Banner, also known as "Beannie", gave Banner Wheatens its name. She became Pam's pet...but also became her introduction to the world of showing and breeding dogs. A true clown, she was a wonderful first dog for Pam.
CH SHANDALEE GLORY BOUND
December 4, 1985 - May 23, 2002
Bred and co-owned by Sue Goldberg, Wheatens of Shandalee
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Farley was Pam's first show dog. She patiently endured Pam's amateur handling mistakes. Her stunning coat and movement ultimately made her a champion, entirely owner-breeder handled.
Bred 3 times, her first litter produced a specialty winner and her last produced Mack.
Pam's "little rock", she moved with her from NJ to NC to MD and back to NJ. She lived to the ripe old age of 16 1/2.
Yes,there's a favorite dog...Brio. That's why she gets her own page, all to herself. In John's favorite phrase..."she's a character":
- At 6 months, she appeared in a college student's play. Threeperformances, multiple entrances each time. It only took one for her to realize SHE was the reason every one was there.
- Shortly after that, she visited the grade school classroom of a friend's son. Of course, the fire drill was arranged for her benefit...so she could greet all the students. And the class' thank you note to John invited him back any time..."but be sure to bring the puppy".
- Wherever we have lived and whichever kennel we have used, Brio was the star. When we picked her up, was she in a run in the back? Of course not, she's at the front desk. Heaven forbid, we dropped off the other dogsand took her with us; the staff always wanted to know where she was.
The stories go on and on.
Brio was shown by Pam and by professional handlers Larry Cornelius and Peter Green. She was bred first to CH Dundalk The Stroke of Midnight.
But it was Brio's second litter that was so significant for us. Bred to CH Hilltop's Diamond Gem, she produced two daughters, Addie and Morgen, who would go onto big things in the show ring and whelping box.
Brio was a poster child for doing annual testing. Shortly before she turned 10, her annual testing suggested the possibility of Addison's Disease. Follow up confirmed it and she went on daily medication...and thrived. We counted ourselves lucky...such dogs can be hard to diagnose and often the first time owners realize it is when the dog has an Addisonian crisis, a serious medical emergency; fortunately, Brio was always well.
Unfortunately, it wasn't for long. At 11 1/2, Brio was diagnosed with PLN, after years of good test results. Again, annual testing, which should never end, insured we were able to treat her and give her 6 months of a good quality of life. We lost her the same day her daughter, Morgen, died of PLN.
While having a dog with PLN who has produced PLN is heartbreaking, we are grateful to Dr. Meryl Littman and her summer assistant, Amy Smagala, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine for their aid to our owners. Their interest and our wonderful owners' support means that this "cooperative family" will be the source of study and perhaps yield some answers for our breed.
Brio will live in our hearts forever.
Our Adele. Her sister Morgen may have hogged the spotlight, but Addie always did it first. She finished first, gliding through the classes to finish at the Westchester
Kennel Club at 15 months of age. She was first in the whelping box, bred to CH Dundalk The Stroke of Midnight, ROM. She was a Top Producer for 2005 when 3 of her puppies finished in 6 months' time.
Addie was always a delightful girl. She and her daughter Lula lived with Michael and
Mike, helping out in Mike's office, hiking on weekends and generally charming everyone.
Addie was also a poster child for why Wheaten owners should test annually and why those in Lyme-endemic areas should use tick preventatives. In the summer of 2006, on annual testing with no apparent health problems, she was found to be highly positive for Lyme Disease and in early stages of PLN. We removed her offspring from our breeding program; subsequently, 5 of the 7 have also been diagnosed with PLN.
Addie’s life remained normal and happy due to her early diagnosis and her owners'
devotion. Mike rigorously maintained her diet and medication regimen and never
hesitated to interrupt his business to check in with their veterinarian. Michael made
sure Addie knew every day how important she was to them. They remained determined to
do right by Addie. Their veterinarian, Dr. Leah Gibbs, provided excellent care. In
January, 2008, she was one of a number of Banner Wheatens to contribute to the Canine
As a direct result of her owners’ care and understanding, Addie lived her normal quality
of life until her very last days. She lost her battle with PLN a few months before her
Ollie is a born show dog. He walked into the ring for the first time one day after he turned 6 months of age. The next day, he was Best of Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes at the Delaware Valley Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club specialty and won his class.
