“The beST way i cOuld explain iS ThaT iT haS been The ’purSuiT and preServaTiOn Of a wOrk Of arT’.”
early part of the war. My life has been about all things southern. Like most people who were raised in Charleston, and having now lived over a decade in Charleston’s sister city Savannah, I share the cultural appreciation of history, architecture and art, and the south’s refinement and good manners. I love the moss-draped oaks, magnolias, azaleas, the salt marshes and rivers of Charleston, Beaufort, Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Most of all, I have had a lifelong love for and devotion to dogs and horses. My foray into purebred dogs included the Irish setters Ch. Solivia’s Vintage Sole Heir, his dam Ch. Scarlly’s Showo ff of Solivia and my beloved Meadowlark’s Amaranth. Among my English cockers were Ch. Solivia’s Magic Memories, Ch. Jaclyn Summer Magic of Solivia, Ch. Stardust Crystal Gale and Ch. Fayrplace Far Star of Solivia. But my heart was captured by the Pointer breed from the time I was 3 years old and met Pal, a lemon Pointer. Th en a neighbor’s hunting Pointers captivated me and I was actually allowed, after much pleading and having to ride in the back of his pickup truck with the dog, to show Chief Rusty at a fun match. We won Best of Breed and a group placement, and of course I was hooked on the breed and the adventures of showing dogs. My five children, my son-in-law and I have devoted our lives to Solivia show dogs. We have produced almost 200 champions and Best in Show winners in 6 countries.
More than that, we have met the finest people, our Pointer friends all over the world. Our Pointers began with Shandown bloodlines over 30 years ago, and the his- torical “High” litter sired by Ch. Marjetta National Acclaim is presently behind all Solivia. A stroke of good fortune was the acquisition of Ch. Orion of Crookrise. Th e Marjetta dog, Deputy, a Westminster Best in Show winner, contributed his celebrated side gait still evident in Solivia today. Rion, the Crookrise dog, contributed his beautiful breed type, short “bee sting” tail and lovely, heart-melting eyes. Our Rion son, Am. Can. Ch. Solivia’s Blackheart Bravado sired a fine litter from an Irish import, and the male we obtained from the Cavanaughs as a stud puppy, Ch. Onsage Marquetry of Solivia, was shared with Brazil and then Mexico and became one of the most titled Pointers in the world. Our Mexican friends, Gabri- ella Arizmendi and George Becker DVM, bred Marq to an Italian bitch they bought in Argentina. From this MOST amazingly fortunate moment came our Ch. Calais of Solivia Becker Arizmendi, the sire of almost 60 champions. His champion children are Best in Show winners in USA, Scotland and Australia. We presently have puppies sired by one of the most celebrated Pointers currently living, Int. Ch., Italian Ch. Brek, and this outcross will carry on the Solivia e ff ort to breed Pointers of beautiful and correct breed type, temperament and movement.
the fields, and walk in a show ring on the weekend and win Bests of Breed. Sadly, in America, properly bred conformation quality Pointers seldom get considered as pets, while other popular sporting breeds such as retrievers and GSPs proliferate. It is our goal to educate and inform the general public that this breed is the “best kept secret”—a term I applied to Point- ers over 15 years ago when writing the Gazette column. We want this secret to be shared! My mother once asked me why I devot- ed my life to raising and showing Point- ers. Th e best way I could explain is that it has been the “pursuit and preservation of a work of art.” Artists would understand. About the Author I was born and
raised in Charleston, South Carolina. My father was a deco- rated World War II veteran and my mother, a Missis- sippi native, met my father when he was stationed in Camp Shelby during the
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