Ch. Fair Isle Giltedge
[Sire: Am/Aust/Can/NZ Ch Triseter Ebonie Nirvana x Dam: Am/Can Ch Hollyhunt Tell Her About It JH]
AKC DNA: V241461
Whelped: May 5, 2002
Died: March 22, 2014
Breeder: Colleen O’Brien, Chris & Mary Hunsinger
Owner: Colleen O’Brien
One of the 5 sisters born on 5 - 5 (May 5th), Shea claimed her spot in my heart early on. When the puppies were evaluated, "purple girl" seemed to be everyone's 2nd pick, that is everyone but mine. She was the one I knew would be staying all along.
Shea was one of those dogs that would do everything asked of her and more. Finished her title easily, gave me 3 beautiful litters, was a fantastic mother and the best companion you could want. Her own show career was always put aside for "stars" like Nike but when Jamie Lamphier wanted a Gordon to show in Juniors, Shea became her black & tan partner.
When she was diagnosed with insulinoma at age 8, everything I read gave me a bleak prognosis, but surgery to remove the tumor from her pancreas gave her (and me) the best shot for extended time. I was lucky enough to have almost 4 years with my girl following that surgery. But we ran out of time when her tumor returned in early 2014.
Shea's gentle presence is missed everyday but I cherish the time she and I had together.
OFA HIPS GSE-4162G31F-PI/good
OFA ELBOWS: GSE-EL265F31-PI/normal
CERF EYES: GSE-681/2011
OFA PRA: GSE-PRA19/110F-PI-CAR / Animal Health Trust (UK) PRA(rcd4): RCDD805 carrier
CHIC DNA Repository: GSE-DNA-112/B
CHROMA GENE: 24176 (carries only for black)
OFA Cerebellar Degeneration: GSE-CBD30/140F-PI
US SPECIALTY BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX