HiddenCreek Brittanys


                                                      In Memory of


Sept 9, 1997 - Nov 9, 2009

I have lost a great friend and companion who only wanted to please!
Barbara Brownridge

They Say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a special place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I’d walk the path to where you are
and bring you back again



CH Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Solomon


September 9, 1997 - November 9, 2009 

Sire: Ch Jordean Up all Night (USA) FD, #1 Brittany in Canada
Dam: Ch Hiddencreek's Over My Head (Best of Opposite, National Specialty December 2, 2002)

Registration #: GS537612
Micro chip #: 121156552A


Received his Championship: October 10, 1998
Received his FD Jr: October 24, 1999

  • Finished 1st in Field Dog Class,
    National Specialty: December 2, 2002
  • Solomon presently has one leg towards his FD

Solomon is Hidden Creek's #1 Stud Dog, he has happily sponsored many great puppies. I can't say enough about Solomon. He is just the most happy, healthy, eager to please guy ever.

Even after a near fatal car accident in Aug. 2005, and having a torn cruciate, dislocated hip and a ruptured bladder, Solomon walked away with the Award of Merit out of the veterans class at our BSCO Specialty on Aug. 11, 2006. Considering there were 12 specials, he did a fabulous job.

At the time of his accident we opted out of the surgery and went with 6 weeks of cage rest and some homeopathic remedies. Even at nine, he still moves like a dream and has a temperament to die for. Thank you to Rebecca McAuley for all her hard work and to Judge Pat Gillerman (Florida)




CH Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Solomon FDJ
 (orange/white male)

A tribute to our departed companions

   Annie  ::  Annie Utah  ::  Babbit  ::  Blaze  ::  Briar  ::  Ceilidh :: Chelsea  :: Cocoa ::  Cody ::  Freckle ::            Gingersnap ::  Malarky :: Merlin ::
  Miss Mercedes
 :: Mocha ::Ozzy :: Shelby ::  Jessie  ::  Ish  ::  Sugar :: Molly :: Rambler :: 
 Sophie :: Molly :: Whizze ::  Tess ::  Smudge


Hiddencreek's Annie Get Your Gun (Annie/ Utah)

Barbara, it is with great regret that I have to tell you that Annie passed on the 22 of April, 2009. She has been in my life for over 13 years, she was 15 ½ when she passed.

She was happy and healthy until the last week of her life. But once the ultrasound found a massive cancerous tumour on her heart and secondary tumours in most of her organs, I know that the time had come.

I took her home after the test (although the Dr. wanted to put her to sleep her right away because her heart situation was a ‘ticking time bomb’). I had this feeling in my gut that she had for go home and spend the night with me and Dakota. She passed very peacefully the next day at 13:45. She was in my arms, wrapped in a blanket that my Mother had made for me, but Annie quickly made it her own.

So, after 13 years of her in my life, she is gone. But she remains in her kids, grandkids and so on, and in my heart.

She was an endearing dog and through her life she showed everyone that there was a reason why she was and still remains a Canadian Champion.

She was always dignified, independent and sure of her self. There will never be another ‘Anni Get Your Gun’. And I was the lucky one that got to spend my life with her.

Both Dakota (my other Brit) and I miss her very much. But I have to hope that Anni is now in a place of peace where she can point to as many animals as she wants (She loved to point).

Attached are three photos, the first when she was a pup, the second when she was about 11 mo and the last when she was over 15. Thank you Barbara for letting me take Anni through her life. Even though she is now gone, she will always be part of me.

She was born from Champions, she became a Canadian Champion and today, Anni is still a Champion.

I and Dakota miss her dearly.


I placed Anni with Greg when she was about 2 1/2 yrs old. She was a Canadian Champion and won her share of field trials in a puppy stake. She was a product of about three years of a careful breeding schedule shared with Shirley Chilcote of Chilcote Brittanys. She has had a wonderful full life with Greg. I thank him for all the love he gave her.


Annie Utah

Annie Utah

Annie Utah


Ch Hiddencreek's Blaze of Glory FDJ (Blaze/Hanna)
Sire: Ch Chilcote Bent Oak Creditor (USA), #1 Brittany in Canada, 1990 and 1991

Dam: Hidden Creek's Patches CD

Born: June 3, 1993 - Aug  3, 2010
Hips certified: OFA Good - BS-8327G45F-T
Elbows certified: OFA - BSEL121-T

Registration #: BL100806
Tattoo #: YON 13B RE


Received her Championship : August 3, 1994
Received her Field Dog Junior: June 1, 1997

  • Best in Specialty Show
  • Two top qualifying scores in field dog test
  • Best Brittany in Trial
  • Open Derby - 1st & 3rd
  • Amateur Walking Derby - 1st
  • Best Dog in Trial
  • Dual Dog Award - OAPB (trial & show)


Aug 13, 2010

Hello there Barb:  I knew that any email from me put a "wonder into your heart"!  Yes, Hannah Blaze did pass away last week.  Please know that as far as I know, she suffered little.  I know too, it was her time, and her choice.  I never thought I could grieve as much as I have over this past week, or that the silence in the house would almost be unbearable.

I grew up with dogs as a child.  When Larry and I were transferred to Armstrong, we got ourselves a Heinz 57 puppy, whose life was ended suddenly on the highway behind our home.  Then we had the Border collie who got leukemia, and the golden lab, who had hip displaysia and arthritis.  Then we got Blaze.  I wonder how a dog could be so wonderful, happy and as well trained as she was, but she was the best.  How can you top the best?

Larry says no more dogs.  He too loved Hannah, but I seldom wanted to leave her, and not everyone wants a dog along with company.  I may be too old to do the puppy stage, but not for taking one on at 8 as Blaze was when you so kindly trusted us with your beloved dog.  I sense I will just have to leave this one with God, and if He wants Larry's heart changed, then He will do that.  Now I too need the time to heal from such a great loss.

It is like her spirit is still here.  I step over the matt where she slept at night, and feel her watching me, for this is how she communicated her needs.  It also is very difficult to come home, and have no one to greet me.  As you also know we became so bonded when I was so sick, and stuck until her last breath.  It is against the law to bury your pets in the yard in this county, but that is where she is - under the peony bush.  One kind neighbour suggested I package up her special things into a special memory box and I think that is a great idea.  I have some nice pictures of her to add.  I am not a kid, but feel kid like in missing her so much.  I am sure Larry is also grieving in his own way, for grown men seldom want to admit they hurt too.

