Kerry Blues began 42 years ago when Carol and Richard Basler, while
living in Bayonne, New Jersey, attended the 1964 Westminster Kennel
Club show. They were looking for a breed that would be a compromise
between the Great Dane that Rich wanted and the Westies that Carol
loved. But seeing and petting a Kerry put our wonderful breed at the
top of the list.
later, now living in Norfolk, Virginia, Carol and Rich had a house
where they could have a dog. Enter Kilkraney Tara, later to earn
the title of CD, who was purchased from Josephine Lefebvre of Moraga,
California. She was bred to Ch Melbee's Chances Are, the top Kerry
of his day. The Baslers kept a puppy from that breeding, Taramoor's
Dana, who, like her mother, earned her CD.
Rich wanted a "real show dog." So in 1973, now living
in Southern California, the Baslers went to Ray and Mary-Lou Perry
and selected Ch Tontine's Warlord. Val, as Warlord was called, went
on to be #2 Kerry for two years and in the top five for five years.
During his show career, Val earned 105 Best of Breeds, 45 Group
placements and an owner-handled Best in Show. The BOBs included
seven specialty wins, including a USKBTC Traveling Specialty BISS.
He also achieved a TT (Temperament Tested), an early version of
the Canine Good Citizen award.
his lifetime, Val sired 18 champions, two of which the Baslers had
selected from litters they had breed. Two other daughters went on
to be the dams of the greatest number of champions in the history
of the Kerry breed in the United States.
Piece of Eight (Megan) was the daughter of Ch O'Skico's Bloody Mary
who had been a gift from the Rands of Colorado. She was followed
a year later by Ch Warlord's Brazen Image (Bonnie). Bonnie went
on to be #2 Kerry bitch during her show career, including several
regional BISS wins.
Billie Kellogg gave the Baslers Camshron Driftaway (Jasper) as a
replacement for Val who died at 15 years of age. Billie owned Ch
Melbee's Camshorn Turnabout, a Val daughter and the top producing
Kerry bitch in US breed history. Jasper when on to gain his championship
and win one BISS.
wanted to bring new lines into the US Kerry gene pool. So to that
end they imported a bitch from the prestigious Gaeltacht kennel
in Finland. Ch Gaeltacht Fedelm Aduaidh (Lryic) went on to have
a very successful show career including a BOS at the USKBTC Specialty
at Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, as well as other Specialty wins.
was bred in June 2000 to the then newly imported Ch Torum's Scarf
Michael. The litter consisted of Ch Warlord's Scarf McKensie, Ch
Warlord's Shenanigans and Ch Warlord's Tomahawk. All of which finished
their championships with specialty wins.
Scarf McKensie (Kensie) has tired of the show ring, but has begun
a new career in herding, at which she is excelling.
Shenanigans finished her championship by going Best of Breed at
the KBTCSC Specialty from the Bred by Exhibitor Class. She went
on to be one of the top Kerry bitched in 2004.
Tomahawk (Tommy) is currently pursuing his successful show career.