He never lost again on his way to his Championship.
He proceeded to get majors in his next five shows, finishing in a mere 7 shows at 8 months of age. A month later, he got a Group 4...at 9 1/2 months of age.
More importantly, Ollie was born to be a member of the Branch family. He is retired from the show ring and enjoying life as the center of their attention.
You cannot have a Sopranos litter without a nod to the family's club...or without
someone named "Rocco".
Rocco was a terrific show dog from the start, winning the Delaware Valley Soft
Coated Wheaten Terrier Club Sweepstakes. He was a "made man" before he turned
a year, finishing his championship with a number of Best of Breed wins.
In 2007, Rocco was briefly specialled. At the Hatboro Dog Club show during the
National Specialty weekend, in a 93-dog entry, he received 1 of only 2 Awards of
Merit given. During the Specialty, he made the first cut in the specials' class. Then Rocco became a TV star....briefly! Having won the breed at the Philadelphia Kennel Club/National Dog Show, he was seen for a few seconds on national TV on Thanksgiving Day 2007 as
the camera panned the Terrier Group.
Always a contender in the ring, Rocco was always breeder-owner handled. He sired
his only litter, born July 2008, by CH Ballybae Una's Willow. His daughter,
Ballybae Willow's Zoe became a champion in August 2009 at the same show her
father finished at 3 years earlier.
When the time came for us to get another bitch, we knew it had to be a puppy from CH Marymore First Triple Axel. "Midori" was one of the best bitches we'd seen, and we had a high confidence level in Mary's breeding program .
Getting Gabby from the West Coast was a challenge. First, we needed help picking which of the two girls would be ours. Professional handler Gabriel Rangel made the choice for us...hence Gabby's name. Our friend Meg brought her back on a return business trip. Gabby fit right in...and this California girl didn't really have any problems with our weather.
While she was sometimes shown by professional handlers Ernesto Lara and Andrew Green...and once by her very special friend, Gabriel...John mostly showed Gabby. He finished her at the Delaware Valley Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club supported entry at the Somerset Hills Kennel Club show.
Gabby's first litter out of CH Edgewood Dream Catcher gave us BobDog and Rudi…and became a foundation for our program. Rudi gave us Zoey and gave Mary her Mika…and the future looks bright for Gabby's granddaughters in the whelping box.
Gabby returned to the ring in October 2012, winning BOS at the SCWTCA 50th Anniversary Veteran Sweepstakes...where no one believed she was THAT old!
We said goodbye to Gabby when she was 13 years and 8 months old…she will live on in our hearts as that silly puppy for years to come.
Rudi was the first puppy born in the litter...in Gabby's crate next to our bed. We weren't quite ready for her but for sure, she was ready to come out! Rudi was always the one in the litter our eyes came back to and was the puppy who was truly determined to do what she wanted when she wanted.
That's right...she's like her mother, Gabby, in both looks and temperament...and it makes us "wanna SHOUT!"
Rudi has consistently given us plenty to shout about. She finished her championship at 11 months of age! Along the way, she beat champions and won many fans. Besides us, of course!
Always owner-breeder handled, Rudi was seen as an occasional special in 2009....with highlights including a Group 4th, a Westminster Kennel Club Award of Merit and a DelVal Specialty AOM.
Rudi retired from showing to become a mom. Her first litter was born in April 2011. You can see their album here. Her daughter, Mike, CH Banner Marymore Double Triple Axel, went to live with her gran'ma Gabby's breeder, Mary Peltier, Marymore Wheatens, and was WB at both the 2012 Northern CA Specialty and Supported Entry and finished with multiple majors and BOBs over specials. Rudi's second litter, out of CH Whindancer Heart Like a
Wheel arrived in February 2013, which included, at last, our Jersey Girl.
