search of the perfect Samoyed...
and I saw our first Samoyed in 1960 at a place in northern Florida
called Dog World. They had one example of each breed, all Champions,
each in their own pie shaped kennel run. We looked at them all and
just couldn't get past the Samoyed. The attendant came over and
said that was one of only two dogs he could let out for us to play
with and left him out. That dog just could not enough love and we
were hooked for life.
that was the beginning. We came home and after attending the Samoyed
Club of America national specialty in Wisconsin and watching
Ch. Star Nika Altai of Silver Moon win Best in Specialty Show, we
had to have one of his puppies. He was owned by Lucille Miller.
His granddaughter, Moonlighter’s Altai Star Mist (Misty) became
our foundation bitch. Donna Yokum of Albuquerque, NM, was her breeder.
Her pedigree showed line breeding to the Joli dogs, specifically,
the brothers Ch. Joli Knika, Ch. Joli White Knight.
was major pointed when we sent her to the Pacific Northwest to be
mated to BIS Ch. Saroma’s’ Polar Prince (Peppy) who
was a half brother to the two Joli dogs mentioned above. So we shipped
her off to Dick and Martha Beal who were horrified to have her arrive
with missing 3 teeth and with a fractured jaw. That was in the days
before our nice crates. We will never know what really happened
on that trip. We never showed her again after the loss of those
3 teeth. When she passed away, she was the dam of the #1, #3 and
#7 top winning Samoyeds in the country, thus proving her worth in
the whelping box.
we were looking for a bitch to keep, the litter consisted of 4 males,
0 bitches. Two of them finished and two of them never saw the show
ring but were wonderful companions for young families. Anne Copeland
took one of the show potential puppies and made him into Ch. Moonlighter's
We kept the choice of the litter who became Ch.
Moonlighter's Hallmark (Ike). Ike was an outstanding dog and
dominated the upper Midwest, always novice breeder owner handled.
Finishing with all major wins, he won numerous Working Groups and
placed in the group about 60% of the time.
was very attuned to me and I to him. I swear sometimes it seemed
as though he knew what I wanted before I did. Ike was my
dog and we both knew it.
day we were at a Dog Fair in Waukesha. We had dressed the three
girls up in Eskimo-like costumes, hitched three dogs up to a sled
on wheels with one running along behind as a spare tire and put
on a little demo for a huge crowd of people. Then we noticed a weight
pull going on off to one side. Well, we thought, that looks like
a new game to play. So we borrowed a harness, weighed him in, and
jumped in at the deep end. When Ike understood what we wanted, he
just put his head down, leaned into his shoulders and hauled it
off. He showed some of the other dogs how it should be done that
day, winning his division. Ike had a spotty weight pull career,
mostly pulling at the national specialties, and his personal best
was 1,870 pounds. He was all power and always willing. He never,
remember at one point when the load was getting heavy, he looked
at me and started to bark, clearly saying, "You're crazy. It's
too heavy. I can't do it." This was in front of a huge crowd.
I yelled back at him, "I am not crazy and yes you can!"
And he did! Got a tremendous laugh from the crowd and I think he
was at the top of the standard, had almost black eyes, a working
dog coat, very good bone, an impeccable rear, a perfect front coming
at you with a long upper arm, a tight tail and a wonderful intelligence.
Side gait was what put him over with the group judges. He was an
extremely muscular dog, always in good shape, a credit to the breed.
I put HOAD after his name on pedigrees which means "Hell of
a Dog". Ike produced six champions and a number of wonderful
companions with beautiful temperaments.
second litter was sired by Ch. Kondako's Sun Dancer. Poor Misty.
She happened to be on the East Coast for breeding at the same time
that the Richardsons were hosting a Potomac Valley Samoyed club
meeting. Some of the members wanted to know how a breeding was done,
so Dave and Connie said, C'mon, we'll demonstrate. So Sun Dancer
was taken to the basement breeding area and all of the members filed
down for some education. Misty took one look when she was starting
down the stairs, looked around and said, "Oh no, not me!"
and turned around and headed back up. However, the humans prevailed
and the breeding was done which produced some lovely puppies. Misty
obviously did not think of herself as a demo dog and had a very
MOONLIGHTER’S ICE ‘N SPICE (Pup-Pup)
Our keeper from that litter was Ch. Moonlighter's Ice 'N
Spice, better known as Pup-Pup. She was a beautiful puppy who grew
into a lovely bitch, finishing with all majors in some heavy competition.
Pup-Pup had a great side gait and very nice front. We always felt
her head was a little overdone with a tad more stop that we felt
was right, beautiful dark eyes, a nice shoulder layback, good bone,
terrific pigment and was a joy to live with. I never saw her curl
a lip at another human or dog.
a sire for Pup-Pup was a problem. She was such a nice bitch that
almost any dog we used would be a step down. She became one of the
Top Producing Brood Bitches in the country and one year tied with
her Granddaughter, Ch. Frostyacres I've Been Samkist for the SQ
Top Brood Bitch Award. Anything less than almost perfection would
not fly in the hot competition in Wisconsin at that time. Finally
we chose Eng. Can and Am Ch. Delmonte This Is It (Lucky). Lucky
was an English import and when we used him he was in Salt Lake City.
From Wisconsin, flying to Salt Lake City was a real problem, involving
some transfers, but it all worked out fine. We felt Lucky had the
type we wanted and Pup-Pup could hold the movement. We got Lucky.
