Companions made of Champions! Miniature Schnauzers in all three colors
“Where Love & Quality show in every puppy”
BELOW: Our newest little show girl “Stevie” had a great time at the Schnauzer Palooza! One of three National Specialties held each year, the Schnauzer Palooza was full of fun and full of schnauzers! Holding specialties for each the Giant, Standard and Miniature Schnauzer, the palooza was a once in a lifetime experience. Stevie, also known as Classic’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You is the daughter to our very own CH Southcreek’s Aye Calypso (Callie) and GCH Savannah’s Black Tie Event (owned by Robert & Diane Steffy). She places 4th in her class at the AMSC Specialty and takes Best In Show Sweepstakes the following day among a huge group of 56 pups from 6 months to 18 months of age and all at just 6 1/2 months old!! A HUGE thank you to Judge Kennelea Pratt!
The following weekend Stevie wins BOTH of her majors & quickly aquired her champion title at just one day shy of turning 8 months old! Needless to say, she is our youngest champion yet! Stevie finished with 17 points that included two 3 point majors and one 5 point major! Shown below with handler Chris Hallock in Missouri at the 2013 Schnauzer Palooza. A special thank you to the Steffy’s and Kurt Garmaker for helping me to make the breeding that produced this pup a reality. Also a special thank you to those judges who saw something special in Stevie and gave her each win!
~ Pictured Left: Grand Champion Victorious Star Holiday aka Oso. Imported from the Ukraine from one of the most prestigious European Black lines. Oso finished for his AKC Champion title March 2012 going on to Grand Champion in less than one month. In only a short two months of showing as a special, Oso shot up in ranks to the # 11 dog in the country of all 3 colors, the number 3 of black/black & silver and the number 1 black miniature schnauzer.
Handled by his owner for his single points then turned over to professional handler Chris Hallock for his majors. Oso is also being campaigned by Chris, who is the skill behind this accomplished team. Oso’s accomplishments include AKC Champion, AKC Grand Champion, Bronze Level Grand Champion, # 2 ranked Grand Champion in the state of Texas, Multiple AKC Group placements with his first entrance to the group ring he received a G4 straight out of the puppy class, AKC Terrier Puppy Group 2, Int & Am Jr Ch IABCA, 2 time Best In Show Jr. IABCA, 2 time Best In Show Jr NAKC, Top Dog BIS APRI. He was also awarded Select Dog over many of the nations highest ranked miniature schnauzers during a National Specialty weekend. This show consisted of nearly 70 miniature schnauzers from around the country ~ My deepest gratitude to Chris for giving me far more than I thought could happen in 2012! And a special thank you to Victoria for allowing this special little guy to come to the USA & be part of our family. Oso is also an all natural true black! 2012 FINALSare in: Click thumbnail photos below. From left to right; 1) Oso finishes # 12 nationally of all colors & # 2 black. 2) Oso finishes # 3 Grand Champion in the state of Texas 3) Oso finishes # 8 Grand Champion Nationally
Even though we may be total strangers, there is one thing that bring so many of us together……….yep, the love of that bushy eyebrow’d bearded love bug called the miniature schnauzer. Please feel free to interact with us on this website. Dog lover’s, especially schnauzer lover’s, all love to share stories. Create a user name/password and post away sharing your thoughts, concerns and funny schnauzer stories. I hope to accomplish many things with this website from informing the public the scoop on showing, talks on many things from food to health concerns, ear cropping, puppy news, you name it, we will talk about it here. And most importantly, we want to hear your stories and make tons of new friends. So to all of you, WELCOME!
We are totally in love with this magnificent breed of the “Miniature Schnauzer” and because of that, feel very compelled to uphold the original and true integrity of the breed by breeding for breed standard. These are all the things that make this breed what it is today & so amazing. That block shaped head with those very distinguished beard and eyebrows, the well known brrr – rrr schnauzer bark/talk, the square compact body with great bone and substance that makes this dog not only a big dog in a little package but originally a true working dog. Be sure to visit the “breed” page to learn more about the characteristics of the mini schnauzer.
