Born a year after
her father died, Shades came to me at the age of 9 weeks. She
walked into the house and into my heart. She was the most self
confident puppy I ever saw, winning an All-Breed Best in Match and a
Specialty Best in Match at age 3 months, and her first major at 6
months. She finished at Astro Hall with a 5 point major.
Right to the end
she had an independent streak. Even though she was mostly blind
from cataracts, given half a chance she would head out hunting.
She might need to go slow to avoid running into something, but off she
to her only litter (the punctuation marks) 4 of the 8 finished their