We bred Holly to Am. Ch. Shamont Night Vision and were so excited when the litter arrived. Quite early it was evident that the pick of this really nice litter was the blue girl.
Sizzle grew to be all that we had hoped for, a real quality girl, beautiful headpiece, great body too, very sound mover, and lots of outline. Very much like her mother (we called her "Mini Me" for the longest time), but even better. However, I have always felt that I was SO excited about her, that I pushed her too hard too fast, and she developed a dislike for the shows. She would go in the ring, stand there, but not do anything to help herself stand out or draw attention to herself. Still, she finished quite easily in Canada with a Specialty BOW and some other nice wins. In the U.S. she won 2nd in a huge 9-12 Futurity class at ASSA and also had a Specialty Sweeps Runner-Up and Specialty RWB win. (I sense a theme...a little more showmanship and the top spot could easily have been hers!).
We bred Sizzle twice. The first time we shipped her out and what a nightmare, she was sent back on a flight that didn't come here! She ultimately ended up in a boarding kennel in Philadelphia and if it hadn't been for some very quick and persuasive talking by Terry to the airline, I don't know what we would have done. After all that, she ended up having one very expensive puppy 5 days after her last due date! (Her skateboarding daughter!).
Naturally next time we decided to try closer to home and she had a beautiful litter of five girls, which included Sugar and her multi-talented sisters! All of Sizzle's six girls are out there doing something. It would have been nice to see what else Sizzle could have produced if we had kept on with breeding. Sizzle and Sugar were the ones we kept to go on with "in case" we changed our minds. Sizzle is a sweet, sweet girl and such a fantastic mother. She loves playing with her babies even when they are older. She still initiates play with the two younger girls we have.
I enjoy Sizzle for her delightful sweetness and for the joy in living with such a beautiful dog. There are many pictures of her just being her lovely self throughout this blog. The glam type shots we have of her aren't recent, although she really does look the same today.
Sizzle and her littermates at 7 weeks. Sizzle is the smiling face on the far left. Next to her is her bi-blue brother, Ch. Whitegates Paint Bi Numbers (U.S. pts.). Happy BD, Jester!
Sizzle headstudy at 8 months old.