wondering about the name???
the Old English elements east "grace" and mund "protection".
To us, there
is no better fitting name for a properly bred Rottweiler...
enough to win in the ring, but ever ready to protect his family.
began in 1990, when I (Ann) adopted my first Rottweiler, Max, from a
Wisconsin humane society. Max was a dog who was surrendered by
his owner because their cocker spaniel did not like him. I knew
I wanted a large dog, but had to admit to the man at the pound that I
didn't even know what a Rottweiler looked like. He took me back
to meet Max and I instantly fell in love. Little did I know
that my cute 6 month old Max would turn into a 140# dog! As a
playmate, Max eventually found Maxine (I know, just a little too
cutsie). Maxine was a Rottweiler/GSD mix. She recently
passed away at nearly 13 years of age and we miss her dearly.
Maxine was material in training and socializing the young Esmond pups
over the years.
Max's life was cut short and, in my next dog, I sought out one that I
could train and compete with in obedience. Quilla
not only earned her CDX, but also became my first "show
dog". Together we had many best of breed, group, and
specialty wins. Quilla was truly my teacher and I have great
appreciation for her ability to succeed despite a painfully novice
handler. Through the years, she never lost her zest for life or
her ability to make judges and spectators laugh. Quilla gave
110% to everything she did, making her a joy to handle and
train. Quilla has since passed. However, her legend lives
on though her kids and grandkids.
Quilla so much that I went back to the same breeder and brought
Tressy was my Novice A dog and while Quilla was winning in the
conformation ring, Tressy trained me in obedience, agility and
herding. Quilla and Tressy went on to produce Champions, as
well as Obedience, Agility, Tracking, Herding and Schutzhund titled
pups. We are thrilled to say that both Quilla and Tressy are
now ARC Gold Dams. Thank you to all the owners of their
wonderful puppies who helped to make this dream a reality.
And thank you to breeder, Ed Ertman, first for breeding these
outstanding girls, and also for your support over all these years.
In 1994, I
decided that I'd like to see what it was like to own a Male. My
search led me to purchasing an Endo von der Tuefelsbrucke son, Falco.
Falco was a large dog and proved to be quite a handful. He
taught me what true Rottweiler temperament was. Falco grew to
be a very good dog and produced just one litter for me. But,
from that litter, he gave me the first love of my life, Calvin.
entered the picture. She was gifted to me by Darline Collins,
who at the time owned Gambol's sire. Gambol was a dream to work
with. Words cannot describe the respect and admiration I still
have for her, even years after her passing. She is truly a once
in a lifetime dog both in the rings and in the whelping box.
However, her kids made me believe that lightning can strike
twice. We are pleased to announce that Gambol is now an ARC
Gold Dam and that her grandkids are now excelling in the rings.
three girls, came nearly every pup that you see the "Esmond"
name on in our formative years.
~ QUILLA ~
~ TRESSY ~
~ GAMBOL ~
Summer of 2000, Mike entered my life. Mike Jackman has been in
Rottweilers since 1986. He has had great success with his
Rottweilers over the years, breeding dogs under the "von
Damien" kennel name with his ex-wife, Irene (Click
here to view some of the "von Damien" Champions).
Together, they bred and/or owned some of the top winning and top
producing Rottweilers in Canada. A few of the great dogs who
were owned by, or lived with, Mike are below. From left to
CH Damien's A
Sly Guy CD
BISS, Select, Am/Can CH
Black Oak's Archangel
V-1 FCI Int'l
CH, Select CH Aiko vom Sinnbrunnen SCHIII, FH, AD, CGC
Intrepid Tycoon CD
~ ARCO ~
~ AIKO ~
~ TY ~
Mike is best
breeding and handling
the top winning Rottweiler, of all time, in Canada:
CH I'm Oliver von Damien CD, CGC, RTD.
and Oliver amassed 168 Best of Breed wins, 135 Group Placements, 13
Best in Show wins and 3 Best in Specialty Show wins.
Oliver was #1 Rottweiler/#3 working dog in 1993. In 1994, he
was #1 Rottweiler, #1 Working, #4 All Breeds. Oliver
recently passed away, but clearly made his mark on Rottweilers in
Canada. Oliver was owned and loved by Bob Collis and Family.
And not only did I fall in
love with Mike, but I also fell in love with his current dog...
A very young
Yngo van het Dornedal (now 11 1/2 years old)
attending his first show when we met. He and Mike have done
great things since...
Click on Yngo's
photo to view his page.
To make a very
long story short, I
moved to Ontario, Canada,
and Mike and I
were wed on June 22, 2001.
Here to see what's happened since then...