I was 5th grade of Elementary school when I got my first English Springer Ch. Aga, he became #1 English Springer in former Yugoslavia in 1987(and the first English Springer to finish in country's history!) and his daughter Cassandra Sheepy The Talking Eyes #1 Spaniel in former Yugoslavia in 1990, the rest is as they say history!
THE TALKING EYES reg. FCI kennels was established in Banjaluka, former Yugoslavian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1986. My first Champion Springer was YU. CH. AGA, very heavily ticked open marked somewhat hunting bred male. He was the only Springer in former Yugoslavian history to finish Championship, and was Springer of the year in former Yugoslavia for 1989. He was also Hungarian Club Winner for the same year at Hungarian winter Spaniel Specialty in Budapest. His black and white daughter CASSANDRA SHEEPY THE TALKING EYES was Sporting Dog of the Year for 1991. Neither Aga or Sheepy were ever groomed (just bathed) during their show careers! The Springers were rather rare bred and mostly owned for hunting purposes back than. I started learning grooming techniques with my next Springer.
In 1992 I imported my Ch. SIEGER'S CHARLOTTE HORNETS (Candy) from Denmark. Candy was sired by famous CH. SAXDALEN'S EXPERT OF KIRWIN (Imp USA) ex HAMMERSMITH'S NATIONAL AFFAIR (imp Sweden), Ch. Saxdalen's Expert Of Kirwin was bred by Kathy Kirk of Kirwin Springers in USA,sired by BOB winner from American Spaniel Club Specialty Ch. Kirwn's McLee's Weekend Lover ex. Ch.Kirwin Just My Style (who was Winners Bitch at Westmister K.C. back in the days the classes were shown at the Garden). He was Top Dog all breeds in Denmark, Multiple BIS and BISS winner all over Europe, and one of most titled Springers in breed history. Candy's dam was sired by another USA export to Scandinavia GRAMP'S GRANDE EDITION( linebred on Multi Ch. Jester's Jack-In-The-Box) and HAMMERSMITH'S CRUX OF THE MATTER who went back to early US exports to Scandinavia CH. WILLOWBANK'S BOLERO, CH.SALILYN'S PASSKEY and CH. SALILYN'S VIEWPOINT.
Candy arrived to us several days prior to the unexpected beginning of the Civil War. Shortly after I moved to Zagreb, Croatia, but due to war zone surrounding the city, all my dogs stayed with my parents occupied in the Banjaluka. Unfortunately my parents didn't have much choice, so Aga and Sheepy were given to our family friends who lived outside the city. We never heard anything about them ever since.
In the Summer of 1992 I was invited to visit Candy's breeders, Jessie & Kaj Madsen of Sieger Kennels in Denmark. This was amazing summer, and everyone in Denmark welcomed me with open arms. I've enjoyed showing dogs there and visiting breeders around. I returned back to Croatia with a blue roan English Cocker bitch CH. AMSTERDAM JR WINNER'89 C'EST SI BON PETITE JACQUELINE who was a gift to me from Hans and Jytte Anderson of C'est Si Bon Kennels. Lynna finished quickly in Croatia, where she was most winning Cocker bitch in 1993 and was than bred to Alfred Rodenbusch's Ch. Brooksong Blue Suede Shoes (an Sh.Ch. Celleine Eshalon son) .
In the March of 1993 Candy arrived to Croatia in the back of the United Nation's truck, in the convoy with many refugees. The two month old puppy I remembered was now a year old orphan who was aching for attention that she wasn't able to have. Shortly after, in April she attended her first show where she went onto Best Junior. She followed up on her next show winning European Junior Championship at FCI European Show in Budapest. That was the beginning of her magnificent European show career. Her European show record includes multiple CAC, CACIB and BOB wins in Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia. She was Specialty all Spaniel breeds BIS winner and Runner Up BIS all breeds and Multiple group Winner and placer. She finished her European show career before age of 2, due to political battle against American bred Springers.
