CURRENT NEWS....FINALLY UPDATED ON JULY 28, 2012

 

So sorry I have not updated sooner....it's been almost 2 years!   Way too many things going on and no time to do the important ones, like keep in touch with friends. As you may have noticed I have not updated our website since May 17th, until today.  We had another litter on June 8th, our last litter, I might add, but I have not had the time to update. Not to mention our computer is terminal, and is down more than it is up. The thought of getting a new one and starting over is mind boggling to me.

After 19 years of doing shows and breeding and mentoring, and taking care of our own "kids", I am worn out and Jeff is right behind me. I am going to be 70 in October, and feeling most of it. We have stopped showing our personal dogs, but there are so many White Star dogs doing such wonderful things, that we can sit back and take pride in all of their accomplishments....Oliver is #1 in Conformation; Birdi is currently #2 in Agility, and I bet she will finish in the number one spot. Stella is doing awesome in Obedience...some are doing hospital therapy, others are excelling in tracking and lure coursing. Then there are those working in commercials and reality shows. Some are fortunate to have families that have 2-3 homes, and a couple of private planes to fly them in luxury...However, the majority live like our kids do...in the house, on the furniture, sleep in our beds, and we would never consider leaving home without them. It is not a burden, it is a joy.

We have had a very difficult time accepting Bernice's death, at just 7 years old, but that one unexpected tragedy has really caused us to re-think our future, and what is truly important to us. More than anything we want to spend quality time with our six adults...Pooh will be 14 in November...Higgins, my heart, will be 11 in October...Carly Rose, still as beautiful as ever, will turn 9 in October...My Bentley Boy will be 7 in November...Elli Mae will be 5 in November, and Ms Maisie Rae will be 4 on New Years Eve.

At present we also have 5 puppies. Einstein (aka: Timmy) was 10 weeks old on Wednesday and his new Daddy will be picking him up on Monday. He will be living with a 53 year old gentleman, and his 20 year old son who is in college, and is darling.  They live in Oveido, Fl, less than a mile from Oliver. Perfect home for Einstein!,

The other four pups will not be 8 weeks old until August 3rd, and they are so very sweet, which, I think is appropriate for our last litter. We are really looking forward to spending the next two weeks spoiling them. There is only one girl and her new family is driving from Texas to pick her up...they also have a home in Tennessee, and a condo in Orlando.

One of the very first boys to leave this litter will also have a wonderful life. His Mom is Pamela Lund, an author, who splits her time between Big Sky, MT and San Francisco. Jackson will have a big brother, Tibetan Terrier, Tika, who will teach him all the ropes in GOD's  Country. Very exciting.

Cannot forget about a very special boy from this litter who is going to friends of 20+ years, who live in Hilton Head, S.C. His official name is White Star's Plays Well With Otters.  I think his call name will be Otter.  He is so precious, and he has a beautiful blue eye....loves to cuddle! Definitely going to the right home.

We have one precious boy we have not yet committed to anyone yet. Very laid back and as sweet as they come. He is mostly white with black floppy ears and two black spots on his back and his butt.

Higgins is starting to show his age in some ways. That last leg surgery did not heal well.   He has a slight limp and is sometimes difficult to get up. He has been neutered and he seems to feel that has made him a puppy all over again.  GOD, how I love that boy!!

Bentley, will be 7 in November, and is the sweetest, funniest boy on earth.  He wakes us up with a smile everyday.  He has never had a bad day. "Life is good"...it is even better if there is a tennis ball involved!

POOH will be 14 in November and at times shows her age, but she still never misses a meal, nor her run out to capture pine cones every day. She has an alarm clock somewhere and insists on getting everyone up at 5 AM every morning! Wants her breakfast...now!!

I am having cataract surgery on August 8, and am really hoping that will improve my vision.

The best news is that our good friends, Laurie and Dave Haas, are taking us on a 9 day vacation up through the Finger Lakes, on to Toronto for 2 nights, and then to Gananoque Bay in Ontario, for 4 days, then to Syracuse where we will fly back home.