Know Barb that I will always continue prayer for your family, and for the fact those 9 years ago you entrusted us both with your most favourite comopanion also.  She was a gift from God first to you and then to us.  Hannah means - gift from God.  I keep my word, and I pray as you read this you can know she got the best of life could offer her in her remaining years living with us.  We were blessed with her love and companionship.  Know too that I could count on one hand the number of times I had to speak up for some boundary violation.  She was just the best and will always remain forever loved in our hearts.  I am sure I speak for you also.  I knew she was not immortal and a day I would have to write this note to you.  Much Love in the sisterhood of Jesus Christ...




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Faithful Little Annie

May 17, 1994 - March 29, 2010 

Hi Barbara,

it is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my greatest friend Annie (our 13 yr old Brittany – soon to be 14 on May 17) She was a puppy of your Annie Get Your Gun and Chilcote’s Scout. I know that I don’t have to tell you this as you’ve probably heard it a million times, but she was the greatest pet and friend that I have ever had – Faithful til the end. She was such an amazing little dog and for that I wish to thank you for granting us the gift of raising her. She was originally spoken for but the buyers had changed their minds due to her non symmetrical markings on her face. She was truly a gift from heaven especially at a time when my husband and I could not conceive children. We now have an adopted daughter Charlotte who is seven (we had her since birth) and has grown up with this wonderful pet. As our family is grieving and reminiscing all of the wonderful and funny memories we had with Annie (she used to take full pancakes and hide them in our beds!!!) we know that at some point down the road we will no longer be able to bear this large hole in our hearts and the void that Annie has left in our hearts. I can see by your site that you are still  breeding wonderful Brittanys – do you have any descendents of Annie or Scout still breeding? Please let me know and again my family thanks you for giving us one of the greatest friends that we ever had – we’ll miss her immensely.

Take Care,
Christine LaPointe & family
Brantford, ON



May 1996 to November 2008

Our dear Ceilidh passed away after a sudden illness, leaving us heartbroken. She was a beautiful girl, full of life and love right up to the end. An integral part of our family, she was a real people dog, loving everyone.
Ceilidh had wonderful people skills and she excelled at her work as a therapy dog. She was certified with both St. John's Ambulance and Therapeutic Paws of Canada. All her fans at the nursing home where we visited have been saddened by our loss.
Ceilidh is buried in our back yard, marked by an Inuksuk which we built using stones which we collected from all her favourite Muskoka parks.
May she be happy there.
Susan and Doug McCulloch




Hiddencreek's Ceilidh Skye - orange/white female 

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Hi Barb:

It has been a long time but we wanted to tell you that after more than 15 years (birth: April 29, 1992) our wonderful Gingersnap was laid to rest on May 21, 2007. Her mother was your Patches. She lived a long, wonderful, exciting life with us. Never was there a dog more loved and well taken care of than our Gingy- our son came along 9 years ago and because he's our only child, Ginger became his big "sister". She was a great family dog, and a good hunter (although Mario didn't get her out as often as he'd have liked) and had an amazing personality. Until about 8 months ago she would still fetch a ball and play and get in her 'pouce' position with her butt sticking up in the air. We would laugh and laugh. She spent summers running free through the bush at our cottage and going for "walkies" on the beach of Georgian Bay - she went everywhere with us and our families both adored her. We will all miss her very much. I've attached a few photos of her taken in the past year so you can see what she grew to look like. What an amazing dog. We will always be grateful to you for giving us the privelege of being her parents. Thank you.

Kindest regards, Liz, Mario & Tristan Conti






Hi - I finally had a chance to take some outdoor pictures of Tuukka this weekend - he is still going strong (just needs a bit more sleep between bouts of exercise..)  He was born to "Hiddencreek's Patches CD" on June 3, 1993 - hope all is well,

Tuukka has been battling transitional cell cancer for about 18 months and is sadly nearing the end - he still loves to eat and gets 4 small meals of homemade food each day - he had an ultrasound today that showed significant disease in his bladder and ureter as well as liver and i know the vet thinks its time we consider letting him go - however he's sleeping beside me on the couch as i type having enjoyed a 5 km (slow) walk in the woods and a big meal of all the favourites. he's living full time with us now (mom and dad come up for a few days each week) so we'll take it day by day.

Hi Barbara,
I'm sorry to say that Tuukka died yesterday - our vet was wonderful and came to the house so he died quickly on his own favourite dog bed - we wouldn't have had the past 14 months if we hadn't changed to the raw diet so thank you for that suggestion and for our two great friends.

Kinsey has been surprisingly unperturbed and we just got back from a long run in the snow where she played with two other dogs - now she's asleep upside down (as always) on "her" armchair...

Thanks again






June 25, 1994 – July 02, 2009

I remember the day that Shelby picked me…………..I was sitting on Barbara Brownridge’s lawn with three female orange and white Brittany Spaniels.

This was July………..and they had been born in June.  I knew I wanted a female, but which one !  I decided to let one pick me.  The first one to approach me was Shelby.

She came home with me in August, and life was never the same.  Shelby was of course a normal high energy girl.  I quickly learned to embrace her energy level as well as the great outdoors.  Shelby’s Mom was an obedience champion and Shelby too became a quick study.   Soon enough we were hiking trails around London and eventually we hiked trails on the Bruce Peninsula, as well as northern Quebec, where friends had a cottage.  

She wasn’t always the perfect dog…………..she did have a mischievous streak !  Fun, fun, fun to run through muddy swamps in hot pursuit of a rabbit.  My orange and white dog was often white, orange and black.  She did mellow with age, and when she was nine, I purchased a blond cockapoo.  Oliver loved his Shelby………he would chew her ears and Shelby would let him.   I knew that he would miss Shelby when her time came, so I adopted another Brittany.  Kallie is my little blind Brittany………..she could never be a replacement for Shelby, but I could give her a good home and give Oliver a companion.  Shelby left this world on July 02, 2009……… fifteen years old.  My heart was broken, but a know Shelby had a wonderful life……….She had a warm, loving home, great companions,  home made food and the freedom to run off-leash on trails.

She was the inspiration to become involved with the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network. 

