Bentley enjoying his day.  Bentley will be 12 years old in November.  My handsome boy.  

 

 

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017...IT'S BEEN OVER A YEAR SINCE I HAVE UPDATED OUR WEBSITE.  TO BE HONEST, I HAVEN'T HAD ANYTHING GOOD TO WRITE ABOUT SINCE MY SOUL MATE, HIGGINS, CROSSED THE RAINBOW BRIDGE ON MARCH 4, 2017, AND OUR SWEET GIRL, CARLY ROSE CROSSED THE BRIDGE ON THANKSGIVING, 2016.  IT'S BEEN HARD FOR ME TO TALK ABOUT, LET ALONE WRITE ABOUT.  I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO CLICK ON THE TOP RIGHT PHOTO OF HIGGINS, BECAUSE I KNOW I'LL COMPLETELY FALL APART.  WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID WE WANT TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE REST OF 2017, AND A BRAND NEW YEAR, 2018.

 

GOOD NEWS...WE HOPE TO DO A REPEAT BREEDING OF OUR MAISIE RAE AND OPIE WITHIN THIS NEXT WEEK.  SO IF YOU SCROLL DOWN YOU CAN SEE THE PUPPIES FROM THEIR FIRST LITTER, AND ALL THE PHOTOS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.  THIS WILL BE A BUSY WEEK FOR US, AS I AM GOING IN FOR CATARACT SURGERY ON MY GOOD EYE, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2017.  FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT KNOW ME YOU WILL REMEMBER I LOST THE SIGHT IN MY RIGHT EYE, EXACTLY 6 YEARS AGO DURING A BOTCHED CATARACT SURGERY IN FLORIDA.  NEEDLESS TO SAY, I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT THIS UPCOMING EVENT.  SO, I'LL JUST THINK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A BRAND NEW LITTER OF PUPPIES TO PLAY WITH, TO GET ME THROUGH. 

 

HOPEFULLY, I'LL BE BACK SOON, WITH NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS.  PRAYING FOR ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN FLORIDA WHO ARE ABOUT TO FACE HURRICANE IRMA, CURRENTLY A CAT 5!!

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   JULY 16, 2016.....................YEAH, PUPPIES HAVE ARRIVED.   4 BOYS AND 1 GIRL (1 MALE WITH STUBBY TAIL)     ALL BLACK AND WHITE....TONS OF COLOR!!!

JULY 10, 2016................FINALLY, SOME AWESOME NEWS......PUPPIES ARE COMING THIS WEEK!!!!!!  HAPPY, HAPPY DANCE!!!!      

..............September, 2014...... A LONG MOVE TO UPSTATE NEW YORK FROM FLORIDA!  WE LOVE IT UP HERE, AND THE PONS THINK THEY'VE DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN...........SNOW, SNOW AND MORE SNOW!     ....STAY TUNED!  COME BACK OFTEN, WE LOVE HAVING YOU VISIT.  MERRILEE, JEFF, AND ALL OUR PONS AT WHITE STAR.

 
 
 

                                          

                        LITTLE GIORGI GIRL AT 3 WEEKS OLD.  GIORGI WILL BE LIVING WITH HER MOM, AIMEE, IN LONG ISLAND.  

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                                    GIRL, BOY, BOY, BOY, BOY

 

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                                       GRAND CHAMPION WHITE STAR'S PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS (MAISIE RAE)

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                                       WHITE STAR'S FIRST & ONLY OPIE Z PONAVIE (OPIE)

 

                Are so excited to announce the upcoming birth of their first litter together.  Maisie and Opie met almost 2 years

                ago, and fell in love immediately.  In fact, moved in together right away, living in Upstate New York, with Jeff,

                Merrilee, and the rest of the White Star PON family.  Both, have so much in common...their temperaments are

                extraordinary.  They are beautiful representatives of this amazing breed, in every way.

 

                We won't know for sure, until they are born, but we expect, some, or all, to be CHOCOLATE in color, since OPIE

                is a Chocolate and Maisie Rae carries the Chocolate gene.  The Ultra-sound suggested 6 pups.  They could also be black & white??

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IF YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN ONE OF THE PUPS IN THIS LITTER, IT IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED YOU CLICK ON THE "PUPPIES" PAGE AND

FILL OUT OUR APPLICATION FORM.  IT IS NOT BINDING, IN ANY WAY.  IT JUST LETS ME KNOW ABOUT YOU AND YOUR PAST EXPERIENCES

WITH DOGS, PERHAPS EVEN PONS, AND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.

                

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                    Some recent photos of Opie and Maisie Rae.....

 

                                      

                                        OPIE WITH HIS FAVORITE BALL                                    OPIE'S DADDY: GRAND CHAMPION ROBERT HENRY

 

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                                         OPIE WISHES A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL...

                                           AND TO ALL, A GOOD NIGHT.       2015

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                                               OPIE,  "SO WHAT HAPPENED TO SPRING, MOM?"

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                                 PRECIOUS ELLI MAE IN THE SNOWFLAKES.......NEW YORK, 2015

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                                          OPIE, OUR SWEET CHOCOLATE BOY      

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                     ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL, OUR PRECIOUS MAISIE RAE

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              HIGGINS HOPING FOR DINNER IN BED...NOT!!!  MARCH 15, 2015

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                                      HENRY J ENJOYING SUMMER VACATION IN OCALA, FLORIDA

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                              "BIRDI" MCGOWAN, ALWAYS FOCUSED...#1 PON IN AGILITY

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                                          "BIRDI" AND HER LITTLE SISTER, "KIWI"

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                            BEAUTIFUL PEPPERMINT PATTI STROLLIN' ON PLUM ISLAND

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                            BRADY JR. SEARCHIN" FOR CLAMS IN NEWBURYPORT, MASS

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                            "KIWI" FLYING HIGH!   LOOK OUT BIG SISTER "BIRDI", I'M RIGHT BEHIND YOU.

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                                    STELLA & DEBBIE SNYIR....#1 PON IN OBEDIENCE

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                                                                                    WHITE STAR'S PATCH turns 9 weeks old and is looking forward to living with his new family,

                                                 Ally, Annabel, Ella and Erika Kluge Frake, in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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                                                                                                                COLUMBIA, S.C.:  BRENNA ROSE AND DEBBIE SNYIR CELEBRATING BRENNA EARNING 2ND LEG

                                                                FOR HER RALLY NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP!!  ONLY NEEDS 1 MORE....STAY TUNED....

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                                                                        BRADY JR. WELCOMES 2014 AT THE BEACH ON PLUM ISLAND, MA.

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                                       Multi Champion WHITE STAR'S TAO OF POO�."POOH"

                                                November 13, 1998 � June 7, 2013

                                                       THOUGHTS ON A PUPPY NAMED POOH BEAR

 

                    POOH BEAR. THE GOLDEN ONE. OUR "BARBIE" PON. "POOH POOH DOG" TO HER BEST FRIENDS.

                    MOST APPRECIATIVE. MOST ATTENTIVE. MOST SILENT. IN THE PACK, NEVER OUT FRONT.

                    AND NEVER BEHIND......SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE. THE LAST TO MOVE AWAY.

                    THE SIXTH BARK. THE FIRST TO SHUT UP.

 

                    PRUDENCE CAME FROM HOARDING PINE CONES. SHE WAS THE WISEST. THE MOST HUMBLE.

                    SHE KNEW HOW TO CARE FOR HERSELF, WITH DIGNITY AND TOTAL DEFERENCE.

                    HER PAINS WERE PRIVATE. SHE ATE WHAT AND WHEN SHE WANTED.

                    SHE LOVED HER HOME AND HER FAMILY�SHE WAS DADDY�S LITTLE GIRL�.ALWAYS!

                    SHE KNEW LOVE THROUGH CONTINUOUS WONDER AND SELECTIVE ATTENTION.

 

                                  GOD IS TAKING CARE OF OUR "POOH POOH DOG" NOW.

                                    We will always love and miss you sweet Pooh, Pooh dog.

                    Jeff, Merrilee, Higgins, Carly Rose, Elli Mae, Bentley, Maisie Rae & "Baby Pooh", Brenna Rose

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            Baby Pooh, "Brenna Rose"  WHITE STAR'S PROMISES KEPT z WILSHY.....Born March 20, 2013

                   

            

          Brenna Rose at the Ocala Vet for 1st check-up          Catching up on my reading at the Vet's       On way home...Vet said I was PERFECT

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                  PEPPERMINT PATTI AND BRADY JR. ENJOYING THEIR ST. PADDY'S DAY ON PLUM ISLAND, MASSACHUSETTS

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 See the #1 Obedience PON in the country........shown below in a collage of her performance

        at the National Obedience Invitational Championship/Eukanuba, Orlando, FL....December 2012      

           Stella is the daughter of Carly Rose and Higgins, proudly loved, trained and shown by her

                        "Human Mom", Debbie Snyir, of Charleston, South Carolina.

         

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                                           Brady Junior and Peppermint Patti sharing secrets in Newburyport, Massachusetts

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                                                   Cartoon Photo of a young White Star's Paddington Bear    

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                                                                  Grand Champion Prissy...."I got him, now what do I do?"

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             No, this isn't a PON, but I couldn't resist the photo.  It is a Lagotto Romagnola....an Italian Truffle Hunting Dog.

             Years ago Jeff and I showed a Lagotto, in the Rare Breed Shows, named Carlo.  He lived with us for about 6 months.

                                                   He was a hoot!  He and the PONs got along very well.

