CH Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio
(rich golden fawn)
(CH Shalott’s Sir Allistair x Honey Hollow Ruda Kazoota)
Sire of Ch Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio:
CH Shalott’s Sir Allistair
CH Shalott's Sir Allistair
(CH Dion of Kent x Honey Hollow Ebony Maid)
Owned by Virginia Matthews.
(above, CH Dion of Kent (golden fawn) Breeder/Owner: Mrs. Marian Rankin. Dion was handled by Lina Basquette and was her first BIS winner.)
Honey Hollow Ebony Maid (CH Dane Eden's Samson x Gilbert's Braemer Girl)
CH Dane Eden’s Samson (fawn) (a grandson of CH Brenda of Brae Tarn, and a grandson of CH Czardas V Eppeleinsprung-Noris) Owned by Jack & Lillian Edwards of Hollywood, CA. Was sent to Honey Hollow to show, and he sired 5 litters there. Beautiful, sound, lovely front, strong rear, moved like well-oiled machine. Incredible soundness, substance and near-perfection of conformation. Samson was not gigantic, nor did he have a coal-black mask that reached to his eyeballs; but he did have a clean head with proper planes, dark eyes and expression.Gilbert’s Braemar Girl (brindle) One of first breeding danes purchased by Honey Hollow’s Lina Basquette and was her first brood bitch. Had an enormous litter in July of 1949.
Notable Danes in CH Shalott's Sir Allistair's pedigree:
CH Dion of Kent
CH Dane Eden's Samson
CH Heide of Brae Tarn
CH Czardas V Eppeleinsprung-Noris
CH Kalandus V Drachenstein
CH Dolf vd Saalburg
Dam of CH Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio:
Honey Hollow Ruda Kazoota (black)
(CH Duyster’s Lord Jim x Intrigue v Serolod)
Ruda Kazoota's brother was CH Honey Hollow Rameses, who had one of the most classic heads ever bred.
He was owned by J. Council Parker
CH Duysters’ Lord Jim (brindle) (CH Ajax Telemon of Brae Tarn x CH Winged Victory. CH Duyster's Lord Jim was Lina's first dog champion. For more info on Lord Jim's sire - CH Ajax Telemon of Brae Tarn - see CH The Duke of Roxdane. CH Duyster's Lord Jim also fathered the great "Gregory of Kent" - sire of 18 champions.
Intrigue v Serolod (black) From blue-black-fawn background. Intrigue v Serolod was also bred to Lord Jim's son "Gregory of Kent" and produced CH Honey Hollow Jason's Jorge and CH Honey Hollow Jewel Noire.
Notable Danes in Honey Hollow Ruda Kazoota's pedigree:
CH Ajax Telemon of Brae Tarn
CH The Duke of Roxdane
CH Heide of Brae Tarn
CH Czardas V Eppeleinsprung-Noris
Progeny of CH Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio:
One of the breed's greatest showdogs:
CH Honey Hollow Broadway Jim (fawn)
(Bryndanes Caspar x Honey Hollow Dion's April)
Note: Broadway Jim’s father, Bryndanes Caspar was from a father/daughter breeding (CH Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio x Bryndanes Aida)
“The Bigger”, as he was so affectionately called by his host of friends, was a dog whose body was constructed to do the job for which his breed was intended. But it was his heart that left an indelible impression, not only on Great Danes, but the world of showdogs.
Anyone can look up the incredible contribution that Stormi, his progenitors and his progeny made to the Great Dane breed. Too bad that his legacy is tainted with the "sour grapes" attitude of his fellow show breeders. Their jealousy over Stormi Rudio's success in the show ring resulted in the infamous "Color Code of Ethics" by the GDCA.
How SAD that 99.9% of the "followers" of this disgraceful and disgusting "Code" don't even know how or WHY it was written. They are just "sheeple" who think that by proudly announcing to all that they "follow/adhere" to the "Color Code of Ethics" that they are somehow breeding in a superior fashion. Nothing could be further from the truth - they are following a practice which stemmed from show jealousy and breed politics. Typical of people nowadays who fanatically follow this or that fad without even RESEARCHING it. When I see Dane breeders announcing that they "follow/adhere" to this Code - I shudder - and wouldn't purchase a Dane from them (or recommend them) for anything, because it's clear that they know nothing of the real history of this great breed of dog.
As you can see from researching the "Danes of Special Note" - NONE of the greatest Danes of all time would have been allowed to exist if their breeders followed this horrible "Code." That speaks volumes.
