Topnotch Jalapeno of Bonza 17 3/4"

Sienna's Red Hot to Trot 18 1/4"

Jally's next litter for me was an ASCA/AKC litter.


Reddi has a mellow personality, a plush coat, and a level topline. All of this would balance Jally's intensity, short coat, and poor topline. Though the puppies weren't minis (averaging 19"), I feel the cross was an invaluable addition to the mini breeding program.

This is the cross that produced my Belle, as well as Bonza Cayenne, who was exported to Sweden. Naturally, breeding a dog named Red Hot to Trot to a bitch named Jalapeno the puppies had to be given pepper names.

Bonza Cascabel, "Belle", at 7 weeks and 3 months.

Seamus at 6 weeks (left) and Tammy (Tamarind) (right)

Bonza Pablano (Reece) at 7 weeks and about 7 mo. with a friend.


I was contacted by Jessica Turppa of Sweden several years ago. She had been researching mini Aussies on the internet, and really liked my dogs. She wanted to bring a mini Aussie to Sweden, to be the foundation of the miniature Australian Shepherd in Europe. I wanted her to have just the right dog, this was going to be a major undertaking. I didn't want to ship a dog over there, only to have it mature in to a pet quality dog.

It is unfortunate that some dog breeders take advantage of situations like this to dump an inferior dog at an inflated price. I would never consider this, for moral or ethical reasons. My personal and professional reputations were at stake, and Jessica waited for over a year for this dog. She was also investing a large sum of money, not so much on the actual purchase price, but the flights, quarantine, and other incidentals of the purchase.

Importing a dog to Sweden requires blood tests, special certifications, and quarantine for several months in Sweden. Since I live in San Diego, it would also require an overnight stay in a 'doggie motel' in New York before the long flight over the Atlantic Ocean! It would take a dog with a very strong and stable temperament to handle the many stresses and changes that all of this would require.

Cayenne was not only the pick of the litter conformationally, but was a dominant and outgoing dog. She was a little spitfire, and so energetic that we could only take pictures of her if someone was holding her! I was confident that she could handle the move with flying colors.



Bonza Cayenne of Cabocoons with Aidan, 2 1/2

3 1/2 months, the day she left for Sweden.

Enjoying the greenery in Sweden, at 8 months.
This picture is special, because this is how her mother, Jally, used to lay. And it's how Cayenne's son, Casper lays, too!

Displaying her zest for life!

Cayenne at 17 months

Follow Cayenne and her offspring's career by going through the window. Don't worry, the dogs are nice!



Jessica found a quarantine center in Sweden where she would be allowed to visit Cayenne. The kennel owner was the top Great Dane breeder in Sweden. He fell in love with Cayenne and gave her extra attention. He was so impressed with her that when others came to visit the kennel he would show her off. A prominent Swedish judge admired Cayenne so much that he told Jessica if she ever saw him at a show, to please bring Cayenne over for her to see, he wanted to follow her progress.



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                                       Ch Siena's Glory Be Of Shadowmere
                                                      Brairbrook's Marquis of Patchwork
         Siena's Red Hot to Trot
                                                      Ch A-J's Chairman of the Board
                                       Ch A-J's Lite Is Shining
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                        Siena's Brite City Lite
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                                       Siena's Shining Brite CD
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Bonza Cascabel

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                                                      CH Downeast Courageous
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                                                      CH Topnotch Trixie of Windsor
         Topnotch Jalapeno of Bonza
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