Ch. Shadow Hills Royal Ribbons
1987 - 1996
once in a while a special dog comes by that touches a life. Sammy was a very special dog
that touched not one, but two lives.
Sammy was able
to form a special bond between Linda Cornella, his beloved owner and Rick Thompson, his
almost exclusive handler. It was said that when in the ring with Rick, Sammy and
Rick were like one.
All I can say is that Sammy will never be forgotten. Sammy has taught me
what conformation is all about and I was able to learn how to meet new people. Sammy
is not just a dog to me but he is more like a person. No other dog will ever replace him.
Sammy was always there for me no matter what. I couldn't have done it without him.
Sammy was a very
happy and always full of energy when he
went to the shows with Jane Hammett who finished Sammy's
Championship. Then, after we moved Rick took over showing him and was his exclusive
handler ever since. Sammy loved to show and loved it more when he heard the applause from
the crowd. He would get so excited when he heard their applause you knew he was having fun
in the show ring.
Sammy was so
special to us He even taught Andrea the intricacies of being a Junior Handler and assisted
her in wins in both the Novice and Open classes.
Good bye my friend,
Shadow Hill's Royal Ribbons was a name I always felt was
befitting of a King. Be it coincidence or not that name was the
only name befitting of this dog. As a young class dog Sammy caught my eye.
After competition one day I was commissioned to go over him. After a
thorough critique, I shared some pointers to give this young dog the
competitive edge he deserved. Hence he quickly acquired his AKC
Championship. Shortly following, I was commissioned to
handle him as a Special. Around the "Show Circuit" we often hear
this term. In the American Edition of the Oxford dictionary the word Special
is described as: adj. 1 particularly good; exceptional. 2.uncommon,
especial, extraordinary; distinguished, notable, noteworthy; significant,
important, gala, festive, particular, extra, pointed, concerted, deliberate,
determined. At first glance it might be thought that I made these up to try
and accurately describe this exceptional dog. The fact is, they are directly
from the definition, and the only way to establish clarity about this
great little dog. Before I ever looked that word up, Sammy
had already taught me what it meant to be called "A
SPECIAL"! It has never ceased to amaze me how infrequently Mother
Nature chooses to embody one dog with all those qualities, and how few
people are privileged to be touched by them. "Some doge are
Influential... and some are Inspirational". Sammy was both of them. I
can only hope that I was once as Special to him as he was to me.
pictures of Sammy