Rudi has retired to live with the Vrettos family where is being doted on 24 x 7. As we say, she landed well!
More photos of Rudi:
We always keep our eyes and minds open to adding another bitch to our breeding program. Sometimes we are concerned about breeding ourselves into a corner and sometimes we have particular dogs we want to include in our breeding program.
That's how Pinch came to live with us. We'd met her sire, "Trapper" and had previously seen her mother. So when we learned that a litter from the two of them was in the offing, we contacted Julie right away.
Pinch joined us on Hallowe'en 2010 and pretty quickly made it clear she intended to take over. Totally self-confident, totally sweet, she is a bitch everyone loves. As it turned out, the judges also appreciated her conformation.
Pinch started her show career at 6 1/2 months of age at a local show, just for the experience. She got her first major that weekend and went on to garner either WB or RWB at all her shows. She surprised us by finishing at the Devon Dog Show, held during the National Specialty Weekend, in October 2011.
We continued to show Pinch as a special, easily picking up her AKC Grand Championship...and just because she's fun to show. Notably, she was BOB at the Philadelphia Kennel Club/National Dog Show, broadcast on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, 2011.
Pinch's first litter arrived in October 2012...and, since it was Pinch and nothing she does is without excitement, we had quite the adventure when Hurricane Sandy arrived the following week. Two girls from this litter finished before they turned a year. Fiona, CH Burdigan I'm On My Way, who lives in Portland OR, started out by winning Sweepstakes and BW at the St. Louis Specialty. Her sister, Evie, CH Banner On The Road Again, was RWB at the DelVal Specialty, had BOB wins and finished in late September. We are looking forward to their entering the whelping box in the coming years.
Not one to let bad weather interfere with her life, Pinch's second litter arrived in January 2014 amidst one of the colder winters we've had in years. Nola, the puppy we kept, went onto become GCH Banner Down in the Treme, in short order.
Pinch's third litter, sired by our BobDog, CH Banner Sweet Talkin' Guy, RA, THD, CGC, TDI, arrived on July 2, 2015.
Pinch has also developed quite a Facebook following. She reminds us of Brio...a favorite wherever she goes and no place more than in our house.
GCH Banner Marymore Double Triple Axel
Mika made a reverse trip for Banner Wheatens...heading west to Southern California to live with gran'ma Gabby's breeder, Mary Peltier at Marymore Wheatens. We think that Mika made out like a bandit!
Mika sports her dam's exquisite coat and her granddam's attitude of utter superiority.
Mika woke up the California Wheaten scene her second weekend out when she was BW at the Northern CA Specialty and WB at the companion show...both wins coming under breeder judges. In limited showing, she finished with multiple majors and BOBs over specials. She went onto a Select win over the National Specialty weekend and easily picked up her GCH.
"Team Mika" includes trimming magicians, Jon Caliri and Cecily Skinner, and friend Debbie Doll-Breindel who has handled Mika to every win.
Mika's first litter has produced Jameson, CH Marymore Frisky Whiskey, and we look forward to hearing news of her second litter as they grow up. As with everything that started with Gabby, many, many thanks to Mary...and we're glad to have returned the favor with Mika!
CH Caraway Banner News
June 14, 2000 - July 27, 2005
Bred and co-owned by Beth Verner & Betty Chapman, Caraway Wheatens
Click for Scoop’s pedigree
Scoop was just the sweetest, prettiest, most loving Wheaten. She joined us in the summer of 2000 and when she entered the ring in the spring of 2001, she was a sensation.
A spectacular mover, she strode to her championship, entirely owner-handled and in her first show as a special, she took a Group 2. The following year, she was an Award of Merit winner at the Delaware Valley Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club specialty show.
Before Scoop could be bred, her sire developed PLN and we chose not to breed her. She remained with us the rest of her life, dying suddenly after turning 5 from causes unrelated to protein losing disease. Scoop's loss remains with us, but not as much as our memories of her loving nature.