guess if it wasn't for Max, we wouldn't have Clumbers at all. When I had
Max, the Shar Pei, I told Marla she could have a dog too, especially since
we were going to dog shows and obedience trials. I felt that Marla was
naked without a dog.
Ch. Cypress Woods Diplomat "Jinx" CGC (pedigree)
Jinx was our first Clumber, and got the ball rolling. She came to us after
much research in 1988 at 13 months old. Jinx needed a lot of work and socialization
as she had been abused by kids.
We managed to get her into the show ring and she became a champion shortly thereafter. Jinx got her CGC and loved being a therapy dog. She did a short stint in obedience. Her favorite tricks were eating and sleeping and she blended in well with the carpet. So, we nicknamed her the dirty rug. She loved to pull the skin off tennis balls and "woo woo" to her toys.
Her best friend and protector was our Shar-Pei, Max.
Jinx lived until the ripe old age of 13. She might have gone on a little longer, but she managed to eat something that didn't agree with her and she died shortly after surgery. She is sadly missed, but will always be the reigning queen of Bella Vita.
Tavirosh Purple People Eter CD CGC "Elvis" (pedigree)
was Clumber #2 to enter our lives, but will always be Clumber #1. He was
our golden child and the love of our lives. After we got Jinx, there was
a dry spell in the States and no Clumbers were available. We finally decided
to import one from the UK.
We were put in contact with Bill and Marjorie Ironside, and that's where the history of Bella Vita began. Elvis came to us at 10 weeks old as a big, gorgeous puppy.
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in the dog world, and Elvis fell apart at seven months old. Though not fit for the show ring, he was still a champion in our hearts and minds. Elvis achieved his CD degree in five shows, and got his CGC. He was working toward his CDX, when his life fell short at a mere four years old. He died of AutoImmune Hemolytic Anemia. Elvis had a huge heart and a personality to go along with it. He was much loved and had many admirers. He had Chutzpah and charisma. Elvis is still sadly missed by many, and to this day we still cry when think about him.
A/C Ch. Tavirosh Lincoln Green of Belcrum, CGC, TDI "Grandpa Willy" (pedigree)
Willy Will was a lover and a gentleman. Marla brought him over from England at three years of age. He was Elvis' sire though they didn't look a thing alike. We loved Elvis so much that we went back and got his dad!
Willy loved working in the field and obedience. In the UK he was Top Sire one year and had his working certificate. He had several Best In Shows in England and was two Challenge Certificates short of being a full champion. Back in the States, Willy finished his American championship quite quickly. He also had many group placements and was a Top 10 Clumber. He did the same in Canada.
Willy is the sire of several litters, both in the States and England. He is also the sire of our foundation bitch, Ch. Alpine Lincoln Continental "Chevy." Grandpa Willy never met a stranger, and he loved everything, especially little children. Willy would try to get down on the ground as close to a child's level as possible and make himself tiny for them. Willy's nickname was "lover lover" and he certainly lived up to his name. We miss the man.
BIS A/C CH Clussexx Make Mine A Double
OFA Good, CERF clear
Dewars wins Best Veteran at the CSCA 2003 National Specialty.
Dewars came to us from Doug Johnson of Clussexx Kennels. Although Dewars is a mature adult, he is still energetic and as silly, and sometimes crazy as a young puppy.
Dewars finished his American Championship at an early age and has been a Top 10 Clumber ever since. In 1998, Dewars was the #1 Clumber All Systems and the Pedigree Award Winner.
Dewars is a multi group winning and group placing Best In Show Clumber. He is a three-time National Specialty Award of Merit winner. Everywhere Dewars goes he has a fan club and a cheering section. He likes to make his presence known wherever he is by barking and carrying on.
Dewars was a contender on the Animal Planet Eukanuba Cup Series and was on TV. He is also a Canadian champion and a Top 5 Canadian Clumber, who loves showing off, being in the spotlight, and getting attention. Dewars thinks the world revolves around him and he loves to perform and work the crowd. The more the crowd goes wild, the better Dewars performs.
Dewars is like the Energizer Bunny and never stops. He is a vibrant dog who is always on the go. Dewars doesn't get older, he just gets better.
Dewars passed away suddenly on 10/21/03 from a brief illness, due to renal failure caused by a severe ecoli infection. We don't have any answers for this as far as how and why it happened, only that it did and that stuff happens and sometimes there is no explanation. We are both shocked and saddened by his loss. Dewars was an ambassador to the Clumber breed, a wonderful example of the breed, and a great contributor to it. He is greatly missed.
