May 23, 1999 - July 1, 2008

It is with deep sadness and regret that I must tell you that our first homebred champion, Alfie, crossed the rainbow bridge recently peacefully in the arms of my husband and Jim by his side at the Animal Hospital of Ft. Lauderdale. After being admitted to the hospital and progressively getting worse, we could no longer allow him to suffer. My husband is a terrible mess over this, so very sensitive. He had to afterwards drive home over an hour alone in a terrible thunder storm.

Alfie was my very special heart dog and best friend, always so close, giving those double kisses with love in his eyes. He will be terribly missed. My love... my heart is broken...

Our First Homebred Champion
Ch Silver Trails WYSIWYG "Alfie" Sire of 2 pointed kids!



Photo by Norma Engel
New Champion as of March 6, 2004 at 4 years

Alfie's Story:

Alfie, yet another very loyal sheltie of mine. Many people contact me for companion pet females but Alfie is a fine example and the reason why I promote the males as companions. He is very affectionate and if not for the girls in season, would be my constant companion. Yes, you guessed it, the girls come first. As a stud, he has a very high libido and is currently our only "natural breeder" here at Silver Trails. So much so that he is double locked in his crate when girls come to visit his dad, Spanky. He throws a pretty expression and sweet eye and when bred to girls with decent conformation, produces pretty and correct. Alfie is Kiki's sire who reserved as a puppy several times in limited showing. As an example of what Alfie can produce:

This is Alfalfa, a young Alfie son, owned by Joe and Barbara Schira.

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Another Alfie kid - Silver Trails Valentino "Rudy" (Major Pointed)

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On 12/8/07, Saturday, at the Miami show in FL and under Judge Pat Hastings, my Alfie/Annie son, Alfalfa, took Reserve Winner's Dog, Best of Breed Puppy and Puppy Group 2. It was very exciting and thrilling since it was his very first show. It was an especially great win because I am a huge fan of Judge Hastings and to have one of my puppies acknowledged is a dream come true.

 Here is Blossom, an Alfie daughter. What a face!

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Another beautiful Alfie daughter (minored out).

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Jim and Alfie just seconds before Championing

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06/10/01 - Lakeland-Winter Haven Kennel Club Best of Breed

Over Specials and a Group 4 under Judge Mrs. Lee Canalizo handled by Jim Efron

07/07/01 - Greater Venice Florida Dog Club WD under Judge Mrs. Kathleen O. Steen

04/06/01 - Lake Eustis Kennel Club WD under Judge Mrs. Patricia Starkweather

04/07/01 - Greater Ocala Dog Club WD under Judge Nicholas P. Apollony

04/08/01 - Greater Gainesville Dog Fanciers WD under Dr. Sam F. Burke, Jr.

05/31/02 - Shetland Sheepdog Club Of Southeast Florida Specialty - WD under
Judge Mrs. Barbara B. Wright

09/22/02 - Boca Raton Dog Club - RWD under Judge Robert S. Forsyth

10/25/03 - Caribe Kennel Club - Major RWD under Judge Paula Hartinger

01/17/04 - Clearwater Kennel Club - Major RWD under Judge Roger R. Hartinger

01/18/04 - Pasco Florida Kennel Club - WD (3 pt. major) under Judge Col. Joe B. Purkhiser

03/06/04 - Palm Beach County Dog Fanciers - WD (3 pt. major) under Judge Carmen  Battaglia to FINISH!

OTHER NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Alfie is now proven having sired a litter of puppies, 4 girls and 2 boys, on April 26, 2003, out of Heart Lakes Circle of Life "Kiara."

On Sunday, February 13, 2000, in Lakeland, FL, before Conformation Judge Barbara Wright, Silver Trails WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) "Alfie" and his mom (me! LOL) won Bred By Exhibitor at the TBASSC Specialty.

On Sunday, June 4, 2000, in Miami (South Dade Kennel Club) before Judge Dr. Robert J. Berndt, Spanky and his handler, Mary MacDonald won Best of Breed and Group 2 and on the same day before the same Judge, Alfie and his mom won Best of Breed Bred By Exhibitor and Group 1 Bred By Exhibitor. 

Father & Son

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