Helen Tostevin
Ontario Coordinator



Shelby on the trail - 14 yrs old

Ollie and Shelby



Hiddencreek's Shilo

July 13, 1999 - Jan. 22, 2010

Sire: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Solomon FDJ
Dam: Ch Hiddencreek's Blaze Of Glory FDJ

He would of been 11 on this year. 

The cancer crept upon him very quickly.  I took him to the vet on January 3rd because he was favouring one leg more that the other, but it wasn't like a limp.   I was  told me it was arthritis.  He started to get worse so I took him back again on the 5th.  I told them I wanted to see a different vet,  he told me he had pulled the tendons in his knee and would need an operation.   The leg was getting worse and I wasn't happy with either diagnosis.  So my sister in law, who works for WWF,  recommended a vet in Snelgrove and  he was diagnosed with cancer of the spine on January 18th.  I could believe how quickly it all seemed to happen. 

We brought him home so the kids could say their goodbyes but there were new lumps appearing on his body everyday and he was starting to get uncomfortable.  We took turns at night sleeping with him to make sure he was comfortable.  Then on January 22nd the vet came to the house and he was put to sleep.  It was a very difficult decision, but  I couldn't let him continue to suffer.

Hiddencreek's Shilo
(liver/white male)


Hiddencreek's Miss Mercedes

Sire: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Solomon FDJ
Dam: Ch Hiddencreek's Blaze Of Glory FDJ

Hello Barbar:
Just to let you know that after 10 wonderful years of love and understanding Miss Sadie had to be put down on Tues due to a very enlarged heart. I though you would be interested in knowing .  We are devasted of course.

If you have any females, needing a great home in the fall we are very intersted.  She would not be bred and would only be a family member

Tim Moore


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Sire: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Solomon FDJ
Dam: Ch Jabel's Cali Dawn
Born: Aug, 10 1998

HI Barbara,

I hope you are well.
This is Lori Jacobson~ Briar's 'mom'.
It has been ages since we have been in touch, but I wanted to let you know that we let Briar go today.
He would have been 12 in August and he was failing (small strokes, maybe?) and having recurrent pancreatitis and it was well, just time to say goodbye.
We are awfully sad around here, it won't be the same without Briar (who never did really grow up!).
We have an almost-5 year old daughter who is heartbroken, but taking solace in her puppy (Archie the Sheltie, who came home June 2009 in anticipation of this eventuality).
I just wanted to let you know , that a wonderful old bioy who has been the most exasperating and delightful companion for a dozen years has gone off to chase birds for eternity.
I have attached a photo taken last fall.



"Hiddencreek's Follow Me"

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Sire: Ch Hiddencreek's Dream Weaver FDJ (Balli)
Dam: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreek's Witness FDJ (Spice) 

Hi Barbara,

I'm sorry it's taken us so long to email you pictures but here's our Babbit. He's grown a lot more since those photos were taken in fact and we love him so much, as does everyone who meets him.

To update you on our lives, my husband and I live close to the Beaches area in Toronto still and we take Babbit there almost everyday, either running with me or walking. We also take him canoeing a fair bit, or as often as we can get up north ourselves. He's an incredible long distance swimmer as I've come to find and so great in the canoe and on portages.

Babbit is so kind that the other day I went out into our backyard to find the neighbours kittens had crawled through our fence and Babbit was laying down with them all over him carefully licking them and cleaning their ears. Now a bird would probably be a different story, however.

We couldn't imagine our lives without him and so I can't thank you enough.

Warmest Regards,
Kathryn Ruppert-Dazai

Hi Barbara,

I just wanted to send you another picture to show you how much Babbit has grown since the last photo I sent. And tell you that all of us are doing really well. This is one of him on our land in Apsley, Ontario, he's covered in burrs in this photo (as always) but since he's in the woods he couldn't be happier! Thanks again Barbara and I hope you have a grrrrrrrreat summer!

Kathryn Ruppert-Dazai

December 26, 2009 
Hi Barbara,

Over the holidays our dog Babbit died- it was a car accident while we were opening Christmas presents at my parents farm and our hearts are completely broken.

But it felt right to let you know that he's gone. We loved him- he was, to us, undeniably, the greatest dog ever! 
He was going to be 6 this year because he was my 30th birthday present and I turned 36 this year. Wasn't he cute!! I remember when we picked him up from you and you said we chose well. I picked him because he bite my shoe and got his tooth stuck and we were attached for a while because I he couldn't get his tooth out and Tak said he'd chosen us- he was super wild as a baby but mellowed out into this human hybrid of a dog- so civilized and soft inside the house but such a crazy hunter outside- that's how he died- he was chasing a squirrel we think and got hit by a car- but he didn't know what happened to him and went right away so maybe he was happy in his death!

With love,





Merlin    "Hiddencreek's Magical Merlin"

May 6, 1996 - June 30, 2011

 Hi Barb,
Today we had to bring peace to Merlin. He had been getting sick and debilitated with what may have been a vestibular disease (like a brutal eat infection - no balance or coordination) or perhaps even a brain tumor - he wasn't able to walk on his own and very agitated so today we did what we felt was humane and peaceful. He will be cremated and we will bring him home to our garden. He turned 15 in May so we gave him a great run at life.  I know he is at peace and his spirit lives strong in our home. We bought Lindsay a bunny for her 11th birthday a couple of weeks ago - a cute little 10 week old eared thing! well - Merlin sniffed her out in minutes and would have joyfully taken part in a shaking game for sure had we not put up the gate - so even age didn't stand in the way of our hunting puppy!!!
Hope you are well -Merlin lives on in us all xoxo
Stand in the strength and the courage of who you are


















Sept 1997 -  Sept 27, 2010

Sire: Ch Hiddencreek's Rock of Ages
Dam: Ch Hiddencreek's Blaze of Glory FDJ


Hi Barbara,

 Here is a picture of our darling Malarkey, taken by my son Charlie last Sunday, the night before Malarkey went to heaven.

Do you remember Malarkey? Blaze barfed the tailings of her ham bone onto my lap when she was pregnant with Malarkey, on your sofa in Flesherton.

After 13 years of sneaking out the door, leaping the fence, happy squirrel chasing and attempts to swim to Rochester, we allowed Malarkey to succumb to kidney failure as a result of tcc on September 27th, leaving us broken hearted and bereft. She was an extraordinary dog - I'm sure you hear that all the time, about your dogs - everyone loved her, but especially us.

So, the only cure for the silence around here is a puppy, do you have any litters planned?

