Encie winning an all-breed Best In Show handled by Jeanenne Thompson


BIS BISS Top 20 Ch. Merrimac’s Shoot-Em-Up LC-10D

(Ch. Glen Coe’s Armani x Merrimac's Pickpocket)

~ 8/10/1991 — 2/14/2002 ~

Margaret and Wallace Downey's
Ch. Glen Coe's Armani joined with Merrimac's Pickpocket (Picket) to produce a little red bitch, whom we referred to as "Teensy Eensy."
She was the only girl in the litter of mostly boys, she was quite spirited, and she gave those boys hell! 

Her name evolved to "Encie," better known in the Doberman world as
BIS BISS Top 20 Ch. Merrimac's Shoot-Em-Up LC-10D

Encie won her Futurity class and was Reserve 12-15 Futurity winner at the 1992 National. She quickly gained championship points.
But she needed majors, which were scarce at the time in Texas, so breeder-handler Michelle Santana quickly finished Encie's championship for me in the Northwest. 

We did some Specials winning in Texas, but it was Margaret Downey who helped me elevate Encie's profile and record by linking her up with the late and great handler Jeanenne Thompson.
It was a master-stroke by Margaret, a long-time Doberman fancier, breeder, now judge, and a true lady that I deeply admire.

Jeanenne and Encie were fantastic together and compiled an exemplary record, including being an all-breed Best In Show winner and a Top 20 contender.  Encie loved "Miss Jeanenne" dearly,
and the feeling was mutual. It was a hard day when I picked Encie up for the last time from her - I  remember the sight of Jeanenne walking away, trying to hide her tears.

  Encie was not "just a pretty face." She was also a producer: several generations later Merrimac had yet another Best In Show winner and Top 20 contender, the black male,
Ch. Merrimac's Poseidon On Board LC-10D.

If one can follow this sequence: I bred Encie to
Ch. Kai Esa II Son of a Sailor, who produced Ch. Merrimac's Gibralter, owned by Judy Smith; and a pretty red bitch whom I kept at home,
Merrimac's Too Hot Brazil, or simply "Anna." I bred Anna in turn to Ch. Gemrose Cavalier v Promise, giving me a beautiful litter with sisters Ch. Merrimac's Babalu (Darla),
owned by Chris and Barbara McBirnie, and
Ch. Merrimac's Viva Valencia WAC LC-10D.

I showed a handsome red male for Rod Humphries,
Ch. Bikila's Qanah of Marks-Tey, and I was on the lead when he won  an Award of Merit at a mere 16 months of age at the
1996 Nationals in Minneapolis.  I decided I wanted a piece of that boy and bred him to a lovely, pointed black bitch,
Merrimac's Sweet Cheeks, or Chika, who needed more body.
I got body, alright, in the black male offspring,
Ch. Merrimac's Start Me Up (Mick), owned by Julie Moore.   Finally, when Mick was bred to Ch. Merrimac's Babalu (Darla), the
result was one of my great dogs, the black male
BIS BISS Top 20 AOM Ch. Merrimac's Poseidon On Board LC-10D, co-owned with my dear friend, Sara Casper.

Encie passed away on Valentine's Day 2002, but her legacy lives on and her influence in Merrimac Dobermans is still seen and felt today.



1994 DPCA Top 20 Finalist


Encie and "Miss Jeanenne" placing in the Working Group, June 1993


Encie — at 3 1/2 months old — she took my breath away


~ Her legacy lives on



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