I have always loved dogs for as far back as I can remember. 🐶🐕
I can remember relentlessly pleading with my mum and dad for a dog. I faced the usual replys that they would end up being left to feed, train and exercise the dog but I was very determined and knew I would look do everything if I got a dog. After a while of walking other people’s dogs, my mum and dad relented and I was to get a dog for my 13th birthday!!! 🎂
This dog was a collie x gsd named Honey and she was highly intelligent as you can imagine from what she was crossed with.
I spent all my time with her. Up first thing to feed and walk her before school a quick pee at lunchtime and a big walk after school. I trained her to do all sorts of tricks including the ability to work out sums by barking the answer by the amount of fingers I held up!!😍 We also made our own agility jumps and on our walk I would get her to jump up on walls and walk along or jump over fallen trees. This today is actually what now is called parkour tho at the time it was just a kid and her dog having fun exercising and enjoying each others company!!🐾🐾
Fast forward to my 21st and I now wished to have a gsd and a friend for my dog Honey.
Zak was a very large male who had been run on to show but sadly one of his ears never became erect so when he was walking towards you he looked like he was waving at you with his soft ear! 😁
Zak was the start of my journey through training and behavioral issues. He was 1yr old when he came to me and had not been socialised enough. He was very reactive to everything and had nervous aggression with the attitude of – ill get you before you get me! He would even jump out his skin if I brushed against a hedge.
His reactivness towards other dogs and people was something I had to work extremely hard on as fear aggression often has no warning. Introductions to other dogs had to be done with extreme care as sometimes he would look like he was going to be good then all of a sudden he would pounce and try to attack.
I learnt an awful lot through this dog and his behavior. I was eventually able to walk him with other dogs, his favourite being a jack Russell called Kim who he adored and she was the boss!! I can recall a hilarious moment at an obedience class where the dogs were all in a down stay and we had to be out of sight, which involved exiting the room. After about a minute I was called back in, as a large male Rottie was trying to mount him while he stayed in a down position. I’ll never forget the look on his face! 😂
I also trained him up to competitive obedience standard. At his very first show he passed and also was the highest placed gsd there so we were also awarded a trophy 🏆😍
My next dog was a gsd called xiggi. I had bought her on breeding terms as by now I wanted to start showing.
Xiggi had a litter of 10 pups and I kept a female who I thought was pick, my mum by this time also had a dog of her own since I’m moved out and made the mistake of naming one of the pups Ellie as she looked like an elephant compared to the rest of the litter!! You can guess where she ended up 😂
The female we kept was not good enough to show but I had spent time training her and I thought at the time I found a perfect home. She was spoiled, had her own room and double bed with more toys than you can imagine. When she went to be speyed as I had recommended, the woman took a holiday from her work to look after her and had phoned me worried one day about the dogs fur which turned out to be dandruff as she was casting! I also had phonecalls about her barking and jumping at the door when the postie came so I suggested getting a wire mail basket at the letterbox. Finally after a call from her partner to say they weren’t coping I went out to collect her. She was in their garden when I arrived which had a small picket fence. When she saw me she flew over it and rushed towards me. The man said she had never jumped it before! This is proof needed that she wasn’t a happy girl. I opened the tailgate and she hopped in happily. The woman was to upset to say her goodbyes.
So Yana was back but through my friend who also had her sister she knew of a great home where she would be treated like a dog and not a baby. She went off happily with me to meet the family in Amulree They stayed away down a track road on a farm with sheep and sheepdogs and four boys who immediately started to play with her. That home was a great home she even learned to round up the sheep!! Yana was depressed living the life of a spoiled dog and treated like a baby she needed stimulation, training and exercise. Without this she started jumping at the post or jumping up at people when she was out (aIthough I was never witness to this.)
By the next litter I retained another female who was my first show dog. She did very well and was placed highly with best bitches and best in show at Scottish breed shows. Finally when she reached the age of getting her hips scored we were in for a shock they were very high and so we would not be able to breed from her 😔 From this litter 3 other siblings were scored and they had fantastic hips. Two with a single figure total. So it just goes to show how even in the same litter by both parents having good hip scores you just can’t tell what the outcome will be.
I carried on exhibiting her for a while, made sure she was always a good weight and exercised her on lead. She never showed any problems throughout her life and eventually died of something completely different at a good age.
Now I had my affix from the kc and had bought 3rd pick girl from a female from Belgium and at that time the litter was born in quarantine….. .
