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Why does my Clumber Spaniel shred paper?

Yes, paper products! Paper towels, mail, money, kleenex, newspaper, magazines, wrapping paper, unrolling toilet paper and leaving a shredded paper trail down the hallway. The list goes on.

The strangest item LaVerne & Shirley ever chewed was several books from the lower level of our bookcase. They gnawed on the corners of the hardcover books and ripped and shredded several of the inside pages.  Thank goodness they were my accounting text books.  Not my favorite subject, and obviously nor theirs.

Fortunately those days are over for us, but I know some of you with SunMagic Clumber Spaniel puppies find this behavior to be very much alive.

So why do they shred paper???

  • The shredding of paper can be an outlet for energy.
  • They may feel bored, stressed, or anxious.
  • The Clumber Spaniel enjoys the sensation of tearing something with their mouths, much like they would tear at their prey if they were hunting in the wild.

Here are a few ideas on how you can manage this behavior.

  • Do a room by room patrol of your home and pick up any chewable paper items. Stash them in drawers and cabinets.
  • Keep bathroom doors closed, toilet seats down, trash cans on counters.  Beware the Clumber Spaniel has earned the gold medal for counter surfing.
  • Offer suitable alternatives for their oral fixation needs by offering nylabones, or Extreme Kong toys stuffed with treats.
  • Take your Clumber Spaniel on a long walk.
  • Provide training and puppy exercises.

Good luck!

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SunMagic Clumber Spaniel Nu News

Watch for Eli at the 140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  The Clumber Spaniel breed judging can be viewed via live streaming at www.westminsterkennelclub.org on February 16, 2016, 12:00 pm in ring 9.

Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting & Herding Groups can be seen on  CNBC  Monday, February 15th 8pm-11pm  

Sporting, Working, Terrier Groups and Best In Show can be seen on USA  Tuesday, February 16th 8pm-11pm  

Best to All!


Thanksgiving Feast with your Clumber Spaniel

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News From SunMagic Clumber Spaniels

This Thanksgiving we are grateful for the many wonderful families who give our SunMagic Clumber Spaniels their forever, loving homes. 

We thank you!

Shelley & Chip



Ghostly safe time

Safety tips for this fall

It’s cool & crisp with beautiful fall colors beginning to show that get you & your Clumber Spaniel excited for the changing season. This break from the hot, sticky summer gets us up for the fun outdoor activities.  Here are a few reminders to keep your Clumber Spaniel healthy during these autumn months.

  • Don’t go full steam with outdoor activities if you & your Clumber Spaniel haven’t been active outdoors.  Build up to that hike with some remedial recall training and easy walking.
  • Fall is mushroom season.  A familiar hunting activity we experienced when living in the Midwest.  There are only a few toxic mushrooms, but they are undistinguishable from the nontoxic ones, so the best way to keep your dog from ingesting poisonous mushrooms is to keep him away from areas where they are growing.  While Clumber Spaniels are designed to hunt, mushrooms don’t need to be on their list.
  • Snakes- YIKES! Grumpy snakes are preparing for hibernation in the autumn. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time you and/or your dog can be seriously bitten.  Be aware of where snakes can hide and what kinds of venomous snakes may be in your environment.

SunMagic Clumber Spaniel Nu News

Shirley whelped 7 puppies on September 5th. Yes, Labor Day weekend!! Click here for breeding details.

If you would like more information about Shirley’s puppies, please feel free to contact us. 

Stay well!

SunMagic Clumber Spaniels

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Can you hear me now?

When our Clumbers don’t listen is it their stubbornness or is it their need for a good ear cleaning…………probably a little bit of both.

*This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian.

On a recent visit to NC State Veterinary Hospital I chatted with a dermatology resident who shared with me these simple reminders on proper ear cleaning technique.

  • Soak a cotton ball with the ear cleaning solution.
  • Squeeze the liquid from the soaked cotton ball into the ear canal.  There is no need to oversaturate the ear canal by forcefully squeezing the fluid from the bottle into the canal.
  • Let your Clumber shake his head.  Massage the base of the ear to distribute the wash solution throughout the ear canal.  Your Clumber will go into a trance.  They love this part!
  • Use clean cotton balls to remove the discharge from the inner side of the ear flap.  You may use q tips to clean the inner side of the ear flap.  BUT………….Don’t stick q tips into the ear any further than you can see.  By using q tips deep into the ear canal can pack wax and other debris further into the ear canal, and prevent medication from getting to the deeper parts of the ear.

