The #1 Ranked GSMD in America in 2010
Dual Winner of the Top 20 at the 2011 National

- The Judges and People's Choice -
GSMDCA National Specialty BOB 2014
2014 Top 20 "People's Choice"

Multiple Best in Specialty and Group Placing

NBISS Gold GCH Breezy Ridge Maximus

"SHEA"
(pictured 7 and 1/2 years of age, taking BOS in Specialty to his daughter, Eden)

 

AKC# WS26583808 Owner: Tom Conway & Kristin Krumpe

SIRE: Ch. Dufenhof North to Alaska, CD (clearances)

Breeder: Holly Witzgall
DAM: Ch. Cold Spring's Blush, ROM (clearances) DOB: May 17, 2008
   
Fit Weight:  140 lbs at 7 years
Height:  28" 
ACHIEVEMENTS
 


HEALTH CLEARANCES:
OFA Hips:  GOOD (SMH-1853G27M-VPI)
OFA Elbows:  NORMAL  (SMH-EL1673M27-VPI)
OFA Shoulders:  NORMAL (SMH-SH622M27-VPI)
OFA Thyroid:  NORMAL (SMH-TH102/27M-VPI)

CERF:  SMH-1212
P2Y12 Mutation: CLEAR (SMH-RPD2/55M-VPI)

D Locus (dilute/blue): D/D (non-carrier)

 

Shea has two litters of puppies on the ground. 
Check out all of Shea's offspring here, and on some
of their individual pages.

CHAMPION OFFSPRING
Ch. Aegis Bronx Bomber (12/13)
Ch. Aegis Ellis Island Special (4/14)
Ch. Aegis Coney Island Baby (6/14)
Ch. Aegis Spuyten Duyvil (10/14)
Ch. Aegis Say No More (11/14)
Jr. Ch. Aegis Mighty Boston Best J-Ja (Poland)
Ch. Aegis Moving Mountains (5/15)
Ch. Aegis Home Grown (9/15)
Ch. Aegis Captain Chunk (11/15)
Ch. Breezy Ridge To Catch a Thief (2/17)
 

2009
AKC Championship at 13 months 
Award of Merit, Blue Ridge Specialty 
Best In Sweepstakes, GSMDCA Blue Ridge Specialty 

Best in Sweepstakes, Blue Ridge Supported Entry 
Best in Sweepstakes, Blue Ridge Supported Entry

2010
Select Dog/Award of Merit, GSMDCA Midwest Regional Specialty
AKC Grand Championship (5/29/10) -- a Swissy first!
Award of Merit, GSMDCA Eastern Regional Specialty

America's #1 Swissy (AKC Breed Points)!

2011
GSMDCA "Top 20" Winner at the National Specialty -- not only the
Judges' Choice 
but the People's Choice too!!!!!
#11 Ranked Swissy in very limited showing

2013
GSMDCA National Specialty -- Select Dog
Best in Specialty at the C&P GSMDC Specialty, Millwood VA
Working Group 3 at Back Mountain KC (Nov 2)
Working Group 2 at Back Mountain KC (Nov 3)
#7 Ranked Swissy in very limited showing

2014
Westminster KC -- Select Dog
Working Group 4 at Ladies Kennel Association in Long Island
Working Group 2 at Riverhead Kennel Club in Long Island
Working Group 3 at Brookhaven Kennel Club in Long Island
GSMDCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY -- Best of Breed
GSMDCA Top 20 -- People's Choice Winner
Working  Group 4 at Suffolk County KC
OH Group 1 at Suffolk County KC
Working Group 3 at Gloucester KC
Working Group 3 at South Windsor KC
OH Working Group 1 at South Windsor KC
#2 Ranked Swissy in very limited showing

2015
September 2015 -- C&P Supported Entry in VA, Best of Breed and
Group 4 atseven years of age
December 2015 -- BOS at the Mid Atlantic Greater Swiss Specialty...
to his daughterwho was BOB.
Shea finished the year in the Top 20 again, in only 5 weekends of
showing, all as a Veteran.

