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Registered Name:
 Hickory's HOPE for Birds

Call Name:


Benelli - 2.5 years old

(Hank's Offspring Produces Excellence) family


January 21st, 2011








50 pounds



Born & Raised here at HHLS


"Hank" / Bondhu

 Litter I: Pup name "Indee" 

(Great-Granddaughter of Hank from "Hunting with Hank" show) Daughter of H.O.P.E.



Photos (click to enlarge)

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What's in a name?


The most obvious origin of this gal's name is that Benelli is brand of shotgun.

Like her mother's registered name, Benelli's is also full of hidden meaning... "Hickory's HOPE for Birds" - suggests when we are upland hunting, we hunt with our Benelli shotguns with the hope for finding birds, but we are also hunting with a dog named Benelli from Hank's bloodlines, where HOPE is not only her mother's name, but also an acronym for Hank's Offspring Produces Excellence.





Parentage - DNA

Result = VIP


Benelli has been DNA tested to prove parentage. Her certification displays the Blue and Gold seal signifying "VIP" (Verifiable Identified Parentage) confirming both the sire and dam of the dog to be as stated in the pedigree and that she is 100% Llewellin Setter.


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Hips - OFA

Result = GOOD (Excellent/Good/Good)

OFA #: ES-8955G30F-VPI


Benelli has been certified free of hip dysplasia (HD). Based upon the radiograph submitted to the OFA, the consensus was that no evidence of hip dysplasia was recognized and that hip joint conformation was GOOD.

Only dogs that are certified free of HD are given an OFA number.


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Eyes - CERF

Result = Clear


Exam Date:  02/02/15

Previous Exam: 09/24/13 (#LS-381387)


Benelli has been certified free of heritable eye diseases by a member of the American College of Veterinary Opthamologists (ACVO).


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Thyroid Function

T4, Result = 1.8 (range 1.0-4.0)

Exam Date:  09/17/2013



Hunting Style


No evaluation yet...


Temperament and Character


Benelli is Bristol's half sister (same Sire) and displays many of the same wonderful family characteristics.







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Size: Average sized for a female at 50 pounds.

Color: Tri-Belton, (White/Black/Tan), predominantly white and lightly ticked in black and tan. She is a belton, so she has no body patches. 

Head: beautifully proportioned with parallel lines (top of head, top of muzzle, and bottom of lower jaw). She displays a long and square muzzle when viewed from the side.

Eyes: amber; nearly round and proportionally spaced.

Ears:  Set back on the head and at the level of the eye.

Tail: Longer in length as with most dogs from Hank Bondhu lines, with the anticipation of long feathering.

Coat: Soft and silky, feathering will become longer and thicker as she ages.




Benelli is a Tri-belton Llewellin (White/Black/Tan). Her body is predominantly white, with black ticking and a mixture of black and tan ticking on her legs and muzzle.



Ancestry / Bloodlines


Advie Tuck

Advie Tuck - Sire owened by Bob Bartz of Wil's Prairie Kennels. Tuck is a die-hard hunting, a complete machine in the field and has produced pups with natural retrieving instincts. Tuck is Benelli's sire.


Hickory's Hunting with HOPE (click to supersize)

Hickory's Hunting with HOPE - Dam owned by Laura Harmon of Hickory Hollow Llewellins, she was bred, whelped and raised here at Hickory Hollow as part of Litter D and our Llew Crew. She is the grand-daughter of Hank from "Hunting With Hank" fame. HOPE is Benelli's dam.

  Sillman's Hank Boy (Hank Jr.)

Sillman's Hank Boy (aka Hank Jr.) - Sire owned by Dave Sillman of Big Rapids Michigan. "Hank Jr" is the son of "Hank" and is Benelli's maternal grand-sire.

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Duchess of Adena - Dam owned by Bob and Laura Whitlock of Hickory Hollow Llewellins. Duchess has produced pups with natural retrieving instincts as well as pups suited for work as therapy dogs. Duchess is Benelli's maternal grand-dam.


Henry PrinceOf Pause

Henry PrinceOf Pause (aka Hank) - Sire owned by Dez Young of Oregon. "Hank" was from the show "Hunting with Hank" which has aired on the Outdoor Life Network and is Benelli's maternal great-grandsire. (1994 - 2004)


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Dashing Iron Mike - Sire owned by Straight Creek Kennels in West Liberty, KY is Benelli's maternal great-great-great-grandsire. Mike was the winner of the first official Llewellin Setter Field Trials competition held in December 1994.


Awbonnie's Bull - click to enlarge

Awbonnie's Bull - Sire owned by Eric Jacobs of Kentucky is Benelli's maternal great-great-grandsire. Bull was an outstanding Grouse dog. 
(05/1988 - 01/2000).

Photo courtesy of Eric Jacobs



Bull was a great grouse dog of tremendous stamina and will to find birds coupled with a superior nose and intellect. Bull made birds. He became a grouse dog with such desire and drive he was a handful. One thing only on his mind, "Find another grouse!". From his humble beginnings as a dog [hunting] too close, he emerged as a great one few men ever witness. Grouse dogs are at the very top of the realm of birddog excellence and he was at the top of this loyal order.

-- Quote provided by Eric Jacobs

Advie High Beam


Advie High Beam (aka Lady) - Benelli's paternal great-Granddam.
Owned by Lloyd Jones of Louisville, Kentucky. "Lady" was a direct import into the United States from Derry Argue's "Advie Kennels"  in Scotland.

Photo owned by Randy Herman of R&J's Rooster Ranch.


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Adam's Spur - Benelli's paternal great-Grandsire.
Owned by Joe K. Noe of Blandinsville, Illinois. Adam's Spur sired two of the top Llewellins competing in American Kennel Club trials, namely Blackeyed Storm and Shoeleather's Tanner, who won the first Midwest Llewellin Shooting Dog Championship.

Photo courtesy of Joe K Noe of Shoeleather Kennels.


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Gladstone Wind'em (aka Count) - Benelli's paternal great-Grandsire.
Owned by Lynnhill Llewellin Setters of Saegertown, Pennsylvania.

Photo owned by Lynnhill Llewellin Setters.




 Breeder: Laura Harmon - Hickory Hollow  Llewellin Setters



Grand Parents

3rd Generation

4th Generation

Hickory's HOPE For Birds


Advie Tuck


Advie Tuck

Photo by Bob Bartz

Advie Lynnhill Scott


Gladstone Wind'em


L'Count Wind'em D'Hurlain Pre


N'Coccinelle Wind'em D'Hurlain


Advie High Beam


Advie Scholar


Advie Charisma


Blue Water Dusty


Adam's Spur


King's Royacelle III


Lady Gladstonyo King


Missy's Star


Blizzard's Lance


Tiskilwa Missy


Hickory's Hunting
with HOPE


Hickory's Hunting with HOPE (click to supersize)

Duchess of Adena

Duchess of Adena

Eastfork's Count Toby


Awbonnie's Bull


Chappy's Little Ginger


Wind'em Grouse Lady


Dashing Wind'em Sam


Chappy's Little Peg


Sillman's Hank Boy

Hank Jr on point

*** Hank ***


"Hunting with Hank"


Henry PrinceOf Pause


Irishking Bondhu Ashly


Dashing Janette Bondhu


Chris Blue Babe


King's Bomber III


King's Gladstone Moll


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