As a young girl I found a book in my school library called “Ranger, Sea Dog of the Royal Mounted” by Charles Strong. The book was about an RCMP officer who was assigned to an ice cutter in Canada’s Arctic. The officer had a dog with him, a white puppy rescued from a kayak afloat in the sea. The dog was named Ranger, and soon became the loyal companion of the officer. The book was full of interesting facts about Samoyeds, their history as reindeer herders, their wonderful weather-proof coats, their intelligence and gentleness. I was determined to own one of these majestic creatures.
When my husband, Jack, and I bought our first house, we bought our first Samoyed, Sasha. Over the years, after many classes and advice from mentors, Sasha became Can.Am.Ch. Elsamjo’s Sasha of Rurik CD. This great bitch was the foundation of a line that included many BIS and Specialty winners, an obedience champion, and many well loved pets. Our kennel prefix, Jasam (Perm. reg’d), was well represented in both Canada and the U.S. After almost 50 years in the Samoyed breed, I am so happy to have shared my journey with these outstanding dogs.
Thank you to the SAC for inviting me to judge the Sweepstakes classes at the 2019 National Specialty. I look forward to seeing many enthusiastic youngsters and dignified veterans.