Hmmm. What can I say about Sam.
Sam has my utmost respect and admiration. I really liked
her as a pup and wanted to keep her, but placed her in what I thought
was a great home that wanted to show her. Thankfully she was
returned to me at 15 months - underweight, untrained, non-trusting and
basically a ship without a port. She hadn't even been given the
rest of her puppy shots. Her first rabies was done the day before
I got her back. She couldn't even walk on a leash. Sam took
priority. She was a flight risk, so I had to purchase a special
kennel that I could put a top on, she was leash walked otherwise.
The first several days were rough. She wanted to get rid of
Albert, but she bonded to me again quickly.
We started going to class every week. Her transformation was
remarkable, she is incredibly intelligent and learned things quickly -
she wanted to learn and she tried hard. I started taking her to
dog shows, standing for exam was hard at first with strangers, but she
got better each time. One weekend it clicked, and she stood like
a rock for exam. She was awarded her first major by a judge that
knows the breed and has judged a National Specialty, "She is a lovely."
Sam went to the National Specialties in TN this fall, she showed
well. When we got back from that trip, she was the happiest dog
ever. She knew she was home and just plain happy. She got
her second major two weeks later.
Sam is built like a brick house, very correct with beautiful movement.
The pictures here really don't do her justice. She
is protective of us and our home, as she should be. She loves
Albert now too. =)
Her hips are OFA good and elbows normal. (She should be
excellent for hips, but OFA is being ridiculous.) Her
sire is GCH
and her mother is our French Import CH Nikaia du
Bonnie Blue Flag. This litter was phenomenal and include
littermates BISS GCH CH Skyview's Pride and Joy of Lux, CH Skyview's
Mercy Me of Lux, and Skyview's Pendergast.
Sam at 7 weeks
Sam at week or so after she came home
Sam at 19 months
Still from a video in November 2022 - you can see
her structure at two years