Please know that we are not going away.  We are, and will always be, White Star PONs, until we take our last breath.  We are looking forward to spending more time, not only with our dogs, but with all of you.  Over the past 19 years we have brought 144 White Star PONs into this World, that is an average of 7.5 PONs per year.  Each and every one was, and is, so special to us.  Some have already crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  So many of the White Star PONs have brought us the most incredible people, who have become best friends, in so many ways.

We have received so many wonderful emails and phone calls regarding our retirement. (I will try to post them on this site, as well.)  There are no words to tell you how very much those words mean to us.  So, please know, WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!  IF ANYTHING, WE WILL BE MORE AVAILABLE, AND HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU, ONCE WE START TRAVELING FOR PLEASURE, NOT DOG SHOWS.  Of course, if there is a White Star dog performing at any event, please let us know....if we can, we'll be there to cheer you on....just as you did us for so many years.

WE love you all................Merrilee and Jeff

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                            WHITE STAR PONS RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FROM POLAND

 

    WHAT AN HONOR!  JEFF AND I, AND WHITE STAR PONS, RECENTLY RECEIVED THE HIGHEST RECOGNITION

    AN AMERICAN PON BREEDER COULD EVER HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH.  THE AWARD IS TO BE PRESENTED TO US

    IN KATOWICE, POLAND, ON AUGUST 18, 2012.  I SURE WISH WE COULD BE THERE TO ACCEPT THIS

    PRESTIGIOUS AWARD, BUT FINANCES DICTATE OTHERWISE.  WE HAVE ASKED OUR GOOD FRIEND, HIGGINS

    BREEDER, BARBARA RYSKA-SWIST, (BANCIARNI) TO ACCEPT THE AWARD FOR US.  WE ARE TRULY HUMBLED

    BY THIS INCREDIBLE RECOGNITION.  THANK YOU ALL.

 

           

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                    AKC BREEDER OF MERIT...awarded to Jeff and Merrilee

                                                    October 26, 2010

 

             The Breeder of Merit Program honors breeder/exhibitors' dedication and hard

             work as they continue to produce dogs that are healthy, capable, and beautiful.



             The foundation of today's AKC, Breeders of Merit have the power to influence,

             guide, and teach future breeders, exhibitors, and all purebred dog owners.

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    WHITE STAR presents................

    "DANCING WITH THE STARS 2010"  A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER...

               ....November 18-21, 2010

                         

                          Jeff and Carly Rose..."Save the last dance for me"

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         FLORIDA PON SPECIALTY WINNERS...BROOKSVILLE NOV 12, 2010

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November 2, 2010.....SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    November 18, 19, 20, 21....Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

      Conformation, Obedience and Rally Obedience competition held at the Greater Ocala Show Grounds.  Whether you are competing or not, come on over to the shows and cheer other PONs on, and visit all the great vendors.

 

     November 19,2010....Friday evening at the PON Motor Home Complex on the Show Grounds...Beginning at 6 PM

      ALL OF THE RAFFLE ITEMS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AND YOU CAN PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS.      

Lots of fun things for you and your PONs (and several Beardie friends).

            Jeanne Richter has an array of doggie games, doggie costume contest, etc.  Lots of room to relax and enjoy the festivities.  Please bring a crate for your PON/Beardie so they can relax and have their dinner while the humans enjoy the "CHILI COOK-OFF."  We will have many different types of Chili for everyone to taste and vote on, and then eat 'till your heart is content.  If anyone wants to enter their favorite Chili recipe please contact Bernadette Mauch, (Bearington Bear's Mom) who is coordinating the CHILI Event.  You can e-mail her at rebamauch@msn.com .  We'll have all your favorite toppings as well as a "MOJITO FOUNTAIN" for you to enjoy. We'll have water and soft drinks as well. BYOB if you want, we'll provide the ice, glasses, etc.

            We also are planning to have newly married, Master Groomer, PON Owner, Professional Handler, Gina Helmbrecht Cobussen, give us some tips on grooming our PONs, and last, but not least, "Infamous Professional Handler, breeder, and "stand-up comic", (also Vice-President of the Central Florida PON Fanciers Club), Bill Munsey, will give us handling tips, along with his "straight man", Jeff Cirtwell.  You may want to use caution before adopting any of their "tips."

