This blog first appeared on ColumbiaPatch.com, October 8, 2012.
(Cover Girl Sasha on the cover of the 2012 Sashette Calendar) EverythingDogBlog
by Skye Anderson
“Together we can make a difference, one paw print at a time”
It was a very long day and a very tiring night - November 21, 2003 - and a cold one to boot, when a lively litter of 11 golden retriever puppies were born in a small town in Quebec, Canada, to MBISS Can/BIS Bda/Am CH Lazyriver Sweet Sasha OD, SDHF, CGC, TDI.
Sasha (1998-2011) was one lucky, lovely golden retriever mother.
The Sashettes, as they have come to be known, have been immortalized with their own calendar, raising funds for The Goldstock Fund (www.goldstockfund.org) based in California and the award-winning Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund (www.smilingblueskies.org) in Canada.
The Goldstock Fund provides monetary assistance with transport, boarding, behavioral evaluations, and medical costs associated with rescuing Goldens and golden-hearted dogs. The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund (“If hope was a medicine, Love would surely be the cure”) helps with canine cancer research, education and training; a canine registry; and support for families of dogs with cancer. More than a million dollars has been raised so far.
The Sashette calendar for 2012 (see photo of Sasha who is on the cover) has been nominated for the Dog Writers Association of America’s (DWAA) prestigious Maxwell Award. Finalists will be announced in December with the award presented at the annual DWAA banquet the day before the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show begins in New York City. This time the banquet falls on Sunday, February 10, 2013.
You have until the end of October to pre-order your 2013 Sashette calendar so don’t delay! (details at the end of this article)
Sashettes currently live in Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, Canada, as well as California, New Jersey, New York, and Colorado.
Some of them even manage to get together for an almost–entire family reunion of play, play and more play whenever they can, usually at dog shows and dog camps in Canada, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire.
As you can see on any of the calendars, Sashettes have excelled in ‘all things dog’ – from conformation (four Canadian Champions, Puppy Best in Shows and Specialty Shows), to obedience champions, agility, and rally champions, and most have also gone on to careers as Canine Good Citizens and certified therapy dogs. They truly have followed in their mother’s footsteps – Sweet Sasha was an American Champion, Bermuda Best in Show, and Canadian Best in Specialty Show (multiple times). She was inducted into the Show Dog Hall of Fame and even made the cut at Westminster!
Now you, too, can own your very own Sashette calendar and become a ‘Sashette groupie’ like me (I have the whole set) by sending a check for $20.00 (plus $5 P&H) to Carol Taylor, 115 Riparian Drive, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368 or by pre-ordering via PayPal at email@example.com (add $2.00 for PayPal charges to the cost of the calendar plus P&H).