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June 9, 2009

New Litter Coming Soon!!

New litter coming soon!

Shades of Excellence is please to confirm that we are expecting a new litter from our recent breeding of AKC/CKC/UKC CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe ("Astra") to CH LaDoguerie El Padrino ("Onyx")! We anticipate a litter arrival date of early July 2009. If you are interesting in obtaining a puppy from this breeding, please fill out our puppy questionnaire.

June 1, 2009

Stetson wins Best of Breed in Charlottesville, VA

Stetson wins Best of Breed!

AKC/UKC CH Shades Black Stetson V Magnum CGC had a major weekend at the Albemarle Kennel Club shows May 30-31, 2009. Stetson won Best of Breed on both days, winning over five other champions on Saturday and Sunday. Results to the shows can be viewed on the InfoDog website by clicking the links below.

March 20-22, 2009

Stetson wins his UKC Championship title in Hickory, NC!

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

AKC/UKC CH Shades Black Stetson V Magnum CGC had a major weekend at the United Kennel Club shows in Hickory, NC March 20-22. In earning his UKC Champion title, Stetson earned a Group 4, two Group 2's, two Group 1 finishes and won Reserve Best in Show on March 20th! With his AKC and UKC Champion titles "under his belt", Stetson now moves on toward a Canadian Kennel Club title.

February 14, 2009

Stetson wins his AKC Championship title in Greenville, SC on Valentines Day!

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum stole the heart of the judge (and many others), earning a 3-point major at the Greenville Kennel Club show in Greenville, SC on Valentines Day! Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman picked Stetson for Winners Dog. We would like to thank Judge Alderman for recognizing Stetson's potential and helping Stetson earn his AKC title. 

November 16, 2008

Stetson wins Winners Dog at Concord

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum takes WD on November 16 at the Fayetteville Kennel Club in Concord, NC. We would like to thank Judge Mrs. Margaret Shappard for recognizing Stetson's potential and helping Stetson towards his AKC title. 

November 8, 2008

Stetson wins Winners Dog at Greensboro

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum takes WD on November 8 at the Furniture City Kennel Club show in Greensboro, NC. We would like to thank Judge Dr. Daniel W. Fleitas for recognizing Stetson's potential and helping Stetson towards his AKC title. 

October 23, 2008

AKC CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe invited to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship!

AKC CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe

AKC CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe was recently honored with an invitation to attend the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, California.

Astra completed her title run in the "Bred By Exhibitor" class, making her eligible for entry.


Stetson earns his CGC Title!

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum (Stetson) earned his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title on October 23rd.

Stetson's Canine Good Citizen Certificate

October 14, 2008

Stetson wins his Class at the Great Dane National

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum (Stetson)  placed first in the 9-12 month black puppy class at the 2008 Great Dane National held in Louisville, KY October 14.

September 24, 2008

Astra earns her American Championship title!

AKC CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe

AKC CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe earned her American title at the Atlanta Specialty show September 20, 2008. We would like to thank Judge Christina Hubbel for recognizing Astralabe’s soundness and breed type by awarding her a major win from  the bred by class.  Astralabe now proudly holds three Confirmation titles -  American, Canadian and UKC.

September 23, 2008

Stetson earns a 3-point major

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum takes WD on September 23 at the Douglasville KC in Atlanta, GA. We would like to thank Judge Judith Goodin for recognizing Stetson's potential and awarding him a three-point major from the puppy classes. 

September 22, 2008

Stetson wins Puppy Sweeps

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum won Best Puppy in Sweeps at the Prestige Specialty Clubs of Atlanta on September 22. We would like to thank Judge Barry Roland for his compliments and encouraging words regarding Stetson.  

Sept. 13-14, 2008

Stetson wins Best Puppy, Best of Winners

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum won Best Puppy and Best of Winners at the Moore County Kennel Club i Pinehurst on September 13. Stetson also won Winners Dog at the same show on the 14th. We would like to thank Judges Cindy Meyer and Brian Meyer for their compliments and encouraging words regarding Stetson.  

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August 1, 2008

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum

Shades Black Stetson V Magnum (Stetson) competed in the Spartanburg Kennel Club show in Greenville, SC over the weekend of July 25-27. Stetson won Best of Winners on Saturday, July 26 for a five-point major!

Stetson's mom, Shades Blue Skies Astralabe (Astra), also won Winners Reserve Bitch at the same show.

Videos of Stetson's and Astra's performances at the show are available in their respective picture galleries.

April 25, 2008

Shades Wind Beneath My Wyng

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Shades Wind Beneath My Wyng ("Wyng"). Wyng was owned and loved by LeaAnn and Allan in Perrysburg, OH. She will be dearly missed by them and by all the Shades of Excellence family.

A special tribute page has been set up to honor Wyng.

View Wyng's tribute page

 

March 24, 2008

CA CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe had an outstanding weekend at the AKC dog shows in Raleigh the weekend of March 20-23. Astra took Winners Bitch on March 20 for two points, then took Best of Winners on March 23 for a 3-point major! Astra now needs only one more major to earn her AKC Champion title!