SunMagic Nu News

Eli sired a litter of 6 puppies with CH. Breakaway Fire and Ice (Thelma Lu), born June 13, 2015

Henry had a successful debut in the show ring at the Clumber Spaniel Fanciers of Michigan Specialty show by going Reserve Winners Dog at the young age of 6 months. However, he tells me he’d rather be tracking. 

Shirley has been bred. We’ll confirm her pregnancy on August 3rd with ultrasound results.  Fingers crossed!!!

Thelma Lu x Eli puppies


Be prepared when traveling this summer



When traveling with your beloved Clumber Spaniel consider these tips:

  1. Carry your veterinarian’s contact information, current proof of vaccinations, microchip information, and a recent photo of your Clumber which can be used to identify and locate your Clumber in case he/she gets lost.
  2. List of veterinarians and 24 hour emergency hospitals along the way and close to your destination.
  3. Pack collar, leash, harness, crate, toys, fresh water, food, and treats.
  4. Pet First Aid Kit.  These can be purchased from www.amazon.com  or you can make your own using the pet first aid supplies checklist listed on www.avma.org website.
  5. National Animal Poison Control 1-888-426-4435

SunMagic wishes a Happy Birthday to Eli, LaVerne & Shirley!

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Please join us at the

Clumber Spaniel Fanciers of Michigan 12th Annual Specialty Show

Thursday July 9th, 2015

Calhoun County Fairgrounds, Marshall, Michigan

Also, there will be a Clumber entry on Friday -Sunday, July 10-12, 2015.

Stay well!!


Springing up Clumbers!




Shedding-  Yes, Clumbers shed!  Shedding is natural, but the dry, winter coat can cause mats and tangles as it falls out.  Gentle, regular brushing helps to restore oils to the new coat, and stimulates the skin.  An Omega 3 oil capsule once a day to assist with this transition can be helpful.

Allergies- Springtime allergies can be a doozy for you and your Clumber. Pollen from the first flowering trees, dandelions, and tulips, dust, mold and even insects can cause allergic reactions. Symptoms include itching, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and/or flaky skin. Canine allergy medicines are effective; your vet can prescribe the safest dose.  What I have added to my bedtime routine is to wipe everyone’s face with a warm, mild soapy (Johnson& Johnson) washcloth, rinse, and give one drop per eye of sterile saline.

Toxis Mulch-  Alert! Cocoa mulch, often used as bedding mulch for park side flower beds, is very attractive to, but highly toxic to our Clumbers.  Keep yours out of the flower beds.  Yes! that goes for you Ben!!!


Beautiful LaVerne, Vernie as she is fondly called, enjoying the blossoms of spring. Vernie is loved by Craig & Sheree and her Golden Retreiver brother, Frankie.

SunMagic Nu News

Henry begins tracking at the age of 12 weeks.

Shirley wins Select Bitch at the Garden and at the CSCA Regional Specialty.

Two breedings done this week!  28 days before we can confirm a pregnancy. Fingers crossed!!

Best to all!!!




Brrr-it’s cold outside!

Here are a few tips to protect your Clumber when the mercury drops.

  • Be careful if you let your Clumber Spaniel off the leash in snow or on ice, especially during a snowstorm, our white Clumbers can easily become lost. wink!
  • Thoroughly wipe off your Clumbers legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow, or ice.  He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.
  • Make sure your Clumber has a warm place to sleep and snore!  Remember, they love to be a part of the family, so a cozy bed or pillow of their own  is perfect.

Good news!

Eli wins Best Of Breed at the 2014 AKC Eukanuba show. Watch Eli on ABC on Saturday, February 4th, 2015 at 2:00 pm EST.

Clarissa successfully whelps her puppy, Henry, on January 2, 2015. 






Please join us at the 2015 Clumber Spaniel Club of America National Specialty, March 21-28, in Pottsboro, Texas. For more information go to www.cscanational.com 

Happy New Year to All!

Stay well,

Shelley & Chip

SunMagic Clumbers


Keeping Your Clumber Safe for the Holidays

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As Clumber owners we know how much our dogs love to carry things in their mouths.  While this works well for field training, it can be troublesome during the holidays.  Here are a few reminders of common health dangers during this otherwise cheery season.


  • Watch for the counter surfer
  • Don’t feed table scraps
  • Keep toxic plants- Poinsettias and pine out of reach
  • Stay on schedule
  • Include your Clumber.  Don’t forget they want and need your attention.       A happy Clumber, makes for a happy home.

Stay well and best to all.  Happy Holidays!

Shelley & Chip


Fall Breeding

We plan to breed Clarissa this fall.  Once the stud is confirmed his photo and pedigree will be posted on our Breeding page.

Please sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date with our breeding plan and other activities at SunMagic Clumbers. Just enter your email address in the space provided on the right.