It is a WHITE
CHRISTMAS for the Thornapple Gang!
l-r Thornapple What's
The Word "Lingo" * Ch Thornapple King Of Diamonds "Shamba" * Thornapple
Whiskey Before Breakfast "Ezra"
Austen Garrison & Ch
Thornapple Tougher Shade Of Red ** Crazy Ringo!
Check it out! Amy Garrison's CHRISTMAS Wonderland!!!!http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20081221/NEWS01/812210314&referrer=FRONTPAGECAROUSEL
And Shayna sends everyone an Elf
Starring --- Shayna, Megan, Ringo, Commando & Miss Tammy Tu Tu!
USASA HALL OF FAME KENNEL #9
don't miss out on our
original website *** the beginning to 2007!
Ellen's cell 517-202-6462
HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!!
Betsy Hamkens --- Mom to Breeze, Rain & Cloud --- picked the Lapis &
Greetings All, Today I received one of the most STUNNING pieces of
jewelry I have ever purchased. I had been wanting one of Amy Garrison
originals for a while now and when I saw all the new pieces on the website
I jumped in and ordered one. Amy does FANTASTIC work. She is as articulate
on her jewelry pieces as she is grooming our most cherished aussies.
The pictures do not even hold a candle to the pieces in person. I know
I will be purchasing more as just like our aussies you can not have only
one:)))) The artwork and originality of the jewelry is great. Everyone
should have at least one of the pendants. I hope this does not put you
at a disadvantage Amy if you are booked but you were so correct in
saying that the wait is well worth it. Thank you for matching my pendant
to me and my clothing style. Betsy Hamkens
Bitta --- Mom to Diablo, Jada, Sycamore & Cuba --- picked the Cream Lace
You are right Betsy
you can not just have one Aussie from Thornapple ..
just like you can not just have one jewelry made by Amy Garrison. I need to
one more when I am coming over to US.
It is STUNNING artwork Amy!!!
I just LOVE the jewelry that you made for
I will have it on me at every show...
also tomorrow where I am showing an
. It brings me good luck :-) Bitta
Diann Inch --- Mom to Miss Addie was given the beautiful Black Lace Agate as
a Christmas gift from her Office Staff!
Dear Amy, What a beautiful surprise I had at our staff Christmas party. As
you know my wonderful PTP
Angels gave me one of your fabulous Aussie pendants. It is so, so
beautiful. In fact, the colors match
Addie's colors on her right side nearly perfectly. I will cherish it always.
Debbie nearly had a heart attack
arranging my gift. I guess I was standing over her when she was emailing
you. She jumped, then screamed.
I thought she was in pain she yelled so loud. I never had a clue what she
was up to. I couldn't ask for a more
wonderful staff. They are always so kind and thoughtful. I was so sad when
Sassy died. Everyone was so sweet
and supportive. They also looked forward to reading Addie's blog on your
website. Heaven knows, they have
been bombarded by Thornapple stories over the years. Addie is so beautiful
and sweet. We are working long hours,
so we hired a pet sitter to come and spend an hour at mid day to walk and
play with her. She loves all the attention.
My mother-in-law came over everyday to play with her for a few hours during
the summer. Addie missed her when
she left for Florida for the winter, but mom missed her even more. She calls
about once a week and leaves a message
on our machine talking to Addie. I play it over for her and Addie's little
wiggle butt is going a mile a minute.
Michael, Addie and I want to wish you, Ellen and your Thornapple family a
I will think of you every time I wear my Aussie necklace. Warm regards,
Iwona shares photos of
Diablo & Cuba taken at the Budapest Dog Show. Thank you Iwona!
Thornapple Cuba Blue
Gary & Sharon
Russell pictured at the Washington Masonic Memorial
Our very dear friends,
neighbors & Thornapple family members (proud mom & pop to Thornapple Aussie Sam),
Gary & Sharon Russell, have been living & working in Washington DC since
October. Gary Russell is Superintendent in charge
of a very important Christman Construction job at the US Capitol building.
Christman Construction is building the
Inauguration Platform which will be completed early January for the January
20th Presidential Inauguration.
Gary, Sharon, Sam & Mr. Dickens are residing in Old Towne while in DC.
visits Carlyle House of Alexandria. Sharon was invited to work in the
Founding Fathers Gardens because she is a MSU Advanced Master Gardener.
Sam finds life in DC
& condo living VERY BORING! Toby Alexander Dickens joins Sam for an
occasional nap but usually has more important tasks at hand!
At home, Sam is in charge of gathering the guineas & chickens in the
In MY opinion, there
is plenty to do in DC!
My very own
Christmas tree!!! Settling down for a
long winter's nap!
Platform Construction Begins in October 2008!
Christman Construction Superintendent Gary Russell pictured 6th from left -
pictured right standing on the plywood and pictured below far left.
A November update from
Sharon - Thought you all would like the latest updated photos... still ahead
Really great photos. There was an article in the Washington Post last week
here and heard today that there was one in
Grand Rapids paper on handrails architect .... very interesting job!!
Love to all... Sharon & Gary
End Of December -- Gary
reports construction is ahead of Schedule!
Sharon reports in just
before Christmas -- Attached are some more pictures that were taken at the
Inauguration Platform at the
US Capitol Bldg. this past week... almost completed!! We are SO
looking forward to getting back home to our farm. Sharon & Gary
We can't wait to have
you home, Gary & Sharon!
December 22 --
Ch Thornapple Shakin' All Over "Slash" shows off his CACIB!!!!
