K-See: Am & Can Ch Saredon Chasing Secrets
Dam of Robbie (BOB at the 2005 Welsh Terrier Club of America Specialty & Cyril & DORA (WB - Montgomery 2011) & Donny!Sire: English & American Ch. Dotendav Jack the Lad (Jack)
Dam: English Ch. Saredon Close Encounter (Barbara)
Tested OFA (OFA #1383402): Patella (normal); cardiac/heart (normal); Thyroid (normal); PLL DNA - normal / clear
K-See was born in England, from the well known terrier breeder Judy Averis and Dave Scawthorn of Saredon Terriers. My first Welsh Terrier, Honey (Am/Can Ch. Saredon Mistress Nora) was also from Judy, but K-See is different ... I got her as a puppy and I helped choose the parents.
I had owned Honey for a couple of years, went back to England on a family trip, and took the opportuntiy to visit Judy, Dave and their dogs again. I really liked a dog named Jack (Eng/Am Ch. Dotendav Jack the Lad). I didn't need a male - but I liked him! He was their next years Crufts welsh, so was not available. So, if I couldn't have Jack, I asked if Jack was ever bred to a particular bitch that I liked if I could have a puppy .... a number of months later 8-week old Casie arrived in Canada ... Jack was the sire and Barbara, the bitch that I liked, was the dam! I was thrilled when I opened up the crate at the airport! After a very long flight, and customs in both countries, Casie came out full of energy and a happy (and good looking) puppy! Note - Jack went on a few months later to win the breed at Crufts and get a group 2. He was then sold to the US and finished his US championship with multiple group 1st wins from the open dog class! Barbara went on to produce BIS winners! Alice, now living in Argentina, is the best known one (click on her name, or here for Alice's info), or Bruce, Ch. Saredon Die Hard, currently in Italy. While I didn't come home with Jack or Barbara, I was thrilled to have K-See as part of my family, my show dogs and the dam of many of my dogs ... without her, I wouldn't have Robbie, Cyril, Athena - and now these 2 puppies (ex. Merlin) that in 2010 I will be "growing up" (Dora and Donny).
The Open Bitch line-up at Great Western (above) is Ann Baumgardner, Larisa with K-See (Saredon Chasing Secrets), Peter Green and RC Williams both with bred-by bitches ... very competitive!
After her win at Great Western, I talked with Wood Wornall, about handling one of my dogs for the first time, and agreed to leave Casie with him for the Welsh Terrier Club of America National Specialty weekend at Montgomery in October in PA .... he and his team (Jenny Wornall and Andrew Peel) did an amazing job and Casie won Winners Bitch (or better - Best of Winners & Awards of Merit) 3 out of the 4 days of the Montgomery show weekend! The following year, the Welsh Terrier Club of America recognized Casie in their annual awards for the best "Winners Bitch" for the 2003 show year.
|Am/Can Ch Saredon Chasing Secrets winners bitch and Award of Merit at Hatboro (I and II) and Devon 2003 (Montgomery weekend) ; conditioned and presented by Wood & Jenny Wornall & assisted by Andrew Peel.|
I really loved showing K-See. After Montgomery I stopped calling her Casie, and started calling her K-See-Ya'! :-). I loved it when the judges would ask us to spar, as this was her thing - she would start off by going up on her back legs and clap her front paws together as if she was saying 'yippee - let's go'! She was such an easy girl to trim, since she had that true deep black jacket, great hair (easy to work), such a nice blend of neck into shoulders, a nice short back and level topline I didn't have to figure out how to make it look good (it just did!) ... and she had nicely colored furnishings - that grew to a decent abundance that her front legs looked like the little telephone poles. A very easy girl to trim to look good, perfect size for the breed standard, beautiful head and expression, and always on in the show ring ... what more could you want!
Given that she is a girl, and while I loved to show her, girls need to take time out if they are going to be part of the Darwyn history line. So, her show career ended (shorter than I would have ideally liked), and her time as motherhood began. And, just as she was a fun girl to show, she has proven time and again, that she is a fun mother. She is one of those mothers that attend to the young babies just fine, nuturing but not too possessive, but when they start walking and being "little welshies" she turns right on and really starts to have fun! Not all do - in fact, most mothers don't (by that time, they are happy that their playmates will play with them and they can have a break!). This is when I knew that I wouldn't be showing her again - it was just too much fun to watch her with puppies, both hers and others. She lets them grab her anywhere they want, pull on her furnishings (face, legs, tails- whatever they want to) ... play tug-o-war, rolls the ball for them and plays keep away. And, I'm not talking about just young puppies - she has done this with a couple of different daughters/grand-daughters or sons of hers (girls up to the age of 18 months old, or boys up to 5 years old). I have included some of these fun playing photos of her with various relatives of hers - Diva (now known as Ginger), Cyril and Athena, Parker and Joe. So, as much as I enjoyed being with her in the show ring, I feel like she's done her thing and for the last 6 years (now being 2010), she gets to do the 'rough and tumble' playing thing with the puppies and young dogs at home!
|Below are 4
pictures of K-See and grand-daughter Athena playing in March
(Athena was 15 mths old here).
2nd row from the bottom is K-See playing tug with her son Cyril (left lower) and tug with her daughter Diva (right lower).
And the bottom row is K-See having a great time out in the fields with her daughter Diva ... digging, running...
Breeding her proved to not be the easiest thing ... when she did produce ... WOW ... she really produced well! Her first litter was sired by Bentley, a Ben son that I bred (his sister won Winners Bitch and AOM at Montgomey, and Bentley himself a Am/Can Champion was a group winner). That first litter, of 5 puppies, included 2 boys which went on to become American & Canadian Champions (Robbie, Am. Ch. Darwyn's Heart Throb, won Best of Breed at the Welsh Terrier Club of America National Specialty in 2005), and Cyril (Am/Can Ch. Darwyn Secret Rendezvous). I next tried to breed her using frozen semen imported from the US - but as with the risk of using frozen semen, no puppies were born. Her next litter, bred to a very nice dog in California, produced 3 puppies - Diva (now known as Ginger) was kept until she was 18 months old - I decided to place her for personal reasons in my life, but until then, K-See and Diva sure had a blast playing tug-o-war together, racing around the yard, and seeing which one could dig the deepest holes! I intended to repeat that breeding since 2 of the 3 puppies were super high quality ... and I tried twice ... each time with no luck.
At home, K-See has a few different personalities. While she doesn't really do long walks anymore
|Below are a few pictures of Michael with K-See, and then Joe & Parker join in (and I got them all looking!) ... another night it is only K-See and Athena with 'their guy' .... not much reading going on this evening, way too much activity!|
So - Casie (K-See-Ya) ... plays hard, is fun, always on, is a beautiful welsh, but when
one last show photo ...
She embodies the best that life should give us all - energy for the times we need it, and the ability to relax.
We love you.