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December 18, 2012
Happy Birthday to Zastava's "C" litter!

Today our “C” litter, which was born in December of 2010 is turning 2 years old! It is hard to believe how time is flying, it seems to be just yesterday our ”boys only“ litter, pups out of Nika and Urs were playing in the whelping box!
Happy Birthday to all of you, already big, but always our
“ little” boys! Many wonderful years with your families!
Our thanks to all the owners for their love and care!

October 27, 2012 Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

On the last weekend of October our BRT babies went to their new loving families!
It was first litter whelped by our Liza (IABCA Int. Ch. Russian Pride Midsummer Night, CGC, TT, RN,RA, CPE CL1-H, CL1-F) ,
she is an amazing mother and we all very proud of her!
Our congratulations to her owners Julie and Bryan Rains, who did a great job on raising of the litter, to Barbara and Robert Schoons ( kennel Lakeshore) owners of Newt (AKC CH Malahovskiy Non-Stop Certified Sevice Dog, Therapy Dog ) the sire of Zastava’s “E” litter , to Natella Letitchever ( kennel Russian Pride) the breeder of Liza and of course to all new owners of our puppies!
All pups are doing great and we all happy with their wonderful progress!
Please take a look at the album “ E Litter goes home!

September 29, 2012 Romulus, NY   AKC Wine Country Cluster
Our Anushka (AKC CH., IABCA Int. CH.Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT, CGC), who is keep working on her Grand Champion title, was shown this Saturday in Elmira Kennel Club Show and became Best of Opposite! Congratulations to Bill and Suzanne!

September  25, 2012 Anushka has got her OFA CHIC number!

We are happy to share latest news of our kennel: Anushka (AKC CH., IABCA Int. CH.Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT, CGC), who successfully passed all required health checks received her number from OFA Canine Health Information Center #84180!
Our congratulations to Anushka’s owners Suzanne and Bill Smith!

September 1, 2012 Grosee Pointe Woods, MI
Zastava's "E" Litter has arrived!

We are very happy to report our latest news! Our Liza delivered her first litter on September 1st and our Zastava’s family became bigger with 2 boys and 3 girls! Liza is in great physical shape with her sport training and even though her pups were very large Liza did an excellent job on delivery. Babies are very strong and doing wonderful with their main task- growing!
Unfortunately Liza’s owner, Julie got into the hospital day before delivery and her full recovery will take a few more weeks; I want to ask all our friends to pray for Julie’s health.
 A special thanks from the bottom of my hart to Bryan, Julie’s husband, who was not only a great help during delivery and the first days but now he is the one who is taking care of Liza and her babies, and doing an amazing job!
Our best wishes to babies and congratulations to their soon-to-be-owners!

Click here to see pictures and info on Zastava’s “E” litter.

August 27, 2012
Happy 9th Birthday Rusah!

Our warmest wishes and congratulations to Rusah (Multi Ch Furry Rusah Siberian Star CGN, CD-X, RE, DD, Mobility Assistance Dog) on her 9th Birthday! Daughter of our William (Multi CH. William Edward Dale TT1, OKD1, ZKS1) and mother of our Milana (IABCA Int. CH.,CKC, UKC CH. MidnightSolo Unity for Zastava, CGC, TT, AKC RAE, CKC RN ), she is the matriarch of Midnight Solo Kennel and one of most outstanding BRTs I have met in my life: multitalented and multititled working and show champion herself, mother of many champions… we can talk and talk about Rusah’s   achievements and qualities, but besides all of that, and most important, Rusah is an amazing companion and soul mate of my friends Jean and Troy Brown.
I am lucky to know Rusah very closely. She is THE DOG, she IS pride. Stable and reliable as a rock, Rusah is the queen of the house (and absolutely any other place she is at the momentJ), she is a friend, she is a helper, she is a huggy bear and she is a protector… and a perfect example of the expression “what I need my dog becomes”…
Happy Birthday to you, our beloved girl!

There is no possible way to thank enough for the  enormous quantity of time and work Jean put in Rusah or for unconditional love Jean and Troy give her! Many more years of happiness to you guys together!

Our best wishes and congratulations on 9th Birthday to Rusah’s  littermates Anya , Shayna , Taras and Luka from Zastava Kennel!

August 17, 2012 Grayslake, IL Milana and Xena went to Grayslake's Pet Parade!

We had fun last Saturday at Grayslake’s Pet Parade where we went with Milana (IABCA Int. CH.,CKC, UKC CH. MidnightSolo Unity for Zastava, CGC, TT, AKC RAE, CKC RN) and our friends  Betty and Don and their 7 month old BRT girl Xena ( Midnight Solo Xena ) Our girls had tons of socialization and were the center of the crowd’s attention! Nobody could pass these two black bear cubs without petting them, and they enjoyed it greatly! After the walk through the downtown of Grayslake everyone gathered at the square where judges were giving trophies to “stars” of the parade. One of the trophies went to “Big Black Russian Dogs” (this is how we were announced)for representation of the breed! Great job, girls!

August  13, 2012 Anushka passed OFA Hips and Elbows Certification!