Thanks for her,

Christina Connell



 Nov. 7, 1996 and died on Nov. 30, 2009


Gulliver was an assertive character, right from puppyhood, and he took
a dominant place in our family's life from the start. We used to say
we chose his name because he came to live with the big people and the
little people: He was both an energetic playmate for two growing girls
and a comforting napping companion for Nancy's dad, who was in his
late 80's when Gulliver arrived.

As a pup, he had a particular talent for finding children's lost

mittens in snow-drifts, and most walks ended with him proudly bringing
home a spare one in his mouth. Unfortunately, he also liked stealing
gloves from kids at the local skating rink which produced a lot of
long, exhausting chases.
He mellowed as he got older but remained an incorrigible escape artist
with a detailed memory for every piece of stray pizza or french fry
that had ever fallen on any corner in the neighbourhood. He
particularly enjoyed rough-housing with large dogs, encouraging them
to chase him. But if another dog was actually aggressive he was
neither submissive nor aggressive back: Instead, he assumed a stance
of studied indifference, staring calmly toward the horizon and
pretending to ignore the animal growling and snarling a few inches
over his head.

Gulliver always had a good vocabulary for understanding human words

(the very word "squirrel" would drive him into paroxysms of outrage)
and in his last few years, he also became noticeably more talkative
himself. When Nancy came home from work, he met her at the door with
an elaborate presentation of play-bows, paws over his face and an
extensive vocabulary of grumbles, groans and complaints.

The photo demonstrates another one of his eccentricities: He always

behaved as though his head was exceptionally heavy, dropping it flat
on any surface. If he were on a sofa or large chair, he would find a
pillow, pick it up with his teeth, and stick it under his chin for
support. There was obviously a lot going on up there in his head.
We're grateful to have shared his time.

Liam Lacey, Nancy Reason, Kate Lacey, and Nola Lacey




















Samson   "Hiddencreek's Testimony Of Faith"

Hi Barbara    April 21, 2001 - March 15, 2011
It is with a heavy heart that I share this news of Samson. Sadly he passed away Tuesday morning at our home.  Kevin and the kids were with him, as I was on route, bringing our oldest daughter home to say her goodbyes. Unfortunately Samson passed away shortly before I made it back with Amanda.  He would be 10 years next month.  We want to thank you for all your advice and support over the last several months we really appreciated your help, it was always very reassuring.  I am not sure if you remember the whole story of how we ended up with Sam, but we were actually waiting to receive a puppy from a completely different litter then the one Samson came from.  However on our first visit to meet you, we also met Solomon who I instantly fell in love with.  On our way home we stopped for lunch and prayed for our new future puppy and I specifically asked God if there was any way, I would love it if Solomon could be the father.  Well June rolled around and you gave me a call, asking me if we would be interested in having our puppy earlier, as one from another litter had become available.  We of course said yes and made arrangements to come and get our new puppy, we had a choice of two males and we picked Sam.  At that point I asked you who the parents were and you said Faith and Solomon, God had answered my little prayer made over lunch and that is how we got our own  ``Testimony of Faith``.  Samson truly lived up to his name and lived a life of faith, defying all odds, right to the end of his life.  It is just really special when we can recognize how God can use the most unassuming of relationship to grow and stretch our own faith.  Samson stretched us at times with his boundless energy but God grew in all of us a beautiful bond of love for our happy boy and he for us.  We miss him and he will always be in our hearts.  I just thought you would like to know that Solomon had all those years ago inspired and sparked in me a desire to share my life with a dog like him and I believe we got exactly that with our Samson.
Thank you ever so much
Sharon, Kevin,
Amanda, Jess, Kayla, Zechariah and Rachel Knell

            This picture is just soooooooooo Solomon!



                                                Samson - 1 year



Hiddencreek's Ozzy


July 22, 2000 – September 19, 2011

Sire: CH Nutbutter Hiddencreek’s  Solomon FDJ

Dam: CH Hiddencreek’s Queen Ester


Ozzy passed away unexpectedly on September 19, 2011. We had 11 loving years together. Ozzy was happiest in the woods and with his family.  He was a loved and cherished member or our family and will never be forgotten.


Craig, Stephanie, Matthew and Carmen Calleja






 Hiddencreek's Cocoa Delight   Aug 1997 - Feb 29, 2012

Sire: Ch Hiddencreek's Riley
Dam:  Ch Hiddencreek's Blaze Of Glory FDJ

Dear Barbara,
I thought that you would want to know that Cocoa (Delight) was sent to doggie heaven yesterday. She was 14 1/2 years old. She was diagnosed with kidney failure. She had a great life and we enjoyed her so much. Her final years were spent with Jim and I in retirement in Arizona where she swam in our pool almost every day. I don't think that she suffered. Although she stopped eating she would still drink water staying hydrated and lick a little peanut butter off a spoon. She was a trooper. I didn't want to wait for the worst so I had her euthanised yesterday.
Thank you for giving us the wonderful gift of Cocoa in our life.








Cody May 17, 1996-  Sept.7, 2011 (Scout & Anni) 

Dear Barbara,  I can't tell you how sad we are to have lost Cody.  He was
such a sweet companion.  As you know, we got him quite by accident as he had been returned to you by his first owner.  You don't know how fortunate we've been to have him with us for 15 1/2 years.  He brought so much joy into our lives.  He made me walk every day, rain or shine.  He loved all weather.  He was so much fun.  He kicked his dish when he needed water and opened his own
Christmas gifts.  He always knew which ones were his. He started agility quite late but put his heart into it.  He got titles in AAC and CKC but the hardest thing for him was the Gamble as he loved to be by my side.  He will be missed. 
Mary Akin






This describes my journey with Cody.  Hope you can print it.  Mary

The Journey

When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey. A journey
that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known,
yet will also test your strength and courage. If you
allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about
yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed
forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.

Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple
pleasures --
jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and
even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears. If you
spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience
every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no
rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be
inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information.

Your pace may be slower, except when heading home to the food dish,
but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an
expert in the field. Too many times we hike on automatic
pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the
journey. We miss the details: the colorful mushrooms on the rotting
log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on
a twig.

Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop;
we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes,
look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows that
nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of
surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing
wonders, each day an essence all its own.

Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world
around you. You will find yourself watching: summer insects
collecting on a screen; how bizarre they are; how many kinds there
are or noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You
will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or
sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no
objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's
most important details slip by.

