The history of our lineage began as separate breeding programs, yet with common dogs. Fleetfire – Debby Rothman and Mary Schroeder – has been striving to maintain Tibetan type since 1979. Timbers’ – Julie Timbers – was founded in 1984. The following demonstrates how our lines intertwined from the beginning of our relationship. Click on each photo to see a pedigree for that dog.
Fleetfire was found on three dogs, two dogs and one bitch. All became Register of Merit producers, including a two-star producer and a one-star producer.
Timbers’ foundation bitches were both multiple Champion producers, including a one-star producing Register of Merit.
Fleetfire’s first litter produced the first homebred champion, Ch. Fleetfire Zhel Lee Bhel Lee ROM*. Bhel finished her title August 27, 1983 exhibited exclusively in the Bred-By-Exhibitor class. Bhel played a very important role in the Fleetfire breeding program and can be found in the tail female line of all but one of the Register of Merit bitches bred by Fleetfire. She was a Jelly Bean daughter, sired by Ch. Rimar’s Rumpelstiltskin ROM.
Bhel blowing in the wind.
Bhel winning her first major as a puppy, shown in the Bred-By-Exhibitor class, under judge Gordon Parham.
Judge Leota Vandevetter, a former all-breed handler from Omaha, Nebraska, near my hometown, awarding Bhel another major. This win was special because I always admired both Mrs. Vandevetter and her husband Rex for their handling skills and the many Best In Show dogs they exhibited.
Timbers’ first home-bred Champion, Kicker, was born in the first litter produced by Julie.
Ch. Fleetfire Fash On Red ROM completed her Championship, August 18, 1985. Second generation homebred Fleetfire champion, she followed her dam’s footsteps, finishing exclusively from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class.
Kicker sired Julie’s second generation homebred BISS Champion Timbers’ Fleetfire Last Dance. Summer finished her Championship from the Bred-By Exhibitor class with a Specialty Best of Breed over ten specials.
Fashon Red and Summer established a tradition – finishing from the Bred-By Exhibitor class – that continues today.
Here’s a step back in time, demonstrating the early
intertwining of human relationships and foundation dogs.
Ch. Nyima’s Hot Stuff ToNite ROM* in the stud dog class at a Specialty match. From the left: Mary Schroeder with Ch. Fleetfire Red Rox, Joyce Dzinciloski with Ch. Fleetfire Red Rover Red Rover C.D., Debby Rothman with Stuffy, Julie Timbers with Timbers’ Ribbons n’ Lace, Fleetfire Little Big Man and Sondra Rogers with Ch. Fleetfire Leidi Lei Dawna
Three Register of Merit breeders..
Julie Timbers, Debby Rothman and Mary Schroeder
Mary Schroeder has been an important part of Fleetfire Lhasa Apsos over the years, co-owning and co-breeding a vast majority of the Apsos,earning her Register of Merit breeder status in 1987. She breeds French Bulldogs under the Fleetfire banner. In the past few years Mary has placed her efforts on her judging career, becoming an AKC licensed judge for Lhasa Apsos, French Bulldogs, Poodles and Chow Chows. Currently she is working on requirements to judge four more breeds.
As time passed, sometimes Julie exhibited dogs carrying only the Fleetfire kennel name. Sometimes Debby exhibited dogs carrying only the Timbers’ kennel name.
And sometimes Kaylee, Julie’s daughter, exhibited the dogs…
When Kaylee was three years old, she begged her mom to help with the dogs. She has helped ever since. Kaylee is near completion of her own breeder Register of Merit. She’s now a sophomore in college and continues to exhibit when home during the summer.
In 1999, tired of eliminating awesome names because our combined kennel names left few options, we started using FFT. Most recent Champions carry the FFT kennel name. If we could earn another breeders’ Register of Merit, the kennel name FFT has met those requirements.
For nearly 20 years Fleetfire dogs have primarily been exhibited Specialty weekends. The enjoyment for Debby comes from planning a litter, watching the puppies develop, selecting a promising puppy, training the puppy and ultimately showing the dog to its championship, preferably from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class. Dogs under Debby’s care aren’t exhibited after completion of championship, although a number of them have placed in groups, including four group ones won by four different dogs.
Julie, on the other hand, enjoys dog shows and the show ring. For years she waited for that ‘special’ dog, a dog she, as breeder, would be proud to special, a dog that would make the statement, “This is what I think is correct for the breed!” Well worth the wait…..
Multiple Best In Specialty
Multiple Group winning Ch. FFT C’est La Vie
Julie, like Mary, is also an AKC judge. She judges Lhasa Apsos, Junior Showmanship, Tibetan Terriers, Chinese Crested, Weimaraners and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens.