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Raymond and Dorothy Christiansen Homer Glen Illinois 815.485.3726
Champion Lynnlea's Playing with Fire
(Ch. Barwoods Sportabout x Ch. Lynnlea's The Firestarter)
Patty was ASSA WB; BOW in 1998. Unfortunately a case of pyometra ended her show/breeding career.
Patty then retired to our daughter's home, where she lived out the balance of her life...
Can Ch Skyehaven Lynnlea Heart 'N Soul
July 28 1995 -
(Can Ch Chanstar's Heart Of Gold ex Can Ch Lynnlea's Crimson 'N Clover)
Bred by Sherrie and Cam Sparling (Skyehaven) and Dorothy Christiansen, this little bundle of energy flew to her championship with a BOB and Group placement. Reba was owned and adored by Lesley and Clyde Finlay, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.
CHAMPION LYNNLEA'S THE FIRESTARTER
May 10 1989-
(Ch. Lynnlea's Parade Dress x Lynnlea's Prairie Fire)
A multiple Best In Specialty Show winner, Charlie is the dam of 2 champions:
Ch Lynnlea's Burning Desire.
Ch Lynnlea's Playing With Fire (ASSA Winners Bitch, BOW 1998)
Lynnlea's Prairie Fire
(Ch.Tull E Ho Flash Fire x Lynnlea's Savannah-
Emily is the dam of three champions and the granddam/great-
Ch. Lynnlea Forever Amber CD
(Ch. Barwoods Gent'l Persuasion x Westwood Lea Piper of Ashford CD)
Amy went BOB at the 1983 ASSA Nationalfrom the Veteran class, after having just finished her championship.
Ch. Lynnlea's Promises to Keep CD
(Ch. Lynnlea's Rhinestone Cowboy CD ex Ch. Ashford Promises Promises CD)
Ch. Ashford Promises, Promises CD
(Ch. Barwoods Enchantor CD x Westwood Lea Piper of Ashford CD)
Our first homebred Champion
Ch. Lynnlea's Fortune Hunter
(Ch. Lynnlea's Rhinestone Cowboy CD x Lynnlea's Summer Breeze)
Champion Lynnlea's Burning Desire
(Ch. Farpointe Executive Spirit x Ch. Lynnlea's The Firestarter)
Meg's sire Jason was WD at the 1994 ASSA National and her dam Charlie (Ch Lynnlea's The Firestarter) was a multiple class winner at several Nationals.
Meg was the dam of 3 champions including the 2004 ASSA National WB, BW: Ch. Lynnlea's Passion and Desire. She was the half sister of the 1998 ASSA National WB, BW: Ch. Lynnlea's Playing with Fire
Meg is carrying on through her son, Ch. Lynnlea's In The Line of Fire, sire of 2 champions so far and grandsire of more. She traces her lineage directly back to both our foundation bitches and will be an influence in a number of kennels across the US. She is deeply missed by the Christiansens. Rest well, sweet Meg.
Lynnlea's The Fire Within
(Ch Farpointe's Executive Spirit ex Lynnlea's Grace Under Fire)
Photo by Raymond Christiansen
Elizabeth was the dam of two champions but she best carries on through her daughters Lynnlea's Rhyme or Reason (Rachel) and Lynnlea's Campfire Girl (Olivia). Rachel is the dam of three champions, one of whom has a son with points. Olivia is the dam of one champion and has a daughter growing up for the show ring. Elizabeth was Ray's favorite dog but will be missed by all of us for her sweet nature and happiness to greet visitors.
Lynnlea's Rhyme or Reason
July 3 1998-
(Ch. Barwoods Beyond Reason x Lynnlea's The Fire Within)
Rachel and her brother Reggie each won their Novice classes at the Virginia Beach National in 1999. Rachel is the dam of three champions, all sired by Am Can Ch Dury Voe Zydeco ROM/ROMC:
Ch Lynnlea Fascinating Rythm -
Ch Lynnlea Jacqueline Suzanne -
Ch Lynnlea's Renaissance -
Rachel's daughter Lynnlea's Cascade of Petals (pts) is also the dam of 3 champions:
Ch. Junell's Solara
Ch. Stasec's You don't Know Jack UD
Ch. Stasec's Handsome Venture
Rachel carries on here, at Abbotsford, at Adair, and at Light's. There are probably more kennels with her descendants as her grandson Ch. Lynnlea's The Ring Bearer is the sire of GrCh Adair Destination. Rachel was a special dog to Ray as was her late mother, Lynnlea's The Fire Within, also the dam of champions. Rachel fought the good fight but finally it was time. Rest, well, sweet girl.
Eye Normal OFA Good vWD Clear by Parentage MDR1 Normal/Normal
The Story Of Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Another Rainbow Bridge Story....