CH Alpine Lincoln Continental
5-9-93 - 1-5-04
Chevy is the heart and soul of Bella Vita--our rock and our foundation. She has excelled in the show ring, becoming a top 10 Clumber, and a number one bitch.
Her achievements are numerous. She has secured many Best of Breed wins, including Clumber supported specialties. Also, Best Opposite Sex and an Award of Merit at Westminster, Best Opposite Sex at American Spaniel Club, Award of Merit from the Clumber Spaniel Club of America National Specialty, Drumhill Cup winner and CSCA and Pedigree Top Brood Bitch.
In three litters, Chevy has produced 10 champions, both American and Candadian, some of which are Top 10 Clumbers in both countries. She has also produced CSCA Award of Merit winners, multiple group placers and group winners, 6 OFA #s so far, a TD and many avid hunters and obedience contenders.
Chevy is now spayed and enjoys retirement. She is letting her children and grandchildren take the driver's seat, while she lounges on the couch. Chevy's super temperament and "joie de vivre" surpasses her record in the show ring. She lives up to her nickname as "Red Hot Mama" and "Clumberdoms' Sophie Tucker."
Mama Chevy left us suddenly and peacefully at home after a brief bout with Osteogenic Sarcoma. She will be greatly and sadly missed. Chevy was a driving force behind the breed and her strengths and character are still passed on through her offspring and their offspring today and for years to come. Always cheerful, happy, easy, stoic and ever faithful and kind until the end.
Bella Vita Cool Britannia "Nathan"
Nathon has only been shown 4 times and has both majors, including
a BOB from the 6-9 puppy class first time out. Still too early to
tell where he is going, Nate is already excelling in his obedience
classes and is an extremely friendly, mellow and well behaved young
man. Long, low and massive is definitely Nate, with that perfect
straight and flat white coat. The future is certainly ours to see.
A/C CH First Dawn At Tavirosh, JH/WD/CGC/TDI
CERF clear, PDH Clear
Paris came to us from Bill Ironside
in England. He was 13 months old and undocked. Although tails were not
yet accepted in the American Standard, Paris was so true to type with
his massive bone, correct proportions and excellent movement, that Doug
Johnson of Clussexx Kennels agreed to show him.
CH Bella Vita La Dolce Vita
Miss Taylor is Scotti's full sister. She was named after Elizabeth Taylor because her markings reminded us of Liz's eye makeup in Cleopatra.
Taylor is a diva and tries to rule the house and make all the boys walk a thin line. She is very serious and worries a lot. She's a pill.
Taylor hasn't been shown very much, but she finished her championship at an early age and has many BOBs and a group placement to her credits. She likes working obedience and the field.
"Miss T" is happiest when she is at home sleeping at our feet. Taylor is very jealous and likes to hoard all the toys. Her hearing is exceptionally keen and she can hear a kibble drop from miles away, even from a deep sleep. Everybody needs a Taylor in their lives. She is a very special girl.
Taylor became ill with Lymphoma and was sent on her journey to the Rainbow Bridge September 20, 2007. She will always have a special place in our hearts. Taylor, we loved you so.
UKC CH Enrichetta Delors'
May 5, 2000 - October 31, 2009
Bella Vita Devil With A Blue Dress
DOB 07/11/2007 - 02/22/2010
Sire: CH Bella Vita Life's A Beach RN CGC
Dam: CH Bella Vita Devil's Dew
Lillian, besides being known as "Satan's Spawn" is a very special girl,
and the lone survivor of a litter of 8, who had to be bottle fed until weaned. She is also known as a Border Collie
in disguise and is extremely fast and agile, possessing lots of Chutzpa, spirit and keen intelligence. She never
shuts down. Lillian loves everyone and thinks they are all her friends, particularly her best bud Nadia the Silver
Tabby. Lillian is Co-owned by Rick Shriver
A/C CH Bella Vita Biscotti
CERF clear, OFA Unilateral Mild, PDH Clear
Stud to approved bitches, frozen semen available
Scotti's nickname is "Bub"
and he's a real smart aleck. Stubborn and cocky, Scotti loves to showoff
and get laughs. He's a spoiled child and will let you know if he doesn't
get his way. Scotti is the son of Paris and Chevy and is unlike either
of them in personality.
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