                           

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            WHITE STAR'S GAIA DE POLANA "GAIA", DAUGHTER OF BERNICE AND SAM DELIVERS 5 BEAUTIFUL

       PUPPIES IN NOVA SCOTIA, ON JANUARY 26TH.  PROUD DADDY IS "PIPPIN", SON OF HIGGINS AND KATIE.

    GAIA IS LITTERMATE TO CAPPY, MAGEE, JOY, BIALY AND OLIVER (BERCU).  SEE PUPPY PAGE FOR DETAILS.

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...NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING, NOT EVEN THE "FLAMINGO".....HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM THE FLORIDA WHITE STAR KIDS, NAPPING.......

                        POOH,  MAISIE RAE, ELLI MAE, HIGGINS AND BENTLEY (CARLY ROSE WAS TAKING THE PHOTO!)

 

                      

             HIGGINS, "MOM" AND CARLY ROSE ON CHRISTMAS EVE DAY, CELEBRATING AT "GATORS" IN FLORIDA

 

                                     

 

                                                                 EMMA AND LOUISE MILLER.........LEE, MASSACHUSETTS

 

                                                          

                                                         WINNIE THE POOH AT 14 YEARS OLD, STILL LOVES CHRISTMAS

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                                                               BETH SCHROEDER AND TIMOTHY....HOW HAPPY ARE WE!!!!!!!

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                                MIMI MC GOWAN'S ADORABLE FAMILY....LILY (NOT A HAPPY LOOKING BORDER COLLIE), BIRDI AND KIWI

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                                                      OUR ADORABLE FRIENDS FROM PALATINE, IL.....SALLY, USHA AND BRIGITTE

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                                   MORE DARLING FRIENDS FROM NORTH CAROLINA...DESI, TOOTSIE, BEN, RUBY AND REECIE

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                                            PEPPERMINT PATTI SPITZLEY, ON PLUM ISLAND, MA., BEFORE THE SNOW HIT

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                      SCRUFFY PONS BEFORE CHRISTMAS BATHS...On the sofa you'll find Maisie Rae, Carly Rose, Elli Mae and Higgins singing their best rendition of

                                                                                             "BARK THESE HAIRY ANGELS SING..."

                                               (on floor, Bentley, gingerbread man sleeping,  and Pooh, wondering how long she can put up with their singing!)

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                                  BENTLEY AND HIGGINS PLAYING IN THE SNOW IN VIRGINIA.

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  ISN'T THIS BEAUTIFUL?  THE PHOTO DOESN'T DO IT JUSTICE....THE PAINTING, FEATURING HIGGINS AND BENTLEY,

IS AN ORIGINAL PAINTING DONE BY EWA DOBRZYNSKA, ARTIST AND BREEDER FROM POLAND.  THE PAINTING IS SET

ON A BEAUTIFUL GOLD FABRIC.  WE ARE SO HONORED!!!  JEFF AND I HAD BEEN INVITED TO POLAND TO ACCEPT THE

AWARD ON AUGUST 18TH, BUT WE WERE UNABLE TO GO.  INSTEAD, WE ASKED HIGGINS BREEDER, BARBARA

RAYSKA-SWIST, IF SHE WOULD ACCEPT THE AWARD ON OUR BEHALF.  SHE WAS EXCITED TO DO SO.******see below

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On Polish Lowland Sheep dog Kennel Club's show that took place on August 18th 2012 I was receiving second time in my life the Diploma for 'Deserved for Polish Lowland Sheepdog'. In 2007 during a Kennel Club's dog show in Lodz I was receiving this award myself, in Katowice, I took in Merrilee-Jeff Cirtwell's name. Merrilee has arrived to us in 2001 and bought a puppy Zhiggins Goral (F; Int. Ch., Ch. Pl., Zw. Europy UPIOR Pol-Pon M: Ch. Pl. OSLODA GORALKA z Banciarni /FCI/). He proved to be a dream come true for Merrilee, winning all prestige dog shows in USA, being a great stud and forwarding great physical and psychological genes to his children. Zhiggins "White Star PONs" is a father of many wonderful PONs and still is Merrilee's big love and apple of the eye. I felt very honored to read her message that she'd be happy for me to take the prize in her name, and that's what happened. Starting from the left: Anna Dominiak, Grzegorz Robak, Monigue de Winter from Holland, Pierre Hillenweck from France and me, Barbara Rayska-Swist - in the name of Merrilee and Jeff Cirtwell - USA - White Star Pons.

NOTE: BARBARA AND I HAVE BEEN GOOD FRIENDS FOR 11 YEARS. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE NEVER MET IN PERSON, SHE TRUSTED

        US WITH HIGGINS, WHICH WAS ONE OF THE BEST DAYS IN OUR LIVES.  SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR US AND

        WE TREASURE HER FRIENDSHIP.  THANK YOU, BARBARA.    Merrilee and Jeff   September 21, 2012

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   PEPPERMINT PATTI  HAS MOVED TO NEWBURYPORT, MA. TO BECOME BRADY JR'S LITTLE SISTER AND BEST FRIEND.

     AS YOU CAN TELL FROM THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS, THEY DO EVERYTHING TOGETHER....INCLUDING LANDSCAPING!

                                           

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                                                  BRADY TELLING ALL HIS SECRETS TO PEPPERMINT PATTI

                                                      

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                               BRADY AND MOM, NANCY SHARE A PRIVATE MOMENT AT CAMP GONE TO THE DOGS

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                        DRAWING OF CARLY ROSE AND ONE OF HER BABY BOYS, MOMENTS AFTER DELIVERY.                      

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                         CARLY ROSE AND JEFF ASLEEP IN CARLY'S SUITE, THE NIGHT BEFORE...

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                                    SOME OF CARLY'S FRIENDS COME TO WATCH...........

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                                               STILL WAITING.  ARE THEY BORN YET???

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                            CARLY AND JEFF "HOLDING PAWS"....STILL WAITING........

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                             ALL BABIES HAVE ARRIVED SAFELY!!  TIME FOR A NAP!!

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   IT IS WITH UNBEARABLE SADNESS THAT WE SAY THAT "OUR LITTLE CHOCOLATE SQUIRREL",                

  INT'L., CANADIAN, AMERICAN CHAMPION SWAN CREST HOPE FLOATS WHITE STAR, "BERNICE"

       HAS GONE TO HEAVEN TO BE WITH OLIVIA.......MARCH 3, 2005 - APRIL 28, 2012

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                       PLEASE WELCOME MS. BELLE BURAND AND HER NEW BABY BROTHER, BEAU

                   GETTING THEIR HOME IN CHELSEA, MICHIGAN READY FOR THE EASTER BUNNY

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                                       MEET PEPPERMINT PATTI (WITH TONGUE OUT) AND BROTHER BEAU

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                                      MAISIE RAE AT SUNSET ON SNEAD ISLAND

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                             BEAU CHECKING OUT THE WAVES ON SNEAD ISLAND

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                    LILLY (ON TOP) AND TIGGY WINKLE....LILLY NOW LIVES ON SNEAD ISLAND

                        WITH HER PARENTS, HILARY AND SKEETS...LUCKY GIRL!

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                                                                             SWEET DREAMS BABY........"LILLY"

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                                                          TIGGY WINKLE, PEPPERMINT PATTI, BEAU, DAISY MAE, LILLY

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                                                          GETTING READY FOR THE VALENTINE PHOTO SHOOT

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                                                                                       TIGGY WINKLE

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                                                                      WHITE STAR'S BEAUJOLAIS

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                                                                                    WHITE STAR'S PEPPERMINT PATTI

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            Congratulations to Stella and her Mom, Debbie Snyir!!!  Huge accomplishment!  From my understanding there are only

                    three PONs to ever receive this title....and 2 of the 3 are White Star PONs.  Chelsea Farrell was the 2nd!

                   Watch for Stella at an Obedience Ring near you....also, at this years AKC/Eukanuba National Championships.

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                                  ELLI MAE AMAZED AT HER AND BENTLEY'S 5 NEW BABIES..................

                                        

                                                        WHITE STAR'S PEPPERMINT PATTI

 

                              

                                                                    BOY, GIRL, GIRL, GIRL, GIRL

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            Here's a New Year's toast to all of our wonderful PON friends. 

                       "May your new year be filled with love, peace, and beautiful rainbows.!

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                                                WHITE STAR'S EMPTY NEST OA, AJX "BIRDI"

                         October 9, 2011......Received from Birdi's human Mom, Mimi McGowan, in Ashley, PA

I asked Mimi what the Agility Titles after Birdi's name meant.  Here is Mimi's answer.

"In the JUMPERS Class Bird, finished her NOVICE, OPEN and EXCELLENT A titles.......

In the STANDARD Class, Bird finished her NOVICE and OPEN titles so far (excellent is just about done also)

Once that is finished we will start working on our MASTERS AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP.........

Best part is that she has only done 11 days of showing...each title requires 3 Qs, so she has run her little heart out for me.

At first she was a bit timid in the ring...which we are really working through!  She is showing no signs of stress and is getting to know the point to the game now...moving with lots of confidence and starting to bark happily as she is running!!!  Can't start in the Agility ring until you are 15 months, so we started exactly on her 15 month b-day...I am just so proud of my girl in what she has accomplished in such a short time!!!  Everyone also comments on how adorable she is!

Thank you so much for my little BIRD-BIRD!!!"

Mimi

NOTE: Birdi was just 15 months old on August 7, 2011.  She and Mimi have accomplished all of this in just 2 months.  Birdi is a puppy from Elli Mae and Bentley.....her littermates are "Naya" Frost, "Harry" Costa, and "Misia" Fox.