Today Anushka’s official certificates on her hips and elbows evaluation arrived from OFA (Orthopedic Foundation For Animals)! Our Anushka (AKC CH., IABCA Int. CH.Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT, CGC) successfully passed evaluation with grade “GOOD” for hips and grade “NORMAL” for elbows!
In addition to test for her hips and elbows, Anushka also passed OFA exam for Cardiac and CERF and now we are waiting for certificates for these tests .
We are absolutely thrilled with Anushka’s health check results and looking forward to OFA CHIC Number!
Click here to see Anushka’s  X-Rays and health certificates.

August 4-5 2012, Obedience Laboratory Training Center, Huron Township, MI
While our big girls working their tails off for Champion’s Titles, our baby Stoli( Zastava D’Artagnan) got  “Grand Champion” Ribbon in his Basic Obedience Class!
Stoli is one of Zastava Twins litter lives with his new family in Rockwoods, MI.
This is what his owner, Lauren wrote about Stoli’s achievement:
“Stoli just passed his 7 week Basic Obedience class and won Grand Champion ribbon as the last class was all competition on what the dogs learned. The trainer was not only looking for the skills but also precision in how they responded and listened. If it was a sloppy sit, she deducted points, if she asked for a turn, she didn’t want us tugging the leash to make them turn, she wanted their attention on you and turning with you etc. Stoli did really well and was the youngest in his class. My son Freddy was with me and when trainer announced Stoli the winner  we didn’t want to be obnoxious , but when we got in the car, we were high fiving each other and Stoli too!!”
Our congratulations and thanks to Lauren, Fred and Freddy Therrien for their wonderful care of our baby !
Good luck to Stoli in his Advanced Obedience Class he starts soon! Go, Stoli!

August 4-5, 2012 Canfield, OH Steel Valley Cluster, AKC
New AKC Champion in Zastava Kennel!

We are thrilled to report that our Anushka (AKC CH., IABCA Int. CH.Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT, CGC) has finished her AKC championship this weekend!
Shown by Mrs. Michelle Scott, Anushka has performed excellently on Saturday and Sunday in Canfiled, OH, where 7 BRTs were entered. Anushka became Best of Winners both of days she was shown and finished her title by taking two extra majors (4 majors and 16 points in total)! Great job!!! Thanks to Ms. Michelle Scott for showing our girl! Congratulations to  Zastava's New AKC Champion Anushka and her owners Bill and Suzanne, we are so proud of you, guys!

July 28-29, 2012, Birch Run, MI Great Lakes Sieger   IABCA Shows
Two new IABCA International Champions in Zastava Kennel!

We had such a wonderful time and tons of fun this weekend in Birch Run! Two of our girls  Anushka (IABCA Int. CH.Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT, CGC) (left) and Milana (IABCA Int. CH.,CKC, UKC CH. MidnightSolo Unity for Zastava, CGC, TT, AKC RAE, CKC RN) (right) did a great job in show rings and both got 4 x  V1 certificate (“excellent” show rating) and finished their IABCA International Champion titles! Milana also was 2 x Best of Breed and 1 x 2 dn in Working Group!
Congrats to Bill, Suzanne and myself on girls new titles!
Our thanks to Jean Brown for showing Anushka and huge congratulations on phenomenal show debut of her 6 month old puppy Midnight Solo X-Terra Yara, who also finished her IABCA  National and International Jr. CH. titles with follow achievements:
1) in Bred-by-Exhibitor category: 2 x 1st  in Puppy Group, 2 x 2nd in Puppy Group, Best Puppy in Show!
2) in Regular Show category: 1st, 2nd, 3rd in Puppy Group, Res. Best Puppy in Show!!!
It was great to spent time with our friends, thanks to Lauren, Fred, Freddy and Stoli for their visit! One more time congratulations to all of us, looking forward to see you all again!

July 8, 2012 West Friendship, MD National Capital Kennel Club, "Independence" AKC Show Cluster & AKC CGC Test

Anushka (Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT, CGC ) keep going on her way to AKC Championship! The result of last Sunday in Maryiand: First Anushka went to show ring with her handler  Mrs. Colleen Nicholson and did a great job : Best of Opposite Sex, Best of Winners and 2 more points toward the title!
After the show Anushka went to AKC Good Citizen Test (AKC CGC) with her owner Suzanne and passed the testing with flying colors!
Congratulations to Anushka, Suzanne and Bill on  excellent achievements of the day !
(In the picture Anushka (right) in Best of Breed ring)

July 8, 2012 Dexter, MI C.P.E. Agility Trial

This Sunday our Liza (IABCA Int. Ch. Russian Pride Midsummer Night, CGC, TT, RN,RA)participated in her first agility trial with the Canine Performance Events organization (C.P.E.) in Dexter Michigan.
Liza competed in four classes (Jumpers,Colors,Wildcard, Fullhouse) and took first place in all of them, earning her two new C.P.E.titles : CL1-H (Handler Games Level 1) and CL1-F (Fun Games Level 1)!
Her first class was called Jumpers and consisted of a course of jumps and tunnels, the second was Colors which consisted of two different courses and the entrant had to choose just one course and work around the rest of the obstacles. The third class was Wildcard which consisted of one course with three portions having a harder and easier option (for example weave poles and a tunnel).
Lastly was the Fullhouse class which is a timed free for all where each jump, tunnel or other obstacle have point values and in the given 30 seconds the entrant has to try to get as many points as possible.

