Our Dog Children
MAC (Southern Star Mac Mac Roy of Karisah)
THE FIRST DOG registered with Karisah’s name was MAC (Southern Star Mac Mac Roy of Karisah). He is a Gordon Setter and was adopted by Karisah Kennels in January 2002. He attended obedience classes and made it to Novice Class before he went blind. We tried save his eyes with an operation, but it was not successful. This meant that he was unable to be used for breeding purposes and we decided to switch to breeding Irish Setters. Mac managed life very well as his eyes faded. He managed to find his way around his garden by feel and smell. We had to put up little garden fences around obstacle (trees, pond, garden features) to help him find his way.
OUR FOUNDING PAIR of Irish Setter stock are SHAMUS (CH Whiston Aisling of Karisah) and THANDI (CH Oakdale Loveknot of Karisah). They were born in January and February 2004 respectively. Thandi (her name means “Beloved” in Zulu) was born on Valentine’s Day – hence her registered name “Loveknot” and her calling name “Thandi”. Sadly we lost Thandi in 2009 after complications from surgery.
Both Shamus and Thandi began school in May 2004 when they attended Puppy School. This is an important step in the development of any puppy as they learn to accept funny noises, new textures and they learn basic commands – sit, down, stand, heel. From there they went on to formal obedience training.
Shamus passed the “Basic” test in June 2005 and the “Novice” test in May 200. He is currently in the “Advanced” class. We began showing him in August 2005, where he achieved his first Challenge Certificate at Goldfields. He became a Show Champion in November 2005. We began Agility classes in October 2005 and Shamus loved working with Chris on the different obstacles and jumps. Chris & Shamus did their first Agility Competition in August 2007 and went on to earn several ribbons and win several prizes. Unfortunately work commitments prevented us from continuing. Shamus has sired four litters. Shamus is a wonderful dog who loves to lie under one of our desks while we work.
THE START OF OUR BREEDING PROGRAMME
Thandi in the meantime became a Mommy for the first time in October 2006 when she gave birth to 9 beautiful puppies – 4 boys and 5 girls. She made a very good mother. It was amazing to see how her instinct kicked in with looking after her little ones. (See “First litter” page for more of her own and her puppies’s experiences.) We kept two puppies from this litter – ABIGAIL (CH Karisah Abigail) and RADLEY(CH Karisah Alfred), both of whom are also Show Champions.
ABIGAIL (CH Karisah Abigail)
Abigail is a pup from our first litter, born in October 2006. She and her litter brother Radley are part of the first offspring of our
founding pair – Shamus and Thandi. Abi started showing in May 2008 and won her first Challenege Certificate at Highway Kennel Club in Durban. She achieved Show Champion status in October 2008.She has also passed “Basic” obedience is enjoys being in the Novice class. She is a gentle affectionate dog who loves getting her belly wet on hot days by jumping into our fish pond (now ex-fish pond). She has whelped two litters to date and we plan to breed one more litter out of her before retiring her
RADLEY (CH Karisah Alfred)
The litter brother of Abigail, yet so different in character. Radley has a HUGE play drive and is ready to play with anyone at any time – any game will do, but chasing a knotted rope on a ski-rope is his favourite game, especially if it involves jumping and catching! Radley is also a show champion and is currently in Advanced Obedience class.
CHERRY BERRY (CH Karisah Bordeaux Beauty)
Cherry Berry is a puppy from our second litter, born May 2007. She and her sister “Blessing” who we also kept form the same litter, attended Puppy Classes in September 2007. Although she has passed the “Basic” obedience test, she does not enjoy dog school and so rarely attends training. She achieved her first Challenge Certificate in March 2009 at Vereeniging and Districts Kennel Club and became a Show Champion in May 2008. She is a sweet little thing who loves to chase Copper. She is a great little watchdog and doesn’t allow anyone onto the property without getting barked at first.
COPPER (CH Shineon Able Aidan of Karisah)
Copper was born in November 2007 and came to us from Shineon Kennel. From a pup he was a big boy. He attended puppy classes in February 2008 and his first show in March 2009 when he received his first Challenge Certificate at Roodepoort and Districts Kennel Club. He became a Show Champion in July 2009. Copper passed the “Basic” obedience test and is currently in ‘Novice” class, almost ready to test for “Advanced” class. He is a very affectionate boy and love to swim and chase reflections, butterflies and shadows.
RUSTY (Karisah Delta Victory)
Rusty was born in June 2009 out of Abigail and sired by Copper. He is the most affectionate of all our dogs and really enjoys his food. He is in Basic Obedience and seems to enjoy the training. He will be shown later in 2011, as our work timetable allows.
JADE (Fenris Just Jade of Karisah)
Jade was born in January 2010 and came to us from Fenris Kennels in Natal. She is still in Basic Obedience and has not been shown yet, but we plan to shor her later in 2011. She had her first litter in June 2012 – 6 boys and 3 girls and made a very good mommy-dog.