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AKC / ASCA CH. Sunnyrains Summer Solstice
January 28th 1999 - April 15th 2009
Celeste, how do I find the words to explain who she was and what she meant to me? They say Great dogs are born, not made...to me there are no truer words then that! Celeste, to me, was one of those dogs...not for what she won or how well she did; it was for her affectionate personality and spirit. Celeste was the most intuitive dog I've ever been around. If you were happy, she was happy for you, if mad...she let you vent, if sad, she would sit with you till it was better.
There was never any doubt; she was my dog and she had plans to fulfill! The time went by fast, before I knew it, we were off to shows. Celeste picked up her first 4 point major in November of 1999 at a mere 10 months of age! In December 1999, we were off to Cleveland Ohio for the Christmas classic! Two out of the first 3 days Celeste went Winners/Best Of winners or Best Opposite for another 6 points, ALL out of the 9-12 puppy class! Sunday came and she did it again! Celeste finished her championship that day going Best of Breed out of a rather large entry for a 5 point major!!! I was amazed, shocked and ecstatic all at the same time! I had forgotten, till reminded, it was Animal Planet's day to cover the Groups at the show! In one day, Celeste finished her championship and made her TV debut all at the tender age of 11 months!
The following years were filled with fun and excitement. There were many Group placements and wins and before I knew it, it was February 2001 and Celeste and I were off to Westminster Kennel club show. We both were intimidated and a little overwhelmed but, Celeste was awarded an Award Of Merit at the Garden!
Celeste always seemed to enjoy showing, but coming home was her favorite part. I can still remember when Celeste and I would get home late from a show and I would “try” to get in the house without waking everyone, she would take off running for the kids bedrooms…to make her announcement; I'M HOME - I'M HOME - I'M HOME aren't you happy I am home!? She would do this by jumping from room to room to see her kids and give BIG kisses to all. At the time, it was aggravating, but today its longed for.
The years seemed to fly by. In those years, Celeste produced a few gorgeous litters and I’m lucky enough to have a few of her daughters here with me today. Two of her daughters accompanied her at the 2006 USASA Specialty in Monroe MI. where she was awarded the Brood Bitch class.
She was always my chosen One or “Princess Pooch” as she was affectionately referred to by many that knew her! I was lucky enough to be owned by Celeste, she was truly my heart dog. Although I only had 10 years with her, they were special to me beyond measure. I’ll be forever grateful to her for allowing me to tag along on her wonderful journey. I wish we could have had more time together, but I'll always treasure the time we did.
Good-bye Mommy’s Weddie (Celeste), Thank You for everything
|Best of Breed photo of Celeste at 2 years old.|
|Celeste on her 10 birthday...playing in the snow!|
|Celeste with her kids on Easter Sunday April 2009. Also with Celeste is her mother CJ - Ch. Briarbooks Calmity Jane and BFF Starre!|
Ch. Briarbrooks Society Page
Dec. 29th 1996 ~ Dec. 12th. 2007
ROMII Ch. Briarbrooks Calamity Jane
March 6th 1996 - May 14th 2009
What a foundation she provided us! We couldn't have asked for more... personality, strength, brains, health, longevity, and type to form our kennel. She was a proven producer! Ending her breeding career as a ROMII producer. Endless Thanks to Linda Wilson for letting CJ come to us...
Thank you Janie for giving us our start....
AKC/ASCA Ch. Briarbrooks Silversmith
Dec. 15th. 1994 ~ Nov. 7th. 2007
What a awsome dog...
Our family's first Aussie and my first
Aussie since I was a kid...what a great girl and ambassador for this breed..
She never meant a stranger she didn't love! Starre was our first AKC champion
too.. She might not have been our foundation girl, but she laid the foundation
in our hearts to LOVE this breed as we do today! For almost 16 years she
was there..from the kids first day of kindergarten till graduation day...she
was there. The memories and lessons she left us we'll have throughout