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superxgooseslayer said:
Please read up on Chessies before you purchase one. I have bred and hunted with Chessies for about 10 years now and they are a breed apart from Labs. They are very stubborn and hard to train. Once you get them trained they are hard to beat. They require ALOT of training and attention. They are very possesive and emotional dogs. I cant stress this enough.Most of the people that buy Chessies from me are dissappointed with them because they cant train them. I stress to them what is required to raise Chessies and they always say........I got it, but they dont.
I hope you are not still breeding that line of chessies.
 

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Posted by Rick.
"George Law who rescued the pups wrote this account in 1845 which appears on the website of the American Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club:

In the fall of 1807 I was on board of the ship Canton, belonging to my uncle, the late-Hugh Thompson, of Baltimore, when we fell in, at sea, near the termination of a very heavy equinoctial gale, with an English brig in a sinking condition, and took off the crew. The brig was loaded with codfish, and was bound to Pole, in England, from Newfoundland. I boarded her, in command of a boat from the Canton, which was sent to take off the English crew, the brig's own boats having been all swept away, and her crew in a state of intoxication. I found onboard of her two Newfoundland pups, male and female, which I saved, and subsequently, on our landing the English crew at Norfolk, our own destination being Baltimore, I purchased these two pups of the English captain for a guinea apiece. Being bound again to sea, I gave the dog pup, which was called Sailor, to Mr. John Mercer, of West River; and the slut pup, which was called Canton, to Doctor James Stewart, of Sparrow's Point. The history which the English captain gave me of these pups was, that the owner of his brig was extensively engaged in the Newfoundland trade, and had directed his correspondent to select and send him a pair of pups of the most approved Newfoundland breed, but of different families, and that the pair I purchased of him were selected under this order, The dog was of a dingy red colour; and the slut black. They were not large; their hair was short, but very thick-coated; they had dew claws. Both attained great reputation as water-dogs. They were most sagacious in every thing; particularly so in all duties connected with duck-shooting. Governor Lloyd exchanged a Merino ram for the dog, at the time of the Merino fever, when such rams were selling for many hundred dollars, and took him over to his estate on the eastern shore of Maryland, where his progeny were well known for many years after; and may still be known there, and on the western shore, as the Sailor breed. The slut remained at Sparrows Point till her death, and her progeny were and are still well known, through Patapsco Neck, on the Gunpowder, and up the bay, amongst the duck-shooters, as unsurpassed for their purposes. I have heard both Doctor Stewart and Mr. Mercer relate most extraordinary instances of the sagacity and performance of both dog and slut, and would refer you to their friends for such particulars as I am unable, at this distance of time, to recollect with sufficient accuracy to repeat."

Like I need a reason to post a picture but here you go. A couple pictures of some of th eplaces mentioned.
Thor retrieveing on Carroll Island. Carroll Island is now owned by the military. Aberdeen Proving Ground. APG. APG ownes most of the Gunpowder and Bush River. There is only 10 private blinds on the Gunpoweder river and I have 8 of them.
Thor on Carroll Island.


Rosie marking some Cans on Sparrows points.

Thor and I on a Eastern Shore Goose hunt on Wye Island. huntign over old tire decoys.

Thor running a blind on the Gunpowder River about 1000 yards upriver from the Carroll Island Gund Club.

Thor going after a Bluebill on the Potapsco River. Right outside of Baltimore and Ft Mchenry.


Thor retrieving on sparrow points.

I am so gald we have a Canvasback season this year.
 
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