I'm so happy and proud of
Slash from this show - both days were great for us!!!
1st day Judge Hans Eric Pedersen: Slash CAC and CACIB!!!!!!! It was his
second show in adut class!!! and opened his INTERNATIONAL Champion!!!!
The Judge wrote::::
Maybe he is not in coat but his structure, proportions and movement it is
enough to win with the dogs from open and champion class.
II day judge John Wels
Ireland - Slash CAC
I wish you a Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year for 2009.
I give you some picture of Scott and me. King Regard. Aurore Van Der Geenst
Easy Aussies * Sweden left --- Jet right
Happy New Year Ellen,Thought you would enjoy seeing Jet in his blue shoes
and running suit!
Isn't he handsome? He is a love and I tell everyone where he came from and
how sweet you are.
Happy Happy New Year, Marie and Jet (Jet lives in Manhattan)
Merry Christmas to all!! Hope Santa was good to you.
Virginia & Una, Fannie, & Peanut the Aussies of Pintado
Right - Ch Thornapple Singled Out "Jenny" owned by Alex & Jane Gottschalk
Merry Christmas Ellen and everyone at Thornapple. I hope your holidays are
I can't believe Scarlet will be 2 years old on January 6th. She is still
wonderful and beautiful.
I've attached some pictures. We will be going to the show ring in 2009.
Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sue Tearle and Scarlet
CH Thornapple Shakin' All Over "Slash"
visits the Alps!!!! No
stick goes unturned when Slash visits a new country!
The branches in the Alps are especially nice!
It was not all play --- no work ---
Slash and Sheina worked in a dog show along the way!
Iwona reports in a big wins in Slovenia!
Last week we
have spent in Slovania. We went there for two CACIB show where Slash twice
won Best Junior in Breed
and in beautiful style finished his Slovenian Junior Champion. Sheina won
twice best of breed and on first day she was III BOG.
Sheina and Slash also won II BIS in brace competition!!! On second day we
haven't stayed for final competition because we
preferred to go for a walk in beautiful mountains Alps. We climb on 1780
ON AN AWESOME SHOW & TRIP TO THE ALPS!!!
Thank you for sharing your incredible photos Iwona!
HUGE NEWS from Jayne Holligan
(pictured) in the UK!!!!
Diablo is joint #1
Aussie for 2008 !!!! I told Bitta I was so proud to have finished his
Judge Jayne Holligan of the UK!
Jayne's comments about breed
I was very pleased with the overall quality of my entry. Type overall was
very good, however, front construction does
need to be watched we are a working breed and functionality and well
balanced movement is the basis of our beautiful
breed. Tail sets were variedwhich is only to be expected at this stage, I
also encountered one or two bad bites. Presentation
in some exhibits was outstanding but others were dirty, ungroomed and so
obviously lacking proper exercise and thus were
overweight and lacked any muscle, which was a shame as some very nice typey
exhibits especially in my limit bitch class
were penalized because of this. I stayed to watch my BOB winner go BIG and
was thrilled to learn the next day that he went RBIS.
Well done !
Jayne's critique of Diablo --- Open Dog 12 Entries 5 Abs
1. Wohliche - Am/DK/Nch Thornapple Aftershock - I have loved this dog from
the day I saw him as a baby puppy
and have watched him go from strength to strength not only in this country
but on the continent and in the USA.
He is a beautiful red merle, beautifully balanced, presented in the highest
order and handled to absolute perfection,
he has everything an Aussie should have. He also has that extra something
that makes him stand out in the crowd.
I was so pleased to have the opportunity to judge him and award him is
crowning CC. He has the balance, the structure
and the movement, he isn't perfect as perfection doesn't exist but he is
as close as I have seen to it, I was honoured to
have the chance to judge him, easily my BOB winner.
Thornapple Aftershock --- shares the honor of #1
Australian Shepherd in the UK for 2008!
CONGRATULATIONS BITTA & DIABLO!!!!!! Thank you Jayne!!!!
Ch Thornapple Cuba Blue
AND THE GOOD NEWS CONTINUES!!!!
Bitta reports --
Cuba become dog of the year 2nd in our club. (not Danish kennel club, but
our breed specialist club).
As you can see here at the link he was very close to become #1.
Congratulation on your beautiful blue boy!
CONGRATULATIONS BITTA &
I can't wait the
Chicago Dog Show, to meet U and your wonderful dogs, and I also miss the dog
Unfortunately nothing comes easily, I couldn't find work yet, so t seems I
have to leave the US in January
for a couple of days, but I will return before the big show.. I'm
sure:-))) Although my camera is sooo old, and
usually doesn't work well...I wanted to show U the pics of our Frisbee
"training" on Vito's birthday in the Michigan Lake
beach...The sky was amazing, and the colours also...I hope U don't mind the
quality of the photos:-))) Enjoy them!
Barbara and Vito moved
from Hungary to Chicago while Barbara's boyfriend attends school.
We look forward to meeting Barbara at the Chicago International Dog Show in
THANK YOU for sharing! Your camera did just fine.
BEAUTIFUL Vito on the
wintery beach of Lake Michigan!!!
Vito is a son of Ch Thornapple Iced Latte of Hungary.
BEAUTIFUL computer artwork by Britney's Best Bud Audrey Carter.
Thank you Audrey!!!
The THORNAPPLE SMILE!
"One thing we have control over in
our lives is our attitude ... Get Your Smile On."
Country Music Star
Clay Walker ** March 22, 2008 ** in an interview on Fox News about his
battle with Multiple Sclerosis.