   

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010

         PON Supported Entry, at the Show Grounds, with Judge Miroslav Redlicki, from Poland, judging Puppy Sweeps, Veterans and all the Regular Classes.  Time to be announced.  Please plan to be there, to support all of the PONs that are competing, and to give a big welcome to Miroslav Redlicki.  You will have a chance to meet him at our Dancing With The Star's Party that evening.

         DANCING WITH THE STAR'S 2010, will be at Merrilee and Jeff's home, beginning around 6 PM.  Casual attire and bring your dancing shoes so you can dance to our Live Band, under the Star's.  Great food, new friends, old friends, AND THE RAFFLE !!!!  You will be amazed at the gorgeous, unique raffle items.  If you want to bring your PONs, be sure to bring your crate along, as we will have an area set up for them to relax and watch all of us humans kick our heels up.

Don't hesitate to call or e-mail us if you have any questions, at whitestarpons@earthlink.net , or 352 369-3729.  Please RSVP as soon as possible, so we'll know how many to plan for.

Look forward to seeing you all............Merrilee and Jeff

 

   

 

 

 

                                          

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November 17, 2009:

  I will try to tell the story, as best as I can remember, without getting too emotional.  Yes, it was that great!  It was the perfect PON weekend.  It wasn't about competition, standards, clubs, whose dog came from where, gossip, criticism, or hurt feelings.  It was about getting together, with our PONs, and having a party weekend.  There were about 40 people, and 27 PONs.  They came from all over.  There were people who had never met each other, people who knew all the PONs by name, people who have had differences in the past, first time PON parents, and people there without their PONs, because it was too far for them to travel.  The one thing they all had in common, was how much they love this breed.  Their smiles, as well as many of the PONs smiles, lit up our days and nights, for this one magical weekend.  The weekend culminated at our home on Saturday night....dancing under a beautiful star studded sky, fabulous music, and some of the best food we've ever eaten.  The highlight of the evening, was the Raffle.  There were 23 raffle items, all donated, and we raised $973, which we have pledged to Michigan State University toward the PON PRA Research Project.  I have spoken to them and was thrilled to learn they only need the blood tests of a couple more "affected" PONs before they can start the research for our breed.  Needless to say, financial support has to continue, for them to get a matching grant from the AKC Health Foundation.  This is an achievable goal, and one that will help us wipe out PRA in the PONs.

Here are some of the many photos from the weekend, and we're expecting more to come.

   

                    Jenny and Princeton                                                     Jeff, Maisie Rae, Benigne and Bisia

 

        

Merrilee and Maisie Rae in Breed                                Veteran Class: Higgins and Paddington Bear

           

Bentley and Jeff (Rick Roth in background)                   Jeanne Richter, Bernadette Mauch, Virginia Chirchirillo

                                                          

 A very tired party committee, minus Laurie Haas, (who was probably cleaning the kitchen), and Scott & Patty Riddile,

     who were  home nursing Patty's back injury, wishing they were here to enjoy the fruits of their labor. 

Left to right: Merrilee, Jeff, Barbara Stransky, Dave Haas and Jeanne Richter.  What a great team!!

**Please note that each of these people did so much to make this weekend a success.  I just wanted to put their photo up now,

so everyone knew who they were.  There is so much I want to share, and will, when time permits.  So many people helped

with so many things.  We will never be able to thank you enough, or properly. 

    

 

               PON Palace at Jeff and Merrilee's                                                  Higgins making his rounds

 

        View out to SW 61st Place Road                                Stone path Jeff built to the rose garden he surprised me with...

 

 

 The Bear Bench we brought back from Tennessee                                            One of our Fire Pits

 

Our vegetable garden turned flower garden for winter                                 Another of Jeff's creations

Keep checking back for more photos and stories.......................

                                   

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OLD NEWS: What started out to be White Star Reunion party has evolved into a full blown weekend for lots of PONs and their people.  The festivities will begin on Friday, at the La Quinta Inns and Suites, which is our Host Hotel.  Several folks will be arriving earlier as they are entered in the 4 day show in Ocala, featuring Conformation, Obedience, and Rally Obedience, November 12th through November 15th.

