2005 In Review

Hacienda 'The Next Generation!!'

I started last year's herald with news of the birth of my gorgeous niece JOY RENITA. It seems like yesterday that she was born, but our lovely Joy is now 14 months old. And guess what little Joy has inherited from her Uncle Gopi?? Yes she is crazy about dogs!!! She absolutely loves them to bits. At her first introduction to a puppy she decided to know the pup better and promptly licked it!! So i guess my future junior handler is here!! Here are some shots of my two favourite girls - Joy & Stella!


Happy 30th!!

Not it wasn't my 30th, but
Hacienda's 30th Homebred Champion!

We are extremely proud to have achieved such a milestone and lucky Champion number 30 was none
other than 'Nelson' - Phil. Ch. Hacienda Make Mine A Double!!! And there certainly were "doubles" all around!!! Nelson was exported to the Philippines in August this year and sailed to his local title in no time with 4 majors and a couple of Group wins to boot!!! This is his proud owner Lenlie
Lecaroz & Santi Elizade's first Standard smooth which makes this even more special! Here is
Nelson pictured in his favourite spot!

SAWASDEE....the Return! 

Mal. Gr. Ch. Hacienda Heaven Maid - "Stella", was shown sparingly this year as she took time out to have a litter but still managed to come out at the FCI shows held in KL in March to win 2 more CACIBS and also the Hound  Group! She then made a return trip to Bangkok to be shown in Thailand in early December and completed her Thai Champion title to become our first Thai Champion, as well as winning one last CACIB to qualify for her International Champion title!

Keeping with the trend of making history for Malaysia, this is yet another historic moment as Stella becomes the first ever Malaysian bred dog to become an International Champion!!  Naturally she did it in style by winning the Group at both the FCI and AKU shows! As I was unable to go to Bangkok at the last minute, I must say a HUGE Thank You to my good buddy Lee Kok Hong who took and showed Stella for me in Bangkok!


In the Showring Downunder

Asian, Australian & Malaysian Ch. Hacienda Ewe Lil Beauty - "Petra" managed to make it three years in a row that she has won the Bitch Challenge at the Sydney Royal show and was RBOB to her kennel mate!

Still downunder, we were thrilled to bits when Mal. Ch. Hacienda Heaven Can Wait owned by Dale Berrier, completed her Australian Champion title after taking time out to have a litter. Bubbles became our third homebred Australian Champion!!!

Snow?? What snow?!

In early March, Mal. Ch. Hacienda Lock Up Ya Daughters - "Benson"  took a very long trip and headed west to Winnipeg, Canada to become the permanent house guest of Jake & Florence Enns!  Not long after his arrival, at one of his very first shows he won a Group 4! Benson was also winners dogs at the First Canadian Dachshund National held in July and is on his way to completing his Canadian title. 

Benson was joined in late September by his kennel mate Java - Mal. Ch. Hacienda Keeping Secrets. In the picture below taken outdoors, I'm sure they are lying there reminiscing about something called sunshine which they don't see very often in Canada!

Mini Wrong Hair...

The latest member to join our family this year was Mal. Ch. Jadag Ovaltina from the UK. Xena (Our Warrior Princess) started her show career with a bang, winning Best Puppy in Show, Res Puppy in Show, 3 Best Puppy in Group & 1 CC in her first weekend of showing! Since then she has always been a consistent In Group and In Show winner never having failed to come home with an In Show win! At the recent Eukanuba Cup show she was Reserve Best in Group and she ended the year by winning Best in Group at our final show! We look forward to campaigning her more in 2006 and our sincerest Thanks to her breeder Daphne Graham for allowing Xena to be a part of our lives. 

News In Brief

Other Champions made up this year

Mal. Ch. Hacienda One For the Road
Ind. Ch. Hacienda I'll Be Black
Mal. Ch. Hacienda Not Tonight Dear
Mal. Ch. Hacienda Keeping Secrets
Mal. Ch. Lauralee Welsh Affair at Hacienda
Mal. Ch. Hacienda Not Enuf Nookie
Mal. Ch. Hacienda Poise N' Ivy
Mal. Ch. Hacienda Kept Under Wraps
Mal. Ch. Jadag Ovaltina (Mini Longhair)
Mal. Ch. Dabarlyn American Magic by Hacienda (Std. Longhair)
Mal. Ch. Heritage Island Lord (English Cocker Spaniel)
Mal. Ch. Heritage Pistols at Dawn (English Cocker Spaniel)


..lest ye be judged!

I had my first judging appointment this year and judged the Hound Group at the All Breeds Championship show in Penang. I throughly enjoyed my assingment, but it did feel strange to be in the centre of the ring for a change and not in the ring handling a dog!


Vale Charlie 

Asian & Mal. Grand Champion Hampdach Down Town at Hacienda (Imp UK)

It was with deep sadness that I had to put my Charlie to sleep as he had suddenly deteriorated despite all efforts to get him well again as renal failure kicked in which accelerated everything.

Although losing him broke my heart, I really felt I did the dignified thing to let him go without any further suffering. I felt I really owed him that after all he has done for me. This dog put me on the map and was a dog people dream of! I can only pray that I will be privileged enough to own another like him. 

Charlie had a long list of great show accolades to his name including BIS, RBIS and was Hound of the Year 1998-2000 and No.2 Top Dog ALL BREEDS 1998. He was a dog that taught himself how to free bait and only needed me to lift him onto the table. The rest he did himself as he was a showman EXTRAORDINAIRE!! One of those few dogs that walked into the ring knowing he owned it and looked at the judges to tell them to hurry up and give him the award! He was the first ever Hound to win the title of GRAND CHAMPION when the system was introduced here in Malaysia.

Outside the ring everyone (including me) knew that if you didn't watch him carefully he'd cock his leg against your foot and pee on you for sure! He was like a leaky tap!!

VALE CHARLIE, you will always be my special boy.