You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends
might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle
looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying
dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time
because your pet enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle
with chewie toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross,
and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie with a cat
in hot pursuit, all in the name of love.

Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark
clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in
your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old
plastic shopping bag adorns your living room rug because your cat
loves the crinkly sound. You will learn the true measure of love.
The steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we
are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together."

Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul
can give another. You will not find it often among the human race.
And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me
feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some
flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but
only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and
dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so
chose to love me

If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you
will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always
knew you to be. The one they were proud to call beloved friend.

I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all
paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the
sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a trail you
cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and love
to let them go.

A pet's time on earth is far too short, especially for those that
love them. We borrow them, really, just for a while, and during
these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their
love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is
nothing left. The cat that only yesterday was a
kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun.  The
young pup of boundless energy now wakes up stiff and lame, the
muzzle gone to gray.

Deep down we somehow always knew that this journey would end. We
knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them
we must for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and
the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final
gift and let them run on ahead, young and whole once more. "God
speed, good friend," we say, until our journey comes full circle and
our paths cross again.



Ch Hiddencreek's Filled With Glory FDJ (Mocha)

                                                         Alpha Female Brittany Spaniel
                                                                       16 May 1998 to 4 May 2012

"good girl! . .  "

. . Deeply mourned by her staff and sorely missed by her son, friend and companion, Pekoe.

Owned and loved by: Rosemary Bolitho and Linda McBurney

28  May  2002  -  23  June 2013

"our beloved Pekoe has left us far too soon"






Barb,                                                      June 15, 2012

Hidden Creek’s Ish passed away last night. Ish’s dame was Blaze, sire Riley (Rock of Ages). She was suffering from severe respiratory distress and Janice and I made the decision. She had been going downhill for a while but in the end had an extremely bad day Thursday.

Ish was a much loved member of our family for 14 ½ years. We picked her and her brother Pepi (my parents dog) up October 1997. Pepi passed away a few years ago.

Ish was my most enthusiastic running partner for 12 years. We ran in the early mornings. After she started to ail and before she would admit it to herself she would wail loud enough to wake other people in the house when I left her home. I once left her in the yard and went for a run. The neighbor asked if the dog was alright.

Attached are 2 pictures (about 2003), one of Ish, the other Ish (left) and Pepi.






Ch Hiddencreek's Mine Elect FDJ (Sugar)              July 30, 2001 - June 18, 2012

Sire: Ch Chilcote's Hidden Creek Scout (USA)
Dam:  Ch Hiddencreek's Blaze Of Glory FDJ







Sire:  Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Solomon
Dam:  Jaybell's Cali Dawn

 Argus:  August 10, 1998 - March 23, 2012

 Argus joined our family in October 1998.  He brought joy and laughter to our family from the moment that we saw that sweet little face of his.  We were warned that the first three years would be a challenge and they sure were but then once he turned three it was as if the lightbulb went on.  He didn't have to challenge us so much...he could just be.  Friends actually thought that we had gotten a new dog because he had calmed down so much.
Argus loved to fish, hunt, go camping (both wilderness and in our trailer), hike, chase squirrels and travel but most of all, at the end of each and every day he loved to snuggle in bed between his "Mommy" and "Daddy". 
He was a very healthy and happy dog until he developed a cancerous tumor on his leg.  We had it removed in early February but the cancer just returned in a different area of the same leg six weeks later.  We knew what we had to do.  The decision was a very difficult one but we know that it was the right one to make.  He is at peace and no longer in any pain.
 Until we meet again our beautiful little boy.  You are forever in our hearts.
Bonnie and Barry Anderson








Hiddencreek's Molly Maiden (Molly)  July 13, 1999 - April 20, 2013

Hello Barbara,

Our beautiful girl left us on Saturday. 
She had been deteriorating slowly from the brain tumour however over the last couple of weeks it had been more rapid and we felt it was  time to let her rest.
We miss her so very much, she brought such joy to our lives and we will be ever grateful to have been her human parents for almost 14 years.
She was simply the best dog ever.
We thank you for all the care you gave her when we needed to board her with you, we always knew she was safe up there in her first home. 

Regards to you and Larry and thanks again. Christine and Jon.








Dear Barbara,                                                       Aug 15, 2013
I am writing you to thank  for  a  puppy that  was part  of our  family  for  just over 16 years who left  us sadly  on  July 3, 2013.
In late June 1997 we  pickup  our puppy " Rambler"  (Sire: Chilcote Creditors Portfolio, Dam: Cross Over Hidden Creek's Hope) . We  lived in  Oshawa at the time and  our 2 daughters were 2 and 4 years old.
Rambler was more than a family pet  and  a wanna be  bird dog. He was a childhood companion  for  our girls, a part of their  childhood.  He came along with us every where we  went.  Always seemingly  present and always smiling.  He was extremely well tempered and never strayed far  unless there was a rabbit involved. He didn't site  on your  lap or  your at  feet  but  was always in some corner  of  the room you were. If  he didn't see  or hear you, he came  looking for you. But never too close. He greeted anyone  and everyone  who visited. He was a good guard dog if some stray cat  or forest creature  wandered by  but  never barked at a person.  Aside  from  having the occasional  mild seizure after the age  of  8 years, he  had no serious health issues.
His puppy hood seemed  to last well past his 10th year  and even until   he really started slowing down  in his  15th year,  people always greeted him  asking us " how  old is your puppy ?".  And  Rambler was not a small Brittany weighing about 45 lbs but he  had that  puppy smile.   In 2001 we  moved to  Huntsville.  Rambler was  most content  chasing chipmunks off the  front porch and wandering  the trails around our home looking to  catch a grouse  and bring it  home ( which he somehow managed on more than  once occasion ).
 Our daughters grew up too quickly and Rambler's  passing   really  made  us  realize just how  important he was in shaping their childhood experiences. It is immeasurable  how  much this orange and white puppy  was to them growing up and the completeness of  our family over the past 16 years.  
 I 'm sure you have  had many great Brittany's but  Rambler was our first.  Here is a picture of  our puppy on his 16th birthday.
Thanks so much again,
Chris and Rica Madej
Huntsville, Ontario




















Sire:  CH Hiddencreek's Dream Weaver FDJ
CH Everlasting Faith Dekisskissink, FD

Here is a picture of our beloved Blaze taken in 2010, when he was about eight. He enjoyed being outdoors and especially loved to swim in the pond and run and sniff through the fields and forest. He was very intelligent and knew quite a few words, his favourites being “go for a walk”, “food”, and “treat”. He was well known in the neighbourhood, and was always friendly and happy to great people and most dogs when we walked through the subdivision.
He was our first dog, and loved him to bits, and he returned our love tenfold. He was affectionate and  sweet and we are very grateful to have had him in our lives.