In 1993, I also imported (for another breeder) two well known English Springers from Denmark. BISS Ch. Fondante's Royal Flush who was sired by Multi Ch. Coppergate Lambrusco ex Ch. Mompesson Follow Folly and bitch Sieger's For Your Eyes Only sired by Ch. Sieger's Midnight Special (Ch. Wishborne Devil In Disguise son) and Ch. Sieger's Madam Of Expert (Am. Ch. Saxdalen's Expert Of Kirwin daughter). Ch. Fondante's Royal Flush had excellent show career for his owners, but neither him or her ever produced anything worth to remember. You can still find them in some pedigrees of Croatian Springers currently being shown.
During Candy's show career I have also co-owned and showed another great winner from Denmark. That was the red English Cocker MULTI CH. DAN-L'S DANFEDDER bred and owned by Helle Dan Larsen. Svimmel finished FCI Int. Championship at International dog show in Zagreb. He was also German, VDH, Croatian, Danish and Danish Club Champion, and a Multiple CC winner in many European countries. Svimmel was returned to his breeder prior to my relocation in the USA. In Scandinavia he sired and gransired many famous kids, most known his Top winning and Producing grandson Multi.Ch. Dan-L's Lets Talk About Sex. During this period before my relocation in the USA I've also imported and showed lovely Irish Water Spaniel bitch that was gift to me from Candy's breeders and Connie Horrup Philipsen (Famous Crowd) who also bred her. She was MULTI CH. SIEGER'S BLOODY MARY with wins in Italy, Slovenia,Poland, Austria, Germany and Denmark.
I have established a very strong relationship with Kathy Kirk of Kirwin English Springer Spaniels in the USA who encouraged me, and help me and Candy to relocate in the USA in July of 1994. All my other dogs were returned to their co-owners or given to family friends as pets, besides Candy who arrived in the USA with me. My dream was to have her bred to Ch. Salilyn's Condor, which I did but unfortunately she did not have any puppies. Candy was than bred to BIS. Ch. SALILYN'S SATURN a Ch. Salilyn's Condor son out of Ch. Salilyn's Savannah, a Ch. Salilyn's Private Stock daughter. Saturn was BOB winner at the Garden while I was having his 6 weeks old first litter in the whelping box. This was my first litter bred in the USA, and produced my first USA Ch. THE TALKING EYES AS TEARS GO BY. Sarah finished US title at 15 months being shown only four weekends, to finish with four majors. Two other littermates from this litter finished, one in Europe and one in Asia. Fourt one in this litter was The Talking Eyes Am I all Gay Too W.D. who won W.D. hunting totle at only six months of age! CH.THE TALKING EYES AS TEARS GO BY produced one litter of tree puppies by BIS CH. CAROUSEL SILVERHILL ANTE UP (Ch.Dalin's Silcerhill Straight Up ex. Ch. Shotimes Champagne On Ice). This litter produced fabulous Specialty BIS puppy (Sacramento) The Talking Eyes Design Of A Decade who'm I placed in pet home since she had slipping stifle!
winnner Ch. Tanjo's Escapade. Bitch I kept THE TALKING EYES BARBIE HAS IT ALL did some nice wins at the Specialties as a puppy, but got so spoiled rotten that I simply cannot drag her around the ring. She will do everything in the world to destroy herself in the ring, but is my best friend of all. Barbie was bred once to our late CAROUSEL N THE TALKING EYES XTC (Ch. Genuwin Carousel BlueGrass ex Ch. Carousel Blue Jinn). This litter was the pretties litter I've ever bred but only one bitch is co-owned and in the show home in USA. She was Specialty BIS Puppy (San Fernando)THE TALKING EYES EVERYBODY KNOWS.
