Hello to all of our friends and family, new and old. Thank you for allowing PraireWind to share the joy of English Springers with you and your families. Audrey & Bill
We are a small family-owned hobby kennel on the beautiful prairie of SouthWestern Minnesota. We raise AKC Registered Field bred, a mixture of Field/Bench, and Bench purebred English Springer Spaniels on a country acreage at the edge of Slayton, Minnesota; just a half an hour north of I-90. Our puppies feature excellent bloodlines and favorable temperaments.
We recognize that most of the pups we produce will be family pets and realize the importance of producing physically sound and temperament-stable dogs. We are very proud of our current efforts that have produced the sweet and gentle nature of our dogs, as well as the intelligence and devotion so characteristic of this breed. When you own a well trained Springer you have a dog whose intelligence, companionability and excellent disposition warrant your continuing pride. If you're looking for a hunting partner or a wonderful loving companion, you've come to the right place!
A Dog's Purpose - from a 4 year old
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year old
Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa,
and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they
were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be
good for the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt
as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's
family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for
the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy
seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or
We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud
about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned
me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good
life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The
four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so
they don't have to stay as long."
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply, Speak kindly. Leave the
rest to God!