!  1st place  15-18 month - Junior Bitches
2nd place Sweepstakes -  15-18 month Junior Bitches

IMA - Saudades’ Ipanema
2nd place Sweepstakes - 9-12 months Puppy Bitches
3rd place Regular Classes - 9-12 month Puppy Bitches

JUICE - Saudades’ Juicy Fruit
2nd place Sweepstakes - 6-9 month Puppy Bitches
2nd place Regular Classes - 6-9 month Puppy Bitches

LUNA - Saudades’ Garden Party
2nd place American Bred Bitches

CASH - Saudades’ I Walk The Line
2nd place Sweepstakes - 9-12 month Puppy Dogs
2nd place Regular Classes - 9-12 month Puppy Dogs

HULK - Saudades’ Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love at Shannara
3rd place Sweepstakes - 15-18 month Junior Dogs 
2nd place Regular Classes - 15-18 month Junior Dogs 

POPPER - Saudades’ Jalapeño CGC
2nd place Sweepstakes - 6-9 month Puppy Dogs 
2nd place Regular Classes - 6-9 month Puppy Dogs
Qualified in Rally Novice B

DAX - CH Saudades’ Daily News of Denmark RN NA NAJ NF
Made 2 cuts in Best of Breed
2nd place Beginner Novice A Obedience
Qualified in Rally Obedience Advanced B
Winner!  1st place Novice Standard Agility (morning trial)
Winner!  1st place Novice Jumper with Weaves (morning trial)
Winner!  1st place Novice Jumpers with Weaves (afternoon trial)
By qualifying in at least 3 different venues …
Dax qualified in 4 (Conformation, Obedience, Rally and Agility) and was awarded the Patti’s pride QQQ award!  

Another weekend at home...

 …And more good news to post! Dax is on a roll ... Winner's Bitch /BOS again for another point and passed her Canine Good Citizen test today! She is now Saudades' Daily News of Denmark CGC!


Saudades’ girls shine brightly in Washington!


The very best dog show weekends are the ones where I get to stay home and still post great news! Just got a call from the Pacific Northwest informing me that Miss Dax aka Saudades' Daily News of Denmark went Reserve WInner’s Bitch at the NWFCRC Supported Entry on Saturday and Winner's Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex at the shows on Sunday for a 4 point major - defeating 11 bitches, including 4 Champions

 Huge thanks to Tiffany Skinner for showing her to such a great result, especially pleased to hear such nice comments from Judge Dr. Robert D. Smith, as he was always so kind to her father, Casino! 

 Not to be outdone by her baby sister, Ms. Twinkle got her act together in the Obedience Ring to finish her Companion Dog title making her MACH CH Saudades' First Star IC Tonite *CD* RA TD MXB MJS OF CA!   She also got Best of Opposite Sex Veteran in Sweepstakes at the Supported!  Big congrats to Victoria Peterson & John Lovegrove on always doing their best with their girls, from a very proud breeder!

Harvest Moon Cluster success!

We always look forward to the October weekend in Pleasanton at the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore’s annual dog shows.  This year did not disappoint!  Over 7500 dogs entered over the three days with huge entries in breeds that usually can’t make majors!  The weather was fantastic, show site pristine and our results were pretty great, too!

Friday - October 18th - Santa Cruz Kennel Club
Lymon aka Saudades’ Dream On In Denmark Winner’s Dog/Best of Winners for 2 pts

Saturday - October 19th - Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore
Finn aka Saudades’ Foo La La  was Reserve Winner’s Dog to a major on his debut and 6 month birthday, beating big Bro Lymon!

Sunday - October 20th - Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore
Lymon Winner’s Dog for a 3 point major with Lil Bro Finn Reserve to the major

Ended the weekend with 5 more points, 2 Reserves and 3 tired puppies, myself included!  


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