Kathy Kirk finished Candy in 1997 with pile of extra points and BOB win from the classes. She was than bred to BIS Ch. SALILYN'S CYCLONE sired by Ch. Salilyn's Recognition out of Ch. Jasmine's How Sweet it is (A Condor's daughter). This litter produced only two puppies. Dog I've exported to South Africa was Top Winner and BIS winner for his owner Joan Whittingham of Tanjo Springers. He's BIS SA.INT CH. THE TAKLKING EYES BIG SHOT AT TANJO. He tragically passed away in 2004 leaving many Champion kids behind him, including the most resent BIS
For her last litter CH. SIEGER'S CHARLOTTE HORNETS was bred to her causin PATLO'S HIDDEN ASSET JH, out of Ch. Kirwin's McLee's Weekend Lover. This was a breeding of granddaughter to a son of Ch. Kirwin McLee's Weekend Lover with five crosses in five generations to well known top producing combination Ch.Kay N Dee's King Of The Road ex Ch. Glen Lovics Merry-K. This is the closest breeding I've ever did and first time I didn't use Salilyn bred sires. This litter produced two lovely littermates a dog THE TALKING EYES COME ON'N DANCE and a bitch THE TALKING EYES CAN'T STOP THE FIRE, co-owned by Theresa Schroeder-Wilspring. Tommy and Andrea still reside with Theresa, I hope, but since I havent heard from her in nearly three years I wonder If they will ever be shown or be used in my breeding program. I do hope Theresa is somewhere on Earth, not cruising around on some space ship! I'm beginning to think she maybe abducted by aliens. In 1998 Theresa Schroeder and I have co-bred English Cocker litter sired by Boxhill Born To Be Wild JH ex Ch. Fireplugs Cordeniau. We've kept bitch we co-own WILSPRING SPICE GIRL, who is probably joining Tommy and Andrea and Theresa touring at the Space shuttle around the earth.
In 1998 we have become part of the magnificent career of AM. CAN. BIS. BIS'S CH. KAY N DEE INHERIT THE WIND W.D. W.D.X. J.H. S.H. . Sherman was sired by BIS Ch. Maidenhead's Advocate, Top Springer in USA in 1995, BOB Westminster and National 1994 BOB winner, also a Ch. Salilyn's Condor son. Sherman finished in USA with four Specialty Majors. He was the First Springer in the history of the breed to be BIS BISS and SENIOR HUNTER! He was #3 dog overal in 1999, and retired by winning BEST IN SHOW at Cherry Blossom Circuit over countries Top dogs. He was BIS Field Trial At American Spaniel Club three years in a row and Award Of Merit at the Westminster in 1999.
During 1999 we've also Specialed English Setter bitch CH. ALLSPICE SWEET SIXTEEN PARTY by Ch. Allspiece Thief Of Baghdad ex Ch. Allspice Good Golly Miss Molly. Promise was Multiple BOB winner, Group winner and placer. I'd love to thank to Marlin Uva (Allspice) and Darrin and Mel Uva (Darrame) for letting me own this lovely bitch.
I would like to thank to Kellie Fitgerald (Salilyn) for all her assistance and for letting me use the wonderful Salilyn sires. They put remark on my breeding program on the path I still follow. And to Geri Roy (Carousel) for helping me to continue. I've resided in Las Vegas since 1995 until my relocation to Europe again in 2003. This were most incredible 8 and 1/2 years. I would like to take this time for thanking to all of my American friends for this wonderful years. I'll never forget them!
In 2003 I am returning to Europe and bringing back with me my Ch. AM.CH.CAROUSEL N THE TALKING EYES INFERNO, co-owned with Bonnie Watts (Salutaire) and Geri Roy (Carousel), and my baby girl THE TALKING EYES BARBIE HAS IT ALL. I do still co-own several homebreds in the USA. Dante was Multiple Group Winner and BIS placer in Europe with limited showing, and since 2003 has completed Luxembourg, FCI Int. ,Slovenian, Austrian, Austrian Club, Austrian Double, Bosnian and Slovakian Championship with multiple Group Wins and BIS placing.
Where do we go from here ? Forward (never straight)!
AM.CH.THE TALKING EYES AS TEARS GO BY
finished AKC CH at 14 months of age with four majors
pictured winning Winners and 3 pts majors under James Reynolds
Second Generation The Talking Eyes
THE TALKING EYES DESIGN OF A DECADE
(BIS BIS'S CH Carousel Silverhill Ante Up ex Am. Ch.The Talking Eyes As Tears Go By)
pictured winning Best Puppy at Sacramento Specialty in 2001
THE TALKING EYES EVERYBODY KNOWS
(Carousel'N'The Talking Eyes XTC ex The Talking Eyes Barbie Has It All)
pictured winning BEST PUPPY IN SPECIALTY
English Springer Spaniel Club of San Fernando Valley 2000