CH. SAUVIES ISLANDER

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DANTE

Dante 1998 

Sometimes I still can’t believe I’m surrounded by white. When I bred my Gordon daughter Hillary, I sent her to Ch. Whisperwind’s on a Carousel, whose 101 Best in Show wins included the 1991 Westminster Kennel Club show, America’s renowned dog show that we watch on TV (or online) every year in February. See him smile below…..he knew he won!  I chose Peter in part because my impressions from photos, videos and word of mouth suggested a good match, but also because I saw beautiful puppies from Peter daughters bred to Gordon. Couldn’t help wondering if that nick worked the other way!

Peter at Westminster KC Show 1991

Peter at Westminster KC Show 1991

It did. I wanted a nice black bitch (and got her), but from day one the litter standout was a white dog. Because Florence Graham co-owned Hillary at the time, she got second pick puppy, who became Silvi, Ch. Graphic Sauvie Quicksilver, now the top champion-producing silver Standard bitch of all time and a major force behind so many of today’s outstanding silvers. The black girl became Hailey, Ch. Sauvie Graphic Shahala (photo below)—so typey with outline and style and one of the prettiest heads I’ve seen. Sadly, given demands of my day job, Hailey was never bred.

Dante Sister Hailey

Dante Sister Hailey

And that white dog became Dante, Ch. Sauvies Islander, who finished his championship as a puppy and went on to multi Group and Specialty wins in a short Specials stint with Kim Russell. Kim commented time and again on Dante’s great temperament, and I nicknamed him “The Force.” In his book The New Poodle, Mackey Irick wrote, “…it has been my experience that to be a super successful stud dog a male must, in addition to excellent breeding, show quality, and abounding health, have real vigor of personality and be aggressively masculine. It seems to take an exaggeration of every poodle characteristic to successfully stamp Poodle character on the progeny…..” That’s our Dante. He was the kind of guy who bursts into the room and says, “I’m HERE! The party can begin!”

Dante at PCA 2000

Dante at PCA 2000

He had faults of course but wasn’t bred to bitches sharing faults and stamped puppies with his virtues, proving especially useful for his attitude and carriage, body, front and gait. I feel so fortunate that he consistently produced his wonderful dancer’s movement that we see far too seldom–such poetry in motion!

Dante1998moving

In limited breeding, Dante became a top producer of conformation and performance titlists, with (to date) 10 AKC champions, two top-producer sons and a top producing daughter. He lived more than 15 years, still “The Force” right to the end, and his legacy continues through new generations.  I snapped the photo below just a few days before he left us.  I believe it was his goodbye gift.

Dante at 15

Dante at 15

 

 

Pedigree of Ch. Sauvies Islander

Parents GrandParents Great GrandParents
Ch. Whisperwind’s on a Carousel  Ch. Primetime Kristofer  Ch. Chase’s Bushwhacker
Ch. Valhalla’s Kristine
 Ch. Pinafore Whisperwind Brooke  Ch. Pinafore President
Ch. Pinafore Pride N Joy of Vodanz
Graphic First Lady  Ch. Maneetas Del Zarzoso Fuego Fatuo  Harbovi’s Heaven Can Wait for Vanitonia
 Del Zarzoso Boquita Pintada at Maneetas
 Graphic Investment  Ch. Ascot Easy Money
 Graphic Opalescent

 

Photos below show just two of Dante’s 10 champion offspring:  Ch. Graphic Poltergeist, Casper, shown winning First Award of Merit at the Poodle Club of America National Specialty, and BIS winning Ch. Makapuu’s Island Boye, Bonus, top Non-Sporting dog in Hawaii for two years.  For more on the Dante son who graced our Sauvie Island lives more than 13 years, see Ari’s page.

Casper PCA 2004

Bonus 2001