Amulree Kelly @Chiara was by Uri von Amulree and she had inherited his exceptional movement. She wasn’t anything stunning to look at as she didn’t have the black and red gold colour that everyone wants. But, ,when she moved she flowed. She was so well balance and could cover the ground effortlessly – she was a joy to watch!!😍 Her first big show as a pup we travelled way down south where the very highly respected Bo Nymen was judging. He picked her out immediately as being his winner and gave her a fabulous critique. I will never forget that day and the look on people’s faces as they had never seen her before! 😁
Amulree Kelly @ Chiara was not only a great show dog accomplishing 2cc and 1rcc in her career through the UK but was a fantastic brood. In the five litters she produced two top police dogs for the then Grampian police. They had correct temperaments and high play drive that they were looking for. The 1st dog Frisco was one if not their top dog He solved a robbery at the well known jewelers Jamison and Carrie in Aberdeen where he was in the newspapers and the jewelers awarded him with a special medal for his work. ❤️
From her first litter I kept Chiara Cita and her brother Cito. Cito (JARNO)both had good hip scores. Cita also had a fabulous start to her show career winning best puppies and best bitch all over the UK and Ireland. Sadly tho her mum was of correct size but she had a tendancy to produce larger than herself which in turn ended Cita’s unbeaten career as she moved up to junior classes. Cita eventually moved down to live in Wisbech with friends who had admired her greatly so she was pet passported and put in partnership to be mated to a suitable top male in Germany…..
JARNO was only lightly shown though had success in champ shows as well as open He was a lovely dog with a huge head deep brown eyes, gentle nature and a love for carrying soft toys in his mouth! 😁
Next litter produced Chiara Deena and Chiara Defrisco (PDFrisco) Deena did well as a pup but yet again was too large as an adult.
Chiara Evo was a very glamorous brightly coloured male who excelled in his puppy career but yet again was too large as an adult. He was a fabulous natured dog who eventually went to live with Ellie at my mum and dad’s
Chiara Farina and Fangio were kept with Farina winning well in champ and open shows. She like her mum had a lovely gait though though no matter where I hid she would go round the ring scenting the air and if she knew where I was she would try to get to me. She also was top size but not as tall as her half siblings.
After spending time training Fangio he went off to follow his half brother Frisco to be a police dog for Grampian Police.
The G litter was to be Amulree Kelly @ Chiara (Nula)’s final litter. I kept Chiara Gialola a very strong female with an outstanding powerful gait and excellent proportions. She was like a stronger version of her mum with a very strong outgoing character. Her downside was she was aggressive with other dogs from a very early age and was known as the land shark! I worked her at a schutzhund club where she was excellent at protection work but her will fullness made her a madam to work with. I felt she was actually a man’s dog and took the ****out of me!! 😂 As she was so big and strong as a pup (people thought she was a male)😁 her first show was in junior. No one had seen her before other than those who attended the schutzhund club. But did she not only win her class but went on to get best bitch in show!! She was shown selectively but was graded va2 at the British Seiger show the same day her half sister was va 4 in her class!!
Cita was taken to Germany and mated to a top male who produced dogs of good size and he himself was also medium size in the hope this would bring down size in the lines. This mating produced a very beautiful litter of pups in the now partnership under the Arochia affix.
Arochia Ando and Arochia Amerika were kept from this litter Amerika(Rika) was a beautiful sweet girl but didn’t enjoy showing she just liked cuddles and so she was rehomed to friends.
Arochia Ando was a fabulous boy! 😍 He loved to show. He had a thick glamorous quality black and red coat with a fabulous character. He had many best dogs and best in show and championship wins to his merit. He also qualified for Crufts and he had his kc good citizen award so could be entered in this class as well as his age group. He went on to win both classes but not only that his character won him lots of fans and he was a great ambassador for the breed 🏆❤️😍
Farina was mated and her first litter produced Chiara Isolla who was the only female in the litter and for a wile I thought she was a long coat. At the time she was born they did not allow longcoats to be exhibited. Thankfully she just had a very dense coat. 😍
Sola is now the last of this line that I know of still alive. She is now 12.5yrs young very beautiful, feminine, expressive clever girl who is my shadow. She knew when I was pregnant and would keep her eye on people lifting up baby. She has run in between to stop my dogs from fighting over something. She looks straight into my eyes with so much love and admiration. Yes she is an old lady now but she still plays with my younger dogs, fetches and retrieves things to me. She is my emotional support dog and stood by my side through all my good and bad times helped me through my illnesses and depression and just by touching her brings calmness to me and my boys. Sadly tho she has the start of the dreaded cdrm but hopefully we will be able to share more precious time together and create some special memories to treasure. ❤️💙💛💚🧡💜🐾🐾🐾🐾