We will have a PON Hospitality Room in the lobby of the hotel, and plan to have a little PON puppy match late that afternoon, with stuff to eat and drink...maybe an impromptu grooming session, or maybe not...mainly, we're all looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and talking about our favorite subject...PONs!!!  Also plan either a raffle or silent auction with lots of great PON stuff.

If you haven't made your hotel reservations yet, please hurry.  Call the La Quinta Inn at 352 861-1137 and make sure you tell them that you are with WHITE STAR PONS, as we have a block of rooms reserved.

  Central Florida PON Fanciers, Inc. is hosting Supported Entries for Conformation, Obedience and Rally Obedience, on Saturday and Sunday, and are offering a Custom Made Sash to EVERY PON ENTRY!!

SATURDAY IS THE BIG DAY!!!!    The day begins at the Greater Ocala Dog Club Show Grounds, where we are expecting a lot of PONs to compete in several areas:

In CONFORMATION, there will also be a Best Veteran In Show!   In addition to the Sash's that every entry will receive, there are beautiful Ceramic Custom Made PON Trivets that have been donated by White Star PONs in loving memory of "OLIVIA", for Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Winners Dog, Winners Bitch, and Best Veteran.

In OBEDIENCE AND RALLY, White Star PONs, has donated beautiful Custom Made PON Plates and Trivets for the Highest Scoring PONs in specific classes.  These trophies are in loving memory of "CHELSEA" Farrell, one of the most titled Obedience PONs ever!  Again, EVERY entry will receive the Club Sash offered by Central Florida PON Fancier's.

Starting around 5 P.M. everyone (PONs included) is invited back to our home, in Ocala, for our 'DANCING WITH THE STARS PARTY."  Live Band, lots of food and drink, games for the PONs, and lots of laughs, I'm sure.

We have already received several donations toward the raffle/silent auction, but can always use more, as any of the profit will be donated toward PRA research in the PON.

Time to go groom "the kids" right now, but, please think seriously about coming to Florida in November, and joining us for our 'First Annual Dancing With The Stars."  We look forward to spending time with all of you and your PONs!!

Merrilee, Jeff, Pooh, Higgins, Carly Rose, Bentley, Bernice, Elli Mae, and Maisie Rae

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OLD NEWS        Updated June 6, 2009

Lots going on at the White Star Home...getting ready for Bernice and Higgins puppies due on June 4th.  Just got back from our vacation and it was one of the most wonderful, relaxing trips, ever!  We took 6 of our PONs (Maisie Rae stayed with Earl, Sandy and Daphne, as she was too young to roam around in the Tennessee Mountains.), packed the Yukon, attached a full trailer of crates, x-pens and plastic boxes filled with our clothes, and more doggie stuff, and headed for Roan Mountain, Tennessee, at 3 A.M., June 15th.  The "kids" slept most of the way, and were awesome travelers.  We arrived at our "Bear Cabin" around 4 P.M..  Higgins and Bentley led the way up the outside stairs, followed closely by Pooh, Bernice, Carly Rose and Elli Mae.  They spent the next 30 minutes checking out every nook and cranny.

                       

                                             Higgins gives the loft his approval

                       

                           Elli Mae says, "Life is good...I'm ok with the new digs."

The next 2 days we took Bentley, Carly Rose and Elli Mae over to the dog show in Gray, Tennessee, where we met up with our good friends, Jenny and Steve, along with Princeton (Bentley's brother), and Priscilla (Higgins and Bernice's daughter).  The weather was spectacular, and so was Princeton.  He won Best of Breed both days, and he and Jenny took their first Group Placements ever...Group 4 on Saturday and Group 3 on Sunday.  Carly Rose took Best of Opposite both days.  Great weekend!!

                                   

                                                Judge Leah James, Jenny and Princeton

 

To be continued later.....gotta' take Bernice's temperature.

Continued June 6, 2009.................

5 beautiful puppies born, June 4th...see updates in Puppy Section.

 

The following are random photos taken of our memory filled vacation....We stayed in the "Bear Cabin"...hence, the following sign.

  

                                                                                 Higgins on the front porch

  

        Pooh up in the loft                              Bentley is a happy boy

          Bentley spotted the deer                                        Hey, wait up you guys!

