ArticCross 'n Double Helix's Mendelian Masterpiece

Named after Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, Mendel is where our Samoyed kennel begins.  He and I flew home from Seattle on January 17th, 2011 and he's been a dream ever since.

Dam:  BISS CH Hawkwind Rocks the Gene Pool  (Allele)
Sire:  CH Hawkwind's ArticCross Emerald  (Rico)

Hips: Excellent 
Elbows: Normal
CERF:  Normal
PRA: Normal
RD/OSD: (Optigen) Normal
Cardiac:  Normal - Cardiologist

Mendel on the OFA Website
Mendel's Pedigree

A big thank you to ArticCross and Double Helix Samoyeds for this beautiful boy who has completely stolen my heart and changed my life forever!

Mendel is my first conformation show dog and I'm looking forward to many adventures with him in the ring. 

Jack of all trades...
Master of Love!

There are so very many things I simply love about this dog.  A great many of them are traits he shares with his parents.  Mendel is a structurally sound and beautifully moving dog, but the thing I treasure most about him is his temperament.  Mendel lives for love and for fun.  If you've never seen him work in harness you're likely to be certain there isn't a serious bone in his body.  His joy filled outlook on life is positively contagious, and I've yet to maintain the ability to stay angry about anything since the day I brough him home.  It's a darn good thing he's so good natured because I still don't know how I could ever get mad at that smiley face. 

Given what a huge goof-off he is, I was exceptionally impressed with how much Mendel enjoys working in harness.  Having never worked a dog in harness before, I was truly amazed when within a city block he put his head down and went straight to work pulling me on my roller blades. 

See Mendel's progress in achieving his Working Samoyed (WS) title here.


Click Here To Watch Mendel Grow Up

Mendel's Show Career

(for a far more colorful and long winded version, click the "Mendel's show reports" link to the right)

Mendel's first point
At 6 months and 4 days old Mendel was awarded Winners Dog for his first point at the Winnegamie Dog Club show by judge Diane Anderson.

We followed that win with a string of 6 Reserves (3 of the 6 being majors)

Kettle Moraine Kennel Club, RWD
Greater Milwaukee Samoyed Fanciers, major RWD 
Waukesha Kennel Club, major RWD under Breeder Judge Tami Lynch
Waukesha Kennel Club, major RWD
Burlington Wisconsin Kennel Club, RWD
Burlington Wisconsin Kennel Club, RWD

At our last show before the Nationals, Mendel was awarded 2nd place in the Puppy Working Group at the Sheboygan Kennel Club show. 
Mendel and sister Heli
We made the cut in the Regular classes at the 2011 SCA National Specialty in Utah, but out of coat and out of luck as far as an experienced handler goes (which we never feel bad about), the trip was far more for fun than for wins.  Mendel's sister Sookie went home Grand Futurity Winner, and his sister Heli went RWB.  We're so proud of his lovely sisters! 

Our Reserve string was broken by our first Best Of Winners in Kansas City under judge Robert Smith at the Leavenworth Kennel Club show.
Mendel and his sister, Sookie, made a double play going Best in Sweeps (Sookie) and Best of Opposite Sex in Sweeps (Mendel) on both days of the Heart of America 2012 Specialty.
Mendel returned to his Reserve Winner ways at the Heart of America Samoyed Club's supported entry show in Kansas City under judge JR White.

Allele, Sookie, Mendel (L-R)
Mendel and his Sister Sookie again were awarded the honors of Best in Sweeps and Best of Opposite Sex in Sweeps at the Greater Milwaukee Samoyed Fanciers 2012 Double Exposure Specialty.  This time their Mama, Allele, joined in by going best Veteran in Sweeps as well!

This same weekend Mendel won 2nd place in his Weight Pull class, pulling 17x his weight.  (this was Mendel's first time ever trying weight pull)

Waukesha Kennel Club, one of our favorite shows, brought us our first Major (4 points) with a Best of Winners under Breeder Judge Sakura Moses as well as an Owner Handler Best of Breed.  Sunday followed with a Reserver Winners Dog under Breeder Judge Annella Cooper.
Burlington WI Kennel Club on Monday, under Paul Willhauck, Mendel was awarded Winners Dog for 2 points; Mrs. Willhauck followed on Tuesday with another Reserve Winners Dog.

Mendel and sister Heli
The 2012 SCA Nationals in Gettysburg, PA proved once again to be amazing for Mendel's litter with his brother, FISH, going Winners Dog to finish his Championship.  His sister, Heli, was awarded High In Trial with a score of 193 in Obedience.  Mendel placed 1st in the Novice Working Sweepstakes class and got a good hard look for Best of Opposite sex in Working Sweeps.  Mendel also earned his first Rally Novice leg with a score of 93.  Mendel showed absolutely beautifully every time he walked into the ring, and I am SO proud of how much we have improved as a team.