Makenna A Few Days Old

Makenna with her litter brother and sisters feeding from their mother

On The Track

At the age of 5 weeks Makenna shows a natural instinct for tracking

At Home With The Flowers

5 weeks and enjoying the sun already

My New Home

This is the day I arrived at my new home

My New Home

A little unsure of my surroundings

Meeting The Family

Things are beginning to look better

Playing In The Garden

Playing with my new friend Rikke

Time For Sleep

Growing up is a tiring business

A Light To Light The Way

When you have an owner like mine you will know what I have to put up with

My Pal And I

On the couch together

My Pal And I

This is how we spent many a happy hour together

Sleeping In My Bed

It is my bed so I can do what I like

How Cute Is This

Being good for a change

Hiding In The Garden

If I do not move they will think I am a flower

Hiding In The Garden

Learning to be the Queen of the Forest

In My Bed

You sleep underneath the covers so why can´t I

On The Verandah

Enjoying the sunshine

In The Garden

Enjoying chewing a stick

Three Generations Of Springers

Makenna with her mother and grandmother

In The Mountains

Entirely at home in the snow

In The Garden

Looking for fun

In The Garden

Resting between having fun and being naughty

Christmas 2010

Makenna the red nose springer

Hunting Ability Test September 2011

The day I won my first rosette

Blood Tracking Test September 2012

The day I won my first 1pr at NSK Østfold competition at Rakkestad

Blood Tracking Test October 2012

The day I won my second 1pr in Maridalen

Blood Tracking Test October 2012

The day I won my first 1pr with HP in Maridalen

NSK Østfold Fun Day At Mærrapanna

Loch Ness has Nessie, but did you know that Mærrapanna has Makkie

NSK Østfold Retrieving and Hunting Ability Test 2012

Makenna in mid-air whilst retrieving a duck

Top Dog At Temmen 2013

The day I lived up to my name - Simply The Best with judge Anita Løvlien

Blood Tracking Competition Fortun July 2013

The day I won 1pr at NSK Sogn and Fjordane

Blood Tracking Competition August 2013

The day I won 1pr at Luster Dog Club

Blood Tracking Competition September 2013

The day I won 1pr and third best dog at Hedmark Dachshund Club

Welcome to my world

This site is all about me

I am an English Springer Spaniel and I am registered at the Norwegian Kennel Club. My full name is N SE VCh Kahill´s Simply The Best, but most people just call me Makenna.

I regularly attend blood tracking competitions and other hunting related activities and I am a Norwegian and Swedish blood tracking champion.

You can read all about my exploits and experiences here, but you will also find me on the popular social media sites as well.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Makenna And The Heron

On the way home from the NM we stopped at Lom to buy bread and some goodies for lunch. Suitably stocked up we set off again to look for a place to eat and exercise Makenna. After pulling off the road by some water Jorunn spotted in the distance what she thought was a duck, but as it swam closer we were graced with the presence of a heron. Makenna stood perfectly still just watching the heron who showed no signs of concern, however once we pointed the camera the heron moved off to safety out of camera range. The plumage was dark with an orange-yellow beak on the side/underside. Could this have been a blue or purple heron? The beautiful scenery to, from and at the NM and the guest appearance by the heron helped to make up for our poor performance at the NM.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Nordic VCh Today

What a day for the “Kahill Girls” on Norway´s National Day. Both Makenna and Mocca gave off their best and were rewarded by becoming first and second best dogs in the blood tracking competition organised by the Åland Retriever Club.

The Finland experience started on Saturday when I had to lay two tracks one an Open Class Track and the other a Winner Class Track both to the Finland rules. Fortunately I was helped by a very nice and knowledgeable lady who used to be a judge. The tracks were laid using compass bearings and the track lengths measured using a Garmin hand held GPS unit.

On Sunday the test started with Makenna and the other dogs tied to a tree and a shot gun fired. Makenna never moved, barked or whimpered, but stiffened ready for action and looked into the air ready to mark the fallen bird. The comment from the judge was “that was a promising start for a good hunting dog”