  

 

 

Thank you to Holly Witzgall, Shea's breeder, for sharing this amazing dog with Tom Conway and me.  

To Tom Conway, THANK YOU for everything you've done for this boy - hauling him to shows and back and forth to
Connecticut throughout the year, and for caring for him and loving him like you do.  
Your support and friendship throughout have been more meaningful than any titles, wins or accolades. 

And to Shea's friends and fans, your continued support in this often "ugly" dog game
have kept things fun and reminded us what this is all supposed to be about.

Shea was a confident, happy and smart boy out of Holly Witzgall's "Ushi ROM."   Shea was a powerful, massive dog, at a rock hard 140 pounds (6 years of age) and 28" at the shoulder.  He had absolutely gorgeous structure from top to bottom, stem to stern.  Shea had a dead level topline, and was blessed with lovely angles with an effortless, powerful side gait, which looked as great at his veteran age as it did as a two year old.  His rear and front were both dead true.  His breed type was equally outstanding, with terrific bone and substance, lovely depth of body and chest, and a strong neck supporting a very pretty, correct Swissy head.  As for things I would change -- Shea could have used a better coat.  His pigment was beautiful, but his coat was quite short with very minimal undercoat.  And I would have loved a little thicker, heavier tail for a dog his size.  Overall, Shea was a incredibly handsome, powerful dog who is built to go all day long.

Shea finished his championship with ease at 13 months, ably competing with much older dogs, with 14 of his points and three major wins from the puppy classes.  At just 16 months of age, he swept the Sweepstakes at the Blue Ridge Specialty weekend (back-to-back-to-back Best in Sweeps, his litter sister was Best of Opposite the two days she was there), and followed that up by taking an Award of Merit at the specialty, defeating a ring full of much older dogs.  At just 21 months of age, Shea began dabbling as a special, and really coming into his own by summer 2010.  Although not showing as much as some of his toughest competition, and as an exclusively owner-handled dog, finished 2010 as the #1 GSMD in the country.  In October 2011, Shea thrilled us all with his Top 20 win at the National, where he was also vote the "People's Choice."  At the National Specialty in September 2013, Shea came out of retirement to take Select Dog, and two weeks later took Best in Specialty at the C&P GSMD Club Specialty.

The highlight of Shea's career took place in September 2014, when at almost 6 1/2 years of age, he took Best in Specialty at the GSMDCA National Specialty.  To make the day even sweeter, I showed Shea's half-uncle Bowie as a Veteran and was chosen Select Dog at the National, right behind Shea.  Thank you so much to Jaime Scott for handling Shea for me at the National.  It was a very difficult decision to put someone else on Shea, as I have shown him throughout his career...but as my heart dog, and the dog who lives with me in day in and day out, I had to stay on Bowie.  Needless  to say, I think BOTH boys looked their best and truly shined in the Bethlehem PA sunshine that day!

Shea was happy in the ring, of course, because he was Shea.  He was such a bombproof, unflappable dog...and an easy dog to have around and travel with.  Although he was truly a born show-man, he loved nothing more than hanging with his family, the Conways, on Long Island.  Shea especially enjoyed going fishing with his "dad" Tom and making rounds about town.  

Shea has sired 3 litters of puppies, with 10 finishing their championships thus far.  He has really put the stamp of his type and structure on so many of his offspring, and we are seeing some of these youngsters growing into those big shoes Shea has left to fill.  None more than his daughter, Eden.

In November 2016, Shea suffered an "event" which was most likely a stroke or FCE.  A fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) is a blockage in a blood vessel of the spinal cord, typically caused by a piece of cartilage.  When such a blockage occurs, an area of the spinal cord dies and can cause permanent damage.  Recovery in an older dog, especially a big heavy boy like Shea, is especially challenging.  Shea suffered complete rear end immobility for several hours, but eventually could stand and walk again, although his mobility was seriously compromised.  He was treated with steroid therapy and the Conways also sought the help of a holistic vet.  Unfortunately, nothing gave Shea any meaningful chance of recovery, and he was only at about 40% mobility on one side of his rear, about 75% on the other side.  The ravages of age and the steroids eventually compounded his issues, as his muscles continued to waste.  Due to the nerve damage he also became completely incontinent 8 months later.  At that time, as he continued to decline and could barely hold himself up, the decision was made to peacefully help him cross the Rainbow Bridge.

