Callixus Athena For Mallingdown

DOB: 17/09/18

Hips: 3/2

Elbows: 0

HUU:  Hereditary Clear

BHFD: Hereditary Normal

Eyes: HC Unaffected

Sire: Seahaven’s Celtic Commander of Hartenziel

Dam: Tarkanya Mea’s Moonshine

Pedigree: Here

We had been looking for another munsterlander ever since we got Dill; we had found a bitch we had wanted pups from but the litter never happened for various reasons and so we kept looking. It wasn’t long after we heard that wasn’t going to be happening that we heard rumours of Mozi’s litter happening and so we decided as there wasn’t a munster litter about we would look at getting Mozi. Just as we decided this a litter came up that would have been perfect but we were getting Mozi by then, however they were planning a repeat mating! As it happened the repeat mating was going to be too early, Mozi would have been too young but as fate had it, things didn’t work out as expected! Which meant when Bea did fall pregnant the timing was perfect!

Raven has been a pleasure to train, once she was signed off to be a dog again we started training her slowly. Though she will never be the agility dog we had planned her to be, she has started running in harness and is showing that she is a natural runner! We have also been doing gundog work with her, taking her to Northants HPR training and we were lucky enough to be allowed onto a shoot where we did a couple of days at the tail end of her first season (jan 2020). She has then done 5 days so far this season picking up. The shoot is mostly duck with some partridge and pheasant and she is getting better each day we go out.

We have been working hard with her training, going on training days and having one to one training. Raven shows herself to be a really good nautral hunter, through a lot of training we have managed to develop her retrieve drive and she has turned into a really good retrieving dog! We have also managed to get her swimming as well so if all goes well hopefully we might be able to try some working tests next summer. I am most definitely the weak link when it comes to our gundog work but thankfully we have a good support system around us and training her is a real joy!

She will continue with her gundog training and her canicross training over the next couple of years. We are hoping to work on the shoot when we can. We love our days out picking up together!

Raven is the puppy we have been waiting a long time for. We got pick of the litter, which meant we could have whatever pup we wanted. No one wants pick of the litter – it is so stressful picking a puppy! There was something about Raven though, she isn’t the one you would necessarily pick to be a show dog, though she did manage to qualify for Crufts at her first show. Raven would rather be out working than in the show ring and she has shown lots of natural ability.

Raven was developing into the most amazing puppy, everyone loved her. At 16 weeks we had an incident which meant she had a fractured vertebrae. Her future is not quite what we planned but we are hoping to give her a full and enriched life. If you want to follow her progress then you can do so following this link. Even though she had this set back she is generally the most optimistic girl, who loves life, literally the world is the best place for her. Unfortuantely due to her time spend at Dick Whites when a young pup, she missed out on a lot of key socialisation times. This does mean that occassionally she has moments where she freaks out at certain things, finds the odd ‘normal’ thing very scary. It is something we are working through with her and is very much due to her time in hospital and not a genetic issue. Once she gets over herself she loves people and dogs and loves to play with everyone. She is so cuddly and loves to cuddle as close as possible to you. She is so incredibly loving.