Our first show Gordon arrived at SureShot in 1976. Possessed of an enviable pedigree and a gentle, dignified temperament, "George", Cuprea Black Admiral, was destined to start us on a decades-long trip through life with Gordon Setters. He was an offspring of illustrious English stock and had been imported to Canada while still a young dog. We were the lucky people with whom he finally shared the majority of his life.
He introduced us to the show ring, he introduced us to Gordon Setters, and he introduced us to a hobby that has captured our hearts for years. Tentative first steps into the showring were finally rewarded when George became a Canadian Champion in 1978.
His entry into our lives was followed by other Gordons equally captivating, equally enjoyable. Each made their mark over the years and we have, through them, been introduced to all aspects of the sport of dogs. Some brought us joy through their show accomplishments, others brought us to the excitement of scenthurdle racing, still others to the joys and disappointments of obedience and agility. But, more than that, they each brought their individuality and affection which have combined into the many dimensions of our world of SureShot.
Our primary motivation for the time spent in all things ‘Gordon’, is the love of the breed and our own personal enjoyment of our dogs. Although we have been breeders, litters have always been few and far between as we preferred to carefully plan each breeding as a means to get our next great dog. When this happened, we were able to share with others the puppies that couldn’t stay here. They were sent from here reluctantly and, as most of our puppy-people know, they remain a part of our extended-family. This has never been a business (as any one who can count could easily determine <grin>) but our life. Increasingly, I've been backing away from the heartbreak and drama of breeding (and thus dealing with selling puppies) but I can't imagine a life without dogs.
Yes, this is just a hobby and real life involves jobs. I am fortunate to have a teaching position, allowing some great summers with the dogs. The dogs are house dogs primarily, but have three fenced acres to frolic about. When litters happen, puppies are whelped in a room off our dining room and spend their first two months underfoot, learning to be puppies.
In addition to our dog hobby, we also have other interests. If you want to know more about those, just check out our Other Hobbies pages.
This site is just one more expression of our dedication to the breed. More information is continually being added that may, hopefully, assist others in sharing their homes with Gordons. Come back often as there’s sure to be something new. Questions or comments? We’d welcome your suggestions.
You'll find the quick updates on puppy news, general dog activities and wins in the competitive arena in our New Blog (click and it will open in a new window). These were previously hosted in a different location so you can click here if you want to see some of the Old Blog entries which include information from the four years prior to June 17, 2008.