He was born on June 24, 2002 to Faith. His father was Baili (Dream Weaver). We lost him on January 23, 2013.



Jabell's Hidden Creek Jessie  FW407221
Hi Barbara,
On January 2nd, 1997, we left Hidden Creek Kennels with a little bundle of fluff that we called Jessie and took her to Ottawa. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to her on October 2nd, 2012 - a few days shy of her 16th birthday!
She was from the very start an integral part of our family and gave us nothing but joy and pleasure for all those years. Her temperament was the best of any dog that I have known - she was an absolute treasure to us and was adored by many friends who often said "when we get a dog, we'll get a Jessie dog".
Saying goodbye was so hard but the attached poem helped. She has left such a huge hole, it will take us time.
We'd like to thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to have such a wonderful, adorable companion - there will never be another the same!
John & Brenda Watts
Sharbot Lake, ON.
















Ch Everlasting Faith DeKiskissink FD   March 8, 2000 - May 31, 2014

Sire: Pepper's Pete By RH (USA)
Dam: Ch Hiddencreek's Everlasting Hope FDJ

Hello Barbara

I am very sorry to tell you that I had Faith put down last night.  It was so hard, she was a beautiful dog and such a joy.

She was suffering with dementia, and these last couple of months have been really hard.  She was penned in the kitchen and still would cry when she got into a corner.  The blessing was that she didn`t recognise the vet office and so was not frightened.

We still went for long leash walks and she didn`t have any pain.  Last night we walked along the lake on our way to the vet.  It was a lovely evening and she was in and out of the water a couple of times.  She was happy.

Thanks for letting Faith into our lives.  We are better for it.

Lots of love








Chelsea     June 8, 2001 - Oct 6, 2014

Hi Barb,
Some sad news .... Chelsea born June 8, 2001 sister to Spice
passed away today due to kidney failure and a series of strokes.
A gentle, energetic, beautiful dog will be greatly missed by all who
knew her.
Mother was Nikki and father Freckles.




Dear Barbara                             July 8, 2014

It is with great sadness that I send you this note on the passing of our first daughter Sophie.  She has been nothing but the sweetest gentlest most gorgeous dog ever.  She made it 14 years (she was born March 2000) with us and they were the best 14 years of our lives.  We just wanted to send you a note to say thank you for entrusting us with one of your precious dogs.  She is going to be greatly missed.

Kimberly and Eric Van Praagh










Hiddencreek's Miracle Maker "Whizz"

I wanted to say Thank you... for giving me the best companion I could have ever hoped for in HiddenCreek’s Miracle Maker aka “Whizz”.

A son of Solomon and Faith, born on the 21st of April 2001. Passed away gently and peacefully on October 25th, 2014.

Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what an incredible bundle of unconditional love and joy he would be in my life.

 Whizz was my faithful shadow, always beside me, always ready to dispense hugs and kisses.

He helped me through some of the toughest times in my life, a debt I can never repay.

 I truly wish that he could have lived forever, and I will miss him eternally.

 With Deepest Thanks and Best Regards,

Karen R McGrandle









Hiddencreek’s Unsinkable Molly 2000-07-22 to 2015-01-04

Ch Hiddencreek's Unsinkable Molly FD AADC, AJDC, AGDC, ATDC, ASDC (AAC titles)      AGI, TT, CGN (CKC titles) NA, NAJ (AKC titles)

The Brittany chair is now empty...

Molly, you always did things your way… agility was always on your terms but thank you for playing the game when your heart was really in the bird field… only working for squeaky face balls… swimming the river instead of using the bridge... the six foot fences in the yard were for you… falling asleep on the grooming table at a show... refusing to retrieve frozen birds or pigeons… teaching me how to play dog… as “Dingle Dog” wearing a bell in the woods so I could find you when you always knew where you were… always taking a toy out in the yard with you & remembering to bring it back in... aka “Snarfy Child”… the undefeated hot dog diving champion at the pointer picnic… gathering kindling for the camp fires in your leggings & pantaloons… smacking the door bells at 1:00 am to go outside… keeping me warm by sleeping in the bottom of my sleeping bag… finding the single burr in forty acres... as “Blinky Dog” so we could see you in the dark when camping… your “Ahhhhhh Grrrrr”… educating numerous puppies… sitting at the dining room table when a dog bed could not be found… somehow you were always the only dog not crated... your stupid face when you’re your lip gets caught on your tooth… everyone that ever met you said you are not a typical Brittany... always in need of a haircut & being mistaken for a Springer hence being fondly referred to as a “Bringer” or a “Sprittany”... God speed little girl… Kellie is waiting for you…

Thanks for entrusting this little girl into my care Barbara……







Hiddencreek's Tail Of Freckle    June 04/03 - Mar 16/15

Sire: Ch Hiddencreek's Dream Weaver FDJ
Dam: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Witness

Hi Barbara,

    I have some very sad news we had to put Freckle down due to cancer
(12 years old).  She was the most loving beautiful dog and is going to be highly missed.  She has left a big whole in our hearts.  But   Simon and I want to look into getting another as life without a Brittany is not the same.  So we were wondering if you are still breeding and if you are not if
there is anyone you could recommend.

    Thank you, and thank you for bringing Freckle into the world.

    Lauren Edwards




Hiddencreek's Mystical Macey   Jan 16, 2003 - Mar 30, 2015

Sire: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Solomon
Dam: Ch Everlasting Faith DeKiskissink FD

Just a quick note. We had to put our Macey down today. Arthritis in the spine.
She was a great dog. Gonna miss her. This was her last hunt this past fall and keeping her comfy the last few days
Craig Salmonson












Hiddencreek's Days Of Glory     Aug. 18, 2000 - April 11, 2015

Sire:  Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreek Solomon FDJ
Dam: Ch Hiddencreek's Filled With Glory FJS

Dear Barbara,

Just wanted to let you know that we had to say goodbye to our lovely Tess.  She was a beautiful, loyal and sweet tempered companion and she gave us fourteen and a half years of pure joy.  More than that, she was the very rhythm of our days and we miss her terribly.  She was a real character and full of mischief and in her younger days an inveterate digger as you can see from the attached photo!  She was a real water dog too and would inevitably find a way to slip from the walking path into the pond and creeks in our neighbourhood!  She loved music too and would come and nestle under the piano as soon as I started playing.  She was delightful in every way.  We feel her spirit everywhere and feel blessed to have had her in our lives.  She was the best dog ever!

