Sassi, aka "Lil' Miss Thang", is from the Cirque du Soleil litter, born November 22, 2001 - a daughter of Arthur and Tassja. She is just what I was hoping for from this breeding! The Cirque du Soleil litter was co-bred with Sara Whittington and Wayne Rowe (Tassja's co-breeders and co-owners, Chataqua Hounds).
Sassi is a natural in the ring, adapting easily to show life - this girl WANTS to be seen! Trust me - she earned her call name! We just can't get enough of this impish girl! She is pictured above winning Best Opposite Sex at the 2007 Westminster Show. The first time we ever sent a dog to "The Garden" and we came back with a piece of it - how exciting!!
Sassi easily took to the coursing field and earned her ASFA Field Championship quickly, starting with 36 points at her first trial, and she finished at the BCOA National Specialty's trial by winning her Open flight for 40 points! She also received placements both days at the 2003 ASFA International Invitational (4th of 19, and tied for 2nd of 19). She finished out the year 2003 as the #2 ASFA Borzoi (out of over 250 running) and the #3 NOTRA Borzoi.
Sassi finished her conformation championship in early November 2004 with 3 majors and she was shown exclusively in the Bred By Exhibitor classes. In May 2005 she completed the requirements for her ASFA Lure Courser of Merit - we didn't think we could be more thrilled! But we were wrong!
At the 2005 Fall RMBC Specialty, Sassi won an Award of Merit under judge Kalen Dumke. Less than a month later, she won the Hound Group at the Tyler Kennel Club dog show (judge, William Cunningham)! She is my first homebred field champion; both Victor and my first Lure Course of Merit, and now our first Group Winner!
In August 2006 Sassi travelled to Canada with our friend and handler Jill Bell and finished her Canadian championship, earning two Hound Group 2 placements in the process, and coming away as the #8 Borzoi in Canada for 2006.
In February 2007, for the first time, I entered in the Westminster Kennel Club show. Sassi did me soooo proud by winning Best of Opposite Sex, bringing home a beautiful medallion and ribbon. Some folks attend Westminster for years without bringing home anything but the experience - so what a thrill for my girl to get a piece of the action, and in such good company too!
In September 2007, Sassi showed at the RMBC Specialty Show. She came away winning a Specialty Best in Show! This was a dream come true!!
*photo at top of page is by KC Thompson
November 22, 2001
Passed: February 20, 2012
AKC reg#: HM992803/08
CHIC #: 40189
Sassi is my first homebred field champion (and LCM); first group winner; first homebred Specialty AOM and first Specialty winner! She was also my first Borzoi to enter the Westminster KC Show and she came away winning Best Opposite Sex.
#2 ASFA Borzoi - 2003