Monday, September 29, 2014

Heart Health and Dobermans

For everyone involved with Dobermans it is common knowledge that Dilated Cardiomyopathy is prevalent in the breed.  We do the best we can with the tools at hand to selectively breed this condition out of our lines but it is not always possible to control the future based on the past.
I am very pleased to provide the following reports on GCH Dillon's Zipper Ripper CD (Zeus) and Dillon's Stroke Of Midnight (Wiley).  The reports are the results of a 24hr Holter monitor test I did a few weeks ago.  The Holter monitor is the same test done on humans to determine heart conditions.
Wiley's Holter Report
Zeus' Holter Report
Wiley wearing the Holter Monitor 9-8-2014

Dillon's Eye Of The Storm (Ali) Takes Home A Win From Tennessee

Greater Murfreesboro Kennel Club at Middle Tennessee State University was the site for shows on Sept. 28th and 29th, 2014.  Lou Griffin, Owner/Handler, took home a Best Of Winners win with Dillon's Eye Of The Storm (Ali) judged by Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark.  While Lou was showing Ali Mrs. Stenmark commented on what fine condition Ali is in.  Her comment was "she is hard as a rock" while going over her in the ring to determine muscle tone, bone and substance.  This brought a big smile to Lou's face. 
Later while the professional win picture was being taken Mrs. Stenmark commented to the other Doberman exhibitors again on the muscle tone of Ali.  This is to the credit of Ali's owner, Lou.
Lou Griffin and Dillon's Eye Of The Storm (Ali)

  Ali is 16 months old.  She is from my Storm Litter of June 7, 2013.  Littermates Boomer, Colt, and Indi are also in the show ring.  Lou has Ali working some basic Agility exercises in anticipation of her next career.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Dillon's Sound Of Distant Thunder (Colt) is a Winner

From my Ruger X Wiley litter, Dillon's Sound Of Distant Thunder is giving the northeast shows a run for their money.  We know him as Colt. This fine young dog is being shown by his owner for the most part, but the help of a pro handler like Cindy Lane-Smith is always appreciated.  There is alot of dog packed into this package.  Colt in top condition due to the efforts of his owners.  In this picture, his latest win at Lorain County KC in Ohio, you can see he is a standard dog with everything in the right places.  Congratulations Cindy, Ray, and Bonnie.  It won't be long before Colt has the Champion initials in front of his name.  You all make me very proud to have bred this litter.

Dillon's Sound Of Distant Thunder (Colt) with Cindy Lane-Smith handling him

Monday, September 1, 2014

A New Litter for the New Year

Over the last few days I have spent time traveling from Alabama to Iowa and back for a vacation with family from Wisconsin.  Zeus made the trip with me.  He became a good companion for Tramp, my sister's Black Labrador Retriever.   I had time to think about what the next step will be for Dillon Dobermans while driving the 15 hour trip and bringing my horse home.
The breeding between Ruger and Wiley produced some beautiful puppies who are well on their way to champions in the show ring and stars in the performance venue.
Zeus and Wiley produced exceptionally nice puppies also but I did not keep one to live in my house.  That is about to change.
The next step is to repeat the breeding of GCH Dillon's Zipper Ripper CD (Zeus) and Dillon's Stroke Of Midnight (Wiley).  As luck would have it, the timing was perfect when I returned from Iowa with Zeus.  Wiley was very glad to see him.  Puppies are due the first week in November.
This is a repeat breeding that is the same pedigree as the May Day Litter.  The puppies should be ready to go for the New Year, 2015.
What a way to ring in the new year!


Monday, August 11, 2014

A Double Header For Dillon Dobermans

News to share and brag just a little:

 Chatham, VA: GCH Dillon's Zipper Ripper (Zeus) earned his first working title, AKC Companion Dog with Jayne Isbell training and showing him. The trial was at Agility Club of Chatham, VA with Ted G. McCall judging.
Last weekend at Cape Fear DTC in Fayetteville, NC Zeus earned his first qualifying score with Jayne. Zeus is out of CH Blackjack's Red Sword Of Camelot X Dillon's Midnight Liberty.
For the benefit of those who are not in the Obedience loop, it takes 3 qualifying scores to earn the CD title. Jayne and Zeus did this in only two weeks training. The first Q was earned in only a week's time of training with a judge that is known to have a "very sharp pencil". That says alot about the trainer and the dog in my opinion. Both of them are working as a team.

Jayne Isbell and Zeus

New Title ribbon, Third Place Ribbon, Qualifying score ribbon


 Oberlin, OH: Dillon's Sound Of Distant Thunder (Colt) from CH Blackjack's Red Sword Of Camelot X Dillon's Stroke Of Midnight took Winners Dog and Best Of Winners today at Lorain County KC judged by Ole C. Nielsen. Colt is owned by Ray and Bonnie DeAngelis and me.
 I am so very proud of these accomplishments for Dillon Dobermans.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Boomer and Jayne Reach for the Sky in Greenville, SC

June 7, 2013 is a special day because I whelped a spectacular litter of 6 puppies sired by CH Blackjack's Red Sword of Camelot out of Dillon's Stroke Of Midnight.  The first blue puppy I ever produced was in this litter.  I had named him Boomer the minute he was born.  As he took his first squealing puppy breath a huge crack of lightning split the sky with thunder on its heels.

Boomer at 7 weeks old

On August 17, 2013, I delivered the 10 week old blue puppy dog to Ms. Jayne Isbell.  Jayne had been watching his progress through FaceBook almost since the day he was born.  Jayne and I met at a site that was about half way between my house and hers, The TD Convention Center in Greenville, South Carolina. 

As Jayne introduced herself to her new puppy she felt an immediate connection with him.  Thus the journey began.

On July 24th 2014, at the same site where the blue pup and Jayne first laid eyes on each other they accomplished one of Jayne's goals, Owner Handled Best Of Breed.  Below is the quote from the breed alerts that are sent out periodically through the day during the shows:
The breed winner for Doberman Pinscher at Piedmont Kennel Club, Inc., judged by Mrs. Faye Strauss, is dog:
Ch Blackjack's N Dillon's Steel Blue Lightning
(WS 44247604)
Posted as of 04:10:59 PM 07/24/14 Eastern time

Boomer and Jayne
 CH Blackjack's N Dillon's Steel Blue Lightning is his registered name but he will always be our Boomer.