The little dog arrived at the Rainbow Bridge, and a pack of dogs rushed up to greet him. He braced himself, expecting a fight, but this was the first pack that wagged their tails and kissed him instead of attacking him. It was beautiful here, and everyone was nice to him. None of them had been born in a puppy mill, like he had, and used for dog-
Warm, and dark, he squeezed in with the others and waited for the day to be born. Scared, he held back as long as he could, but finally got dragged out by his hind feet. Hands without fur held him gently and rubbed him dry and opened his mouth and guided him to a warm nipple with milk. He didn't get a good hold on it, because one of his big, fat brothers pushed him aside. The human hand moved the other puppy to another nipple and held his body, so he could drink.
"Ahhh, that's better," he thought, and drank until his jaws got tired and he curled up to sleep next to his warm hairy mother. "I remember this," he mused. "Too bad I'll have to grow up to be hit, left out in the cold and rain, and used for dog-
He was having trouble breathing. His lungs weren't fully developed because he had waited too long to join the others in the womb. He had taken that one last romp at the Rainbow Bridge. He could feel the heartbeat of the human, who had laid him on her chest and covered him with a soft cloth, keeping him warm, and soothing his bony body with gentle, circling touches. He kept thinking of his new friends who had been so nice to him at the Bridge and asked God if he could go back. God said, "Yes, but not just yet. You wanted to experience Love." So for several hours (it seemed like days, but it was dark and he couldn't tell what time it was), the human supplemented his feeding and let him experience the warmth of his mother's body and tongue, and the pile of warm, soft littermates. He got weaker, and the human held him more often, leaving the littermates to sleep in a pile while he got caressed, kissed, and got to listen to the heartbeat, which was strong and loving. Finally God came back and asked, "Are you ready to come back to the Rainbow Bridge?"
"Yes, he responded," with a little sorrow, because the human didn't want to let him go, and was crying. He pushed the air out of his lungs and floated back to the Rainbow Bridge and looked back at the human, who was still crying and holding the limp body that he had borrowed for his trip. "Thank you, God," he said. "Love is beautiful, and I will wait near the Bridge and let the human know, when she arrives, that I loved her, too." After playing in the fields of flowers with all the other dogs, He kept looking back down at earth. He saw many humans holding fragile little newborns that were only to stay on earth for a few hours or days, to learn about love. He asked God, "Must I wait for her? Now that I know what love is, I want to share it with other humans ... for there are many who are down there, crying."
"Yes," God answered warmly. "You are learning about love, and I will send you back where you are needed and wanted." So the little dog -
Link Here To See A Beautiful Rendition Of The Rainbow Bridge Story
Upon the loss of one of our beloved Shelties, we opt for cremation, in order to continue to keep our dogs close to us.
For guaranteed private cremation of your pet, consider contacting one of these services, available 24/7. Doing this service yourself can save you hundreds of dollars at a time when vet bills may already be high. There are two pet crematoriums in our area. Links to both are below.
Lynnlea’s Rainbow Bridge
Ch. Barwood Ashford Vanity Fair CD
(Ch. Barwoods Bold Venture CD x Ch. Merri Lon Antigua)
Ch. Lynnlea's Rhinestone Cowboy CD
(Ch. Barwoods Gent'l Persuasion x Ch. Barwood Ashford Vanity Fair CD)
Ch. Lynnlea's Parade Dress
(Barwoods Formal Attire ROM x Ch. Lynnlea Forever Amber CD)
Sire of 4 Champions
Lynnlea's Sweeter Than Wine CD
(Ch. Tull E Ho Impresario x Lynnlea's Dandelion Wine)
Ginger is the girl who got us involved in rescue.
BISS Champion Lynnlea's Fascination
(Dundee Arizona ROM x Ch. Lynnlea Fascinating Rhythm)
Shauna is owned and loved by Robin Hickerson Of Michigan.
She finished her championship in May 2012, making her sire a ROM.
Ch. Lynnlea Paris Original
(Ch. Midas Citation of Sundial ROM ex Webb's Lynnlea Sunday Best)
Her championship made her sire a ROM
Lynnlea's Campfire Girl
Am Can Ch Dury Voe Zydeco ROM/ROMC ex Lynnlea's The Fire Within
Olivia is the dam of Am Can Ch Lynnlea's Pride Of Blue Heaven (Simba) and of Lola (Elsewhere).
OFA Good CERF MDR1/vWD Clear
Champion Lynnlea's Passion and Desire
(Ch. Willow Cove's Wild Card x Ch. Lynnlea's Burning Desire)
Winners Bitch, BOW at the ASSA 2004 National!
Passion finished her championship two weeks after taking WB and BOW at the 2004 Ogden ASSA National! Passion was handled by her biggest fan and co-
OFA Good CERF Normal vWD Clear by parentage
Ch Lynnlea’s In The Line Of Fire RN CD
Travis passed away at 15 years of age. Sire of several champions, Travis carries on through his grandson
GCH Lynnlea’s Fire In The Sky, a Top 20 dog.