I met my first Bloodhound in 1981 when I met my
husband Dave. She was the Celts Cinnamon Cookie. The most stubborn
dog that has walked on the earth!
She taught me why Bloodhounds aren't allowed to run
free, they DON'T COME BACK!
She also taught me how wonderful and loving this
breed can be.
In 1983 she was bred to Ch Joys Decon Blue McGee, a
red to red breeding. She produced a large litter of 15, with 13
We began showing our dogs in January of 1984. We
soon had our first home bred Champion, Ch Coffeys' Riverbank Red
Alert. Within 2 years we had Cookies championship, and Red finished
his Companion Dog title, becoming Ch Coffeys' Riverbank Red Alert,
Both Cookie and Red passed their OFA with good
In 1985, we bought Brewdun's Peaseblossom from Eva
Dunkel in Illinois. "Sweetpea" was the light of our lives. She was
and exceptional bitch with type, bone and an awesome temperament.
Being a wonderful show dog from the start, she won Best of Opposite
Sex at the 1986 Canadian National Specialty. Sweetpea and Red gave
us a litter of 10 in 1987.
Shortly after the puppies came, Sweetpea was
awarded her Tracking Title, becoming Ch Brewduns Peaseblossom,
She passed away in June of '87 from eating
From the litter with Sweetpea and Red, we had
several outstanding puppies. There was Apollo, a black and tan that
stayed here in the Northwest. He became a group placer in Washington
State. Harpocrates, a Red, went to Alaska where he found a wonderful
home with Mary Bruso, and was shown as a consistent group placer.
Zephyrus and his sister Laia stayed at home with
Zeph was my best friend. His nick name as a pup was
"Butterball" because when you touched him, he would melt into a
belly up ball on the floor! He had the most wonderful temperament I
have ever seen in a male. He adored children too. He was the best
friend I have ever had. He became Ch Riverbanks Zephyrus in
Zephyrus passed away from cancer in December of
Before his passing, he produced, with Ch Freespirit
Fame n'Slomoshun, what has become known as the "Masterpiece" litter. All the bitch puppies were named after
famous works of art. All of the males were named after the artists.
The litter was bred by Judi Soule', Slomoshun
From that litter two bitches stood out. They were
to become Ch Slomoshun Mona Lisa LaRosa, a Liver and Tan who went to
Sharon Bardin. The second was Ch Slomoshun Riverbank The Maja, CD,
MT, CGC. She was owned by Suzi Paine and Terri Coffey. Both of these
beautiful bitches went on to produce some outstanding
Ch Masterpiece Maybe I'm Amazed, CDX,TDX,NA,NAJ is
the product of The Maja and Ch Quiet Creek's Excalibur. To the best
of my knowledge, "Lark" is the most AKC titled Bloodhound in the
history of the breed. She is owned, trained and handled by Julie
Hill, the most extraordinary trainer I have ever met! Along with
Lark, The Maja produced
Am/Can Ch Masterpiece Savoy Truffle, CD, CGC, MT,
Ch Masterpiece I Am the Walrus, and Ch Masterpiece Ticket to Ride,
MT. These wonderful offspring put their mother, Maja, into the
American Bloodhound Club Hall of Fame.
With the passing of Zephyrus, my personal life took
a turn. I was devistated by his loss which was followed within days
by surgery on my neck. I was unable to handle a dog on leash again
for over 3 years. While building a new home, Dave, Corrie and I
lived in a rental house and then at my mothers. It took 2 years to
build the home we had started and another 2 years to overcome the
mud from the construction!
We had been "Houndless" for 4
A very sad state of affairs, I must
In June of 1998, I began speaking with Kathy Reid
in Ontario, Canada about a puppy.
And now, with Sasha, Mason's Fainthearted
Riverbank Bloodhounds is