Recently several old Spectrum bassets left the mortal world for the Rainbow Bridge. While they have left us behind for a better place they are never forgotten!
Nearly 10 years ago Judy Tuck and I placed Joker with the Bagnell family in Lakeville, MA. Joker was the son of Pru (CH Vision Love Potion Number Nine) and Judy’s Jeremiah (CH Cloverhill’s Jeremiah Bramwell). He never wanted to be a show dog so he became the Bagwell’s beloved basset hound boy and he loved his family back with his whole heart. Joker went to the Rainbow Bridge in November 2015 after a short illness. Sleep well, basset boy.
Coney (CH Tailgate Topsfield Cognac), affectionately known as “Coney Testoni,” came to us from Topsfield Kennels in the spring of 2007, the daughter of Poppy brother, Punch (CH Topsfield Sanchu Hawiian Punch) and one of Gail Allen’s boys, DC Tailgate Stars & Strips 4Ever. I showed Coney to her AKC championship and tried her in the field and obedience rings. She preferred to be a couch potato so in the summer of 2009 she went to live with JD & Lisa Carpenter in West Virginia. Coney went on wonderful vacations with them and had a great life with her new family. She passed away from a rare form of lymphoma in early 2016. See you at the Rainbow Bridge and sleep well, pretty girl.
Dice (CH Topsfield Sanchu Dice Vision Spectrum) went to live with Judith & Neal Wittels of Tuxedo Park, NY in the winter of 2007 after Anne completed his AKC championship. We loved having him in our home but he was destined to become part of the Wittels family. The son of Claudia Orlandi’s Best in Show winner Yahtzee (CH Topsfield Sanchu Yahtzee) and Kai’s sister Phoebe (CH Vision I’ve Got a Spell on You), he was a delightful boy who became the light of dog-mom Judy’s life. He was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, a common cancer in dogs, in February 2016 and succumbed to the disease just a few weeks later. His family is devastated by his passing – we all miss you, Dicey Boy.
Stanley (aka CH Topsfield-Sanchu Confetti of Spectrum) is now enjoying life with Joe Palmenteri and his family in New York. Joe previously had a beautiful red-and-white littermate of Scooter and Noodles named Barney (or Mr. B to his friends). Here are some pics of Mr. B.
Barney passed away about three years ago from lymphoma. He was a wonderful boy and basset hound to the core – note the expert counter-cruising skills. He reminds me a lot of Noodles, in color, face and personality.
When Joe contacted me looking for a new basset family member I knew that he and Stanley would be a match made in heaven – and it’s come true! Stan has found his perfect human and Joe has a beautiful, smart basset boy to be his bud from now on. I don’t think we’d ever be able to lure Stanley back home again!
Stan says, “Noooooo, don’t send me back to Massachusetts.”
“Don’t bother me, I’m sleeping here.”
I’m so happy that Stan has a great home with a wonderful family. See you some day, Stan! Just don’t start rooting for the Yankees …
In the fall of 2014 we placed Hoppy (CH Topsfield Sanchu Spectrum Hopscotch) with Jessica Trigger and her family in Vermont. Hoppy became best-buddies with their beautiful hound-mix named Charlie. Charlie left his family for the Rainbow Bridge yesterday and leaves a hole in many hearts. I didn’t know Charlie for very long or very well but he left a deep impression on me in that short time. Sleep well, little hound.
I haven’t been to a dog show as a competitor since October 2014 due to my recent crazy work travel schedule. I’d like to work on Brownie’s championship so I entered him and Libby in the upcoming Pioneer Valley Kennel Club and Cheshire Kennel Club shows on August 1 and 2, respectively. Several of my basset friends are also entering these shows so I’m hoping for a fun weekend.
Then I really took the plunge and entered the two adults plus puppies Dante and Beatrice at the Pilgrim Basset Hound Club specialty show on August 14 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough. That should be an amusing evening. The puppies have not yet figure out how to walk straight on a leash so my main goal will be remaining upright all evening.
By the way, I finally gave the puppies from the Libby x Douglas litter their final AKC registration names. The four kids are now known officially as:
- Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Beatrice (Beatrice)
- Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Paradiso (Dante)
- Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Purgatorio
- Spectrum Topsfield Vision Dante’s Inferno
Beatrice & Dante live with me while the other two boys live with Sue Frischmann at Topsfield Kennel.
I just learned that one of our old dogs, “Kai”, aka Am/Ber CH Vision Spectrum Infrared Topsfield, went across the Rainbow Bridge to canine heaven on this past Thursday night. Kai was a beautiful red-and-white boy from the first litter we ever bred – CH Vision Keep the Faith x CH Topsfield Orion. Anne easily finished Kai, owner handled from the Bred By Exhibitor class. He was shown by his good buddy Phyllis Wright in Bermuda and easily finished his championship in one cluster, taking Best in Show one of the days.
Kai going best of breed with Anne as his handler
Kai and Phyllis going Best in Show in Bermuda
Kai was bred several times and produced several bench and field champions. He had a mind of his own, even more so that most of our bassets, so he did not have much of a career in the companion events.
After Kai finished his show and breeding career he was lovingly adopted by Nita Lescher and Peter Kent and spent more than 10 wonderful years with them.
Kai enjoyed life in Vermont and the snow
He passed away at the amazing age of 13+ years but will be greatly missed by his family and all that knew and loved him. Rest in Peace, good boy, and see you some day when we all meet in the great dog show in the sky.
I picked up two of Libby’s four puppies from my good friend Sue Frischmann. I’ll add some pictures to this post but the crazy beasts are home and behaving very well in their new environment.
I’ve decided to name this litter (after I clear it with Claudia Orlandi, my co-breeder) after characters from Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. The official names are pending but three boys will be named something like:
- Dante (Alighieri)
- Paolo (da Rimini)
And the girl will be:
What do you think?
Libby’s puppies are weaned and while she still enjoys hanging out with them it’s time for her to come home and resume her competition training. Libby needs 1 more “leg” to complete her AKC Companion Dog title and we need to do some tune-up before starting Rally Advanced and Open Agility. Here is Libby in the midst of her show career.
… God made a dog. Enjoy this wonderful video:
I’ve been waiting to make sure we don’t have any early issues but …
Libby gave birth to 4 red-and-white puppies on February 6, 2015: 3 boys and 1 girl. The litter was safely put on the ground by expert basset whelper Sue Frischmann of Topsfield Kennel of Vermont.
Here is one picture; stay tuned for more as we keep our fingers crossed for continued good health of the puppies. They are still fragile at this age but we’ll give the best possible care and hope for the best!
Back in late November Libby came into season. Under the care of the reproduction specialists at Suffield Veterinary Hospital (Connecticut) she was bred three times to “Dougie” (Daddy Douglas v Grunsven) a Dutch dog of 1/2 American breeding, imported by Claudia Orlandi. Libby is scheduled for an ultrasound on January 7, 2015 and we should if and when we’ll have puppies!