and Christie watched "Ono" grow from an adorable puppy
to a stunning young boy. Always possessing flawless movement,
gorgeous type and personality plus. His father Ch. Oakbrook's
Panning for Gold was Samoyed Club of America Grand Futurity Winner. "Ono",
Ch. Oakbrook's Strike it Rich, won the same award as well as SCA Grand Sweepstakes Winner, and SCA Best Bred by Exhibitor. As puppies, "Cricket" & "Ono" first met at the Washington State Specialty where "Cricket" won Best in Specialty Sweepstakes. Their fate was sealed, and they were bred 2 1/2 years later. "Ono" was owned and loved by
Kathy and Leon Ward and Jane and Alan Stevenson.
won the SCA National Specialty in 2000 and Best of Show in 2001. His untimely
death aboard an American Airlines flight in December 2001 was
a tragic loss to his many admirers and the Samoyed breed.
I Remember Ono
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Riley came out of his retirement as he approached age 10 in January of 2011 when we decided to show him at just the west coast Samoyed Specialties to "see what he could do." Most Samoyeds are retired by age 5 or 6; some do go on longer in the show ring. Riley is out of the superstar Ono (BISS Ch. Oakbrook's Strike It Rich) and Group Placing Cricket (Ch. Sanorka's Trip Into Tamara)...read more.