During Morganna's puppy months, Cheri worked as a laboratory assistant in Clayton's research group at the University of California. Her laboratory was adjacent to Clayton's faculty office, and connected by a 'back door'. Morganna came to work every day and spent the day in her crate in Cheri's lab. She was treated to a great deal of spoiling by the graduate students and postdocs who worked in Clayton's research lab.
As she grew, we visited the Batsons from time to time and they encouraged us to show her. When she was just over a year old, we entered her in her first show, where she went Best of Winners for a four-point major. She earned her championship in just two months, with four majors in six shows.
Morganna racing at Point Isabel off-leash dog park at about 18 months of age.
One of the highlights of Morganna's show career was being selected as the #3 Veteran Bitch at the RRCUS National Specialty in Brush Prarie.
Morganna was bred three times, twice to Ch Calico Ridge The Warlord ROM (Tamerlane) and once to Ch Rusteau of Kwetu ROM (Rusty). Her get included five champions and she won the RRCUS #1 Brood Bitch award in 1993. Morganna's descendents number well over 250 and quite a few have achieved conformation championships:
AM/SA/ZIM Ch Camelot's Technical Knockout Ch Camelot's Centennial Mt Asset Ch Camelot's Hot Cuppa Cash DC Dakarai of Camelot Ch Camelot's Cash Reward Ch Camelot's Follow The Sun Ch Centennial Mt Summit Ch Centennial Mt Sun Hunter Ch Centennial Mt's Sun Princess Ch Camelot's Centennial Mt Maestro Ch Camelot's Bida Brass Ch Camelot's Perfect Pint Ch Camelot's Centennial Mt Sunrise Ch Camelot's Centennial Mt Tango Ch Camelot's Centennial Mt Witching Hour Ch Camelot's Cent Mt Mchana Ch Deer Ridge Magical Milia BIS Ch Deer Ridge Walk The Plank Ch Zuluridge Prince Banjul SA Ch Delphia TKO Pandemonium Of Nomvuyo SA Ch Delphia TKO Uppercut Of Nomvuyo Ch Camelot's Darlin' Companion ROM Ch Westwood Bewitched Samantha,JC Ch Westwood Trail Blazer,JC Ch Westwood's Camille Cherie Ch Westwood's Tavarua Ch Westwood's Lucky Buck Ch Westwood Cat Master Ch Westwood Centennial Mt Blaze Of Glory Ch Westwood's Red Dawg Ch Westwood's Catch Me If U Can Ch Westwood's Jazz Macumba Ch Westwood's Ring Master Ch Westwood Follow The Master Ch Jovonna Of Camelot Ch Camelot Dot Com DC Camelot Call The Wind Mariah SC Fch Ch Camelot's Bonzai Bomber Ch Camelot's Lightnin' Ch Camelot Lightnins Flashdance Ch Camelot's Megan of Rare Mettle (Ch Camelot's Bida Brass) (Ch Camelot's Perfect Pint) Ch Camelot's Hasso Von Chakari Ch Camelot's Moonlight Maiden
Five generations of living AKC Champions, June, 2000. (Left to right: Cheri with Morganna; Clayton with Bruiser; Alicia Franklin with Blondie; Tinamaria van der Horst with Maestro; Sue McNeill with Bida).
In her later years, Morganna's responsibility was to educate all of our other dogs, particularly puppies who had the good fortune to join our household from time to time, in the rules of the house. She did this with a stern bark that left no doubt in the mind of even a precocious puppy about who was mistress of Camelot. But they all loved her. Somehow, having puppies in the house always brought out her better side and we are convinced that she lived longer because of it.
Morganna, you have left your mark on the breed and in our hearts. You will be sorely missed at Camelot. Rest in peace.
And there is sweetness in the laughter of all the stars
And in the memories of those you love.
(The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
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