Lucky/Pup-Pup breeding proved to be a fortuitous breeding. Among
other very nice dogs, this breeding produced BIS, BISS AM &
CAN CH. MOONLIGHTER’S IMA BARK STAR TT, CAN ROM
Can CH MOONLIGHTER’S IMA BARK STAR TT
and Wayne were a wonderful combination. In the show ring, they were
magic to watch. Bark dominated the upper Midwest in the '70's. While
Bark pulled his 1,000 pounds, we never asked him to do more than
that. He had other fish to fry. He was the consummate show dog with
a wonderful smile, the epitome of breed type and a good mover. His
only problem was that he was not owned by people with big bucks
but just a normal family with three little girls to play with.
was as sweet and happy as he looks in his famous photo. Many a weekend,
we loaded up the station wagon with Wayne and myself in the front,
three little girls in the back seat and two dogs in crates in the
back end along with all of the normal dog show paraphernalia. At
that time, within a 100 mile radius, there were three owner handled
Best in Show Samoyeds competing.
year, we decided to take a dog show vacation and do the Tar Heal
Circuit in the Carolinas. Lo and behold, one of the dogs entered
there was one of the local BIS winners, only this time with a hot
shot professional handler. This was one of the few times when being
an owner handler actually paid off, for the other dog just did not
perform for the pro handler as he did for his owner. After Bark
won three days in a row, the other dog went home.
almost always got at least a piece of the group in the days before
the Working Group was split into Working and Herding. He won five
Specialties, innumerable Working Group firsts and a Best In Show
at the largest show then held in Wisconsin.
more important than his show ring accomplishments, Bark Star appealed
to breeders across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. They sent their
best bitches. Bark was the product of an outcross, but both of his
parents were line-bred to different lines. Perhaps that is the reason
he was able to stamp his puppies with his very appealing and correct
head, his lovely temperament and his solid movement.
puppies won many Stud Dog classes at specialties for him including
the National. One year the Award of Merit winners at the national
were 75% Bark Star kids. Bark produced
about 60 American and Canadian Champions. His kids won specialties,
became therapy dogs, did pack hiking and one of them won the SCA
National Specialty. That was Randy and Kathy Lensen's Ch. Moonlighter's
Ima Spark 'O Bark, a litter mate to Ch Frostyacres I've Been Samkist,
bred by Sharon Kremsreiter. In another area we will give you lists
of Champion offspring for the Ike, Bark Star and Stanley and some
of our bitches.
Ch. Sambushed Spoonful of Sugar bred by Elizabeth
Metz-Simpson. We felt we needed to add a different line to our kennel
for versatility in our breeding plans. Spoonie was BOS at the California SCA specialty in 1986, judged by Bob Ward.
She finished her championship easily and won the brood bitch class
at the national. When bred to the Ike son, Ch. West Free’s
Double Oh Seven (Bond) produced a number of Champions. The most
notable of these was CH. MOONLIGHTER'S GRANDSTANDER, ROMP
MOONLIGHTER'S GRANDSTANDER, ROMP, ROMC, ROMX
At his very first puppy match, Chicagoland Samoyed Club, Stanley
was so confident that he knew who he was that he walked into the
ring and simply owned it. He just stacked up out there in the ring
(and Wayne knew enough not to interfere with him) and said, "Well,
here I am." Yes, he was Best Puppy in Match without our having
decided on a real name for him yet. We were just calling him "Puppy".
After that performance he became Grandstander and that got shortened
to Stanley. He always had tremendous ring presence.
like his grandfather, Ike, Stanley was another of those muscular
dogs. All muscle with a plush coat and wonderful movement. Stanley
won seven Specialties and the day he won the sixth I didn't’t
know whether to be happy or cry for he had broken Bark Star's record.
He won many Working Group firsts and had a wonderful attitude about
personal weight pull high was 2,410 pounds, pulled at an SCA weight
pull, I think the one in Fredericksburg, MD. Stanley and Wayne were
quite a team and I have a video of that pull if anyone wants to
see it. After Wayne died, I didn't know if Stanley would pull for
me. He won BISS at two specialties after that with me at the end
of the lead but I didn't know if he would continue to pull. Took
him to the Wisconsin SCA specialty in 94 and he pulled his heart
the 2003 Annual Award Banquet, Stanley received the first and only
Register of Merit Excellent (ROMX) ever awarded to the Samoyed Club
of America. To achieve this, his puppies had to win enough points
for the ROMC (conformation) and the ROMP (performance). What a dog!
MOONLIGHTER’S IMA GRAND KID
was a Stanley daughter out of Ch.Sno-Kiddin's Silent Running. This
bitch was as close to perfection as I am every likely to own. She
was Best Futurity Jr. at the 91 national in Denver and Best in Sweeps
in Chicago. She was a beautiful puppy who matured into a lovely,
elegant bitch and was a stellar brood bitch. Again, she had that
easy to live with temperament and was the consummate bed dog.
produced 12 Champions including Group winners, Therapy dogs, and
Specialty winners. She also won a Brood Bitch Class at a SCA national
as well as and Award of Merit.
MOONLIGHTER'S GLACIER SKIMMER
Skimmer is by Ch. Alevers Custom Cruiser out of Ch. Moonlighter’s
Ice Star Natasha
is another one that finished with all majors including a 5 pointer
at the Chicagoland Specialty. Skimmer proved to be a stellar brood
dogs include Ch Moonlighter’s Treasure Chest who finished
with all majors, Moonlighter’s That’s My Girl (6 championship
points) who is currently pregnant, Ch. Moonlighter’s Glacier
Skimmer, Shadowoods Shaboom, and Moonlighter’s Simply Nifty.
Oh and the baby puppy Moonlighter’s Hope Diamond. Also, co-owned
with Lynette Sylvester is Moonlighter’s Samkist Surprise who
was RWB at the ’02 national and just received and OFA excellent
on her hips.
dogs include Ch Moonlighter's Treasure Chest who finished with all
majors, Moonlighter's That's My Girl, Ch. Moonlighter's Glacier
Skimmer and Moonlighter's Hope Diamond.
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