When partaking in breeding, even if it were a one time litter, it is our duty and responsibility to follow in the footsteps of those before us by keeping the integrity intact for this breed and to improve where we can. Just think of the gift we all have been given with the miniature schnauzer. Without the efforts of the many, this truly wonderful breed would have been lost. I know there are other wonderful breeds out there, I have certainly had a few through my life including mix breeds, but after having owned my first mini schnauzer nearly 20 years ago, I just can’t imagine my life without the miniature schnauzer in it!
Once I decided to dive into showing. I soon found myself very overwhelmed, having no mentor to guide me, but I am a strong believer in “where there is a will, there is a way” and I suppose I am also a strong willed person that doesn’t like to be told “no” or “can’t”. It is a journey that I am still on & has certainly been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.
Learning the proper techniques of training for show, I discovered that I had far more to learn than my dog did! I was amazed at how much of this training and communication could be transferred into our everyday lives, not just the show ring. I know she taught me more than I taught her. I learned so much about canine communication which has helped me to better understand my dogs & their behavior. And with that, I have become a better pet owner.
I have to give hats off and many thanks to my private instructor Ken Hapgood ofLeilani Doberman’s as well as to another instructor for his pointers and encouragement, Dr. Sanders of Pet Country Spa and who could forget the Dog Whisperer himself, Caesar Millan!
Because this breed is so smart, too often we have “human” expectations on them or human communication styles and forget that they as canines communicate and learn differently than we do. Its similar in the difference in communicating with a child verses an adult. The message is the same but delivered with slight differences. I am not saying your dog is a child or not intelligent, simply that the communication style is slightly different. Please remember this in your communications and expectations of them.
With this website I hope to deliver many things about my journey with the miniature schnauzer as well as help you with yours. Hopefully we will all come together as one, helping one another in this journey of love, k-9 loyalty and responsible dog ownership.
This new site is under construction at the moment but with time I hope to have many resources available to you from raising a new puppy, adopting an adult, Mourning the loss of a pet, nutrition information, health concerns, the “how to’s” of grooming your miniature schnauzer, show news, information on various pet products, and yes from time to time we will have puppies available for adoption as well as an occasional adult available for adoption. We hope to make many new friends through this new site and Welcome all of you, my future schnauzer friends!
See Oso & Callie In Action: Video Link………… YouTube In this video, Oso takes Winners Dog, Callie takes Winners Bitch, Best Of Winners, Best Opposite over 1 special bitch for a 4 point major under judge Darryl Vice
See Oso in action taking fourth place in the terrier group after winning best in breed from the puppy class click you tube;YouTube
Below: Another clip of Oso below shown by handler Chris Hallock winning Select Dog for a 5 point major under Judge Paula Hartinger during the 2012 Roving American Miniature Schnauzer Club National Specialty weekend.
We have added two fabulous young girls to our gang!
Ginger aka Manit's Heart of the Night is a little black girl purchased from Manuel of Manit's Miniature Schnauzers. My deepest gratitude to Manuel for allowing me this beautiful girl. Her dam is the lovely CH Serena Pa'La Caverna, Westminster's Best Of Opposite Sex winner 2012.
Ginger has just turned 1 year old and will get back to the ring in March 2014. As a puppy I took her to two small weekend shows just to introduced her to the routine of showing. She did fabulous winning one day at each show giving her 3 points. Sadly one win was only 1 bitch shy of a major win! Darn so close!
My excitement rises as 4 out 4 judges presented to each give very promising compliments.
Oh and what a little LOVE she is!
Our next little girl to enter the ring is out of Callie (CH Southcreek's Aye Calypso) x CH Repitition's Impressions. Her name is Gwen aka Kendred's No Doubt. Her debut will be in late March at the tender age of 11 months of age. She is a half sister to our CH Classic's Can't Take My Eyes Off You. I am especially proud to present this one being the product of one of my own breedings. This one is going to be the center of the fun, she's quit the comedian!
Stay tuned for show news of these two promising young girls this coming show season
Black's and black & silver's are the harder of the 3 colors to champion. The favorite for this breed is the foundation color of salt & pepper. Naturally I had to choose the hardest road to travel lol but I suppose success will only be that much sweeter. I love all three colors but my heart lies with the black & silver.
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