|Facts and Affiliations|
Owner: Brenda Potter
Origin of Kennel Name:
"Chimini" comes from a combination of my first dog's name "Chimo" which means "friendly" in Inuit. The "ini" comes from an old storybook that I found in the Dalhousie University Archives. The book was written in the Chukchi language and the meaning of the word "ini" was "wolf". Therefore loosely translated the name Chimini means "friendly wolf". I pronounce it "Cheem-in-I".
Current Club Affiliations:
Canadian Kennel Club since 1980
Siberian Husky Club of Canada (Atlantic Area Rep.)
Halifax Kennel Club
Interests / Activities:
Conformation: since 1978
Obedience: since 1978
Sledding: since 1991
Pet Therapy Work: since 1991
Agility: since 1992
Teaching Obedience Classes: since 1998
Free Style Dancing with dogs: since 1999
Rally-O Obedience: since 2007
Achievements of Note:
Dog Show Ring:
Breeder/owner/handler of Best In Show, Group, and National Award of Merit winners and numerous Champions.
On the Trail:
I've been running my dogs in harness since 1991and have put working dogs titles on a number of my dogs. I have participated in sprint races. In the future with the help of friend, Carolyn Martin and her son Sean Durnnian we hope to get the dogs to mid-distant (15-300 miles) races.
Obedience, Rally, Agility:
I have put obedience, rally and agility titles on my dogs. I've also been teaching all breed dog training classes since 1997.
Saint John Ambulance Therapy Dogs:
I been doing therapy dog work with my dogs since the 1990's. I really enjoy visiting and spending time with the seniors.
-I have written articles for the Siberian Husky Club of Canada.
-In October 1998 I gave a presentation on the Siberian Husky to the Atlantic Canada Judges Association.
-My dogs and I have appeared on several TV programs including Breakfast Television, Land and Sea, Switchback, and Dog Talk. They have also been used as the mascots for St. Mary's University "Huskies" football team and for the front cover of the University Student Handbook. We have also participated in a number of community events such as the Nova Scotia Museum's "Klondike Days".
Although all my dogs are special to me, the following dog deserve special mention:
Can BIS GCh. /Am/CFC Ch. Chimini's Peregrin Took WD, CGN, Am/Can National AOM "Pippin"
Jive's son, "Pippin" was the #3 Siberian in Canada in 2012. My first Siberian to make it into the top 5 Standing in Canada. He is also my first Canadian Grand Champion and my first National (both Canadian and US) Award of Merit winner. In the US Pippin is also Best of Breed winner. Pippin also runs lead on our team and is a very hard working boy in harness. I hope to put some obedience titles on Pippin in the future and for him to become a therapy dog. As I move more towards working my dogs in harness than showing them, Pippin is likely to be my last big winner in the dog show ring.
Can. RBIS Can./CFC Elite Ch. Chimini's Shall We Dance WLD,CGN "Jive"
Jive is my first generation of combining show and working lines. Her father Levi was my first home bred BIS winner and her mother came off Karen Ramstead's Iditarod team. Jive proved to have a combination of working and show genes in her obtaining a Reserve Best In Show in the Dog show ring and was my main leader for a number of years. She also has 9 points, including both majors towards her US Championship. She is also a fantastic Saint John Ambulance Therapy dog. In the future Jive and I will be heading into the obedience ring. Jive has an amazing temerpament and her offspring will no doubt play a prominent rule in my future breeding program.
Ch NorlthWapiti's Freya WD, CGN "Freya"
Freya came from Karen Ramstead who runs her dogs in the 1,100 mile Iditarod race. Freya went up to Alaska with Karen in 2003 and almost made her Iditarod team. She had completed several 200 and 300 hundred mile races with Karen. Freya was a life changing dog for me as far as my breeding program is concerned. She showed me what a true working girl could do in harness and in doing so changed my whole perspective on "beauty" in the Siberian. No longer was it about the pretty face but about that athletic body that could truly do the breed's original function in harness. In attention to fantastic structure, Freya had an incredible temperament which she passed onto her children.
Can. BIS Am/Can Ch. Chimini's Living Like A Legend WD, CGN, CL1, AGNS, AGNJS, RA."Levi"
Levi was my first home-bred BIS winner. He was the #6 Siberian in Canada in 2004. I handled Levi to a couple Group placements but friend John Macdonald handled Levi to his Best In Show win. I also handled Levi to his obedience and agility titles. There are not many BIS Siberians that have as many titles as he does on both ends of his name. Levi was also a Saint John Ambulance Therapy Dog, he ran on our team for many years usually in swing position but could run in lead and he was my very special Freestyle Dancing partner. He was an incredible intelligent dog and a very special friend..
BIS/AOM Am./Can. Ch. Kontoki's Wish Upon A Star WD, CGC "Siri"
Siri was the beginning of my current breeding program. Prior to her I kept running into "roadblocks" whether it be health issues or just not producing what I was really looking for. Siri was my first Best In Show winner in Canada and the #6 Siberian in Canada in 1999. I handled Siri to a Best In Show and many of her Group placements. She was a US Award of Merit winner at the Yankee Specialty at 10 years of age. She was also a registered therapy dog and ran lead on my team for many years. Although she was from pure show lines, she had beautiful refinement and a quiet determination about her that I really value both in the show ring and on the trail.
Ch. Zappatas Amarok Simmiktartok Am/Can CD, CDX "Chimo"
In the beginning there was Chimo, the most independed Siberian I have ever owned. Chimo threw so many challenges at me that it surprises me until this day why I ever got another Siberian after Chimo. She was an extreme escape artist, not very affectionate, and despite the obedience titles, not at all obedient. But this dog taught me so much about myself; my own independence, determination and patience. For whatever reason, she sent me down a road that has become an enormous part of my life.
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Page last updated: Dec. 5st, 2012
Halifax, NS, Canada
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