Ch Dexmoor’s Always On My Mind CD WC
Ch Wyndham’s Javelin ex Ch Omega’s Flair of Dexmoor CD JH WC
Bred by Judy Dexter and Peachie Orton Owned by Sarah Messick
Sable was the result of a line breeding in 1984 to Chipper (Ch Wyndham’s Javelin) to his grand daughter, Tootsie (Ch Omega’s Flair of Dexmoor CD JH WC). The litter was co-bred by Judy Dexter and Peachie Orton and produced some very talented dogs including Ch Dexmoor’s American Dream JH WC, Ch Omega’s Indiscretion and Ch Omega’s Indiana Jones CD WCX.
Recognizing her quality, the Dexters had planned on keeping Sable, until they were introduced to Sarah. Sarah was a Golden fancier who was looking for a multipurpose dog that could be owner handled. Sable and Sarah met at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs. “She was as fluffy as a Golden”, remembers Sarah. Twelve week old Sable rode to her new home in San Diego on Sarah’s lap.
“Sable and Sarah had a special connection you don’t find that often” recalls Karen Sack. That connection could be seen at shows where dog and owner would snuggle, as Sarah puts it, “Like two homeless people on the mat, me and Sable. She was very affectionate. All my friends loved her.”
Sable’s show career ended up being a family affair. Sarah showed her as a puppy, her sister, Susan Kerns, put a five point major on her. Susan’s daughter Tracy, showed her as a special until Tor (Sable’s son , BiS Ch Folly of Hunter’s Tor JH WC HoF) was ready to be campaigned.
Sable loved field work but liked to keep her handler’s guessing. “Sable was really talented, she marked well and had a nice water entry. She was respected for her talents by people who ran other breeds at a time when there were only a handful of Flat-Coats in the field in Southern California.” Sable did get her working certificate and three Junior Hunter legs.
She also earned her Companion Dog title and did scent hurdles (sort of a cross between flyball and utility) once a year. But it was in the whelping box that Sable really distinguished herself.
A recent edition of DOG NEWS listed Sable as second runner up to the all time top producing dam in Flat-Coats, behind Ch Torwood Poppy and Ch Athercroft Blac is Beautiful. In four litters she produced fifteen champions!
The 1991 Specialty in Dallas was a special one for Sarah. Baja (Ch Folly’s B-Flat Major CD) was Best of Winners from the American Bred Class. Mac (Ch Patero’s Prime Folly UD JH) won the 12-18 month class and Dash (Ch Folly’s Black Tie and Tails CD) came in second. Then Sable won the Brood Bitch class, and was in the running for a Judges Award of Merit. Sarah remembers being so excited that she nearly strangled Peachie Orton in her exuberance.
Sarah lost Sable to cancer when she was eight years old. Much to soon. But Sable lives on through her beautiful and talented descendents, including our Constance.