On this site I hope to provide photographs of our dogs, as well as others whose contribution to our lines helped form a longtime devotion to the breed, including famous and "near" famous dogs...many figuring into the pedigrees of the top winning terriers of today. No breeder invents a breeding program from thin air. With this in mind endless gratitude is owed to those before us who tirelessly endeavored to improve the Kerry Blue Terrier so we could enjoy the breed today! And thanks to all the wonderful friends in the breed for their generosity and affection.
Ch. MacHaven' No Regrets, R.O.M.
Ch. MacHaven's No Regrets ("Skeeter") was one of a number of Best In Show winning Kerries bred by Roger Macha, and his parents Mr. & Mrs. Leo Macha.
The MacHaven Kerries also enjoyed success through Ch. Blujac's Afternoon Delight (Sheri's sire), Including a litter with the very special trio..Ch. MacHaven's Blue Citation (D), Ch. MacHaven's Baron Of Blujac (D), both BIS and multiple group winners, and the bitch, Ch. MacHaven's Genuine Risk, a multiple group winner.
Elf Loch (along with many other kennels) is indebted to MacHaven for providing a line to some of the top producers in the history of the breed
and ELF LOCH salutes...
A few of our Kerry Blues...
The puppies who became Can Ch. Cashelmara Stand And Deliver (D) waiting to be picked up too...and Am Ch. Cashelmara Just A Ruffian, R.O.M. (B) tucked under my arm. Bred by Ed and Kay Greer, Cashelmara.
"Spike" finished his Canadian championship in one day at the KBTCC specialty and Kawartha KC shows...but he had to win an extra day just to fulfill the 3 judge requirement...which he did handily. He returned to Ed and Kay who piloted him to multiple group wins.
"Ruffles", co-owned with Janie MacBryde (Erinwood) became a successful brood bitch, producing a number of good winners, including Am/Can Ch. Erinwood Little Bit O'Gusto, KBTCC specialty winner, multiple best in show winner, and KBTCC Dog Of the Year, as well as a top ten terrier.
A Solid Foundation...
"Sheri's" most successful litter (and most valuable to us) was sired by Ch. MacHaven's No Regrets, a Ch. Kerryglen's Quinn O'Grady son out of Ch. MacHaven's Tammy Girl who was heavily bred on the Tailteann lines of Mrs. McEachren through Ch. Tailteans Jimmy-Jo and Ch. Belinda Blue of Paragon. This breeding combined the Tontine (Donagayl) with the Kilmarley (Donagayl,Maylew,Townshend) families in "Sheri's" pedigree to form the basis for the Kerry Blue Terriers at Elf Loch.
Our dear "Sheri" can be found in the pedigrees of many of today's top winners and producers, including Ch. Pot O'Gold's Luck O'The Irish, R.O.M. and Canadian BIS show winners, Am/Can Ch. Cashelmara Juice Of The Barley and Am/Can Ch. Erinwood's Little Bit O'Gusto, both multiple #1 Canadian Kerries and top ten terriers
Roger showing "Skeeter" to one of many Group wins
My Sheri or the"Sweet Patootie"...
"Tootie" to her friends...
Some time before "Sheri's" death at almost 14 years, I took her along to a show with me "just for old times sake". Unknown to me she was in the early stages of lymphoma, but was sprightly for all that. While walking her around the showsite I met up with a fellow exhibitor in another breed. Upon seeing my utility clipped, semi-ragged little old lady, that person ignorantly stated," Oh, who's that...she doesn't look like much."
I bowed up and sternly said, "This is the dam of champions, including specialty and best in show dogs...she may not look like much now but she is the "sow's ear from whence all my silk purses came."
This poor person didn't know just how much I owed this particular old girl. At just that moment "Sheri" spied an ex-pen of Pomeranians and crisply pulled up into a perfect stack, parking out just like a grand champion Saddlebred horse. Upon witnessing this, even that fellow could see clearly the quality and spirit "Sheri" still possessed, even to her dying day.
"Sheri" was sired by the Ashby's wonderful Ch. Blujac's Afternoon Delight, R.O.M. out of the very clever(and always popular with the boys at obedience class) Ch. Kilmarley Merry Kerry, C.D. and eventually grew up to be Ch. Blujac's Siorona O Hireath, R.O.M. and Junior showmanship dog "extraordinaire" to partner Rebecca Brown, daughter of Edie Brown (Kinvarra).
"Sheri" produced a number of good winners and producers, including Specialty and All-Breed Best In Show winner, Am/Can Ch. Elf Loch Where There's Smoke, R.O.M. "Flash" was also a former #1 Kerry (Kennel Review) and #1 Owner/Handled Kerry Blue (all systems), and holds the honor of being judged the AKC Centennial Best of Breed.
"Flash" went on to be a top producer himself, and although dead almost 10 years now, has the distinction of being the sire (via frozen semen) of Ch. Everglory's Herself, Best of Opposite at the National, Montgomery 2000 and is a multiple group winner.