I WAS very sorry to learn from Annette Smith that her brown Champion Mittel bitch, Desaria Destiny, had died. She had a suspected brain tumour. It has been quite a few years since I had the phone call from Annette, asking me to find her a Mittel puppy as a pet. I knew Simone Sear had a litter at the time by my dog, Ch Kuseley Clevadogs out of K. Luscious Linda. I picked this small puppy bitch up at a show and brought her home for Annette. The rest is history!
‘Teya’ was a lovely person, quite unlike any other Spitz, with perhaps the possible exception of her sire, that I have seen. She was so well mannered, so refined and so proud. She knew she was good!
She was the first dog that Annette exhibited, and in all her appearances in the ring she never put a paw wrong! She was the winner of 7 CCs, including two years running at the club show where she was Best of Breed in ’07 under Albert Wight, whose report I quote here:
‘They kept the best to the end of the day. Easily the best class and a pleasure to judge. 1 CC, BOB and Res BIS (referee’s decision), Smith’s Ch Desaria Destiny. I just loved this brown from the moment the class moved around the ring. She had all I was looking for. Unquestionably a Mittel, super size for a bitch, delightful head with ample stop, definition, excellent eyes, high set ears, lovely muzzle and a sufficiency in neck. Her backline from the tips of her ears to her tail set is well ribbed and bodied, beautiful coat, good front assembly and moderate bend of stifle. To anyone watching she was an example as to just how a well made Mittel should move - free striding, almost floating, totally unexaggerated brisk stride, keeping her shape and stopping dead right. A total show off, I thought her a comfortable CC winner and BOB. I was amazed to learn she was in her 8th year. Quite outstanding!’
As well as her 7 CCs, she had 7 Reserve CCs, many BOBs and BIS all breeds at Open show level. The latter mainly was in Cornwall, where she lived. Annette was not an intrepid show-goer, but on her ventures up country to Championship shows, Teya invariably did well. Albert Wight wrote a very accurate description of her. Ch Desaria Destiny, the career dog, will be remembered with pride.
Teya: the very much loved and sadly missed pet and friend of Annette Smith will live on in her heart forever, irreplaceable.
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