To set the record straight: Minoan is our kennel name. These are ordinary Dalmatians, not some strange variation.
We got our first Dal in 1971, when our youngest son was 3. Tess was wonderful, raised our children for us, slept by the bedroom door when Kim was away, and, a few months before she died, at age 15, barely able to walk, dragged herself over and assumed her ancient post under our granddaughter's crib. She was one-of-a-kind. Another Dalmatin followed, and in 1986, Kim decided he wanted yet another Dalmatian, and we went to look at a litter of grandchildren of Ch. Green Starr's Colonel Joe. Maggie picked a puppy within 10 seconds. Unfortunately, that happened to be the pick of the litter, and the owner, Mary Dolde, wanted him shown. Kim had always done competitive things, and decided "Why not? How hard could it be?" It is on such statements that lives change.
Homer was wonderful, gorgeous, with a soft personality. He finished his championship with five majors, and became Ch. FollowMe Cameo's Legend. He slept with our younger son, fetched sticks, and taught us all love and dignity until his death at age 12 in 1998. Nothing will ever be quite the same again. That's Homer on the left.
More dogs followed. We got Heidi (Ch. Hora de Montjuic) from the Villas in Louisburg, NC, and, after she finished her championship we got two adult finished champions from the Villas, Jody and Sandy - both lovely.
Jody (Ch. Judici de Montjuic) was the best producing offspring of Ch. Buffrey Jobee, who was for several years the top producing Dalmatian sire of all time, with 65 champions to his credit. Jody himself sired 17 champions and more important than the number was the fact that he produced no deaf puppies that we are aware of. Jody threw great toplines and rears, nicely shaped heads, and good feet. He produced puppies that were better than himself - a great tribute to a stud dog. He slept on our bed, loved all people, and could sing. He died in 1998. Sandy (Ch, Usanza de Montjuic) arrived at our house a maiden, and was bred twice: once to Jody, and once to Jody's son, Ch. Sabre de Montjuic. She produced three champions in two litters.