– An obituary for the Top Flatcoat, Gundog Group winner Crufts 2003
Photo by Alan V Walker
Shadow - Nord/Ch Fin Ch/Int Ch Fin W-02 Inkwells Named Shadow, owned by Mrs Lindstrom - winning the Gundog group at Crufts 2003, pictured here with judge Terry Thorn.
I first met Susanne and Shadow during the Christmas of 2001, when I was taking my bitch "Nike" for mating with Shadow. Typically, she seemed to be ready on Christmas Day – but Susanne and her wonderful family welcomed us with heart-warming generosity and hospitality.
The timing was a bit off, however, and as Shadow was the kind of dog not to waste energy on a bitch who wasn’t ready, we ended up staying a whole week. Shadow was right, of course, and the result was 15(!) puppies.
Susanne and I really found each other during this time, and I am very happy and grateful that I got to know her and her family. I also enjoyed watching Shadow on his "home turf", and what struck and delighted me then was that his behaviour was so much like his father’s (Black Mica’s A Mixed Recipe).
Shadow had a composed, gentle, and docile nature; not easily agitated, he was also a happy-go-lucky character with a constantly wagging tail. He was a true charmer who courted his "girlfriends", and a lovely playmate for his puppies.
He was Susanne’s first Flatcoat, and her hopes of a nice companion for shows and working was definitely fulfilled. Susanne and Shadow got quite far with obedience as well as field trials, but I know that he would have been just as precious to her if he’d been just a friendly companion. He was an uncomplicated member of the family, always loafing about on the farm with the horses and the cats.
Shadow had some amazing success in the Swedish, Norwegian, Finish, and Danish show circuit, but his number one victory must have been when he became the first non- British Flatcoat ever to win BOB as well as the group at Crufts in 2003. Despite Susanne being a rookie handler she always wanted to handle him herself, and her personality was such that no one could possibly begrudge her any triumph.
He was also an excellent stud dog with about forty Swedish progenies; some of them exported to Norway, Denmark, and Australia. Unfortunately his fertility was impaired during his last years, which is why he didn’t father more litters despite his accomplishments. Among his sons and daughters are the amazingly successful Ch Almanza Far & Flyg, Ch Black Mica’s That’s For Sure, Ch Black Mica’s Technical Knock-Out (about to become an international rescue dog), Ch Black Mica’s Totally Truant (in Australia), Ch Caci’s Black Shadow, Ch Caci’s Black Picture, and Ch Caci’s Blackgammon, and he had BIS-winning progeny groups at all-breed shows.
In the summer of 2005 Susanne Lindström left this world. A family lost a wonderful mother and wife way too early, and many of us lost a warm and caring friend. I spoke to her on the phone on one of her last days, and she told me Shadow was lying next to her, watching over her.
A couple of months ago Shadow left the yard and walked onto the road, where he was hit by a car and died immediately. The world of Flatcoats lost an extraordinary representative, but I am fully convinced Shadow is now walking by Susanne’s side again.
Linda Edberg (Black Mica's)
Edited and translated by Carina Jansson (Moonstruck)
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