Joan Curtis and Cash
the Fall of 1995, I renewed an old friendship with Joan whom I had not
seen much since her move from Massachusetts to New York. In the Spring
of 1996 while I was trying to get that illusive last major on a bitch I
was able to follow the career of her new young dog. I decided that
he had many of the qualities I was looking for and approached Joan about
breeding to him which we did in August although he was still young and
Blossom was Cash’s first born and first champion. I was one of the lucky ones to get a phone call on the day Cash finished. Joan was so proud of him and wanted his babies to know that their Dad was a Champion. Although she was not well enough to travel to see the litter I had continually kept her up to date via photos. I never got to speak to her again but she has remained forever in my thoughts. I know she would be so very proud of Blossom and the winning she did.
Blossom was 4th in the 6-9 puppy bitch class of over thirty at the ABC the following year. She went home to grow up for a while and when she came out she was expertly guided by a young handler named Erin Struff. Blossom finished at the prestigious New Jersey Boxer Club on the ABC Circuit with her third 5 point Specialty win under breeder judge Betty Mentzer. She also had a three point major and a single point. Blossom was continually supported by her Granny Ginny through all of her show career as well.
I will be eternally grateful to Joan for agreeing to this breeding as well as being a wonderful friend. She is fondly remembered by many in this area for her love of life, great sense of humor and her love of her dogs.
Ted Fickes - Arriba
Virginia Shames - Talisman
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