The story of Orlane
Linda Kendall Smith showing Ch. Orlane's Jack Flash
(on the left)
and Dorothy Joan Kendall showing Ch. Daragoj Finishing Touch (right).
Orlane kennel is built on a mother
- daughter cooperation. It was established by Dorothy Joan Kendall in
the 60´s. Dorothy Kendall was a Miniature Schnauzer breeder who
fell in love with Lhasa Apsos, She used to work as a professional handler
and her daughter Linda was always by her side. Linda Kendall Smith grew
up with Lhasas, started grooming them with her mother when she was 12
and since she was very good at it, the job to keep their dogs beautiful
was hers. Over the years Linda took over the breeding program of Orlane
and she carries it on protecting the line, with her mother by her side.
How it all started (by Dorothy
I saw a picture of a small gold dog draped over this
woman's shoulder in a picture, and thought how beautiful it was ans
discovering it was a Lhasa Apso aroused my interest. I subscribed to
the Dog World at this time, so I looked for advertisers, and found just
two - Gloria Fowler in California, and the Hamilton Farms Kennel in
Las Vegas, Nevada (we lived in Burlington, Iowa at this time). I wrote
to both of them, asking for a female, and Gloria answered in a small,
scribbly note with a swatch of hair included. I could hardly read the
note but called Gloria, and she offered me a small red female and a
3 mos. old male - the pair for $300. She said I could always sell the
male if I didn't like him! I took a chance and had her send them to
me - I'll never forget the day I got home from the airport with the
two small crates.
I opened them in the front yard, and out walked this 3 month gold male,
tail straight up in the air, proud and independent even at that age,
and he acted like he owned the place! Flame was quite a bit more hesitant
- and took some coaxing to get her our, but what a beautiful little
dog she was! A flowing red-gold coat, blackest pigment, level back and
beautiful tail draped over her back. I asked Gloria about their heads,
as I thought they were a bit shorter than I'd expected. Nevertheless,
I was enchanted.
These were Chs. Kai-Sangs Flame of Everglo, and Everglo's
Spark of Gold (Sparky). Little did I know about the Hamilton
Farms controversy at this time, and the anger engendered by my future
successes with these dogs. All I knew were they were sound, well mannered,
and I was determined to show them.
I was breeding Miniature Schnauzers and showing them, with moderate
success - and had a grooming shop. This kept me pretty busy, I was learning
about grooming all this time, and learning about canine structure as
well. Grooming a Min Schnauzer is a serious business - taking about
10 weeks to strip (pull) out the coat in sections, grow the leg and
chin hair, and work and train the dog. Lhasas were easy compared to
I had learned to do my own ear cropping from Dr. Sedlacek in Plainfield,
Illinois - but I hated doing it, and watching the puppies come out from
under the anesthetic. They were so pitiable, sore and wanted to scratch
their ears but couldn't because of the pain. I loved the natural Lhasa
Apsos - no tail docking, no rear cropping - just brushing and combing
the coat on a regular basis.
I wasn't too great on coat management - but I learned the hard way how
to demat a coat! (My daughter is much better at this than I, and her
dogs are in fabulous condition because of her dedication!) When I took
my Lhasas to their first show, it was a riot! My dogs were freshly bathed,
perfectly parted from nose to tail, trimmed, and trained - the competition
was not clean and not very pretty! After five grey bitches went in the
ring, the judge looked relieved when I walked in with Flame - and she
won Best of Breed handily. I was hooked!
Continue the reading
at the page of Sparky, the foundation male for Orlane kennel. And
go through the pages of our famous producers! They are a part of our
history and a history of the breed!