"Danny" - BIS BISS
English & US Ch. Orlane´s Intrepid ROM
* Saxonsprings story
One of those very special
dogs that comes along once in a lifetime. We are truly privileged
to have bred and owned this wonderful Lhasa, and can only hope that
you have such a dog one day!
The sire of 36 American and 18 English Champions,
and grandsire of many more! The dog that changed the breed!
The many thrills of his show career were matched only
by the wonderful puppies that he produced. An influential sire in the
US and England, he has left behind a legacy of beauty and showmanship
that will never be forgotten. We look forward to the contributions of
his progeny in coming generations with great anticipation.
Intrepid as a 10 months old youngster
think when you're immersed in something of great interest, or
passion, you aren't consciously striving for competitive records,
wins, etc.- but more involved with the details of how each small
step forward relates to past experiences. So it was with the birth
of Intrepid on the 26th of September, 1976. Brandy, our housedog,
was young and we were pleased that we had a daughter of the great
Avenger dog; and she was well proportioned
and pretty moving. Frankly, she was just one of many pretty bitches
we had at the time, although special to us because of her personality.
When we bred her to Buzzy (BIS Ch. Windsong's
Gusto of Innsbrook), we hoped for a nice male to use in conjunction
with the Inimitable kids. So we were pleased that she had 1 male
pup born (would have liked to have had a couple of girls, too-but...)
He was a bright-eyed
little guy with an inquisitive manner- kept climbing out of his
whelping box and falling on his nose at a very early age and wiggled
all over when picked up. As he gained his sea legs, and started
running around, Brandy got tired of him very soon, and weaned
him rather early. He was a small puppy, and very active but he
was sound with no obvious faults.
lived in Burlington, Iowa at the time, and the Langs (who owned
Buzzy) visited us in their Christmas vacation when he was about
3 months old. They were completely enamored with the little
gold pup, and wanted to take him back to Newark, DE so I wouldn't
At this time, I was in an unhappy situation,
and planned to move to the east Coast We sold our home on Madison
Ave., and John and Marge offered us their house to live in until
we could find a place. We left in January, bringing those dogs
we felt most important to our breeding program, but we had to
leave some of them with others. Inimitable was left with Tom and
Eileen Sorth, until such time as we settled in a new place, Ch.
Orlane's Gold Chipper was left with his Co-Owner, but never returned
to us. Chips was a real loss, we would have like to use him a
great deal more, but such was not to be.
Jean Blyth had planned a trip to the US with Ann Matthews,
and asked if she might visit us and see the dogs-so we arranged for
her visit to Newark in early February. Jean liked Interpid as a 5 month
old puppy, but was not particularly impressed. There were so many beautiful
dogs that I think she was a little overwhelmed! She did ask that we
send her what we felt would be something of quality to work with her
already successful breeding program when she returned to England.
Dorothy Joan showing Intrepid in USA
Jean and I began regular correspondence after she got
home, and we talked about breeding programs, what combinations would
be likely to work well,.. She openly dicussed her Saxonsprings line
and I, mine. I believe it was this honesty between us that led to the
quality of the dogs that resulted from the cross.
Danny had the Orlane outline, perhaps a bit more moderate
than Inimitable, but what I felt was perfect balance. You could see
this at an early age, he really never changed much from 3 months until
he left at 10 months. He was a bit steep in shoulder, with a long upper
arm and elbows under him, a deep oval ribcage and short, strong loin
and a highset tail completing this picture. He was cream colored as
a youngster, but the darkened honey-gold came as he matured. What was
outstanding was his "presence" or attitude - he loved to be
the center of attention and was a natural in the show ring.
Neither of us had found serious genetic flaws in the
lines and on that basis the American dogs were selected - Danny (to
become Intrepid at Jean´s suggestion), and two bitches down from
Inimitable with outcrossed dams. I thought Danny was a bit refined,
but at eight months he still had a beautiful outline, superb temperament
and flowing movement. We took Danny along to a show where Buzzy was
being shown, and moved him outside on the grass to show him off a bit.
There was a shout in the distance, and Bob Sharp came running up. "Who
is that?" he demanded to know. And his next question was "Is
he for sale?". bob certainly had an eye for a dog, he was stricken
to find the dog already promissed to export for Jean!
and others, tried their best to discourage me from sending Danny
to England.. why would I send my "best", a second grade
dog would do as well.. He would never be appreciated over there,
much too different, and so on.. I listened, but felt if we were
going to send something over, it had better be good to represent
us as well. The cost of quaranteen was a major factor, Jean was
not wealthy, so we took a token payment, and Jean would have to
make up the rest. Six long months of quaranteen and who knows
how well the dogs were treated or what they were exposed to. It
must have been hard on them, as the Rocky grandaughters succumbed
to a virus infection and Danny came out of it with permanently
Jean loved her imports,
but wasn´t used to softer coats and she had a lot of problems
keeping length and volume on them. I suggested different things
and she tried various products and methods. and when I visited,
we went over the process together and Jean was a fast learner.
Still, it all took time. I remember some of the first photos of
Danny in his early wins - a different method of stacking, coat
not on the floor, but the English judges didnt seem to mind.
The rest is history, as they say. Intrepid´s
offsprings made a mark in the wolrd of Lhasa Apsos. His son Ch. Saxonsprings
Hackensack won BIS at Crufts 1984, his daughter Ch. Saxonsprings Fresno
is still a CC record holding bitch in the UK and there are many more.
We could not be more thrilled about it. The Saxonsprings-Orlane lines
just clicked and resulted in beautiful dogs of both worlds. We were
delighted to share our lives with Intrepids son from his first litter
in the UK - Ch. Saxonsprings Alamo and several others. They were all
very important for our line. Matthew,
our youngest import from Ireland came from these old lines and is proving
that the quality is still there.