Our family has raised dachshunds since the 70's, but when my daughter, Bridget, and I spun off our kennel, TNPuppies, we wanted to try our luck in the show ring. So we purchased our first champion bred dog, Cash, from Ginger Van Damm of Bright Creek Kennels.
Cash had some success in the show ring, but never finished.
We fell in love with a male from Ginger named Nucky and specifically asked for a new Black and Tan male from Nucky.
Carter had zero success at the show ring, but what he added to our program has been priceless. Carter was small and threw small. You could breed him to a 15 lb female and get 9 lb pups!
It wasn't until Carter was almost 2 before we even noticed that we had the "Carter Cash" theme. But this is how we came up with WTL which actually stands for the Johnny Cash hit, "Walk The Line".
First bitch with a male from Criscross. Look at that topline. We were so excited to send her to the ring with a professional handler. Unfortunately, whenever she got on the table she would hunch her back like a camel. Hung our heads in shame and went back to the drawing board.
Cashmere, Pearl, Peso, Mercedes, and anything else Cash can buy all descend from Cash. Cashmere was the only one who went to the ring. She was the first dog I showed, but poor girl would never eat and was just too small to make much impact. She only got a few points, but she gained me plenty of friendships!
Finally Monica Stensby took pity on me and set me up with a boy from her kennel. Didn't know anything about his bloodline, but she has beautiful dogs so we went for it!
Parker was a hard one to finish. He had characteristics that I really wanted in my breeding program, but his legs were so short and he was so low to the ground, you could not really see how he moved.
In 2020, we sold him to Megan Hussey with the agreement that she had to finish him. He just needed one more major. Megan sent him out with Kaye Atkinson, and bam, they got that major.
This is the girl that ignited my fire! I had shown for over a year with just moderate success. Then this another beautiful baby from Stendachs, and at her first show she blew everyone away winning 2 days and reserve 2 days! Just phenomenal!
She and I went on and managed to complete her CH as owner handler and even took a OH G4 against a ring full of great hounds! Due to Covid, I sent her out with professional handlers to finish her GCH.
And then there is my first Bred By that went all the way! This girl definitely is my most recognized champion from the WTL Kennel. She is the girl that major players in the dachshund community have asked for a pup. She and I were together for every single point, but needed one more defeat to get her GCH. I had an emergency at home and left her with Deanna Kidd to show for me. Of course that is the day Zenyatta beat a standard I thought she could never beat. Doesn't matter, a win is a win!
What is absolutely AMAZING about this girl, her mom is from our PET LINE! Not a single show dog in the pedigree! The same line that my mother started in the 70s. My mother worked very hard to stay true to the correct look of a dachshund. Zenyatta's mom is a dog that cannot even be shown since she is a dapple piebald. You can see my pet line on tnpuppies.com. Of course, a lot of credit goes to Zenyatta's dad, Mayor, who is also the dad of Trulee!