View Astra's picture gallery

CA CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe

 

February 4, 2008

Litter Update - All puppies from the Magnum-Astra litter have found their forever homes! Thanks to everyone who now owns one of these beautiful puppies!

 

January 22, 2008

Individual picture libraries for the Magnum-Astra litter are now available! You can access the picture libraries through our Litterbox page. We will be updating library pictures as they become available from the puppies' new owners.

Shades Stolen Kisses V Magnum ("Kiss") is still available. If you are interested in providing a "forever home" for Kiss, please fill out our puppy questionnaire!

 

November 18, 2007

Magnum-Astra litter arrives!

Beautiful Great Dane puppies were delivered by CKC/UKC CH Shades Blue Skies Astralabe (Astra) on Sunday, November 18, 2007. The litter consists of:

  • 4 Blue Females
  • 1 Black Female
  • 3 Black Males

Individual pictures of the puppies appear in the Litterbox!

Magnum-Astra litter
Magnum-Astra litter - born 11/18/2007

October 11, 2007

Astra wins her Canadian title!

Shades Blue Skies Astralabe (Astra) competed in the Wine Country Kennel Club shows in Welland, Ontario over the weekend of October 6, 2007. Astra took Best of Winners/Best of Opposite Sex on Friday, Best Bred by Exhibitor/Best of Opposite Sex on Saturday, and Winners Bitch/Best of Opposite Sex on Sunday. Astralabe now proudly holds her Canadian Kennel Club as well as her United Kennel Club Championship title!

 

 

Astra takes her Canadian Championship title!
Canadian Champion Shades Blue Skies Astralabe
Astra wins her UKC title!
Astra wins her UKC title

June 11, 2007

Shades of Excellence steals the show!

Shades Blue Skies Astralabe and Shades Lightning Strikes Twice "stole the show" last weekend at the Asheville Kennel Club shows in Fletcher, NC! "Astra" took Winners Bitch honors for both Saturday and Sunday shows. "Sinjin" did not show Saturday and almost did not show Sunday due to an eye problem. After some tender lovin' care from his owner and breeder, Sinjin went on to take Winners Dog, Best of Winners and Best of Breed on Sunday!

Special Kudos to Avery Hester for her handling of Sinjin! Avery is a junior handler who took on the "big kids" and pulled off the win on Sunday!

These two beautiful Danes are the great-grandchildren of Champion Magic's Shades of Grey, who passed on just prior to the show. This weekend was a fitting tribute to Shades and the quality of Danes she produced.

Show results for Saturday, June 9 and Sunday June 10 can be viewed by clicking the links below:

 

 

Sinjin takes Best of Breed
Avery helps Sinjin take Best of Breed!
Astra takes Winners Bitch
Sinjin And Astra's big Sunday win!
Havin' fun at the show!
Havin' fun at the show!

June 8, 2007

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Champion Magic's Shades of Grey.

Shades was the foundation of our kennel - without her, "Shades of Excellence" would not be what we are today. Over the course of her life Shades has touched many hearts - we affectionately called her "Baby Roo" because of the way she would fuss when she wanted her way. Shades was attached at the hip to Cynthia, her human "Mom", and would always perk up whenever "Mom" came into the room.

Shades leaves behind one son, numerous grandchildren and countless great-grandchildren along with her human family. We give special thanks to Linda Altomare of Magic Manor Danes for bringing Shades into our lives, for the countless days of joy Shades has brought us. We are blessed in the knowledge that a part of Shades will always live on through her many Dane children, and that she will continue to be with us all the days of our lives!

 

 

Jona

February 12, 2007

Cynthia paid a recent visit to Kenyon's at Dog Creek in beautiful Fresno, California. While there she got to see Magnum's kids, plus she took in some cart riding courtesy of Devon!

You can view pictures of Cynthia's trip in the gallery we have for Magnum & Anij's kids!

Jona

January 4, 2007

Jona

UPDATE: Jona has found his forever home! Thanks to everyone who inquired about Jona!

 

December 8, 2006

Astra Shades Blues Skies Astralabe ("Astra") took Best of Winners at the Greater Hickory Kennel Club show in Winston-Salem on December 8! Astra earned 2 points towards her AKC title.

 

September 25, 2006

Shades Blues Skies Astralabe ("Astra") had an outstanding weekend at the UKC Shows in Hickory, NC the weekend of Sept. 22-24! Out of 4 shows, Astra took Best of Breed all 4 shows, and Best In Group 3 out of 4 shows! Her outstanding performance allowed her to win her UKC Championship title!

 

New pictures are now a available of several Shades of Excellence Great Danes! We have new pictures for:

Thanks to all the wonderful owners for sending pictures to keep us up to date on these beautiful dane babies!!

August 16, 2006

Shades Kashmere Kitten ("Kashmere") has found her new home! "Kitten-Pie" (as she is affectionately known) is now the proud owner of Scott & Mason in North Carolina. Shades Kashmere Kitten