"A good dog never dies, he always stays. He walks beside you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter's drawing near. His head is within our hand in his old way." - Mary Carolyn Davies
In 1974, I bought my first English Cocker, Ch. Pineshire's Star 'N Wyncastle, TD WDX, from Yolanda Brancato. "Josie" arrived and totally turned our world upside down. Prior to getting her, we had never heard of "cocker howl" so one morning, when her alarm went off at 1:00, my husband and I flew out of bed thinking the poor thing had either gotten her head or leg trapped in the crate. We were greeted with lots of kisses and "Josie" ended up sleeping between the two of us.
"Josie" was sired by the top producing sire of all time, Ch. Kenobo Capricorn, ECM, and out of the dynamic, Ch. Kenobo Moonlight Magic and Ch. Dunelm Galaxy, ECM-cross daughter, Ch. Kenobo Spark of Magic. "Josie" completed her championship title at the tender age of 8 months under Ann Rogers Clark at the prestigious Santa Barbara Kennel Club in California. While we waited for her to mature, I put a WD title on her and followed it with a TD and a WDX. Her first litter consisted of one puppy who became the dam of Ch. Wyncastle Sherlock Holmes, ECM. Her name was Ch. Wyncastle Momento to Star-Vue, ECM.
Our second English Cocker was another Capricorn daughter, "Dolly", who was out of the famous Ch. Junebug's Blue Pixy. Both of these bitches were co-owned for a time with Jodelle Burke of Wyncastle.
The first male that we purchased was Ch. Morning Dove Jacob of Star-Vue, WDX. "Jake" was also a Capricorn son and one of the sweetest dogs I have ever known.
Star-Vue has produced 90 champions to date. Several have gone on to obtain other titles such as Tracking Dog, Working Dog or Working Dog Excellent. A few Star-Vue dogs have obtained their obedience titles. Many Star-Vue dogs have won Best in Sweepstakes or Best of Opposite In Sweepstakes, Winners Bitch, Reserve Winners Bitch, Winners Dog, Reserve Winners Dog and Award of Merit at separate specialty shows.
My main goal is to produce English Cockers that are healthy, have good temperaments, the ability to complete their championships and still maintain the desire to hunt in the field. I do not "Special" my dogs very often, as I do not have the time to devote to spending all day at dog shows.
My newest desire is to start competing in Agility events and to, once again, put tracking and hunting titles on my dogs. However, my main thrust has always been as a breeder.
I spend my days taking care of my dogs when I am not working at my grooming shop, "Country Critters", or at my embroidery business with the same name. In my spare time I love to quilt.
I live in Monument, Colorado, with my husband, Bob, and our adopted daughter, Anna.
It has been 15 years since our first independent Specialty where I supported our entry with 6 dogs taking various awards including WB, Best BBE, RWB, and AOM. This time I was 15 years older, again had 6 dogs but, thankfully had my daughter Anna as my helper.
At the two 2012 ECSFGD specialties held on the same weekend, we were awarded, Select bitch, AOM, Best Jr. Handler, 1st in several classes, Winners Dog, Best Bred by Exhibitor, Winners Bitch, Reserve Winners Dog and Best Puppy.
Anna seems to love the showing even more than I do and loved all the loot we came home with, too.
Pictured from L to R - Ch. Star-Vue's Dancing In The Moonlight - "Tango", GCh. Jarde's Chocolate Mist -"Cookie", Star-Vue's Law And Order - "Benson", Ch. Star-Vue's Follow That Dream -"Rocki", Star-Vue's Love Me Tender - "Lovey" and Ch. Star-Vue's Espresso To Go - "Kendel". All are Cookie kids, except Benson, who is a Cookie grandson. All of the above dogs trace back to the first group shot (above) coming down from either Puzzle, Sofie or, in many cases, both.
Star-Vue's Miss Fudgie Brown
Ch. Star-Vue's Silver Saphire, ECM
Ch. Star-Vue's Tess of the West