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Sunday Feb. 27th I took a trip around to see a few kennels in Chicago and nearby towns. In the morning I took a Northwestern train to Winnetka a 40 minute ride and was met at the train by Mr. Spiegel’s car. He is the owner of the Blackstone Kennels; we drove out to his home.
Mr. Spiegel is a lover of the Cocker Spaniel and has some of the very best in the country. We first went to the puppy house to see the young ones and the first we saw was a Parti Colored dog pup sired by his young dog Blackstone Chief. This pup is an extra good one well marked with a good coat, great heavy bone, short coupled, and a large dark eye with beautiful expression.
Next we were shown three males by Ch. Mission Roue out of a Dianamite bitch, which are all good quality, two red and white and one black in white, just a little too young to show at the spring show. But look out next fall, as you will surely hear from these youngsters.
We next came to a pair of young blacks by that grand little black dog Chesasusque Dubar who won at Chicago last year and afterwards went East and beat them all. He was kept down there as he was too good a dog for the eastern Cocker men to let away, but the Blackstone Kennels have these two by him and they are good ones.
Next I saw a bunch of good ones, solid black by the Best of all black dogs Ch. Blackstone Billy Buttons. He is sure a great sire, a litter by him and out of a good bitch Blackstone Wasp are really good to look at. They have everything that goes to make a good Cocker Spaniel, straight fronts, short coupled, beautiful head, dark eyes and plenty of life.
We then were shown several other young ones that will be seen at the coming shows. Next we went to the other kennel to see the matured stock. We certainly saw some fine specimans of the breed. There were no less then 40 dogs and bitches all in show shape, except a few of the matrons that were showing in whelp and it looks as if the Blackstone Kennels would have some young stock this coming spring. Their stud dog Ch. Blackstone Billy Buttons and Blackstone Prince in blacks and Ch. Mission Roue, Blackstone Chief and Blackstone Red Cupid is a black and white dog beautifully marked, very heavy bones, grand coat and feathers, he is a grand stud dog as many of the young ones I saw by him are good ones.
I saw a litter of six by the Chief up in Hubbard woods that are a credit to any stud dog. The Kennel Manager has started to work getting a string of 10 ready for the shows, but he will not have much trouble at that as the dogs all look very good. I wish Mr. Spiegel all kinda of good luck, as he is trying hard to bring the Cocker Spaniel to the front, where it belongs. Why not all you cocker men and women enter your dogs at the Chicago Kennel Club Show and let the Blackstones know they are not alone trying to do the breed good.
Excerpted from Dog World magazine, March 1916, Vol. 1, No. 3. For back issues of Dog World, click here.