       Pooh and Carly Rose in loft                                Bernice taking a snooze on the landing

           Jeff and the Mini Burrows                                    Bentley on patrol

 

  Bentley and Jeff..."Thanks for bringing me, Dad"   Hugs good night!

Carly Rose by the fire.....                                Bentley and Elli Mae..."We found our bed"

 

Higgins rolling on his back.."I'm so happy!"                Higgins and Bentley on the front porch

    Back home, with all of our treasures..................going back in October, 2009.................

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May 2, 2009

It's been almost 3 years since I've kept "Current News" current!   These past 3 years have been some of the best, and some of the worst for us.  Like most everyone else, the economy has forced us to make some major changes in our lives.  We quit showing our PONs, with the exception of a few fun shows nearby, as we were physically and financially worn out.  Not being on the road 40 out of every 52 weeks has really brought a lot of tranquility back into our home.  We have more time to spend with "our kids" and each other.  We've been getting enormous joy out of gardening and working around the house, adding colorful plants and designing focus areas for all of us.  Today, Jeff brought home a wonderful fountain, which we immediately set up on our newly enclosed screen porch.  It is so peaceful, and once the "kids" figure out it's not their new water bowl, we can all enjoy it.

Sadly, within 4 months we lost our best friend, Julane White, on October 1, 2008.  Less than 3 months later, my Dad died on Christmas Day, and February 16th, 2009, we lost our beloved Olivia.  Also, in October 2008, one of our very dearest friends was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She's had a rough time, but as of now, the outlook is brighter.  She'll be especially happy when her hair grows back in!

On the very bright side, we have had 2 wonderful litters of puppies, and because of them, have gained some great new friends who are now part of the White Star Family.  Bentley has grown up (well, sort of),  and he sired his first litter of 8 puppies.  They were born on New Year's Eve, 2008, so Olivia got to spend 6 weeks with them before she passed away.  Olivia always loved and cared for puppies...regardless of whose they were.  We ended up keeping one of the little girls from that litter, who we named Maisie Rae.

We have 7 PONs living with us, and we cherish every minute we have with them.  Pooh will be 11 in November, and she's still as beautiful as ever.  Hard to believe that, my "soul mate", Higgins, will be 8 in October.  He is such a joy.  Carly Rose, who believes SHE is Jeff's wife, and that I am the "other woman", just turned 5.  She is so much like her Grandma Olivia, it's scary.  Bernice, our favorite "chocolate squirrel" was 3 years old in March.  Bentley will turn 3 in November.  There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't fill this home with laughter!  Elli Mae will turn 2 years old in November, and spends most of her days babysitting Maisie Rae, who is only 17 weeks old.  Those two are joined at the hip!

We are planning a weeks vacation beginning May 15th.  We have rented a cabin on a lake, in Roan Mountain, TN., AND, we are taking all 7 PONs with us!!  Most people think we're nuts, but we really don't enjoy going anywhere without them.  They make our lives so full, in so many ways.  It is such an honor for us to be their companions for life.

Stay tuned for vacation photos.

Big PON Hugs to all,  Jeff and Merrilee

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OLD NEWS   June 20, 2006

JUNE, 2006

It's only June 20th, and what a month we've had.  Last weekend we showed Higgins and Bentley at the Lakeland, Florida shows.  Bentley, who is only 6 months old, got his first Major, by taking Winners Dog and Best of Winners.  Higgins won a Group 3 and a Group 4.  The Groups on Saturday were filmed and will be on ESPN in mid October.

On June 7th, Jeff packed up the Yukon, with all of our "stuff", and Higgins, Olivia, Bentley, Jeff and I headed for the National Specialty in Wheaton, Illinois.  There were 50 PONs entered, which was a record number of PONs at any of our Specialties.  We drove for about 19 hours, stopping in Marietta, Georgia our first night, to rest.  When we arrived in Palos Heights, Illinois, we were welcomed by our dear friends, Jan and Julie, in grand style.  The Polish flag was flying proudly in front of their home which really confused the neighbors, because neither of them is Polish.  They had invited us to stay in their beautiful home with them while we were in the Chicago area.  Talk about 1st class!!  They made gourmet dinners for us every night, but made sure I got my "Chicago pizza" fix, as well as my "White Castle" fix, and my "Italian beef sandwich" fix...much to my delight.  You see, I was born and raised in the Chicago area, so it was like going home for me.  They don't have those delicacies in Florida.

