Am Can Int'l CH Resolute Full Steam Ahead CGC, TDI
I had always visualized many more fruitful years with my beloved Steam. Then, before she even had a chance to get old, she was stolen from me. Throughout the whole horrible ordeal she still played with her toys. Regardless of whether she was exhibiting or not, she developed a fan club wherever she went. She would get along with any strange dog, and loved to stay in hotels. Her character combined with quality made her a once in a lifetime dog show dog. She was my best buddy and went everywhere with me. The very sad truth is if I could have traded all the others for her, I would have! That was the autumn of 2007, yet I am still terribly sad and bitter. I will never forgive for the loss of my Steamer.
Steam (a.k.a. "Roo") really lives up to her name in everything she does. Everything is a game to her; nothing is ever serious. She LOVES being teased, loves to howl with the Sibes, and delights in having the younger pups swing off her lips!
Extremely athletic and sound, at 2 years she was all muscle and bone. She's also a very alert guard dog and "bombproof" by nature. Steamer has incredible movement, awesome show attitude, and a pedigree to die for. Steam has an awesome head, excellent angles front and rear, and plenty of substance. Her movement is just breathtaking to watch, with excellent reach and drive and superb balance. She can cruise like this for hours. I love jogging with her on leash in front so I watch the clean drive you can only get with superb conformation. She loves to run in harness, pulling sleds and bikes.
I could have named her Emeril 'cause she says, BAM! Let's kick it up a notch!
Steam's show record:
Perhaps my 'once in a lifetime' showdog, quite simply, Steam is a spectacular example of her breed. Not only in her breed type and exemplary soundness and movement, but also in her quality of character and temperament. She has never been shown to her potential due to my limited funds at the time.
Steam was #2 Mastiff in Canada for 2004 with very limited showing. She is a multiple group placer in both Canadian and International shows. For fun we went to the MCOA National Specialty in Tucson, 2004, and she came away with Reserve Winners Bitch and Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show. As well, she was the only non-champion to make the top 10 in the Tournament of Mastiffs. A few months short of her 2nd birthday, she had not started to fill out yet, but she stood like a rock for the whole thing. I am very proud of her, and she LOVES to show!
In 2005 we only entered a few shows; she finished #4 in Canada.
In 2006 she again finished at #2. We didn't get to many shows, but she almost always placed in the group.
In 2006 we made the trip to Denver for the MCOA Specialty. In spite of getting a cut on her leg on the way to the show that required 10 stitches, she again made the top 10 in the Tournament of Mastiffs. This time, entered as a special, she made the first cut, but unfortunately the judge accidentally reversed the numbers of our arm band when making her notes, and we were robbed of our opportunity to compete further. I have rarely made it to an MCOA Specialty without some sort of disaster, but this one was hard to take.
Steam's last show was the Canadian Mastiff Club National Specialty in July 2006. There she won Best of Opposite Sex, Best Canadian Bred, Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show (specials allowed to compete) with the largest entry to date. She also picked up a few more Group placements at the all-breed shows. As with all of my dogs, her potential was never realized as I could only afford to enter the occasional dog show. Nevertheless, since her debut at a year of age, she has qualified for every invitational, and ranked at the top for Mastiffs in Canada.
Sire: Am Can Ch Iron Hills Under The Influence
Dam: Am Can Int'l CH Audley’s Jet Set Djali, CGC.
Breeder: Shannon M Low
Born: May 19, 2002