The competition track for Makenna was the most challenging track I have ever seen. It included forest, rocky ground, open fields with growth up to 1,5 meter high, swamp, marshy ground and a forestry access road with water around 20 cm or more deep all the way. At the start we had to wait for the track layer to set his Garmin. Makenna turned and gave him a look as if to say there was no need to bother, just follow me. From the start she knew instinctively what she had to do and just got on with the job. Just as well really because the leader is not allowed to help the dog in Finland. The blood break corner was set in water sodden ground but Makenna performed perfectly, How she managed I will never know, perhaps the track layer had smelly feet!!!!! The third sorlie was set near the front of a tree behind which was the skull of an animal. Makenna marked both and carried on. Nothing escaped the critical eye of the judge who commented favourably. The track eventually turned onto a forestry logging road and for 600 metres or more we sloshed along with no dry ground anywhere. The track had no marks what-so-ever and I was convinced we had gone wrong. Trust your dog was the only thing going through my head when suddenly Makenna stopped, I stopped and the judge stopped. Makenna had found the kill,. It had originally been placed on a piece of marginally higher dryish ground, but animal activity had dislodged the leg such that it had become partially submerged in water. It was not until the judge shook my hand and told me I had an excellent hunting dog that I realised we would manage a first premie. Makenna took 33 minutes to complete 1.4 km of track that was set in very challenging conditions. The time according to the judge was very good given the conditions. Makenna lost a point on the last leg because she decided to jump out of the water and continue on slightly drier ground. The judge made particular note of Makenna´s ability to go straight to the kill across terrain that was virtually un-trackable. What a dog – she really is “Simply The Best”.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

N VCh Today

I Finally Made It

Norwegian Blood Tracking Champion

Moss og Omegn organised a dog show at Råde Idrettspark on 27 and 28 July 2013.

I was entered into the working dog section and had to wait forever for my time to perform in the ring. When it came I was on top form and did exactly what I had been trained to do. My owner could not take me into the ring so my breeder Ellen Getz Wold did the honours.

Not only did I get a blue ribbon for Very Good, but I also was also judged to be best in class. Boy did Michael Forte the judge know what he was doing.

OK, so I was the only one in my class but who is counting?

No more show rings for me, so now I can concentrate on my blood tracking and try to improve my performance.


Sunday, 2 June 2013

One Step Closer

NKK Drammen 01.06.2013

Today I won my first yellow ribbon in the show ring. 

Ellen Getz Wold & Makenna
Photo: Margareth Skibness

I need one more yellow ribbon before I can become a blood tracking champion.

Ellen Getz Wold & Makenna
Photo: Margareth Skibness

I will try again in Moss at the end of July and hopefully I will get another yellow. If they give me a higher grade I will not turn it down, but yellow is all I need.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Simply The Best

Stange JFF, Temmen - 26.05.2013

The day started well with bright sunshine from early morning. I even managed not to get car sick and arrived at Temmen bright eyed and bushy tailed. I sent my owner off to register and draw the judge and track number. Can you believe it, of all the numbers to choose he had to go and pick track 13. The track number did not matter to me because I was ready to sniff my way to the stars.

Four Kennel Kahill Dogs At The Competition
Makenna, Mocca, Thea & Colin
Photo: Anette Thune

It was not long before we were told to follow the judge to the start. The road was not too good so we had to drive slowly which was just as well because I normally throw up on twisty roads with lots of bends. 

As usual I had to pull my owner to the start. I took one sniff at the blood and I was off. I tried to get my owner annoyed by dashing off into the bushes for a pee and a pooh, but nobody seemed to care. A bit further along the track I smelt water and decided to go for a paddle in the stream. I heard my owner tell the judge that I was not off the track but just cooling down. The judge said clever dog, when you track an animal for 2 or 3 hours on a hot day the dog needs to be able to cool down. 

 The Best Five English Springer Spaniels
Photo: Bjørn Hvidsten Jensen 

I could not believe my ears; I was being told I was good, so I decided to show them how good I can be when I put my mind to the task. Only a wounded animal could have laid this track because we went everywhere, through scrub and trees, up and down hills, across streams and a swamp. At the swamp we had to make a detour because the swamp was too deep and dangerous to cross, so we had to go around the danger area.

The judge said we would be helped to the start of the track on the other side of the swamp, but I had other ideas. I decided I would take the judge to the start and once there, lead them all to the end of the track. 

 The Best Three Dogs At The Competition
 Photo: Bjørn Hvidsten Jensen
Best dog Ian Farquhar with Kahill´s Simply The Best - 1st Prize + HP
2nd best dog Bjørn Johnsen wirh Westaway Luck of The Draw - 1st Prze
3rd best dog Ellen Getz Wold with BH.NUCh.Kahill`s Black Nightshade - 1st Prize

Clearly the judge was impressed with me because she said that because I was on the track all the way, there was no need for the track-layer. She also asked my owner how he thought we had done, but as usual he was totally clueless.

Because we were amongst the first to track we had a long wait for the others to finish and for all the paperwork to be completed. When my result was read out, my owner and I were totally stunned into disbelief. First prize with honour and best dog at the competition. It was such an unexpected result that we were totally speechless.

My Owner & I With Judge Anita Løvlien 
Photo: Ellen Getz Wold