On Saturday, Higgins won the National Specialty!!!  Higgins son, Miseu, won the first Award of Merit, which is an award the judge can choose to give to a few dogs, who in his opinion, were in final contention for the Best of Breed.  Bentley, at 6 months old, won Reserve Winners Dog, which is kind of like 2nd place non-champion male, and Olivia won Best Female Veteran at 12 1/2 years old.  Higgins, and 2 of his get, Miseu and Pippin won the Stud Dog class, which is where the Judge evaluates your breeding program looking first, at the Stud, and then his offspring, looking to see that, as Breeders, we have continued to try to improve the breed and keep the quality that we already have.  Higgins topped off the day by taking a Group 2 in the Herding Group.  What an awesome day!!  We came back to Jan and Julie's for a celebratory dinner, and drinks!

                                                                               JUDGE IRENE BIVIN AND HIGGINS

 

                  Jeff, Jan, Julie and Merrilee getting "way too happy!"

 

We received a telephone call from Julane, on our way back to Jan and Julie's, telling us that our, now, "Australian PON", Ch White Star's It's All In The Family, aka, "Connor", took a Group 1 in his very first show in Australia, which was the same day Higgins won the Specialty!!  Connor had only gotten out of quarantine the day before!  What an awesome day!!!

On Sunday, Higgins son, Champion White Star's Baron, affectionately called Miseu, won Best of Breed over 30 plus PONs, including his Dad.  Miseu is owned and loved by Kris Wozniak of Venice, California, who drove all by herself, in her motorhome, with 4 dogs, from California to Chicago, to attend the Specialty.  Boy, is she brave!!  Miseu, more than made the trip worthwhile by winning the Breed and taking a Group 4 in the Herding Group.  We returned to Jan and Julie's where they had a big BBQ for us, with many of their friends in attendance, to celebrate our wonderful weekend.

Monday morning came too soon, and Jeff packed up the Yukon, once again, as we readied to head home.  There were a lot of tears when we left..the kind that fill your heart, knowing that we are fortunate enough to have such wonderful friends.  Jan had a little ceremony, took down the Polish flag, folded it, and presented it to us as we left.  Boy, did we hate to leave!

About 2 hours into our trip, we made a short jog from our scheduled route and went to see old and dear friends, Dorothy and Paul Stott, in El Paso, Illinois.  Dorothy and I worked together at Illinois Bell Telephone Company 100 years ago!  Jeff had never met them, and I hadn't seen them in over 10 years.  We had lunch and caught up on as much as we could, before getting back on the road and heading for Florida.  It was so wonderful to see them.  As we were leaving, Dorothy gave us a beautiful, small crystal sculpture of two hearts and a butterfly, to remind us of them, until the next time our paths cross.

We drove about 11 hours to Chattanooga, TN. where we spent the night and tried to figure out how we were going to get the rest of the way home, because a huge Tropical Storm, named Alberto, was heading straight for Florida, planning to arrive at the same time we were.  We did make it home safely, although it was pretty scary once we got into Florida...lots of wind and torrential rain.  Life is good!

Our friends, Jenny and Steve, had stayed at our house while we were gone to take care of the rest of our "furry kids", and once we settled down, someone had the great idea to have a few drinks to celebrate the whole experience.  Jenny and I were really "hung over" the next morning!  I can't even think of wine, even now, and it's 1 week later.

MARCH, APRIL AND MAY, 2006

We spent much of the time working on the house with different projects.  We added more sod, and created an island in the center of our property, which we used to reroute our driveway.  It turned out very nice.  Now, we just need the plants and flowers to finish landscaping it.  We went to several Florida Shows and Higgins started placing in some Groups, finally.  He got a Group 3 in Vero Beach, a Group 1 & 2 in West Palm Beach, and a Group 3 in Ft. Myers. We welcomed Aileen Jenkins from Australia, into our home for a week in May.  She was here to pick up Ch White Star's It's All In The Family, aka "Connor", and take him back to their home to love and show.  We had a delightful time while she was here, and, more tears were shed, when it was time for our new friend and Connor to "go down under."

