We first became intrigued with Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs when we saw pictures and an article in the July 1995 AKC Gazette. Our first important and enduring contact with the breed was with Rubin (CH Shadetree-SVR Ka Niu Nui CGC) and his owners, Don Dickensen and Cheryl Skoty. With their help and referrals we were introduced to Norm and DaLena Christensen of Snowy Mountain fame. As our relationship with the Christensens grew, they trusted us enough to sell us a beautiful dog we named Gus (CH Snowy Mt. Fergus v Calypso). Gus became a champion at 13 months of age after just 4 shows. Not only was he successful in the show ring, but became widely known in the Rocky Mountain region as a great ambassador for the breed.
Through a friend and fellow Swissy owner we were introduced to Holly Nagler of Maxamillion Kennels. Holly inquired about using Gus in a breeding with her beautiful imported girl, Emely (CH Emely von Entingas). From that 2003 litter (conceived on Valentine's Day, born on Tax Day), we acquired a gorgeous girl named Maxie (CH Calypso Gusgal v Maxamillion). Even with limited showing, Maxie finished her championship in June 2005.
When Maxie was old enough to be bred, we worked with Karen Becker & Michael Reddin of Cordillera GSMD, since we were impressed with their dedication to the breed, the responsible manner in which they have managed their breeding program, and their willingness to support new members of the Swissy community. They graciously allowed us to use their handsome boy, Kai (BISS CH Cordillera's Future Legend), as the sire of Maxie's first litter in January, 2007. That breeding produced 10 puppies (5 boys, 5 girls). Out of this litter we kept Kronk, Dumer, and Avanti in our Calypso family.
Karen and Michael introduced us to Amy Pisarik of Imperial GSMD who agreed to a breeding between Maxie and her beautiful boy, Alex (CH THN's Dreammaker). Maxie's second litter--5 boys and 3 girls-- were whelped March 29, 2008. Sassy and Moon were our selections to remain in the Calypso family.
We were looking for a show home for Moon, and we had met Amy and Chris Wilson as they were showing their Swissy, Scrabble (CH CedarCove's Double Word Score CD WWD RTD CS CGC). They were ready for another Swissy, and soon we were co-owners. Moon became another owner-handled champion we invited Amy & Chris to join the Calypso family and share our dream of breeding, training and showing Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. After 7 years of wonderful mentorship, Amy, Chris & their daughter Sarah decided to expand that dream and start their own Bear Creek Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. We look forward to many more years of collaboration and traveling together with them!
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