On January 17, 2012 we lost Larch and our hearts were broken. I wrote a goodbye tribute to Larch with the help of Erin. It can be found here. Below you will find Larch’s information.
Ch. Bella Campo Winter Solstice
Breeder: Kay and Mike McLeland (Bella Campo)
Color: Orange and White
Height at withers: 23.5″
Weight: 70 lbs
Breeding Status: Intact
Health Testing: Penn Hip, OFA elbows, CERF (eyes) and OFA thyroid all done
Click here for Larch’s Pedigree
Meaning of Name: Kyle is an ecologist, so Larch was named after the Larch tree species.
Nicknames: Yeti, Polar Bear
Special Talents: She was a little Houdini when we first got her… but she seems to be growing out of her antics.
Larch is our second Spinoni. Our first Spinone, Saffron, was so wonderful that we wanted to get her a “sister”. At Birdsboro, our goal is to produce great dual-purpose dogs. Dual-purpose means that the dogs excel in both hunting and have correct conformation. Larch is the product of a litter that was planned with this same goal in mind. Larch is out of Zola, a top-winning show dog that can also hunt, and Brasch, a great looking Spinone that is also the youngest Spinone ever to attain both his Master Hunter (MH) from the AKC and his Versatile Championship (VC) from NAVHDA (these are the two highest titles a Spinone can earn in the hunting venue and are an amazing accomplishment).
Larch the Show Dog
Larch just began her show career at seven months. On her second day out, she took Best of Opposite Sex over a special. We are very excited about little Larch’s potential, as is her breeder. Larch has a very correct, harsh Spinone coat that requires no grooming other than very occasional burr removal. Here are some pictures of Larch starting out with her just hanging out at the show at seven months old being stacked by her breeder, Kay McLeland.
Larch the Birddog
Larch from the start was a natural with hunting. She has a great nose and took right to tracking. Her drive is also phenomenal and is fun to hunt with and this proves her pedigree to be correct. We always look forward to great times hunting with her.
Pictures of Larch
Some adorable Larch puppy moments at three and four weeks of age…
Pictures of Larch’s Parents