ABOUT BRET D
Debbie got her first Dalmatian when she was seventeen years old. Little did she or her family realize what impact the Dalmatian would have on their lives. Debbie’s first Dalmatian Oliver’s Aphrodite better know as “DAFFY” was bought from a local breeder. Debbie did show Daffey for about a year in Confirmation. When it became clear that Daffy would not be able to finish her championship, obedience became their new project. Daffy attained her CD within 5 shows, which included going High in Trial at the Dalmatian Club of Detroit Specialty. Ill Health stopped Daffy from competing further in obedience so after obtaining one leg towards her CDX, Daffy was retired to become a couch potato.
Debbie’s first American champion was Ch. Viking’s Bret D. Bret finished his championship at 13 months. He finished with wins including a 5 pt Specialty major by Winner’s Dog from the 6-9 month puppy class at the winter Western Reserve Specialty. Bret was shown most of his career by Carol Shubert who become one of my dearest friends and Mentor. Always shown sparingly, Bret became a multiple group and Specialty winner. Finishing one year as the number 10 Dalmatian. Another notable Bret D Dal was Ch. Tamarack’s Beowulf of Indalane. Wolfen came to us at nearly one year old. He had lived with another Dalmatian breeder who had decided they did not want him anymore & Eleanor Hilen graciously allowed him to come live with us and within the next year he to became an American Champion. My first bitch to finish was Ch. Clockgate’s Mistress of Bret D. Jayne gave me four Champions, she is the grandmother of champions.
In 1983, I had talked to Charlie Garvin about getting a “Sarah” puppy. He mentioned they had a puppy dog who was 10 months old who needed some training & thought “Sam” might be the dog for me. I made arrangements to meet Sam at the Columbus shows the following weekend. Needless to say, my life was NEVER the same. The day saw me bring home the future Ch. Korcula Midnight Star Bret D better known as Charley Dog. Charley sired 53 champions during his lifetime with another 6 that were major pointed but did not finish. Charley produced one puppy, “Coach” better know as Ch. Cyncar Head Coach of Croatia(Dam: Ch. Snwood . Coach & Charley were very similar in head style markings and body type. Coach was Best in Sweepstakes at the 1995 DCA Specialty. Coach sired numerous champions including Ch. Dalcona Living Color Bret D “Belana”. Belana was WB at the DCA specialty in 1998. Belana produced “Becka” Ch. Snow Hill Indy Bret D who produced 7 champions. Becka produced a daughter by the name of “Spotlight” Ch. Bret D Spotlight on Snowhill. Spotlight was bred only once. She had two puppies. One of those puppies was “Major” Ch. Bret D Sergeant Major.
Major’s career had been fun to watch. During his 2 year show campaign he has attained over 160 Best of Breeds, Multiple Group One’s among many other group placements, he also obtained 4 BEST IN SHOWS. He is also the winner of 9 BEST IN SPECIALTIES. His children had won Best Puppy in SHOW (all-breed), Best Jr in Futurity 2008, Specialty winning WD or better at Specialties.
As I look back on nearly 38 years of breeding and showing these beloved dogs, I can say that I am proud to have loved and owned some of the breeds best. Dalmatians have been my life long passion and what a ride it has been. Hoping for more good things still to come!