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In loving Memory
BIS/BISS/AM/CAN/INT Champion Starwood’s Pride of Atlantis


BIS/BISS/AM/CAN/INT CH Starwood’s Pride of Atlantis went across the Rainbow Bridge on Tuesday August 26, due to an accidental injury and follow on complications.  Deacon was met at the bridge by his sister, AM/CAN/INT Ch Starwood’s Spirit of Atlantis (Gracie); his mother Ch Atlantis Sunday Best (Sunday), and his Father, Ch Ranger of Starwood (Ranger).  He is survived by several littermates, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Deacon was a multiple year Top 20 Dalmatian, a multiple specialty show & Sweepstakes winner, and multiple group placing dog, including being a Best in Show Award recipient.  He was also recipient of the first Award of Merit at the Eukanuba Classic in Tampa Florida in 2002. 

Almost as noteworthy as his show career, was Deacon’s unbelievable disposition and joyous demeanor he consistently exhibited.  Equally noteworthy are the many lifelong friendships brought to life just because of “the Deacon” coming into the world.   Many people will remember this dog for his spirited show ring presentation as well as for these personal relationships he fostered among us.   This group of people includes Deacon’s co-owner and breeder, Suzan Casey and his co-Breeder Emily Hoover.   He won the hearts of two other special people who had the privilege of showing him to many of his titles during his specials career: Colleen Spangle-Wagner, who took him to BEST In Show, a Canadian Group 1, and the Eukanuba AOM:  and Brian Livingston, who handled him for many breed wins and group placements, and also to his Best in Specialty show in Atlanta in 2002.

 No one loved this special dog more than the one he lived with.  I will cherish every moment spent with Deacon, especially every sigh he expressed as he curled at my side at night, or when he pushed at my arm to insist upon his daily massage.   I showed my boy exclusively during his entire class career to his Championship and Sweepstakes wins.   I also showed him to a number of his breed and group placements, and to his first Best in Specialty in Houston in 2001. and in the DCA Top Twenty in 2003.  These show experiences with him will be held in my heart forever.

 Deacon will be remembered by owners of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren because of the stellar intelligence and sweet temperament he produced in the dogs they now own.  They are also now part of a small but wonderful friendship circle I love and am proud to call my Starwood family.   To date, having sired a total of only 4 litters, Deacon’s children include these title holders.

            Ch Starwood’s Proud Irish Rebel: “Rebel”

            Ch Starwood’s Unforgettable:  “Cole”, winner of DCA Futurity in 2002

            Ch Starwood’s Hope Floats: “Hope”

            Ch Starwood’s You got Mail  RA, CGC: “Brinkley”

            Ch Starwood’s Immaculate Conception: “Ice”

            Flashpoint’s Raisin Old Glory-CDX, AX, AXJ, CGC, RE: “Glory”

Deacon’s litter of 10 bilateral puppies, (litter number 4) from March of 2008, will have several new puppies starting to show in the rings later this year. 

Deacon is survived by several titled grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, with others in this group now competing in the ring. The current title-holding grandchildren include:

            Ch Starwood’s As you Wish, RA: “Wesley:

            Ch Starwood’s Rebelation Man, RN, CGC: “Johnny”

            Ch Starwood’s Willow by the Sea, RN, CGC: “Willow”

            Starwood’s Touched by an Angel, NA, NAJ, CGC: “Tess”

I want to personally thank all of you, fellow breeders, Starwood friends and family, judges, or Dalmatian lovers in general for recognizing and appreciating the qualities of this wonderful Dalmatian.   Thank you all for your notes and calls expressing sympathy for his passing.

I am assembling and will post soon to this website a complete story about Deacon, including photographs. It will be titled “The DEACON, Legacy of a Beloved Champion” and will be a  chronicle of many places, people, and life experiences that Deacon made possible.  Many of you will find yourselves richly represented within the story, since friendship-forming was so much a part of the legacy this precious dog left behind.  I am sending as well a memorial contribution to DCAF in his honor.

 In closing, I’d like to share a passage given to me today by a Starwood friend, Angie Moon, owner of Luke, the Sire of one of last year’s Starwood litters.   I think this passage says it all to those of us who have been blessed in our lives to have a dog like a Deacon within it.

Thank you Angie for sharing this.

                                                                                    Joni Shoup
                                                                                    Starwood Dalmatians

“If Dog’s Prayers Were Answered Bones Would Rain From The Sky”

By Suzanne Clothier 

There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals.  It is a cycle unlike any other.  To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible.  Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given.  Writing in his essay, “The Once Again Prince”, animal lover and gifted writer Irving Townsend summed it up:  “We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle easily and often breached.  Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way.  We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.”  It is a fragile circle.  But it goes round and round without end.



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