In 2018 we bred ZuZu for her second litter. I decided that I would not breed another DM At Risk dog ever again so I looked for a DM Clear stud dog to breed her to. Unfortunately, most of the champion DM Clear stud dogs in the US carry, produce or are affected by one or more inherited diseases in Pembrokes, primarily Hip Dysplasia and PDAs. I have spent decades keeping my dogs clear of inherited diseases and don’t want to sacrifice that long hard work for the DM single gene so the choice of studs was very limited. Luckily an Australian champion dog was imported who was tested clear of and had not produced any inherited diseases – Australian Ch. Trehilyn Don’t Hold Back “Torrin” – so we bred ZuZu to him. Thank you to his owners Stephanie Hedgepath, Jane Sullivan and Denise Scott and his breeder Lois Evans for this breeding.
We kept 3 puppies out of this litter – Gideon, Griffin and Glinda. Afara Godolphin “Gideon’ was named after “The Godolphin Arabian” who was one of the founding studs of Thoroughbreds in the UK. He did not show his potential at an early age. About 8 weeks his shoulder and upper arm started to feel interesting. By 10 weeks his coordination became good enough to see his big smooth sidegait. The rest of him didn’t come together until 12 weeks then he promptly went into “Puppy Uglies” at 6 months. At 9 months he started a coat drop but of course he was entered at the Cascade Specialty. I knew Kara Janiszak was coming out to the specialty and had asked her to handle Gideon. I vacillated on whether I should pull Gideon or not – Kara was very sweet and said that it would be good training for him so I drove him over to the specialty the evening before. Chris had difficulty the morning of the specialty so I got a late start and was just off the ferry when Kara called and told me Gideon had just won Best in Sweepstakes under John Wilcox (Jareaux)!!! I was so shocked I almost ran into the car ahead of me. It took another hour to get to the specialty and when I got there Kara informed me Gideon had just won Winners Dog under Larry Adams (Gaylord)!!
Kary showed Gideon st the National, won 3rd in Sweeps and 1st in his Regular class. Then at the Lakeshore specialty he won Best In Sweepstakes under Ellen Perlson (Tromba) and Winners Dog/Best of Winners under Terry Hansen (Pinemeade)!!! The next specialty was Palmetto where he finished by going Winners Dog/Best of Winners under Anne Bowes (Heronsway)!! Shown 5 times with 2 Best in Sweepstakes and 3 Winners Dogs at specialties!! The BIGGEST Thank You to his gorgeous handler Kara Janiszak!!
Pictures from the 2019 PWCCA National Specialty
Gideon lives with and is loved by my good friend, Aussie breeder Rhonda Rainwater Silveira. As of this writing he has been bred once – to Ch Afara Close to You “Cory” and has 2 lovely daughters – Afara Moonshadow and Afara Moon Struck Lys Draig. Watch for them!!
Gideon has OFA Good hips, Normal elbows, vWD/eyes/cardiac Clear and a DM Carrier. Cardiac done with Echo Cardiogram, both cardiac and eyes done at 9 weeks.