AILS JENKINS AND CONNOR BEFORE LEAVING FOR AUSTRALIA

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FEBRUARY, 2006   NEW YORK, NEW YORK!  WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB

I have to stop here for now but will be back to tell you about our fabulous trip to Westminster with Higgins and more special friends, Connie, John and Eileen.  I'll give you a hint...HIGGINS WON THE BREED AT WESTMINSTER!!

  JUDGE STEPHANIE HEDGEPATH, MOM, AND HIGGINS

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JANUARY, 2006

It's been an amazing year so far.  In January, Higgins won the Regional Specialty in Deland, under the well known Polish Judge, Miroslav Redlicki and Olivia won Best Veteran at 12 years old.  It was a thrill for us to have Judge Redlicki see Olivia again, after so many years.  He judged Olivia, and gave her Best of Breed, in 1997, in Washington DC , while we were still in the Rare Breeds.

Also, in January, I showed Ch White Star's Zachary T (Zach) at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships in Tampa, Florida.  It was quite a day, as we won Best of Breed AND Best Bred By Exhibitor.  Bred By is a very special class to us as Breeders, because it is an opportunity to show a dog that you not only own, but bred, as well.

 

                        JUDGE DONALAD BOOXBAUM, MERRILEE, GINA AND ZACH

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October 27, 2005:  Higgins and Mom just got back from spending 4 days at New Symrna Beach, FL.

 

OCTOBER 8, 2005 :White Star's Newest Champion shown below:  Ch White Star's Baron aka  Miseu, owned by Kris Wozniak, Venice, California.

 

MORE CURRENT NEWS TO COME.  BELOW IS OLD NEWS.   11/17/05

 

We've had quite a year.  In April, we put our Orlando house up for sale and sold it in 1 day!  This presented a huge problem....we were "homeless" with 5 PONs and 4 PON puppies.  We knew where we wanted to build but had not even found the property yet.  We needed a place to live for 6-7 months and were overwhelmed when Julane White offered to let us all live with her on her Arabian Horse Farm in Citra, Florida until our house was built.  Julane is a good friend who we met when she purchased her first PON (Paddington Bear) from us.  Talk about friends in a time of need!!

 
All in all, things went pretty well and we moved into our beautiful new home on 1 1/4 acres in Ocala, Florida, the day before Thanksgiving.
 
The "kids" have a huge, tree filled back yard and an awesome house to live in.  Jeff and I did a lot of the work ourselves...well, Jeff mostly.  He tiled the entire house (about 2100 square feet and I grouted.  He laid 4800 square feet of sod and I watered, and watered and watered.  He pre wired the entire house for surround sound and a central vacuum system and I just watched.  We designed our fireplace and he tiled and grouted it as I just continued to watch.  As I write this he is outside putting up Christmas lights on our dream house.  We are really looking forward to spending our first Christmas here.
 

 

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We didn't show quite as much this year.  We honestly couldn't afford it.
We did show Higgins at several Florida Shows and he finished ranked as the #1 Male PON in Breed Points for 2004. He has been invited, for the 3rd year in a row, to compete at The AKC/Eukanuba National Championships in January, 2005 and Westminster, February, 2005.  UPDATE: Higgins won Best of Breed at AKC/Eukanuba on January 16, 2005 and won the only Award of Merit at Westminster.  Our other male, Ch White Star's Zachary T won the Breed at Westminster, so it's been quite an exciting start of a new year.

 

Jeff showed a pup from Winnie and Higgins last litter. Bearington Bear took a 5 point major his first weekend out at 7 months old and his second 5 point major at 8 months old at the Regional Specialty in Sarasota. That was quite a thrill for us and for Bear's parents, Bernadette and Richard Mauch of Ocala, Florida and The Abacos. Jeff finished Bear as an AKC Champion at Starke, Florida, January 30, 2005 at 8 months old.  Bear was the 18th White Star dog to finish its AKC Championship.  In April, 2005, Jeff finished White Star's Belle Fleur...#19!  Belle and her Mom, Deborah Burand, live in Washington DC.              

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