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There is one less little light in the world. Our sweet Star, who turned 14 years old in February has passed away due to cancer. From the very beginning STAR BABY has been a very special girl. We had a lot of fun showing together and she loved to show. She was so smart and so easy to train. She carried herself beautifully and was shown on a loose lead. She had beautiful movement around the ring, never missed a beat. She had a wonderful temperament with tons of spirit and the sweetest personality.

STAR finished quickly in 5 months, in limited showing all from the puppy classes in tough Northwest competition. Star was proudly Breeder/Owner/Handled for all of her championship points (except one major). At her first show at 6 months old she won BOS to Best in Futurity and then won WB and BOW at the Washington State Cocker Spaniel Club August 2004 Specialty with an entry of 11 black girls winning her first points a 3 pt major. She picked up some more points at shows in between and at the January 2005, Portland, Rose City Classic she went onto win her second major at the Fort Vancouver Cocker Spaniel Fanciers January Specialty shown by Lynda McLean.
STAR FINISHED the following day by going BOV from the puppy classes over numerous Specials for a 4 point major. In the variety class I remember Bill telling me that the judge was seriously considering Star for Variety and I was like, ya right! LOL. The judge told me Star got better and better each time we went around the ring.
Moved her to specials class the following day and she won the Variety again and we got a Sporting Group pull! I was on cloud nine! We also ended up being on the Eukanuba Tournament of Champions in 2005. She was so fun to show! A special thank-you to all the judges who awarded Star her championship points from the puppy classes and her Variety wins.

STAR was awarded the Gig Harbor Kennel Club 2004 AND 2005 "Puppy of the Year" We then went to Canada and she earned her Canadian Championship in one weekend of showing. We also earned her United Kennel Club Championship in one weekend and she won 2 Best in Shows!!

Star and I also went to the July American Spaniel Club National as a Special when she was younger. She did well on the flight, I was so worried about flying with her. It was all so exciting being there and by the time black specials showed, which I think was one if the last days, I was nervous wreck! But, Star showed beautifully and we made the first cut in the bitch Specials class! It was quite an experience and was a fun trip with friends. Even though we did not win anything I always wished we would of gotten a show picture. We did not do very much showing after that, I think Star would of made a great Specials dog.

Over the years we did do a lot of traveling together, Star liked car rides and camping. She was my constant companion. When she was younger some of Stars favorite things to do was carry around her food dish and throw it around to see how much noise she can make. Every time it hit the floor it made me jump a foot! Star was very inquisitive about her surroundings and loved to “shop” I had even caught her prancing into the room, proud as she could be carrying an empty Starbuck coffee cup in her mouth! Her favorite thing to chew on were nylabones and she loved guarding her pink plush lobster.

Star had slowed down a lot during the last couple years as her age started catching up with her. She spent most her days just sleeping or following me around the house. I can't count how many times I have tripped over Star! It is very hard saying goodbye to a living being who loves you so much and who you love so much in return. She will be greatly missed. I wish they could live longer, then we would never have to say goodbye.

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