It's important to remember the breeders who are gone now, because as long as we remember them, they and their contributions to our breed continue to live on. I guess it's like the current interest in 'heirloom' plantings-if you don't remember your roots, you can't really tell how you got where you are now. So, from time to time I'd like to reminisce about some of the WSS folks we've been fortunate to know. I guess you can consider it a history lesson, in a way. It's hard for me to imagine, for example that people never met Maurice and Carol Krohn, and never saw Tydaky's Wildfire. We first met the Krohns at a Penn Treaty KC WSSCA National Specialty show, and I think it was probably in April of 1984, . At that time, Wildfire would have been just a 6 month old puppy. He was sired by Val (Valentijn van Snellestein) who was owned by Adrienne Bancker, so I'm sure the introductions were handled either by A or perhaps Sue Riese, who we had purchased our first show dog from in 1982. Carol was an owner handler, like me, but a far better groomer than I. A year later, at this same show in 1985, Wildfire took WD/BoW I think...as an 18 month old dog. Club historians can probably correct me on this...
From that initial meeting in 1984, Carol and I developed a friendly relationship, and I monitored Wildfire's successful show career. When I was looking for a stud dog for Kismet's second litter in 1988, I called Carol to make breeding arrangements and drove to Lancaster, Wisconsin in mid-April. A few weeks later was the WSSCA National, again at Penn Treaty KC. Kismet was entered since she was early in her pregnancy, and DoDo Hunton Morgans of Kennel Dalati was the judge. Kismet was handled by Joy Quallenberg, who guided her to her second BoS award. In June 1988, the litter was born-it produced two Ch sons and a major pointed daughter for Wildfire and Kismet. In 1991, the WSSCA National Specialty was held in Madison Wisconsin, and John Phillips judged the breed, with Ria Horter (Val's breeder) in attendance. For BoB, Mr. Phillips selected Ch Tydaky's Wildfire, pictured above with the judge, Carol, Sue Riese and Ria Horter. And for WD/BoW, he selected the Wildfire son, Rysan's Wee Chips Of Wyman. We all reveled in the successful breedings that day, Sue and Adrienne for Carol's win, and Rich and I for Sandy Madden's owner-handled win in the classes with her Kismet son.
We liked the look and temperament of the Tydaky dogs, and Carol became my good friend and mentor in the breed. We continued our relationship after the Kismet breeding and acquired Tydakys Silouette Of Rysan in 1989. Shiner was a lovely and typey girl out of Wildfire's litter-brother, Ch Tydaky's Fast Freddie. We completed her championship but placed her when her hips didn't clear OFA. In early 1991, we got Rysan's Kirin of Tydaky from Carol. She was a Northey Watney's Red daughter out of a Wildfire daughter, Currie Tydakys Mueller. Since my first show bitch was a Watney daughter, this was an opportunity to continue with dogs we were both familiar with. In 1994, Carol requested the opportunity to lease Kirin to breed her back to Wildfire. I requested a show bitch out of the breeding, and Carol gave me Rysan's Wild Design O'Tydaky in the summer of 1994. Carol kept Faith, Tydakys Wild About You out of the litter, and bred her to Saga's My Wyatt Of Tydaky to produce Tydakys Faiths Promise in 2002.
Desi was an important bitch for us-she produced 5 champions and was the dam of my Bart-Rysan's Just For Me and his sister Tally- Rysan's Count On Me, and my first owner-handled group placer, Grady-Rysan's Take It For Granite. So while Carol and Maurice are both gone, their impact on our breeding program continues. Bart has sired litters for other breeders, Tally has produced puppies for Diane Edgett, and Grady and I trained in Rally together earning an RA in addition to that group placement. The impact of over 20 years of friendship with Carol and Maurice still lives on in my house, and I'm sorry that they are gone. But, they are remembered every day in my house, and for that we're thankful.