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1998 was to see the start of a new era for Tirriki.  Several of our oldies had passed over, and it was time to seriously consider putting in place a long-standing dream to import a dog from Ireland.  We had expected that this would be a project taking some years to bring to fruition, taking into consideration waiting for a suitable litter and the time necessary to comply with quarantine requirements.

The original plan was to bring in a bitch to be mated by AI to Champion Tirriki Shawn O’Finigan ET, Bianca’s first IWS, and a son my first girl, Champion Rawdonred Penbracken RTQC, FTQC, CDX, ET.    We had been researching dogs from overseas for some time, and still leant towards importing from Ireland, or at least England. Contact was made with Emer Mooney whose dogs I had admired for some time.  Fortune was on our side, as Emer had a litter.  However, there was no bitch available.  Reluctantly Emer agreed to let us have one of the two boys that she had been running on. Yehudi of Currabell, Casey, joined us late in 1998. 

I had an older bitch, Ch Tirriki Maeve O’Shawn ET.  A litter by Casey to her would be our only opportunity to combine the old with the new.  It was not to be.  Maude absorbed the litter and she was subsequently spayed.  It was time to reassess our plans and our aspirations to move the breed forward in our country.  We felt that it was perhaps time to look overseas for a bitch that would be compatible to Casey and restart our lines from scratch. 

In 1999, while in Edmonton visiting Elaine, we contacted Colleen McDaniel.  It transpired that the following weekend the Irish Water Spaniel Club of Puget Sound was to be conducting a match, obedience trial and CGC test.  The McDaniels graciously opened their home to us.  The club members also made us most welcome.  It was at Whistestop that we were to meet our beautiful Aislinn and her breeder, our great friend Nancy Wiley.  American Champion Mystic Tirriki Aislinn T’Oz arrived home in 2000. 

The combination of these two outstanding Grand Champion Best in Show winners has produced a litter of exceptional quality.  Casey, Ash and their progeny have seen the Irish Water Spaniel acknowledged at both Championship and Open Shows more consistently than ever before in Australia.

We have semen from multi Best in Show winners stored as a future investment for the breed.  The occasional litters we breed will bring together greats from around the world.  Thank goodness for modern technology, understanding veterinarians and their staff, and of course, the breeders and owners of the outstanding Irish Water Spaniels who have so kindly encompassed our aspirations.  We are particularly indebted to Emer and Nancy.  They played a major part in our successes and we thank them for entrusting Casey and Ash to us.

The failure of 3 AIs to our bitches meant a further reassessment of our plans.  Once more fellow breeders came to the fore and with the help of Colleen McDaniel (Whistlestop), Greg Siner (Pooles Ide) and Nancy Wiley (Mystic), the #1 Spaniel (Irish Water) AKC TopDogs 2007 American Champion Whistlestop’s Special Agent AM CD AMRN Am CGC, Gibbs, arrived April 2008. Gibbs was bred to Bianca’s Grand Champion Tirriki Carragh O’Casey and produced Bianca’s phenomenal HOT CHOCOLATE litter.

 Casey (Grand Ch Yehudi of Currabell (Imp Eire))  and Ash (Grand Ch Mystic Tirriki Aislinn T'Oz (Imp USA)) at Mirrabinda

We are justly proud of Casey, Ash, Gibbs, both our O’Casey litters and the new kids.  The future looks extraordinarily bright


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