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                               WHITE STAR'S, UKC CH SIRIUS WISH UPON A STAR CDX, RN, "STELLA"

    TOOK HER FIRST LEG TOWARD HER UTILITY TITLE IN NORTH AUGUSTA, SC. ON OCTOBER 8, 2011,

                                       FINISHING HER IN 3RD PLACE OVERALL, FOR THE DAY!!!!

                              TAKE A MOMENT TO LOOK AT HER "STELLAR" PERFORMANCE AT

                                                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HOXCpto-io

              STELLA'S SOUL MATE/TRAINER/BEST FRIEND, IS DEBBIE SNYIR OF CHARLESTON, SC

       Stella was 4 years old in February, and was one of eight in the litter of Carly Rose and Higgins.  She is a

          spitting image of her Mom, Carly, who turned 8 years old on this same Saturday, October 8th, 2011.

    Stella littermates are "Maisie Rae Marr" of Manlius, NY, "Gabbe Ferris" of Oneonta, AL,, "DeDe Casner" of

      Chantilly, VA., "Matilda Rath" of Virginia, "Toby Metkowski" of Narvon, PA., "Jack Ramos" of Chicago, IL

      and "Bosely Klibanoff" of Norcross, GA.  This beautiful litter was bred by Julane White...her first and last.

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  PICTURED ABOVE IS WHITE STAR'S CHECKERED FLAG OF RIVERWIND, BETTER KNOWN AS "CAPPY"

    CAPPY WILL BE 1 YEAR OLD ON NOVEMBER 18, 2011, AND HAS ALREADY CHARMED THE JUDGES

  IN THE CONFORMATION RING.  HE LIVES IN VERO BEACH, FL. WITH HIS HUMAN MOM AND DAD,

  GLORIA AND ROGER SCHWARTZ.  CAPPY IS EXCLUSIVELY TRAINED, GROOMED AND SHOWN BY GLORIA,

    AND WHAT A GREAT JOB SHE HAS DONE!  CAPPY GOT HIS FIRST 4 POINT MAJOR IN DELAND, FL,

    SEPTEMBER 25, 2011, AT 10 MONTHS OLD, AND THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND TOOK A GROUP 3 AT THE      

    INTERNATIONAL SHOW IN ORLANDO, FL!  CAPPY IS THE SON OF SAM AND BERNICE.  WATCH

    FOR CAPPY, AS WELL AS LITTERMATES, MAGEE CONYERS AND JOY FARRELL IN A SHOW RING

    NEAR YOU.  YOU CAN SEE CAPPY AND MAGEE COMPETE IN ARCADIA, FL. THIS WEEKEND.

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MAKING HER DEBUT IN ARCADIA THIS WEEKEND IS CHLOE, WHITE STAR'S NEWEST STAR.....

                    

                         WHITE STAR'S SOUTHERN CHARM..."CHLOE"

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PLEASE KEEP SCROLLING DOWN TO SEE RECENT PHOTO OF JOY FARRELL..(  trying to get rid of all this black space and I'm computer challenged!)

ished her NOVICE, OPEN and EXCELLENT A titles...
IN D class, Bird finished her NOVICE and OPEN titles so far (excellent is just about done also)     Once that is finished, we will start working on our MASTERS AITY CHA...
 
Best part is that she has only done 11 days of showing--each title requires 3 Qs so she has really run her little heart out for me.  At first she was a bit timid in the ring--which we are really working through!   She is showing no signs of stress and is getting to know the point to the game now---moving with lots of confidence and starting to bark happily as she is running!!!  Can't start in the agility ring until you are 15 months, so we started exactly on her 15 month b-day....I am just so proud of my girl in what she has accomplished in such a short time!!!   
so comments on how adorable she is!
 
Thank you so much for my little BIRD-BIRD!!!
 
Mimi
In the JUMPERS Class Bird, finished her NOVICE, OPEN and EXCELLENT A titles...
IN the STANDARD class, Bird finished her NOVICE and OPEN titles so far (excellent is just about done also)     Once that is finished, we will start working on our MASTERS AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP....
 
Best part is that she has only done 11 days of showing--each title requires 3 Qs so she has really run her little heart out for me.  At first she was a bit timid in the ring--which we are really working through!   She is showing no signs of stress and is getting to know the point to the game now---moving with lots of confidence and starting to bark happily as she is running!!!  Can't start in the agility ring until you are 15 months, so we started exactly on her 15 month b-day....I am just so proud of my girl in what she has accomplished in such a short time!!!   
 
so comments on how adorable she is!
nk you so much fomy little BIRD-BIRD!!!
he UMPERS Class Bird, finished her NOVICE, OPEN and EXCELLENT A titles...
UMPERS Class Bird, finished her NOVICE, OPEN and EXCELLENT A titles...
IN the STANDARD class, Bird finished her NOVICE and OPEN titles so far (excellent is just about done also)     Once that is finished, we will start working on our MASTERS AGILITY CHAMPIONSHIP....
est part is that she has only done 11 days of showing--each title requires 3 Qs so she has really run her little heart out for me.  At first she was a bit timid in the ing--which we are reallyrking through!   She is showing no signs of stress and is getting to know the point to the game now---moving with lots of confidence and tarting to bark happily as she is running!!!  Can't start in the agility ring until you are 15 months, so we started exactly on her 15 month b-day....I am just so proud of y girl in what she has accomplished in such a short time!!!   
veryone also comments on how adorable she is!
nk you so much for my little BIRD-BIRD!!!
 first she was a bit timid in the ring--which we are really working through!   She is showing no signs of stress and is getting to know the point to the game now---vingh lots ofconfidence and starting to bark happily as she is running!!!  Can't start in the agility ring u are 15 months, so we started exactly on her 15 month -....I am just so proud of my
ou  le BIRD-BIRD!!!
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                           NEW UKC CHAMPION WHITE STAR'S SAM'S PRIDE'N JOY (JOY)

                                POSING WITH HER BROTHER BREEZE AND HER DADDY, SAM

Merrilee & Jeff,
 
Just a quick note to let you know of Bernice & Sam's Joy's accomplishments over the last two days. Joy was entered at a UKC Conformation Show in Courtland, VA. We did two shows on Friday and two show today. The results were:
Four First Place Best Female (Breed)
Three Group 1
One Group 2
One Best In Show Reserve
And earned the required 3 legs and 100 points to now be known as: U-CH White Star's Sam's Pride'N Joy, CGC, all at one day shy of 10 months old.
 
We are so proud of our girl. She was a true star and received a lot of compliments on her maturity and her looks and especially her movement. All the judges were extremely complimentary of her.
 
We just had to brag.
 
Love, Richard, Amber, Breeze, Sam, & Joy

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                         PAINTING ABOVE IS OF WHITE STAR'S SOUTHERN CHARM (CHLOE), 3 MONTHS OLD,

                          ALSO FROM VERO BEACH.  CHLOE IS THE DAUGHTER OF MAISIE AND HIGGINS.

                    CHLOE WILL BE MAKING HER SHOW DEBUT IN ARCADIA, FLORIDA IN THE 4-6 MOS. CLASS

                        CHLOE'S HUMAN PARENTS ARE MARTA AND BOB SCHNEIDER.  THEY ALL SHARE THEIR HOME

                        MADELINE, THE BULLDOG, AND MURPHY, THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER.

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                       CARLY ROSE WAITING IN HER PENTHOUSE 1 HOUR BEFORE DELIVERING HER 3 PUPS

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                                CARLY ROSE SHOWS OFF HER LAST LITTER BEFORE RETIREMENT

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                                                             MAISIE RAE WITH 2 DAY OLD PUPS

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                                   CARLY ROSE WITH HER 3 HOUR OLD PUPS....FIONA, FINN AND ERIN

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                                        MAISIE RAE NOT KNOWING A 6 PUPPY IS ON IT'S WAY!

 

                                   

                                                MAISIE RAE 3 HOURS BEFORE DELIVERY

 

              MORE PHOTOS ON PUPPY PAGE!!!!!

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                           JUDGE ARLENE BENKO, MERRILEE AND MAISIE RAE

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            PUPPIES DUE  JUNE 4, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  SEE PUPPY PAGE FOR DETAILS

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           WHITE STAR'S SAM'S PRIDE AND JOY, "JOY".....5 MONTHS OLD

                                       

                                            JOY ALL READY FOR BEST IN SHOW

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    JOY, AND DADDY SAM, CELEBRATING JOY'S FIRST BEST IN SHOWS....................

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Pictured above is a colored pencil photo of Fanny Mae, Maisie Rae, Abby and Magee at the Kennel Club USA Show.

                    

                 "WHITE STAR'S HOW DO YOU LIKE ME SO FAR" (MAGEE), A 4 MONTH OLD PUPPY

            SON OF iNT'L., CANADIAN, AMERICAN CHAMPION SWAN CREST HOPE FLOATS WHITE

         STAR, "BERNICE" AND AMERICAN CHAMPION WHITE STAR'S SAM'S WATCHIN' EWE "SAM"

          WON JUNIOR PUPPY BEST IN SHOW AT HIS VERY FIRST SHOW.  OWNED AND SHOWN

           BY SUE CONYERS, OF ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLORIDA.  WATCH OUT FOR THIS GUY!!

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  GCH, CH WHITE STAR'S PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS, "MAISIE RAE", TOOK HER

  THIRD BEST IN SHOW WITH KENNEL CLUB USA!!  MAISIE RAE IS THE DAUGHTER

  OF CH WHITE STAR'S CARLY ROSE AND GCH, CH WHITE STAR'S BENTLEY Z BLUEGRASS.

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BRADY WINS BEST OF BREED AT WESTMINSTER!!

