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Ch Umkimzulu Indian Summer AI ROM
Sw/Fn Ch Djungelkattens Imbue Ridged Isak, CV x Gr Ch Bearstar Chilean Willow ROM
22 July 1998 - 28 April 2013
Hips 0:4 = 4 Grade 1 (Willis - Lavelle)  or 3:3 = 6 Grade 1 (Willis - AVA)  Elbows 0:0 Grade 0

Summer Pedigree Summer Champions Summer Memorial

Summer was out of Gr Ch Bearstar Chilean Willow ROM (foundation bitch of Starridge) x Sw Fn Ch Djungelkattens Imbue Ridged Isak CV (or at least his semen that I had imported). She was somewhat of a surprise given I was expecting a stud fee and instead lo and behold a puppy instead. Did I ever get the better end of that deal as SumSum proved to be priceless :-) Summer proved to be a superlative brood bitch with twelve conformation champions to her credit including a Grand Champion and additionally a Field Champion (lure coursing).

She was originally known as "the feral" due to her predilection for eating the strangest things and regurgitating them at the weirdest times. This was one ultra smart girl who was a real night owl.  She loved the swimming pool and would go and play in the shallow end in the middle of the night in the middle of winter!  She had to play alone since she couldn't convince anyone else that splashing up water and then chasing the droplets was fun. She also learnt to open the fridge and cupboard doors - she personally wasn't a food thief but rather an enabler for the others ;-)

At the age of 9 Summer was diagnosed with soft tissue carcinoma and was given 12-18 months to live but it seems nobody told Summer and after radical radiation (and the horrific resulting radiation burns) she recovered to live another healthy happy 6 or so years. Summer died suddenly when it seemed she would go on forever - a devastating loss but what a wonderful legacy of love and laughter she left behind!