Ignominious Beginning of the Great Dane Color Code of Ethics
The “Color Code of Ethics” became a “political football” and snowballed into a veritable glacier when wonderful Great Dane became a top winner: “CH Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio”.
Stormi was shown at not more than 40 shows, winning his championship quickly, by going Best of Breed from the classes, on to group firsts (then the full working group) and BIS’s. Hardly traveling more than a hundred miles or two to shows, he won EIGHT BIS. Compared to the border-to-border, coast-to-coast campaigns in the breed, this was incredible. In 1959 he won the prestigious group at Westminster – a huge breed win under James Case and the group under John Cross who was an “emergency” replacement to the published judge. The crowd went wild over this fairly “unknown” dog – and there were many famous big winners of the day in that group and some of the top big-name handlers in that ring. And it had been years since a Great Dane not only won the group or even placed at Westminster.
Not only was Stormi Rudio a fantastic showman, but he moved magnificently and probably was as near-perfect as any Great Dane that ever lived (up to that time.)
Instead of the Great Dane people of that time rallying to this superb dog – what he could contribute to the breed – and the tremendous respect that those in other breeds felt toward him in his short but dazzling career, many of the Daneites unsheathed their hatchets and hacked him and his Breeder/Handler to pieces.
CH Honey Hollow Stormi Rudio had a fawn father, CH Shalott’s Sir Allistair and his mother was black, Honey Hollow Ruda Kazoota. This was the start of the ridiculous controversy over “mixed color breeding” that suddently blazed into “open warfare” and to this day is still a “bone of contention” amongst self-nominated purists.
Before the advent of Stormi Rudio, there had not been a “peep” about this unorthodox mix of black and fawn. This had not been a planned breeding, but occurred through the carelessness of the kennel man – the mating had been a “love match” between Allistair and Ruda Kazoota, and Stormi was the only fawn male in a huge litter of predominantly blacks – and mighty good ones. Stormi had been sold as a pet, and the breeder did not see him for another 2 years. When she did, she realized immediately that he was about the best Great Dane she’d ever seen and persuaded his owner to allow her to handle him.
Thus, the “code of ethics” became a “political football”; it would never have snowballed into a veritable glacier had Stormi not been such an enormous winning showdog. After continual harassment, the breeder resigned from the GDCA and from then on, bred the best blacks possible and continued to breed also reputable fawns.
Ruda Kazoota’s brother became the famous CH Honey Hollow Rameses, owned by J. Council Parker, who continued to breed many outstanding blacks – also fawns and brindles despite criticism from the good ole GDCA. Brave man! And the former generation of Great Dane fanciers know that “Counce” Parker was one of the finest judges.
Most of the better blacks of that day sprung from the original Honey Hollow and Jocopa bloodlines. (Jocopa is the kennel prefix of J. Council Parker). Carolyn Mobley of California did a commendable job with blacks from fawn breeding. And despite the GDCA color-code of “honor”, the mixed-color matings go on, sometimes surreptitiously and other times, right out in the open before all the horror-stricken diehards.
Dr. & Mrs. James Childress who owned and adored CH Honey Hollow Great Donner, also owned a charmer, CH Honey Hollow Tall Timber. Too bad that they gave up eventually on breeding or showing Great Danes – like with Stormi’s owner, Cathryn Clarke – they decided that the downright viciousness of some people in the breed were not worth the heartache. It was a great loss to the breed, as Jim was one of the finest veterinarians in the country.
In the words of Stormi’s breeder: “These are rank generalizations, a veritable ‘vice’ that afflicts the human psyche these days. We put people, nationalities, religions, ideologies, races, oldsters and youngsters in a collective narrow box, instead of treating them as individuals which I was taught to believe was the cornerstone of our civilized birthright. There is too much group thinking. Too many organizations taking over our thinking and actions. Perhaps it is colossal conceit, but I always want to be ‘one of a kind’ and not blindly follow the herd.”
"In California when the great black, Othello, came along, I think I gave him his first points. Carolyn Mobley had him. He was one of the best blacks I had seen in my whole life and when I came out of the ring, someone said, 'How could you put that dog up? He's out of a brindle.' I said, 'Oh.' I didn't know that, I'm not supposed to know and it wouldn't have made any difference. He was the best black I've seen in the ring in recent years. He went on to become the top dog in the country for a year and a half or more. He was used extensively. People from all over the country were shipping bitches in. I think he did a lot for the blacks." "They came out with this breeder's code of ethics. That's how it [abhorrence of cross-color breeding] got so strong in this country. There was a group of people that had very strong feelings about this, and they were powerful enough to enforce it." - Hildy Compton, Hildydane Great Danes