Where MacKay Kennels Got It's Name
MacKay is a family name, that of my Great-Grandmother, Elizabeth Ann MacKay. I never had the priveledge of meeting her, but I know that she was a woman of great strength and determination, capable of standing on her own.
I knew years before I ever got a rottweiler that I wanted a female, and that I wanted to name her Barbi's Gabriella MacKay. Gabby is a large female out of a working line (descending from Chris Vom Obergrombacher Schloss SchH III, FH, AD, Gekort; Branko Vom Leinetal SchH III,FH,AD; CH Wasko Vom Stuffelkopf SchH I, ZTP; Ordi Von Der Entenmuhle SchH I; & more.....), and an excellant family member!
Three years after Gabby joined our family, we bred her to Barclay's Flash Forward and produced our first litter (born July 24, 2003). My plan was to keep a daughter to carry the bloodline once I retired her mother. Keeping this in mind, I was trying to pick out a girl's name that started with an "A", to be my pick from my "A" litter. The only name I kept coming up with was Abraham. Bad girl's name, huh? Well, as it would turn out, my intuition (ok, so it was God) was right and along came Abraham MacKay VD Trinity! I knew I wanted him to carry the MacKay name like his mother, and it took forever to finally decide on the name for his AKC records.
Destiny, whose real name is Always MacKay V Madden, also joined our family in 2003. I named her Destiny because it seemed like fate to fall in love with her when I went with my Mother to pick choice male from a litter her male (Monticello Rambo V D Maverick) had sired. Destiny is a standard size female, descending from a show line (Am/Int Ch Kostlich Maverick Von Ursa, CH Ironwoods Gremlin, CH Ironwoods Cade CD, CH Disco V H Brabantpark, and more.....). Destiny got the name "Always MacKay" because she is always and all ways "MacKay"..... a little dog of great strength and determination.
In 2004 our B Litter, the "Blessing of Angels" was born. Out of that litter, resulting from the planned breeding of Gabby to Barclay's Dark Storm, I kept MacKay's Beautiful Promise (Cee Cee) and MacKay's Beautiful Song (Dee Dee). Each of these girls are carrying good genetics, and I have hopes to add both of them to our breeding program once I have thier health clearances.
Our goal as Rottweiler Breeders
We strive to produce dogs that are of excellent temperament, being both good natured and intelligent. It is also of utmost importance for them to be of excellent health, and with no major flaws (see the AKC Rottweiler Breed Standard here). We feel that our breeding goals will help to improve the Rottweiler breed and reputation, and that the dogs we produce will be a great blessing on their new owners' lives.
Please do not ask to "view the facilites". Mi casa es, um, my dogs' casa as well! We are not a large state of the art kennel. Our puppies are born and raised right here in our home, where their mothers live as well.
The Humans of the Pack
All I can say is "WOW!". These pictures are now dated six to seven years old, and our family has grown quite a bit since then! Eventually I will post some new pictures, as two of my boys are now married, and I have seven grandchildren :)
Our family photo. Pictured from left: Brian, Barb, Rick, Tim, Ricky, David.Picture of Ethan, son of Tim and Vanessa, and our grandson.Elizabeth, daughter of Brian and Holly, and our new grand-daughter
This is our most recent family photo, taken at Tim's graduation party in 2003. Sure, we've got more pictures, but not with the whole lot of us together. Looks like I'll have to get a new "whole family" photo sometime! Maybe Christmas....
Pictured from left: Brian, Barb (me), Rick, Tim, Ricky, David, our grandson Ethan's picture is in the middle, and our grand-daughter Elizabeth's picture is on the right. We are anticipating the birth of Brian & Holly's second child, due this October (2007)!
David, Tim, Vanessa and Ethan, Brian, and Holly.
Hail, hail, the gang's, well, almost all here....
David, Tim, Vanessa, Ethan, Brian, and girlfriend (now wife) Holly, Labor Day Weekend, 2004.
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