Can. Ch. Kireisa's Dallas wins

Winners Bitch
 and Best of Winners

(Rojan Winner's Challenge)

at the Akita Club of America's
National Specialty Show

October 10 and 11, 2003  -  St. Louis, Missouri

Above:  Best of Winners - Judge: Mr. Donald Booxbaum

Below:  Winner's Bitch - Judge:  Mr. Lee Wacenske

We are absolutely thrilled with this  prestigious 5-point Winners Bitch major, awarded by breeder-judge, Mr. Lee Wacenske.  The next day, Mr. Donald Booxbaum selected Dallas as his Best of Winners, this win being awarded over 143 of the finest Akitas in North America.  We are truly honoured by the recognition of these respected gentlemen.

A very special "thank you" to all of Dallas' ringside supporters and well wishers, especially my "hillside cheering section".  It is a dream come true, as a breeder / owner / handler, to achieve such awards of distinction at the American National Specialty.  Dallas and I could not have done any of this without the support and encouragement of my husband, Gary, our children, Eric, Kyle and Tynan, and Dallas' co-owner, Jim Paisiovich.  Thank you for believing in us, and sharing my dream.

Lorraine Burch
October 14, 2003

Highlights of Dallas' previous achievements include

Dallas was bred in September  2002, giving us  8 beautiful babies on November 11th (Remembrance Day / Veteran's Day).  Her trip to the 2003 ACA National Specialty in St. Louis was her first American outing since Maryland, and we look forward to pursuing Dallas' U.S. Championship in 2004, after which we will plan a special breeding for this exquisite girl.

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Addendum:  Sadly,  Dallas was never able to fulfill her potential as a show dog and brood bitch.  In September, 2004, while searching for the perfect mate for her next breeding, we detected a small lump in one of her mammary glands.  Initially misdiagnosed as a mammary gland infection, the lump did not respond to antibiotic treatment, and grew at an alarming rate.  By the time a second opinion confirmed cancer, it was too late, the cancer had spread.  Despite all possible treatments and medications, and her incredibly stoic attitude, Dallas could not overcome the raging spread of the disease.  She passed away in the early morning hours of December 21, 2004, fighting with all her heart and soul to the very end.  This wonderful girl is deeply missed by Jim and Puzzle, and of course by all of us here at Kireisa.