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Newspaper article April 9, 1991 - Mother, daughter train champion dogs
When I was about ten years old I spent a week during the summer
with a cousin that lived in Orem, Utah.
They had a black and tan standard female Dachshund that was in
whelp at the time. While I
was there she gave birth to five of the cutest puppies, three black and
tans, and two red. That was
when the romance actually began.
As a dachshund lover most of my life, in 1983 I decided I would like to try my hand at showing. I went to handling classes, fun matches, read books, talked with dachshund breeders and tried to learn all I could about the breed.
I met Connie Simmonds from Bountiful, Utah at a fun match. She was an AKC judge at that time. I told her about my interest in dachshunds and my desire to show. She recommended I purchase the very best bitch puppy I could afford. She recommends James and Billy Ruffell of Belleview, Washington, one of the country's top Miniature Smooth Dachshund Breeders at that time. Connie was very instrumental in teaching me how to evaluate a dachshund and learn the ropes of showing.
January 1984 I wrote a letter to the Ruffells, letting them know I had
received a very high recommendation from Connie Simmonds a dachshund
breeder and AKC Judge.
I was looking for a show potential bitch puppy and
possibly breed later.
Later I purchased a black and tan male from the Ruffells. I named him Durdach K.C. Bug-A-Boo MS and called him K.C. He finished with four majors from the puppy class. He was my first champion and the first Miniature Smooth Champion Dachshund in Utah. He was finished by Knox & Virginia Buchanan. I was so excited.
I had the good fortune of owning and finishing the first five Miniature Smooth Champion Dachshunds in Utah. Several other champions in Utah were bred by me or came from my breeding. The bloodlines came from some of the top producing kennels in the United States and Canada.
For several years I didn't show Dachshunds. I was helping my husband raise and show American Quarter Horses. We traveled lots of miles, had many good times and much success in that arena... My love for showing dachshunds kept nagging at me, so I pursued getting back into showing again
In 2008 I purchased a red female named Dynadaux Idle Gossip MS aka "Juicy" from Cyndy Senff of Dynadaux. Juicy finished her championship with all majors in two weeks. I remember very well doing the Happy Dance when she finished her championship and couldn't have been more pleased. I was back on track and in the show ring again.
Cyndy has been a great friend and mentor. I appreciate all she has
done for me and look forward to a bright future.
I am still showing and love it !
Durdach Miniature Dachshunds
Grantsville, UT 84029