Kind Regards,


Hiddencreek's Stewart Pierce      March 29, 2000 - July 3, 2015

Sire:  Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreek Solomon FDJ
Dam:  Ch Hiddencreek's Blaze Of Glory FDJ

Hi there,

 At the time I received my precious puppy I was only 12 years old and so excited when my parents took my sisters and I to pick up our puppy. 
I remember researching the breed and looking a breeders and coming to visit you. Anxiously waiting for the day we could pick up our puppy. That was over 15 years ago and on July 3rd I had to say goodbye to my sweet boy. He was with me through it all. Moving into my own house to getting married to my husband in June. Recently I went and looked you up to see if you were still in business and happy to see that you were. I felt compelled to contact you because you gave me the best dog I could have asked for. 
Stewart was born on March 29th 2000, son of Solomon and Blaze. He had an amazing personality and was my constant companion. I unfortunately have a lot of health problems and he was by my side every day making me feel loved and always brightening my day. It is hard now that he is gone but I will cherish all the time I had with him. 
So I guess I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for giving me an amazing best friend for over half my life. One I will never forget.

I attached a few photos for you, mostly from his last few years and one taken on my wedding day. Going through your website memory page I couldn't believe the resemblance. They are beautiful dogs, on the inside and out. I'm not sure I will ever get another Brittany but if I do I will be sure to look you up.

 Patricia Kuch.





June 1999 - Aug 15 2015
Sire: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreek Solomon
Dam:  Ch Hiddencreek's Queen Ester

Today we put Smudge to sleep. Chocolate Raspberry Smudge was very, very special. She was 16 years and two months old. 
I have so many wonderful memories of her. She gave us so much joy and her wonderful personality still is here. 
She loved the lake, chasing squirrels, car rides, walks and bike rides, and mostly pleasing her family. ‎When we brought our son home from the hospital for the first time she became a mother to Monique and Roger-Christopher and never stopped being a duchess. 

You have raised wonderful dogs ! 

Best regards Roger Larson

Hiddencreek's Opal Queen  Aug 10, 1998 - June 20, 2014


Sire: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreek Solomon FDJ
Dam: Jabel's Cali Dawn

Hi Barbara - I had meant to write much much earlier but not only our little Opal was old and ailing. The person who you dealt with back over 1997 and 1998, my partner Bruce Laforce, was struggling not very happily with Alzheimer's. About the same time Opal died, he had to go into a home which he fought and then after many health emergencies he too died last October. But now I want to have something up on your memorial  board about Opal who was an extraordinary dog -- just like everybody else's dog, I know. 


You thought we were silly to ask about personality but Opal had personality in bucketfuls. She was also unusually beautiful. The kind of dog who caused passers-by to remark on her looks. Opal really was a queen. A dreadful little puppy for nibbling at feet but while we got her to stop the worst of her wayward ways, she never really was into obedience. She always asked why, when given a command, and then considered whether there would be sufficient reward to make it worth her while. Yet she was always good-natured and loving, and she did listen when it counted. Oddly for a Brittany she was a little bit of a couch potato, even when out of doors. If we were going to just stand around, she'd sit. If it looked like we'd be sitting down for a while, she'd lie down. But if there was a chance for a long walk in the woods with all its smells, or a chase of the local rabbits, she was on for it.

She died on a beautiful summer's morning. She had been failing for a few months but there was nothing wrong with her except extreme old age. We sat under a tree in the yard waiting for the vet and I thought about the wonderful 15 years we had had together. It is heart-breaking to lose such a loving spirit but we would have lost so much more without her in our lives.














Hiddencreek Maple Crest Blaze        Jan 3, 2002 - Feb 18, 2016



Sire: Ch Hiddencreek's Dream Weaver FDJ
Dam: Ch Hiddencreek's Mine Elect FDJ

Hi Barbara I am writing  this to you with a broken heart to let you know that Blaze is no longer with us he was diagnosed with bladder Cancer back in the summer. If it was possible to die of a broken heart I would have died with him yesterday. He brought us such joy over these past 13 years....and we would take him for long walks in the woods. Blaze came before all the grandchildren but they all loved him. My husband broke every rule I  the book when it came to Blaze. I remember the day we picked him up we were waiting game in the truck as we had arrived a little early so we prayed Lord help us pick a puppy we have no idea how to choose. Barbara you came out with a lady to get the dog food and told us to go in. You said all the puppies had played for the last hour and we're now sleeping. We went in and there were two puppies...orange and white and liver and white. Well the darker one paid no attention but the orange and white followed Dalton around the pen area...Blaze inside would come up to the fence and lay down for a belly rub...and if Daltons moved he would follow him. You came in and asked do we want the other puppies woken and I said no this one has chosen my husband. 

I always called Blaze and my husband Litter mates and I was the Alpha leader.
I would appoligize In advance to our company at the table and say it is not Blaze's fault that he begs, Blame Dalton.  Although I put my foot down to feeding him anything starchy. As well we kept a good eye on his weight as I have always said it is so unfair for Blaze to carry any extra weight on his slender legs. Dogs do not get fat on their own.
Sorry I am now rambling,  

Thank you so much....we have still the grieving process to deal with....so not even thinking of another dog at this time. I thought you would like to know about Blaze I found it very difficult to type this.
Enclosed a picture of Blaze taken a few days ago....He was allowed I  the beds and the other couch but right I  front of me he jumped up on the white couch...This  made me laugh as I could almost hear him tell me...I have earned the right to get up there once if it is the last thing I do....bless his heart
I had to take the picture.  I have many many pictures but still I do not feel like I have enough pictures and videos.  If we are ever up your way , might just drop in to say hi.
Blessings Dalton and Mila




Suvi   Aug 28, 2001 - Oct 2016

 Sire: Ch Chilcote's Hidden Creek Scout
Dam: Hiddencreek's Molly Maiden


I?m regretfully writing you to let you know about the passing of my wonderful companion of 14 years, Suvi. 