 

        
BIS, BISS Ch White Star's It's A Sirius Family Affair "Brady" has done it all, as of this morning.  He won Best of Breed at Eukanuba in December, won Best in Show, won the National Specialty, and now, Westminster.  There's probably more but I'm so excited I can't even think.
 
Congratulations to Brady's owners, Vu Nguyen and Greg Dotzman, and to Martin Cabral and Beverly Wilson for taking such good care of him, grooming him and showing him to perfection, and to all of you for supporting us and loving him so much.  A very special thank you to Julane White, who picked him out five minutes after he was born.  We know you're watching him from above.
 
 
   HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY DEAR BRADY MAN!!
             We love you and wish we could be there with you tonight!
 
Jeff & Merrilee (human Mom and Dad), Ch White Star's Sweet Little Liza Jane, Ch White Star's Paddington Bear (furry Mom and Dad) and your furry son, "Stonebrook's Ewe 'R White Star Family", Brady Jr.

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                                 DAPHNE JOY BEACHLER ENJOYING HER VALENTINE'S ROSES

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                       "BARK, THESE HAIRY ANGELS SING.....GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING!"

 

               

                                MAGEE, BUSTED AGAIN!!

 

                  

                       

                               BET THERE'S SOMETHING GOOD IN HERE!

 

                       

                                            BRADIE AND HIS CHRISTMAS MOOSE

 

                       

                               CAPPY WRAPPED IN HIS CHECKERED FLAG

 

                                                                        

                       

                                    MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL...........

        

          

       All is calm, All is bright.......

                   (well, maybe not calm, but it is bright)

Jeff and I wish you all a very peaceful holiday season, filled with warmth, love and joy..............

 

                

Tuppence Armstrong from Seal Beach, CA.  "I'm not happy with this tree on my head!"

             

                      

                       Oreo and Lexi Wilson, of Katy, Texas

 

               

                        Shadie and Riley Haas of Sanford, Florida

 

               

Wonderful homemade gifts arrived from Violet & Henry Higgins Landau in Linn, Oregon

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          Jeff & Merrilee,  are the first PON Breeders to be awarded the AKC BREEDER OF MERIT Award!

                                 

                          

                      

                         We are honored to be accepted into this very prestigious group of AKC Breeders.

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         BISS, BIS, CH WHITE STAR'S IT'S A SIRIUS FAMILY AFFAIR "BRADY"

                                

                                      BRADY WINS AT EUKANUBA THE 2ND TIME IN 3 YEARS!  

                           CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL.  JULANE WOULD HAVE BEEN SO PROUD.

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                                                Newest Baby White Star at 13 days

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                                    THANKSGIVING DAY.....PUPPIES TURN 1 WEEK OLD

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                              NOVEMBER 18, 2010: 3 BOYS (2 CHOCOLATES) & 3 GIRLS!!!!!

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                                                           DANCING WITH THE STARS 2010

              CARLY ROSE AND JEFF SHARE A SPECIAL MOMENT AT FRIDAY EVENING COSTUME PARTY

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               Had to show off our Pooh dog picture, taken yesterday.  Pooh's enjoying life ...as always.

                             Pooh will be 12 years old November 13th.

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   CHAMPION WINSTON CHOSEN AS CALENDAR MODEL FOR DECEMBER, 2010...ONE VERY HANDSOME GUY

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            COLORED PENCIL PORTRAIT OF TUPPENCE ARMSTRONG, RELAXING AT HOME IN SEAL BEACH

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                                Ch White Star's Tao of Pooh                          Ch White Star's Carly Rose

                                            "Winnie"                                                    "Carly Rose"

    Mother and Daughter portraits above, painted by Sally Smyth, a very talented Artist, and a good friend.                                 

                  Sally's portraits are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without her written permission.

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NEW CHAMPION: CH WHITE STAR'S PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS "MAISIE RAE" STRUTS HER

STUFF WITH HER "DADDY JEFF." (For those of you that remember our OLIVIA....Maisie is her clone.)

                       

        MAISIE RAE LOOKING LIKE OLIVIA AT HER BEST!! MAISIE IS OLIVIA'S

        GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER!!!

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             JUDGE DONALD BOOXBAUM, GINA AND BENTLEY.........GROUP 3!!!!!!!!!!

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                                                Elli Mae with her 2 day old babies............as beautiful as ever!!

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               ELLI MAE PROUDLY SHOWS OFF HER AND BENTLEY'S 1 DAY OLD BABIES!!

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                       Carly had 2 gorgeous puppies yesterday...a boy & a girl.  Pictured above is the boy,

                        Riley Haas, new brother to Shadie Rae Haas, of Sanford, Florida, pictured below.

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                                    MS. SHADIE RAE HAAS....ALWAYS A FASHION STATEMENT!

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                 Smiling on Easter Sunday...Benson Teall at almost 6 months old.  Tarpon Springs, Florida

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                       GINA AND BENTLEY AT THE PALMETTO SHOW ON EASTER SUNDAY

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                                   MAISIE RAE ALL DRESSED UP ON EASTER SUNDAY

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                PATTON AND WINSTON ROTH...IT DOESN'T GET MUCH CUTER THAN THIS!!

                                   HAPPY EASTER FROM THE "BOYS IN SAVANNAH!"

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            TUPPENCE ENJOYS MORE OF A LAZY SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN SEAL BEACH

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                       PATTON AND WINSTON ROTH GETTING READY TO ROCK

 

                   

                                             LET THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN!

      Grandpa Higgins accompanied Bentley, Maisie Rae, Merrilee & Jeff as they headed for 2 days of shows in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  This was the first time we've ever attended these shows, but can certainly tell you it won't be our last.  The shows were held on the stunning grounds of the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn.  The weather was perfect and the beauty of the setting was surpassed only by the gracious hosts, the Hilton Head Island Kennel Club.  Everyone we met, including Donald Brown MD, Show Chairman and Club President, went out of their way to make all exhibitors feel special.  I spoke to many people at the show who raved about this Club and their Shows, and make it a point to come back every year.  You can be sure it's already on our calendar, but this time, we'll add a few days so we can visit the rest of this magnificent area.

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                                MAISIE RAE PARADES BEFORE THE SHOW

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SHOW TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            

                    

                              BENTLEY says "Hey Mrs. Judge, I'm over here!!"

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                       MAISIE RAE LOOKING AWESOME IN HER NATURAL SHOW STANCE

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                     MAISIE RAE'S DADDY, BENTLEY, IN HIS NATURAL SHOW STANCE

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    FATHER AND DAUGHTER TEAM, BENTLEY AND MAISIE RAE, WIN IN THEIR GROUPS

                   

                        BENTLEY, WINS HIS 3RD GROUP 3 IN 3 WEEKS ....and

                             

   MAISIE RAE and JEFF WIN A GROUP 4 IN BEST BRED BY EXHIBITOR

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                         Gina Helmbrecht and Champion White Star's Bentley z Bluegrass

Gina Helmbrecht and Bentley posing on the dock after the shows on Sunday afternoon.  Gina, owner of  Champion PON, Westminster and Eukanuba Breed winner, Champion White Star's Zachary T, "Zach", handled Bentley on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, taking Breed all three days and a Group 3 on Friday.  A great team!!

                   

                             Judge Dr. Albert Bianchi, Gina and Bentley

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White Star's Plays Well With Others, "Maisie Rae", made her big debut this weekend, and did it in style.

Maisie Rae is the daughter of Bentley and Carly Rose, and was handled by her human Daddy, Jeff.  Maisie

picked up 5 points toward her AKC Championship.  We are very proud of Maisie and her Dad, Bentley.

  

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      A very, very happy owner/handler, Jeff, winning a Group 3 with his boy, Bentley.           

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                                       Gina and Bentley share a 'tender moment'

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Priscilla is not only a beautiful show dog, but is quite a character to boot.  Always busy.....

           

                    Prissy says, "I got him Mom, now what do I do with him?"

         

                    Prissy on the Movie Set of Beethoven...the Reel Story

         

                        Prissy charming everyone at the Camp Grounds

           

         Prissy the mud dog..............

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                                VIOLET LANDAU, SENDS LOTS OF PON KISSES

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                            MASIE RAE IN HER PLAID BERET...January 17, 2010

                

                THIS IS ME, DON'T YOU THINK?  Maisie Rae January 17, 2010

               

                CARLY ROSE, not to be outdone by her daughter, Maisie Rae

               

                MOLLY POPPER....CARLY ROSE'S SISTER (secret service)

               

     BENTLEY, in his CAMO Hat, not to be outdone by his wife, Carly, and daughter, Maisie

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                         MOLLY POPPER KASPER WISHES ALL A GREAT NEW YEAR........                                        

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MAY YOUR NEW YEAR BE FILLED WITH ALL THAT YOU LOVE, AND WONDERFUL SURPRISES...

Our wishes to all, with love and sloppy kisses....White Star PONs

           

                      CH WHITE STAR'S TAO OF POOH  "WINNIE"

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            CH WHITE STAR'S BENTLEY Z BLUEGRASS "BENTLEY"

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                CH WHITE STAR'S CARLY ROSE "CARLY ROSE"

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                 CH WHITE STAR'S KISSIN' COUSIN..."ELLI MAE"

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        CH HOPE FLOATS WHITE STAR  "BERNICE, OR NEECIE POOH"

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     WHITE STAR'S PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS  "MAISIE RAE"

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        HIGGINS SHARING MAISIE RAE'S BIRTHDAY CAKE ON NEW YEARS EVE

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                        WHITE STAR'S OREO WILSON, OF KATY, TEXAS

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                CH WHITE STAR'S BELLE FLEUR  "BELLE" ...CHELSEA, MICHIGAN

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         Molly Popper Kasper and her Dad, Bill, send holiday greetings from Riverside, CA

We have to show you some other photos of Molly Popper taken over the past few years.  Molly Popper was 6 years old on October 8th, and is probably one of the most photogenic PON's we've ever seen.  She is an AKC Champion and is from one of the most famous White Star litters.  Molly Popper's brothers and sisters include Champions Carly Rose, Belle, and Miseu.  Another littermate is Lily Anne Wilkison, who is the mother of our Bentley, and Jenny Devlin's Princeton...both Champions. (Princeton will be competing at Westminster in February, 2010)  She is the daughter of our Higgins and Pooh.  We couldn't be more proud of her.

