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Sunday, May 16, 2010

The 14th Birthday for Lolly, outstanding field trial dachshund

Fourteen years ago, on May 16, 1996, Gerte vom Dornenfeld whelped a litter of 6 puppies. Four puppies survived, and two were lost during whelping. Gerte was eight years old at the time, and it was her last litter. This was our "U" litter, and actually it was a repeat breeding that produced our previous "S" litter. The sire was Zalud Staccato, a Czech dog, who lived in British Columbia, Canada. Logistics of the mating were nightmarish, but thanks to our friend Brigitte Walkey, things got done.

The four puppies in this litter were named: Ulrika (Lolly), Ulla (Brandy), Upton and Undine (Dee), and they all went to blood tracking homes in Deer Search. From the blood tracking point of view, "S" and "U" litters were the best we have ever bred. They were not great looking dogs and some of them did not open on live game, but  these dogs could track!

Lolly is the only one who still lives and thrives. In hands of Larry Gohlke, a close friend of ours from Wisconsin, Lolly has been living a more versatile life than most of her siblings, and she has accomplished great things in the field.

In 1999 Lolly won the Dachshund Club of America National Field Trial. John and I both were there and witnessed the win. It was a thrill! In 2006, at the age of 10.5 she won the Buckeye Dachshund Club Invitational Trial. These two are the most prestigious trials that a dachshund can win in this country. Lolly made it look so easy.

FC Ulrika von Moosbach-Zuzelek SE - pictures taken in October 2009

Lolly has now over 1000 lifetime DCA field merit points, and she is still placing in field trials. Two weeks ago she placed 4th in the highly competitive Field Champion Bitch stake at the Buckeye Dachshund Club trial in Ohio. We will talk about her breeding legacy some other time (there is a lot to write about that), but today we are celebrating her life - a great companion for the Gohlke family and outstanding versatile hunting dachshund.
Happy Birthday Lolly!

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