 

 

 

SIRE:

BISS Ch. Dufenhof North To Alaska, CD
clearances

Ch. Dufenhof Precious Fat Chance, ROM
clearances
BINSS Ch. Ky Quiet Riot v. Sarmac, ROM
clearances
Sennehof's Ives
clearances
Abbie S Redmond, ROM
clearances
Ch. Mar-Dal Alisha, ROM
clearances
Sennhof's Mark
clearances
Owl Creek Samantha
Ch. Stone Lea Blockbuster
clearances
Ch. Rina's JSL Step Aside, ROM
clearances
Ch. Sur Swissy El Sur, ROM
clearances
Rina v. Agerstenholz, ROM
clearances
Ch. Snowy Mountain Chatelaine, ROM
clearances
Ch. Shamrock Leader, ROM
clearances
Ch. Shadetree's Ember, ROM
clearances

DAM:

Ch. Cold Spring Blush, ROM 
clearances

BINSS Ch. Rise and Shine's Blazing Riot, ROM
clearances

BINSS Ch. Ky Quiet Riot v. Sarmac, ROM
clearances
Ch. Sennehof's Ives
clearances
Abbie S Redmond, ROM
clearances
Ch. Barton Manor's Tina, ROM
clearances
Ch. Allegro of High Ridge
clearances
Blackberry Ana
clearances
Seavaridge's Oh Suzanna
clearances
BISS Ch. Seavaridge's Inkleton v. Keno, ROM
clearances
Polyanna's Keno 
clearances
Seavaridge's Evening Venus, ROM
clearances
Seavaridge's Moorea Mist
clearances
Ch. Barton Manor Renegade
clearances
Shadetree SVR Karisma
clearances

 

 

 

5 months, helping Dad fish

 

6 and 1/2 month old Shea, lost in a Bethlehem PA Cornfield!

pictured at 11 mos

Best in Sweeps at the Blue Ridge GSMD Specialty (16 mos)

 

Shea taking back-to-back Best of Breed wins at Rockland County (21 mos)

25 months of age

2 and 1/2 years of age

3 years of age

 

3 years of age

 

Pictured winning the Top Twenty competition (Judges Choice and People's Choice)
at the 2011 National Specialty at 3.5 years of age

4.5 years of age

 

4.5 years of age

 

 

4 and 1/2 years of age

 

 

4 and 1/2 years of age

 


Best of Breed at the C&P Supported Entry 
(5 years of age)

 

Shea, taking a Working Group 3 under Marjorie "Mims" Datskow
 


Shea, taking Select Dog at 2014 Westminster Kennel Club

 


Shea, taking a Working Group 3 under judge Cathy Daugherty
 


Shea, on the move, at the 2014 National Specialty (6.5 years of age)

 



Shea, taking a big BOB and Group Placement under Alberto Berrios at 6.5 years of age.

Shea, taking BISS at the C&P Specialty under Alberto Berrios

 

Shea, taking the second of Back-To-Back
Group Placements in Bloomsburg PA

 

Shea, on his way to a Working Group 2 win at Riverhead Kennel Club...proving he hasn't lost a step at 6+ years of age!

 
 
Shea and Jaime Scott in the BOB ring at the 2014 National Specialty
 


Best of Breed at the 2014 GSMDCA National Specialty.  Thanks to Jaime Scott for so beautifully presenting Shea!
 


BOS in Specialty to his daughter, out of the veteran class (7.5 years of age)  at
the MAGS Regional Specialty in December 2015
 

 

 

 

 

    

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