               

                               Molly Popper in her Secret Service Mode

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                 Molly Popper...Book Club of the Month

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                        Carly Rose Cirtwell in Ocala, with her snowmen ears

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                    Elli Mae Cirtwell getting ready for Reindeer Duty.

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                                Maisie Rae and her reindeer, Bentley

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                                    Elli Mae says "I'm outta' here!!!

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                                      Bentley as an Elf....

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                     Bernice Cirtwell, loves her snowmen!!

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                    Higgins looking very regal as a reindeer.

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                        TUPPENCE ARMSTRONG SENDS HOLIDAY KISSES FROM SEAL BEACH, CA

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              "You misunderstood!  I said I wanted the really BIG bone!"   BEAR MAUCH, Ocala, Florida

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                                        EMMA MILLER'S FIRST CHRISTMAS...Foxboro, MA

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                           POOH AWAITING SANTA AND THE REINDEER IN OCALA, FL

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                                           PUPS TURN 4 WEEKS OLD....ABBY AND THE BOYS

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         HIGGINS GREETING SOME OF THE EARLY ARRIVALS AT THE HOST HOTEL, LA QUINTA.

                  Left to Right: Sandy Beachler with Daphne, Dave Haas with Shadie Rae (hiding),

                       Earl Beachler with Maisie Rae, and Rich Mauch with Bearington Bear.

 

    

PONS: Higgins, Liza Jane, Princeton, Shadie, Meg, Stella, Bear, Daphne, Maisie, Gabbe, Blossom, Kozi, Jilli, Frances

PEOPLE: Jeanne Richter, Dr. Stanley Antanoff, Jenny Devlin, Dave Haas, Bill Gilchrist, Debbie Snyir, Rich Mauch,

                         Sandy and Earl Beachler, Sam Ferris, Dianne Bunnell, Virginia Chirchirillo

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        Paddy and Merrilee reunite!! Barbara            Jeff and Paddy in Veteran Ring with Judge James Noe

            Stransky in deep conversation.

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Debbie Snyir and the very attentive Stella..................   Stella on her recall...here I come Mom!!!

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                                         Mom told me to stay, so here I am....

                                

           Still staying and doing what Mom asked of me.  I can see her smiling at me.

                                    ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, IT WAS A GREAT DAY!!

      CLICK ON CURRENT NEWS FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE WEEKEND!!!!!!

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        PUPPIES START EATING, AND WEARING, "REAL FOOD", AT 3 WEEKS 3 DAYS OLD!

                           

                                          CLICK ON PUPPIES FOR MORE PHOTOS..................

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               Just returned from a fun weekend in Deland, Florida.  We stayed at Shadie Rae's parents home in Sanford, Florida...Dave and Laurie Haas.  If he ever loses his "day job" someone needs to hire him as a master chef!  They entertained us with several bottles of White Star Champagne, and the most awesome filet mignon's we've ever had.  After getting into the 2nd bottle we convinced them that they needed to show 3 1/2 month old Shadie Rae, in a Puppy Match the next day.  Well, let me tell you, she and Dave were awesome!  Photos below.  She took a Puppy Group 3!  Long day, but we're so proud of her, and them!

                   

Shadie Rae and Dave....very first time in the ring for both of them!  Fabulous!!!

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More from Deland....

                           

Rick and Debra drove down from Savannah, Georgia, with their gorgeous White Star Champions Winston and Patton.  Wish we could have spent some more quality time with them in this short weekend.  Look at these two photos of Rick and Patton....what most of you don't know is that Rick is a Medical Doctor, with his own practice, specializing in Infectious Disease...he is also a pilot.  Having said all that....they could afford to have professional groomers and handlers, but they do everything themselves.  Rick has personally groomed both of their boys since Day 1.  Both of them have coats that most of us would die for!!  His professional schedule includes hospital rounds, starting at 4 A.M., patient appointments from 8 A.M. till 5 P.M.  His lunch break always involves Winston and Patton.  Unlike most Doctor's, Rick doesn't do a lot of social life...his schedule, and his love, is grooming and training his PONs.  The gorgeous coats on both of his PONs are because of his dedication and love for this breed.

As many years as we have been in this breed, we could never compete with the coats on their dogs.  We are so proud of them!!

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                Bentley and Jeff...Best of Breed!!

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                       MAISIE RAE (6 MONTHS OLD) WITH DAD, BENTLEY AND MOM, CARLY ROSE

                               

                                BERNICE IS FLYING..................NOT TOO BAD FOR A NEW MOM!

                               

                                       HIGGINS SAYS THERE IS NO NEED TO RUSH

                              

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             FOUR GENERATIONS:  Left to right:     Bentley, Maisie Rae, Carly Rose, Pooh, Higgins and Bernice        

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                                        If this picture shows up in my baby book, somebody is gonna' die!!!!

                                    

                                                    What do you think?  It's my new punk look!

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                             SEE MORE 4 WEEK OLD PHOTOS....CLICK ON PUPPIES, TO THE LEFT

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JUNE 25:  SEE HIGGINS IN AUGUST 2009 ISSUE OF DOG WORLD MAGAZINE (available at Barnes & Noble now)

                                                                 

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                        MAISIE RAE, BENTLEY AND HIGGINS RESTING AFTER BIG GROOMING DAY.

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                                              BENTLEY, LOOKING SO HANDSOME!!!

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                                        U-ACHX, UCDX, WHITE STAR'S CHELSEA, UD, OJP, OAP

                                                        OCTOBER 31, 1996 - JUNE 4, 2009

                                                           GOD'S SPEED, SWEET CHELSEA

                                        Beloved daughter of Amber and Richard Farrell, Quinton, Virginia

                                    Missing her beautiful smile, especially by her younger brothers, Breeze and Sam

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                    BENTLEY AND HIGGINS RESTING ON THE BRIDGE...FROM OUR TENNESSEE VACATION

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                    POOH AND CARLY ROSE GIVING THE SEAL OF APPROVAL ON THE CABIN

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                    BENTLEY...LOVING THE FREEDOM TO RUN LIKE THE WIND.....CLICK ON CURRENT NEWS TO     SEE MORE VACATION PHOTOS.

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                                              MAISIE RAE AT 4 MONTHS OLD

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EASTER SUNDAY...WAITING FOR DAD TO THROW THE BALL!  Maisie Rae, Bentley, Elli Mae, Pooh, Bernice, Carly Rose

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ELLI MAE, BENTLEY, MAISIE RAE AND CARLY ROSE, STILL WAITING FOR THE BALL TO DROP.

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WINNIE THE POOH, AT 10 1/2 YEARS OLD, ENJOYING HER VERY OWN "PON PLACE"

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HERE IT COMES!!!  POOH, CARLY ROSE, ELLI MAE, BERNICE AND BENTLEY.................

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               "I've got her in sight, Dad.  She's got all the credit cards...better step on it!"

                Super Sleuth, Champion White Star's Sir Winston Churchill..."Winston" Roth

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LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE 2 PHOTOS BELOW.  THEY ARE NOT THE SAME PON.  THE ONE ON THE TOP IS OUR NEW PUPPY OUT OF CARLY ROSE AND BENTLEY, "MAISIE RAE".  SHE IS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF OLIVIA AND HIGGINS.  THE ONE BELOW IS HIGGINS. THE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN 7 YEARS APART.  AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                               

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                                     INTRODUCING,  "WHITE STAR'S PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS"  (MAISIE RAE)!

                                           

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                                                                    OLIVIA DUCK DIVING

                                             

                                                                    OLIVIA HERDING SHEEP

 

                                

                                                        OLIVIA BEST IN SHOW

 

                                                           

                                                                        BABY OLIVIA'S FIRST GROUP 1

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                                 PUPPIES AFTER THEIR FIRST BATH...GETTING READY FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

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                                   GRANDPA JEFF SOCIALIZING WITH PUPS...GETTING KISSES AND NIBBLES

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                                                                 A MIDNIGHT SNACK

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Ch Flinkbein Wyntr White Star, "DAPHNE BEACHLER", relaxing on the "forbidden sofa."  How can you refuse this look?

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                         Puppies turn 1 week old.  Click on PUPPIES to see more photos

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                A very happy Stella Snyir, from Charleston, SC, practicing for her obedience trials.

                                    

                    Stella and Mom, Debbie Snyir, during another perfect session!!

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 HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM "DOWN UNDER."  MADDIE AND CONNOR JENKINS ENJOY AN AUSTRALIAN CHRISTMAS PARTY.  Connor is the #1 PON in Australia...he is the son of Liza Jane and Paddington Bear...brother to Brady, Rosie, Andi, Simon, Cooper and Lily PON.......

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    A VERY HAPPY BREEDER AND HANDLER:  BRADY WINS BEST OF BREED AT AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL

            Judge Linda More with Brady's buddy and handler, Martin Cabral, and a very proud breeder, Merrilee Cirtwell.

        A huge thanks to owner, Norm Bogdanow for making this all possible.  This one is for you, Julane !!!