Suvi was out of Molly by Scout and was born 28 August 2001. When I adopted her we lived in Churchill, Manitoba and then to Winnipeg. For the past 10 years we called Calgary home and went to big, beautiful off-leash parks every day so Suv could run and play. My sister had a basset x Lab named Biscuit that was Suvi?s companion for the past 8 years. 

She was such a super dog, smart? kind? easily trained. She was in super health right until the end . She developed a laryngeal paralysis and cancer and we had to make the difficult decision in early summer.

I can?t thank you enough for allowing me to have such a wonderful friend and family member. To me, she was perfect.









Jazmine    Sept 4, 2006 - Dec. 2, 2016

Sire: Ch Hiddencreek's Dream Weaver FDJ

Dam: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Witness FDJ

Hi Barbara,

It's been a long time since we have chatted. I hope you are doing well. 

I'm writing to pass on some sad news. We had to put our beautiful Jazz

down because of a cancerous tumor on her spleen. She was an incredible

trooper up until the last couple of days always wagging her tail and never

turning down treats. All of us were with Jazz loving her until she passed.

Thank you for giving us such a beautiful girl that brought us years and

years of fun and unconditional love. She was my beautiful girl and she

will be missed very much especially by Hunter.  He is still going strong,

causing lots of mischief and taking off on us from time to time!

Here's a picture of the 2 of them just last week.

Thank you again Barbara. She was beautiful.

Tammy & Rob

Hiddencreek's Paris Samuel'  January 16, 2003  -  October 21 2016 

Hi Barbara,
It is with a heavy heart that we send word of Sammy's passing on Friday October
21, 2016.
Born to Solomon and Faith on January 16, 2003 he has been a joy to us, our
family and friends.

We are so grateful to you for the care you gave him when he stayed in your
kennel.  Sammy loved to go there until the last couple of years of his life.
 Thank you for your amazing dogs, Sammy was so patient and kind with children
and babies even 'The Cat' Hector.  We feel we have been very blessed with having
him in our lives, his love, his antics, energy and great joy every day.

I've attached a few photos, I hope you enjoy them.
Rick & Christina

Hiddencreek's Murphy McKenzie   Sept 07, 2003 - 2016

Hello Barbara,
Hope this holiday season finds you well. I see by your website that you have two litters of puppies! Must be very busy around your house now.
We had the pleasure of our Kenzie for 12 years, but our dear brittany passed away this summer. She was one of the three pups from the Faith-Solomon litter in the fall of 2003. She was a wonderful member of our family and is greatly missed.
After a few family discussions, we decided that we would love to have another Brittany pup join our family when we are ready. It will some big paw prints to fill.
All the best to you and yours this holiday,

Kristin Lefebvre


Hiddencreek's Amazing Robroy   Feb 26, 2004 - April 20, 2017

Sire:  Ch Hiddencreek's Dream Weaver FDJ

Dam: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Witness FDJ

We are so sad to let you know that we had to put Robbie down last April 20th.   His kidney disease finally caught up with him.   I am crying as I type this but I am wondering if you are expecting any puppies anytime soon or in the next year.   He was the greatest dog ever and I would only have another Brittany from where he was from.  We all loved him so much and he had so many that loved him. He loved to go on camping and canoeing trips.


Hiddencreek's Dijon Ginger   June 8, 2005 - 2017

Sire: Ch Hiddencreek's Dream Weaver FDJ
Dam: Ch Nutbutter Hiddencreeks Witness FDJ

Dear Barbara,

I have some sad news to share.  Last week we had to put down our lovely Dijon.  It's so hard to believe that she's gone.  We miss her terribly.  She had developed crippling mobility issues over the last couple of years with arthritis in both legs on her left side and, of late, bone spurs in her left foreleg.  Dijon was unable to stand for long and had begun to fall due to a lack of stability and control of her legs.  We and our veterinarians had done everything we could for her. 

The decision was even more painful for us as she still had the same personality, outlook, liveliness, and desire to be herself as she always had.  She wanted to run, to jump, to walk, even to dig a little, but we couldn't let her do so and cause more damage to her body.

We can't believe that she had been part of our family for 12 years.  Our life with her was just too short.  She truly went before her time both in the spirit that she still had and in how much we still wanted to have her with us.

Her dam was Spice and her sire was Baili.  We had named her Dijon (Ginger) in honour of the French origin of her breed and her dam's name.

She was the last puppy in her litter when we and our daughters came to pick her up.  We have always felt that we got the best dog for us.  She was such a sweetie.  Everyone loved her.  The entire staff at the veterinary clinic came in to be with us at the end.  The staff at the groomer's sent an incredible card filled with affection for Dijon after we told them that she wouldn't be coming back.

It's going to take us a while to adjust to our loss and to the emptiness of the house.

I really wanted to express our thanks to you for the gift that was Dijon.  She enriched our lives far more than I would have thought possible when we first considered getting a dog. 

Best regards,

Dan, Gloria, Danielle, and Denise Nazar

Hi Barbara,

Just wanted to let you know Taffy past away October 13th.  She was 15 1/2.  She was an excellent dog, very easy to train and a happy, quiet dog.  The picture of her on the boat, one of her favourite spots, was taken September 25, 2017. The other two picture are of her telling her little sister, Fou Fou she is supposed to eat the green stuff and waiting to go to the doggie spa with little brother, Payton(7).

Taffy was excellent with other animals and children of all ages.  Even in the last few months, she would just get up and walk away from a baby crawling to her.

Taffy didn’t have any major health issues other than to have a fat deposit removed as it was going to interfere with her bowls.  I can send you a copy of the vet report if you would like me to.  Her hearing was pretty much gone. Her sight was slowly fading but her nose worked very well right to the end.  She had a few seizures over the last year or two. It slowed her down a bit but nothing major.  On the 13th she had a major one that lasted about five minutes.  Once it was over she had a hard time getting up and when she did, her balance was off, she walked on her right wrist and slightly dragged her right hind leg. We decided it was time. At the vets, she was walking better but she was walking around aimlessly and she wasn’t able to get out of corners. We knew the decision was right. Our sons, 23 and 26 came to say goodbye and as my oldest fed her liver treats, she fell asleep peacefully, vet assisted.

We figured you would would like to know.

She will be greatly miss,

Angela Bottrell