LINES FROM LINDA: REMEMBERING JULIE DESY
Mom, You were an icon and an inspiration to many. You will be well- and long-remembered as a highly successful breeder, handler, educator, and mentor—rightfully so. Your numer- ous accomplishments and contributions to Shelties and to the sport are well-documented. But we want to acknowledge and celebrate some of the personal qualities that made you so special: • Your Appreciation for Beauty • Your Love of Dance and Music—from Classical to Pop to Motown • Your Strong Will and Determination • Your Sharp Mind and Deep Curiosity • Your Wonderful Humor and Great Wit • Your Constant Striving for Excellence • Your Single-Minded Pursuit of Your Passions • Your Generous Spirit • Your Grace and Quiet Dignity • The Twinkle in Your Eye and that Mischievous Grin You are dearly loved and deeply missed. Until we dance again. Love, Meredith, Michael, and Hector
Julie’s Loving Family... Daughter Meredith and Son-in-Law, Hector Hector, and Son Michael Maust
“YOU WERE AN ICON AND AN INSPIRATION TO MANY. YOU WILL BE WELL- AND LONG-REMEMBERED AS A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BREEDER, HANDLER, EDUCATOR, AND MENTOR—RIGHTFULLY SO.”
MY TRIBUTE TO JULIE
dog smoothly around the ring, stood back from the dog so that it was in full view with its head up, looking forward, standing four- square, her non-interfering stance while being judged on the table; all this with a pleasant, but confident, look on her face. (This was the first time I saw Julie, and she was pregnant with Michael!) It was my goal and desire to become her friend, and to learn all I could from this powerhouse of knowledge. Little by little, I inched my way into her life. My prowess continued, and I was proud to be part of the Ilemist team. Julie was not only a renowned handler here in the states, but also in Canada, Japan, Korea, and China, showing dogs that came from all these countries. Mrs. Hiyama, a breeder of Shelties from
Oh, the stories I could tell! With our friendship spanning almost 50 years, I could write a book! But, since this is a magazine article, I will just share a few of my favorites. From the beginning, I knew Julie was special. I was forced into learning how to handle my newly purchased Sheltie. So, I went to a dog show to observe exhibitors and ring procedure. I watched class after class after class, as the exhibitors did their best to show what was at the end of their lead. Although I was a complete novice, one person stood out from all the rest. It was Julie! I thought her presentation was the best. She gaited the
Julie mastering the art of using chop sticks.
Gini Shaw trying to master eating with chop sticks.
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