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              Celebrating Brady's win, watching the beautiful Long Beach sunset from the deck of the boat we were staying on.

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*PUPPIES TURN 7 WEEKS OLD PICTURED BELOW IS DAD HIGGINS AND BOGEY.  SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PUPPY PAGE.

                                   

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                                  NOT TOO TIRED TO ACCEPT THE BEST IN SHOW RIBBON!!

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                                                                         PUPPIES TURN 4 WEEKS OLD!

                           

                                                Bernice and pups dining in the Play Gym

                           

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          JEFF AND BRADY SEE EACH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4 MONTHS...A REAL EMOTIONAL MOMENT!!

 

                   

 

                   

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                             Carly Rose, Elli Mae and Higgins

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                                                Would somebody just throw the ball ?

              Bentley, Liza Jane, Elli Mae, Higgins, Pooh, Bernice, Carly Rose and Brady, being very patient.

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                       A windy afternoon...Bentley, Liza Jane, Pooh and Brady enjoying their Sunday afternoon

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                                                    Sweet Little Liza Jane....May 11, 2008

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                                                              Sisters.......Carly Rose and Liza Jane

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April 13, 2008:  Bentley, Elli Mae and Brady play "sofa ball!"  Beat's the Florida heat!

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April 5, 2008:  Brady started his show career 1 year ago today, at the National Specialty, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was just 7 months old, and, in 4 days, was a New AKC Champion!  He is currently ranked #1 PON in Breed and ranked #1 for the AKC/Eukanuba 2008 National Championship.  Brady shown above with Jeff and Judge Roberta Campbell accepting his Group 3!!

 

                           

                                        BRADY AND JEFF ON THEIR WAY TO A GROUP PLACEMENT

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  February 19, 2008:

                                                        Ms. Ellie Mae

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February 16, 2008:  It's 75 degrees,  on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, in Ocala, Florida, and the White Star kids decided to take 3 month old, Elli Mae, out to teach her "how to play ball."  Big surprise!  Elli Mae already knew how to play ball.  "Super Ball Stars", Pooh, Liza Jane, Bernice and Bentley were amazed that their little sister's feet barely touched the ground.  Proud Dad, Higgins, was loving it!!

                                

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                             Liza Jane and Bentley, in hot pursuit

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                           Hey, Dad, what ya' got there??   Higgins, Bentley and Elli Mae

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                    Bernice and Elli Mae, not quite fast enough for 9 year old Pooh

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                         Pooh catches it on the fly, and the race is on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                  Hey, guys!  Isn't it time for a nap?  Pooh, Bentley (with the ball), Elli Mae, Bernice and Liza Jane

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                                                          I think I'll sit this one out.

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        Super Bowl weekend found Brady and Grandpa Jeff, watching Brady's namesake, Tom Brady, the New England Patriot's Quarterback, from the comfort of our family room.  Both Brady's actually share the same birthday...August 3rd.

                                       

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                                            Brady and Bentley watching the half time show

                   

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While Elli Mae attempted to put on a half time show of her own, in her "sheepie disguise". ...a PON in sheeps clothing???

                           

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                                                            We also had some PON ghosts attending???????????????

                       

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Elli Mae...                                    

 Judge, I'm a Polish Lowland Sheepdog and I'm supposed to be judged down there with my strawberry!  

                       

                      Can't go anywhere without my strawberry!

 

                        

                                       Cute butt, eh?  Hey, where's my strawberry?

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                            Olivia with her Great Grandson, Bentley

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                    Olivia, looking great at 14 years old

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                            CH WHITE STAR'S IT'S A SIRIUS FAMILY AFFAIR   "BRADY"

Brady started his show career on April 5, 2007, at the National Specialty in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was 7 months old when he and Jeff boarded the plane to fly out to Brady's first AKC Shows.  Little did we know what a hit this charming guy was going to be.  Brady finished his AKC Championship in 4 days with four, 4 point Majors from the Bred By Exhibitor Class.  He, and Jeff, thoroughly enjoyed hangin' out in Vegas and went everywhere Jeff went, including the Annual Meeting.  Brady flew home as a new Champion, and resumed his wonderful life with his co-owner, Julane White, in Citra, Florida.

Brady was shown at a few shows in Florida, as the year progressed...and, at 16 months old, Brady finished the year 2007 with 24 Best of Breed wins, and several Group placements, ranking him the #4 All Breed Polish Lowland Sheepdog and the #6 Ranked PON in Breed Points.  He is currently ranked #1 PON IN BREED and ranked #1 for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship 2008!  Brady will be 20 months old on April 18, 2008, and has taken Best of Breed at every show in 2008, plus several Group Placements.  We are so very proud of him.  Jeff and I really believe that Brady is the "best PON" we have bred to date.  He seems to "have it all"...structure, balance, flawless movement, top line, gorgeous head, strong bone, incredible coat, and the most wonderful personality!  He loves everyone, AND he LOVES to show!  When he's not showing, he can be found digging holes in the mud at our house, flying over the top of the sofa or following you everywhere with a ball in his mouth, just in case a game might evolve.  He is also known to wait until you're snoozing on the sofa, and then climbs up on you and tries to put a stuffed toy or a ball in your mouth!  Ask Julane...she's had to remove several.  Brady is always happy and brings a lot of laughter wherever he goes.

Brady is the son of Ch White Star's Paddington Bear (Paddy) and Ch White Star's Sweet Little Liza Jane....Grandson of Higgins, and Winnie...Great Grandson of Olivia.  He is the brother of "Connor", who is currently setting records in Australia.  Do I sound like a proud Grandma?  You bet!

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                 Brady and Merrilee in Orlando...December, 2007                        

                                                    

                                          

                               

 

                                       

 

                       

                   

                   

                       

       

 

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                14 YEAR OLD OLIVIA STILL STRUTTIN' HER STUFF

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                      JEFF AND POOH LOOKING GREAT!  POOH IS 9 YEARS OLD.

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                                NOVEMBER 11TH.....INTRODUCING TEAM WHITE STAR'S 31ST CHAMPION

                          CH WHITE STAR'S SPARKLING ROSE, "ROSIE"

                                

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                                    Jeff and Rosie on her down and back

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            AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2007

We are so proud to announce that  7 Champions from "Team White Star" have received their invitations to compete in this prestigious event, in Long Beach, California, December 2nd, 2007.  6 of them finished in the Top 20, and two finished from the Bred-By Exhibitor Class.  Congratulations to all of you.  It is one of the greatest compliments any Breeder could ever receive.  We thank all of you, from the bottom of our hearts, for making this "dream come true."  Pat & Jan Wilkison, only had 1 litter with their White Star's Lily Anne, and 2 of them finished in the Top 9!  What a thrill for them!     Jeff and Merrilee

    #3    Ch White Star's Bentley Z Bluegrass "Bentley" (Winnie and Higgins Grandson)  

            Bred By Pat & Jan Wilkison    Owners: Jeff & Merrilee Cirtwell, Ocala, Florida

    #8    Ch Zhiggins Goral White Star Z Banciarni  "Higgins" (previous winner of Eukanuba & Westminster)

            Bred by Barbara Rayska-Swist    Owners: Jeff & Merrilee Cirtwell, Ocala, Florida

    #9    Ch Bluegrass Ivy League Z White Star "Princeton" (Bentley's brother; Winnie/Higgins Grandson)

            Bred By Pat & Jan Wilkison    Owners: Jenny & Steve Gough, Laguna Beach, California

    #11    Ch White Star's It's A Sirius Family Affair "Brady" (Paddy/Liza Jane's Son,  and Olivia, Winnie

             & Higgins Grandson)    Bred By:  Jeff & Merrilee Cirtwell    Co-Owners:  Julane White, Jeff &

            Merrilee Cirtwell.   Brady also finished in the Bred-By-Exhibitor Class.

    #15    Ch White Star's Sam's Watch'N Ewe "Sam"   (Son of Daphne & Zach; Grandson of Olivia)

                Bred By: Merrilee & Jeff Cirtwell    Owners: Amber & Richard Farrell, Quinton, VA.

    #20    Ch White Star's Winston Churchill "Winston" (Son of Daphne and Higgins)

                Bred By: Merrilee & Jeff Cirtwell  Owner: Richard Roth, MD, Savannah, GA.

    Bred-By Class:  Ch White Star's Scarlett O'Beara "Scarlett" (Daughter of Daphne/Higgins;Winston's sister)

                Bred By: Merrilee & Jeff Cirtwell  Co-Owned: Gerard Plank, Jeff & Merrilee Cirtwell

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                           JEFF AND BERNICE AT THE ST. JUDE SHOWCASE OF DOGS...MEMPHIS

                       

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                                            MORE PHOTOS FROM MEMPHIS

                      

                         Jeff and Bernice in the Herding Group

                

                                                                         

                                                                           Rosie and Brady's Mom, Liza Jane

                           

               Our Sweet Little Liza Jane, looking beautiful after her bath on September 23, 2007

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                                    BOOKENDS..................HIGGINS AND BENTLEY

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                                            HIGGINS, BENTLEY AND LIZA JANE

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                                         WINNIE THE POOH...10 YEARS OLD NOVEMBER, 2008

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                               HIGGINS AND HIS KIDS

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                   LAUREN CONYERS AND HER NEW PALS

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                        Pups at Doggie Disney World

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                            Little Girl asleep at Doggie Disney

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            At Doggie Disney with Mom, affectionately known as the "chocolate squirrel"           

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        Bernice, and pups having dinner.  Wanted chocolate, not polka-dot!

       

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    "NEECIE" AND PUPS ONE HOUR AFTER BIRTH

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                  Bernice finds a comfortable spot on Day 58!!

