Pearlie came to us from Beth and Bob Johnson. I wanted a puppy out of her bitch "Abby" who enjoyed robust good health. My preference, as you can probably tell from seeing my dogs, is for dark dogs so when Beth called to tell me that I had a choice...white, or white, as Pearlie was a singleton...I sighed and decided to have a white dog! I have never regreted this decision as Pearlie turned out to be an exceptionally wonderful dog...a show dog, a performance dog, a therapy dog and, most of all, my beloved dog.
Pearlie, the precious gem!
Beth & Bob with baby Pearlie
Pearlie pup with her personal pet kitten, Cinder
At the Blue Ridge Specialty in Harrisonburg, VA, in June 2004, it was a clean sweep for Pearlie. First, she won the Sweepstakes (a special show for young dogs where breeders can showcase the puppies they've produced), under Judge Peggy Hauck, then went on to win BISS (Best in Show Specialty) with 32 dogs showing, and a Group 2 under Judge Don Sutton.
Pearlie sweeps the Sweepstake under Judge Peggy Hauck
BISS CH Feliz Perla De Las Antillas with Judge Don Sutton
And goes on to a Group 2.
Pearlie's Gr 3 with Judge Steve Keating
August 2004 found us in Houston, TX at the National Specialty. At Sunday's show, the day after the National, with over 80 dogs competing, I almost fainted when the judge pointed to Pearlie for the breed! Then to top it off, she took a Group 3 under Judge Steve Keating. While we were taking pictures, he was so complimentary about Pearlie and then he mentioned that his partner, Don Sutton, told him about a wonderful white bitch he'd judged in VA...and I told him she was one and the same. He laughed when he realized that he and Don had similar taste in dogs (both, IMHO, have excellent taste when it came to appreciating Pearlie!)
One highlight in Houston...my mother, Pearl (who Pearlie was named after), was there to see Pearlie's big win. She was SO thrilled to see her 'granddog' triumph!!
Pearlie in the ring showing the pearlescence in her glistening silky coat
My two beautiful Pearls.
Pearlie Group 3 at Old Dominion with Judge Dennis McCoy
Pearlie at Eukanuba...leading to Award of Excellence
Pearlie, now a mature, beautiful girl, returned to the show ring in 2008, this time to compete for her HSDAA Silk Championship. She made her debut in Toledo, OH in May. Despite being out of the showring for over 3 years, Pearlie had not forgotten how to show, and show off she did!
The Silk Dog presentation calls for the head furnishings to 'fall forward' over the eyes. Unfortunately for Pearlie, her head furnishings are SO thick now that she literally could not see where she was going with her hair over her eyes (mature Havanese are generally shown with the head furnishings combed to either side and, even more often these days, combed back or 'swooped' over from a side part but these presentations have no place in the Silk Dog ring.) Fortunately, the Silk Dog standard does not preclude judicious trimming so, thinning shears were carefully applied to transform Pearlie from a moptop to a Silk Dog with a fringe of hair over her eyes that did not obscure her vision.
Pearlie, before...Cousin It?
Pearlie after...a lovely Silk Presentation
In Richmond, VA at her 4th HDSAA show, with all Majors, Pearlie finishes her HSDAA Certified CH with BOS under Judge Mindy Holmes
Pearlie in Toledo in May 2008...1st HDSAA show, 1st Major, 1st BOS under Judge Mel Ells
What else do you do when you've done it all?
Versatility is one of the hallmarks of the Havana Silk Dog. In addition to being a wonderful companion, Pearlie has shared her loving, inuitive disposition as a therapy dog. Silk Dogs make wonderful therapy dogs. She is so gentle with children and with the elderly who are recovering from surgery or in nursing homes.
As a performance dog, Pearlie qualified to get her first leg in Rally, despite taking the time to meet and greet the ringside audience before settling in to complete the exercises. Unlike Pala who is focused on the 'team', Pearlie shares her radiance with the audience. One day, we'll find the time to get back to Rally so Pearlie can add yet another title to her name.
As a mother, there is not a better dog out there. She is devoted to her puppies, carefully protecting and nurturing them until she 'helps' them with separation when it's time for weaning and gaining independence from Mom. Pearlie had puppies on Sept 26, 2008...see them under, Our Puppies, Pearlie's Songbirds.
Pearlie on a mission...
1st Silk to earn a RA title!
At then National in 2015, Pearlie became the very first Havana Silk Dog to earn a Rally Advanced title. Apparently you're never too old to continue to 'do it all!' Pearlie turned 13 May 16, 2016...truly our matriarch of accomplished dogs!
Stevie - 2005
Stevie's surrogate brother didn't have much to say.
An only child has to find friends where ever he can. Rip was Stevie's big 'brother'.
Pearlie's bouncing baby boy, Stevie
Stevie's such a handsome boy!
In 2005, Pearlie had her first 'litter'. She was to be bred to Ch Bydand Start Me Up, "Sonic" but Pearlie said she did not want to be left there and she wasn't quite ready so after one breeding attempt, we went back home. Apparently one little egg hung on to be conceived and the result was a big, bouncing baby boy, Stevie.
2006 - The Road Trip Pups
Pearlie's Road Trip Puppies -2006
Pearlie's daughter "Mini"...Mini Pearl?
Pearlie's daughter, Sienna...the very first HSDAA Companion Champion!
2007 - The Magic Pups
Pearlie's Magic Puppies -2007
2008- Pearlie's Songbirds See them under "Our Past Puppies"
2009- Pearlie's Gems Lark & Karma were from these litters...see their pages under "Our Girls"