Over the years, Joanne and I have been blessed with some amazing dogs here at
Windward. Unfortunately, they can not live forever and we have to say our goodbyes.
All of them have made us better people by their presence and we can only hope we
gave them the lives they deserved. Hopefully, someday when we have reached the
end of this phase of our journeys, they will be there to met us with happy tails and
kisses as we cross over our Rainbow Bridge. This is our tribute to those special dogs.
Am/Can CH Nor-Coast
Bronze Gromit, OA, OAJ,
CGC, TDI, ROM-A, OS, HOF
CH Squier's General McArthur X CH
Squier's Martina Marie
Bred by Barb Tekavec and Richard
Squier 8/30/97 - 2/25/09
Windward Field Spaniels
Gromit was our first Field Spaniel and what an
introduction he was . He produced 6 champion
pups and a total of 8 titled of spring, earning his
way into the Field Spaniel Society Hall of Fame. He
was also the first Field Spaniel to qualify in the
Excellent agility rings, paving the way for many more
(including his own offspring) in the years to come.
He was a confident, outgoing dog, who was gentle
with pups and people. More importantly, he
wiggled his way into our hearts and will forever be
Landye's Little King, CGC, TDI
12/23/95 - 1/27/10
Ryan came into our hearts by pure divine intervention. He was rescued from a neglectful home and went on to
not only bring us much joy, but countless others as a therapy dog and ambassador for the therapy dog and Field
Spaniel worlds. Ryan was Gromit's best friend and never met and animal or person he did not like and win over.
For more on Ryan's story, read the story below documenting his achievement of the Field Spaniel Society of
America's Service Dog Award.
Service Dog Award Winner 2008
Landye’s Little King CGC, TDI
Ryan came to us at three years of age in 1998. Prior to that time he was in a home where he was severely neglected. When we
brought him home, his muscles were atrophied, he was malnourished, his joints arthritic, and he had many diseases, including
heart worm. He had been exposed to very little socialization and had to be coaxed to leave his kennel.
As part of his socialization and reconditioning, Ryan was enrolled in a CGC class which lead to a Therapy Dog class. With a true
Field Spaniel temperament, Ryan blossomed when exposed to kind people and animals. He loved people and was a very gentle
dog. He went on therapy visits with my wife Joanne as part of a local organization called “Canine Mash.” While not as flashy and
lacking in tricks that many of the other dogs displayed, he stole people’s hearts and comforted the elderly and ill with his gentle,
As a family therapist, Ryan would also accompany Mike to his office where he was instrumental in helping small, frightened
children to feel safe enough to talk and grumpy, angry, adults comfortable enough to cry. All the while, Ryan limped around the
office, happy to share the warmth of his body and heart.
As Ryan aged, he has suffered various illnesses and increasing debilitation from arthritis. Over the past couple of years, he was
limited to coming to the office once per month for one special visit with an ailing, elderly man, who was terminal in his condition.
No matter how irritable or grumpy this man was, he would always light up and smile at the sight of Ryan plodding into the room on
his arthritic legs. This summer, this patient died, so Ryan is now officially retired from his therapy work at age 13. He still plods
and stumbles around the house, tail wagging, asking only for a pat on the head and an occasional cookie
CH CT Bitterblue's Windward Tiller MX, AXJ NA-P NAJ-P RN CGC TDI
WDI ROM- A ROM-T HOF
Tilley was the first agility AX and MX in the breed, She was one of the
first in the breed to obtain the coveted Champion Tracker title and was
Mike's favorite hunting dog. She only produced one litter, but from that
litter came many Champions, Grand Champions and outstanding show
and performance dogs from the resulting generations. She was a
gentle sole that accompanied Mike to his therapy office to work with
many adults and children. Tilley was Joanne's lap dog, Queen of the
kennel and will be forever missed at Windward.
CH Bitterblue's Miss Misbehavin TDX AX AXJ NF CD RA VCD 1 CGC ROM-A HOF
CH Northaven Kodachrome X CH Bitterblue's Wish Upon A Star
4/24/2002 - 5-6-2017
Missy was the party girl of Windward. A
pretty black and tan bitch with a zest for
life. She was one of our foundation
bitches at Windward. She had fun at
what ever she was doing and had a tail
that never stopped wagging. She is
dam to our Coal and Jazz and a number
of other champions. Her legacy lives on
in her children, grandchildren and great
grandchildren with many titles in breed,
tracking, obedience, rally and