  

 

       

        BERNICE CHECKING OUT HER WHELPING BOX.

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       "Look out Higgins.  You've got to lean into these curves!!"

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                    OUR TRIP TO CEDAR KEY, FLORIDA    May 4-6, 2007                       

    Last weekend we took our first weekend off from the show ring in a long, long time.  We went over to Cedar Key, Florida to celebrate our 7th Wedding Anniversary.  Of course we couldn't go without taking some of the "furry ones".  The condo on the Gulf that we were renting didn't look too kindly on 6 PONs, but did agree to two.  So, we took the boys...Higgins and Bentley.  If there was ever a question as to what activity they would prefer...show ring or going on vacation, we had our answer.  We have never seen the boys this happy and full of life and mischief, since our trip to the cabin in Virginia during the snowstorm last February, than we did this weekend...and ever since, for that matter.  Their actions certainly confirmed our decision.

    We spent the weekend cruising the island, with the boys, in our golf cart, taking naps, watching movies, enjoying the sunsets, sampling great seafood from the island restaurants, and, playing ball with the boys, of course.  Bentley was never more than 2 inches from a tennis ball or three!  He even taught Jeff a new trick.  When Jeff got tired of playing ball, Bentley would take one of the balls, go out on the balcony (2nd floor) and push it off the balcony with his nose.  Then he would look at Jeff.  Jeff told him that was a dumb thing to do.  So, Bentley went and got the 2nd tennis ball, looked at Jeff, giving him the chance to play, but Jeff just said, "don't you dare push that ball off the balcony!"  Gentle push...thud!  Fortunately, we only brought 3 tennis balls with us, so, as the 3rd one took the plunge, Jeff just looked at Bentley and said, "now what are you going to do?"  Bentley got up on the sofa and kept looking at Jeff with those big brown eyes and pathetic look.  Within minutes, Jeff was going down 2 flights of stairs, under the house and out onto the beach collecting all 3 tennis balls.  He threw the first one back up into the condo, which delighted Bentley, so he promptly ran and got it, and pushed it back off the balcony to Jeff.  This went on for a while, until Jeff finally realized that he had to carry all 3 balls back up to the condo, and put them on top of the refrigerator, to get a break.  Bentley spent the next hour or so staring at the refrigerator and whining.  Later that afternoon, the game started up again.  I personally witnessed the game in play at least 4 or 5 times.  Of course, Jeff thinks he taught Bentley a new game.  Yah, right!!

                               

Anyone for tennis????

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            VARIOUS PHOTOS.....................

 

Winston Roth hits paydirt!!!  I know there's a toy in there for me!

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CH WHITE STAR'S IT'S A SIRIUS FAMILY AFFAIR....BRADY

                      What can we say about this little guy, except that he has been a winner since he came out of the womb!  Since I have no photos from the shows yet, I'm including a few of him as a baby.  I think you'll see how we knew he was destined for fame.

 

                           

                        Brady at 9 days old.

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                    Brady at 4 weeks old.  "Ride 'em Cowboy!"  He feared nothing.

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BRADY AT THE ORLANDO AIRPORT BEFORE BOARDING FOR LAS VEGAS.

 

CAN'T I FLY UP IN FIRST CLASS?

 

ON OUR WAY!

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      Champion Zhiggins Goral White Star Z Banciarni  aka  "HIGGINS"

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                            WESTMINSTER 2007

 

  The trip to New York was an "interesting" trip.  In some ways, it was "The trip from Hell", and in other ways it was spectacular.  What made the trip worthwhile, was the tremendous outpouring of love and support from our friends.  There were many there, especially for Higgins last show, but right at the top of the list are Elaine Glass, who arranged our hotel, came bearing gifts for us, Higgins and Bentley, and took us out to dinner at the Union Square Cafe...she was right at ring side rooting for us, as she has been for the last 5 years, along with her late husband, Joe.  She is a wonderful friend and has been for over 12 years.  Elaine lives in Connecticut with her 2 PONs, Mr. Toughy and White Star's Diva.  Another great friend and staunch supporter of Higgins is Jeanne Richter who came in on Monday, also bearing incredibly beautiful gifts for us and the "kids".  We got to spend a whole afternoon sipping some White Star Champagne and catching up on all her activities with her two PONs, Zorro and White Star's Zorro's Lovely Zeta,  as well as all the latest news on Camp Gone To The Dogs, of which she is the Director.

For the second year in a row, Deborah Burand, came in from Washington, DC, to cheer for, not only Higgins, but for Ch White Star's Baron (Miseu), who is the littermate to her Ch White Star's Belle Fleur.  Deborah treated us to a congratulatory dinner at Niles, after the show on Tuesday.  Jan and Joe Skrzypczak, who own White Star's Tasha,came in from Connecticut to wish us luck.  Rick and Nancy Deckert flew in on Monday night to support all the PONs, but especially for Pippin, who is their breeding out of Katie and sired by Higgins.  Rick even attempted to take some photos for us with our camera, which was difficult because of the tremendous crowds.  He did manage a few, further down this page.

The biggest surprise of all was when Ails and Terry Jenkins, with their daughter Madison, came up to us in the benching area and gave us big hugs.  Ails and Terry are from Australia, and are the owners of AKC Champion, Australian Champion White Star's It's All In The Family, aka, Connor.  Just the week before I received an e-mail from them while they were on a safari in South Africa.  We had no idea that they had planned this surprise since last July.  Even better, when I asked how long they were here for, they said they were flying down to Florida for 2 weeks.  "That's fantastic!  Where are you staying?"  "With you", they replied.  "YIKES, who's going to clean our house before they get there?"

We could never had made the trip if it weren't for one of our best friends,  Julane White, who worries more than we do about us, keeps track of all the weather and driving conditions, and always makes beautiful special crate pads for our "kids."  This year she made red ones with black suede bones, and had all their names embroidered on them.  She made one for Higgins, Bentley, Miseu and Pippin, so we all matched, as we were benched together.  Last year she made a mink coat for Higgins.  Although since it's been so cold in Florida lately, I see Pooh eyeing that coat, hoping Higgins will let her wear it.  She is in a puppy cut now and needs the warmth.

Higgins and Bentley in the benching area

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Sandy and Earl Beachler and Daphne Joy, made it possible for us to be away for 7 days and not worry about our "girls."  They came and stayed at our home and spoiled the girls rotten.  I can't tell you what a great feeling it was, after the horrible trip home, to walk into our home.  It was spotless, laundry was done, and the girls were all groomed.  It never ceases to amaze us that our PONs have brought so many precious friends into our lives.

We received much support via telephone calls, e-mails and cards from so many friends.  You can't know how much that meant to us.  I'm going to try and list everyone, but am sure I'll inadvertently leave someone out.  If I do please know that it was not intentional.  Thanks to Dale and Jennifer Appel, Virginia Chirchirillo, Jeannie and Frank Collins, Dr. Fred Hall,  Cheryl Cook, Jenny and Steve, Amber and Richard Farrell,  Jan Kaval and Julie Callahan, Dawn Kennedy, Janet and Brian LeNoble, Shirley Maier,  Rich and Bernadette Mauch, Dr. Mary McDaniel and her husband, Tom,  Margot and Bonnie, Teena Murray, June and Jerry Plank, Sheryl Preslar, Miroslav Redlicki, Patty and Scott Riddile, Rick and Debra Roth, Pam and Vic Siehr,  Beth Turgeon, Joline, their wonderful groomer,  Pat and Jan Wilkison and Tim Young, for all your well wishes and good thoughts.

Here are a few of the only photos we got at Westminster.  After those you can read about our harrowing trip home through a snow and ice storm.

Higgins and Mom

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While we were at Madison Square Garden, my wallet was stolen from my purse in the benching area.  It was so jam packed with people pushing and shoving that it was an ideal set up for thieves.  All our credit cards, bank card, drivers license, social security card, cash and irreplaceable photos were gone.  Fortunately, I noticed it within an hour after they took it.  In that short time, they had managed to charge 6 different items to 3 different credit cards, to which I now know is an On-Line Pharmacy called Duane Reade's...obviously drugs were involved here.  They also tried several times to access our ATM's but couldn't figure out the PIN #.  We spent the next couple hours contacting credit card companies, our bank, fraud alert, etc.  Everything was finally cancelled so there could be no further transactions.  The bad news was that we couldn't use them either.  So, now, we're in a blinding snow and ice storm, in New York City, with no credit cards or identification and very little cash...and we HAD to get back to Florida. 

The trip home was the "trip from hell".  We left at 10 PM after the show, trying to get out of New York City before the storm got worse.  We accomplished that, except that we drove into a worse storm...snowing, sleeting, freezing, ice..you name it, we had it.  There were trucks and cars literally sliding off the roads, traveling at speeds of 10 MPH.  Jeff drove while I prayed, for 12 1/2 hours, with a 2 hour break at some rest area in Maryland, so Jeff could sleep at the steering wheel, and I could continue to watch the ice build up on our windshield.  Visibility was zero, and to make matters worse the low fuel light came on so I had to wake him up before we ran out of fuel.  You have to understand, this Yukon has never seen ice and snow before.

Not to dwell on that, we made it to a little cabin in Luray, Virginia about 10:30 the next morning, where there was 2 feet of snow, covered with ice, but it was beautiful!  We couldn't make it up the long driveway, so we had to leave the car on the road and carry everything up the hill.  Here's where the fun starts:  Higgins and Bentley see snow for the first time!  They ran and they leaped and they rolled...it was like a doggie Disney World.

The end of another PON Adventure.  Where will they take us next?

