Blarney is a 9 week old, 18lb (wow!), purebred Irish Setter!
We've known we were getting him since October and this past weekend
was the final, exciting trip to just outside of Clarion, Pennsylvania to pick him up.
We did stay the first night of our weekend in Williamsville, New York and shopped a bit, but the Saturday when we made our way to Clarion was the most delightful.
We found a couple little antique stores and got lost in them....more on that tomorrow!
My husband has always wanted an Irish Setter and do you know there was only one person in Canada breeding them that had any puppies right now?
She was in Alberta....way too far from home.
named sooo many years ago when he was just a wee boy.
We took him visiting Dan's mom, Inez, yesterday and she cried with joy when she saw him and called him her new grandson....couldn't take her eyes off him!
It was wonderful to brighten her day! She'll be seeing alot of Blarney.
Time for central sweep installation I do believe....
The Breeder, Barbara Lockwood, lives in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and her business is called "Motley Acres Farm". She breeds Registered AKC Irish Setters and Golden Retrievers and has the nicest facility I've seen for a dog breeder.
She & her husband are doing the finishing on a beautiful outbuilding that has heated cement floors throughout for the dogs. There are separate kennels within the building that each have their own doggie doors leading out to separate runs.
It was extremely clean! And, she kept apologizing that it wasn't cleaner....unbelievable!
We've bred chocolate labs in years gone by and we know how difficult it is to keep on top of cleaning up after puppies...it was immaculate...trust me!
I should also mention that Barbara was very sweet to meet in person....and we realized she was going to be that way when even prior to Brooke having her litter that Blarney's from, Barbara was sending us photos via e-mail every few days and keeping us updated on Brooke's health and progress and after the pups were born, she sent us photos of Blarney on a regular basis with little blurbs about him. We were most appreciative!
We will definitely go back to her if we're looking for another pup!
mahogany red as he grows up!
We also had no problems at all getting back over the border...the customs officers all fell in love with Blarney...what a charmer!
Have you hugged your pup today?