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January 22, 2007

Ocala was good to us this past weekend.  On Saturday, CH White Star's Bentley z Bluegrass took Best of Breed.  White Star's Sir Winston Churchill took Best of Winners for a 4 point Major...his first.  White Star's Scarlett O'Beara won Best Bred By Exhibitor, Reserve Winners Bitch, and took a Group 2 in the Bred By Herding Group.  One we hadn't planned on was Ch White Star's Sweet Little Liza Jane won Winners Bitch giving her a 4 point Major, which we had hoped would go to one of the class bitches that needed it.  She also was awarded Best of Opposite Sex.

Sunday, brought more beautiful weather and some great wins.  Bentley took Best of Breed again, which was his 15th BOB out of the 16 shows he has entered since January 6, 2007.

Winston took Best of Winners and his 2nd Four Point Major, leaving him only 2 more points to go to finish his AKC Championship.

Scarlett took Winners Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex, giving her her 2nd Major..a 4 pointer this time, leaving her only 3 more points to finish her AKC Championship.

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WHITE STAR'S SCARLETT O'BEARA STRUTTING HER STUFF FOR JUDGE PAULA HARTINGER, AND HER DAD, OF COURSE.

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FLORIDA JANUARY SHOW CIRCUIT: BEGAN IN DELAND, FLORIDA, JANUARY 5th,  6th & 7th...MOVED TO SARASOTA JANUARY 9th THROUGH 12th...THEN TO BROOKSVILLE JANUARY 13th THROUGH 21st, AND FINALLY, OCALA, JANUARY 27th AND 28th.  17 DAYS OF SHOWS IN ONE MONTH!!

The Florida Show Circuit allows one to see, compete, and "mingle" with, the Who's Who in the dog Show World.  It is an opportunity to see most of the top professional handlers and top dogs in the United States.  It is a grueling 3 weeks, and, I, for one, have a totally new respect for those folks that do this, week in and week out, all year long.  It's not all glamour and competition.  I watched them set up living quarters for 10 to 20 dogs they are traveling with, and showing.  I watched the endless hours of grooming, exercising, practicing, and clean-up of each of these potential champions.  I watched them race from one ring to the next at record breaking speed, to professionally show a dog entrusted to them, and hope to come out a winner.  Their meals consist of whatever they can grab from a vendor, on their run from one ring to the next...usually 2 or 3 bites and then it's tossed.  Their days start before the sun rises and lasts until the wee hours of the morning.  Most of them are away from their homes, families, and their own dogs, for weeks at a time.  Yes, they occasionally get to go to a local restaurant for a late dinner, but that is the exception, not the rule.

We had the opportunity to show 2 of our PONs during this year's circuit, and we are totally, mentally and physically exhausted...and we live in Florida!  So, when you watch these folks on TV at Westminster and the likes, realize what it took for them to get there...that includes us Owner/Handlers as well.  Hats off to any of you that have earned your rights to compete at Westminster, and Eukanuba.  It took a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and money to achieve these goals.  We will be going to Westminster next month, as will several other of the Champion PONs and their Owners.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to all who participate.  You earned that 15 minutes of glory!

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PICTURED BELOW ARE SOME SHOTS OF BENTLEY AND SCARLETT DURING THE FLORIDA CIRCUIT.

 

Bentley in Brooksville

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Bentley in Deland

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Bentley in Group at Brooksville

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More Bentley in Brooksville

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HIGGINS FINISHES AS # 1 PON FOR 2006!!!!

 

2006 has been a great year for our boy.  In January, he won the Florida Regional PON Specialty.  In February, he won Best of Breed at Westminster.  In June, he won the National Specialty in Illinois.  In October, he turned 5 years old.  Then, in the beginning of December, he took the only Award of Merit at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships in Long Beach, California, and his son, Miseu, won Best Male.  Finally, we went back out to San Mateo, California, winning Best of Breed on December 28th, which secured his title as #1 PON in the United States, based on Breed Points....meaning, he defeated more PONs in 2006 than any other PON.

In his 5 years of competing, he has accomplished so much.  In addition to his great wins in 2006 Higgins won:

Best Male at Westminster 2003 (he was 16 months old)

Best of Breed AKC/Eukanuba National Championships 2005

Award of Merit at Westminster 2005 

Finished in the Top 5 PONs 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

 

Here are some of the photos from our most recent trip to San Mateo, California.

 

We spent some our free time cruising the Pacific Coast

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To say it was windy there would be an understatement.

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Me and my Dad practicing in 50 MPH winds.

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Cruising for chicks in the lobby of the hotel.

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Where are you guys going to sleep?

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Is that Room Service for me?

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The dreaded bath!

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Shakin' it out!!  Everyone runs when I start this .

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My "Down and Back" for Judge Purkhiser.

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Views from our room.  It's not Motel 6!!

We watched  planes land from our room.  It got pretty tricky when the wind gusts got up to 90 mph!

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All this, and #1 too!  A great trip!  Life is good!

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HIGGINS CHASING THE REINDEER

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BENTLEY WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS

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PHOTOS FROM OUR FABULOUS TRIP TO AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA BELOW

 

READY AND WAITING FOR JUDGE'S DECISION:  LEFT TO RIGHT: CH NADZIEJA'S ICY ODYSSEY, CH ZHIGGINS GORAL WHITE STAR Z BANCIARNI, CH WHITE STAR'S BARON, CH SUPER BOGDANKA DZIECHCINEK, CH NOWINKA KOSY DZIECHCINEK, CH BOGDANKAS AMAZING AMELIA

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Left to Right: Twix, Higgins, Miseu, Super, Nowinka, Amelia, Abba Gale

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Twix, Higgins, Miseu, Super

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Twix, Higgins, Super, Amelia

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All of the above photos were taken by Patrice Kiedaisch

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Long Beach Convention Center from the Hyatt Regency side

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Looking toward the Convention Center

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The show site was beautifully decorated with Christmas Tree's and Reindeer

Higgins and Miseu waiting for Santa

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Kris and Miseu in the Breed Ring

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Miseu in Group ring

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Higgins, in the Breed Ring

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Higgins and Mom, practicing in the grooming area   

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Jeff, Higgins, Richard, Chelsea, Amber, Sam, Merrilee

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The PONs were well represented at the AKC/Eukanuba Championships, not only in Conformation, but in Obedience and Agility, as well.  White Star's Chelsea, owned by Amber and Richard Farrell, was the only PON to be invited to compete in the Obedience Championships.  Chelsea is 10 years old and did very well.  Mosely, the famous Agility PON, and his Mom, Elizabeth, were invited to compete in the Agility Championships.  I don't have those results yet.  All in all, it was a Special Week for the PONs.

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We were fortunate to be staying on a yacht, named Nauti Girl, which was located in Rainbow Harbor, directly across the street from the Convention Center.  It was so peaceful after coming back from a day of showing.  Higgins loved being a "boat dog"!  The Harbor was decorated for Christmas with lighted Christmas tree's in the water, Christmas music playing in the Harbor area and we even saw the official lighting of the tree, with Santa being delivered on a fire truck, topped with Santa and his reindeer's, sirens blaring.  It was a trip of a lifetime for us.  One that we will never forget.

Higgins looking for his life jacket

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Captain Higgins

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Higgins hanging out in the salon

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Is this where the chow is served?

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Tough life for a show dog...but, somebody's got to do it!

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Higgins, all worn out, after showing all day.

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Christmas Tree in the Harbor.  We could see it from the boat.  At night it was awesome.

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View from the rear deck of our boat

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View from the right side of our boat

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All good things must come to and end.  I took these photos at sunrise, as we were leaving for the airport.  We came away, relaxed,  with wonderful memories of a good time, with good friends, beautiful weather, successful shows...all in a paradise called Long Beach.

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'Till next year.............

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PUPS NAPPING IN THEIR LUXURY CONDO

 

BABIES ARE SLEEPING AT 3 WEEKS OLD

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WHITE STAR'S BENTLEY Z BLUEGRASS FINISHES HIS AKC CHAMPIONSHIP JULY 16TH, AT 7 MONTHS 16 DAYS OLD!   He becomes the 24th White Star Champion.  Bentley was bred by Pat and Jan Wilkison in Louisville, KY.  His parents are White Star's Lily Anne and Ch Alexandor of Lity-Coco.  Lily's parents are Higgins and Winnie, making Bentley, Higgins and Winnie's Grandson and Olivia's Great Grandson.  We are so proud !

 

New Champion, Bentley, in front, with Liza Jane in back, Scarlett and Princeton

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BENTLEY & FRIENDS WAIT TO GO IN RING

(Little did any of us know he would come out as a New Champion.)

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BERNICE AND BEAR TAKING A REST

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BEAR celebrating in his back yard in Ocala, Florida

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National Specialty Pictures

JUDGE IRENE BIVIN AND HIGGINS

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JUDGE IRENE BIVIN AND BENTLEY

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OLIVIA AT 12 1/2 YEARS OLD, STRUTTIN' HER STUFF!

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QUEEN OLIVIA WINS BEST FEMALE VETERAN

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HIGGINS ENJOYING THE BREEZE AT JAN AND JULIE'S

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HIGGINS AND BENTLEY RESTING ON JAN AND JULIE'S DECK

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HIGGINS AND THE PANSIES

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BENTLEY RESTING ON HIS FAVORITE PILLOW

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Bernice, Princeton and Bentley hanging out on the sofa

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WESTMINSTER 2006 BELOW

Higgins wins Best of Breed at Madison Square Garden, Valentine's Day 2006

Very happy boy and Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

                         HIGGINS IN BENCHING AREA WITH A YOUNG ADMIRER

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