Our congratulations to Julie and Liza team on wonderful results of their excellent work!
We all very proud of you , gilrs!

June 23-24, 2012 McHenry IL, Mid  Lake Australian Shepherd Club, UKC

This weekend Milana (CKC Ch. MidnightSolo Unity for Zastava, CGC, TT, AKC RAE, CKC RN)  went on her first show in UKC (United Kennel Club) and did excellent job in show rings !
Results of her wonderful performance are: 4 x Best of Breed, 4 x 1 st place in Guardian Group, 140 points, 4 majors and finished UKC Champion title! Hurray, Milana !!

May 26, 2012 Troy, MI Carting Workshop with CKC Judge June Ward

This rainy Saturday in Raintree park of Troy, MI we had Carting Workshop with CKC Judge June Ward,  the event which was opening for us a door to the world of very interesting sport- Dog Carting and Drafting. The event participants came from MI, IL, PA, OH, GA, AR and Canada with BRTs of different ages and levels of skills: from multi titled working champion Midnight Solo Siona Sadie, who already has her CKC Draft Dog title to 3,5 month old Zastava D’Artognan (Stoli)who was willing to try practically everything! And our wonderful guest speaker CKC Judge June Ward had spent time with every working team, teaching and encouraging all of us! We all want to thank June for finding time in her busy schedule to come to our event and sharing her knowledge and love to this interesting sport.

Click here to see full report with pictures

May 17, 2012   Interview for AKC monthly podcast “Pick of the Litter”

The American Kennel Club’s Pick of the Litter is a monthly podcast that covers canine pop culture, its people, and news .
Our kennel was contacted by Stephanie Smith, AKC Communications Manager and I was glad to introduce Black Russian Terriers in May issue of AKC podcast.
Click here to view AKC podcast page

May 6, 2012 West Windsor Twp, NJ Trenton Kennel Club , AKC
Our Anushka ( Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT ) was shown this Sunday in New Jersey  and she did amazing job! Our congratulations on her second major toward AKC title and becoming Best of Breed at this show! Way to go, girl!

April 28-29, 2012 Bear, DE Penn Treaty Kennel Club, AKC

While we were having BRT Grooming Seminar in Michigan, our Anushka ( Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT ) was working hard in the show ring in Delaware state!
On Saturday she was a Reserve Winner but on Sunday she has got her first major toward AKC Championship and became Best of Opposite Sex!  What a great job, Anushka!
Thanks to Mrs. Colleen Nicholson for showing our girl and our congratulations to Bill and Suzanne Smith on Anushka’s wins!

April 28, 2012 Southfield, MI  BRT Grooming Seminar.
I want to thank all BRT owners, who attended our BRT Grooming Seminar! Thanks to all of you for your love to these amazing dogs, for traveling far and spending this day with us! We had wonderful time together!
Thanks to all my friends for their huge help! Special thanks to famous Rusah, multi titled matriarch of “Midnight Solo” Kennel, who kindly agreed to be our demo dog and let her owner Jean Brown to bring Her Majesty from Canada to our event!

April 9, 2012 Sardis, OH Zastava “D” litter goes home!
Zastava’s twins are 8 weeks old and going home to their new families! Our warmest wishes to them and their new owners! Boys are absolutely wonderful, have a lot of energy and looking forward to explore the world! Mom Nika and Johnna as always did an awesome job on raising babies, probably even better this time, because older brother Yashka was helping a lot too!!! ;)

Click here to see our boys at 8 weeks old in “Twins Album”

Upcoming BRT Grooming Seminar
in Michigan.

After very successful seminars we had in ON, MI, OR, GA, AZ we are planning on another BRT Grooming Seminar in April of 2012.

Click here to see information about the event.

Click here to read an article about our BRT Grooming Seminar in Canada.

March 14, 17-18, 2012 York, PA  “Celtic Classic” AKC Show Cluster.
Our congratulations to Anushka  (Zastava Vesna of MidnightSolo, TT) on the beginning of  her show career!
Anushka was shown on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday this week by Mrs. Colleen Nicholson with following results: 2 x BOB and 1 x R.WB and 2 point toward AKC CH. Title!
Congrats to Anushka’s owners Bill and Suzanne Smith, great job guys!!! Good luck at upcoming shows!

February 23-26, 2012 Chicago IL, IKC Show, AKC.

Milana (CKC Ch. MidnightSolo Unity for Zastava, CGC, TT, AKC RAE, CKC RN) and I went to Chicago to compete at the famous McCormick Place. Four days spent in the wonderful company of our old and new friends from BRT world brought us tons of great time and following results: 1 x Best of Winners, 3 x Winner Bitch, 1 x R. Winner Bitch!
We brought home 7 more points and one major toward AKC Ch. Title!
Thanks to Miss Julie W. Parker for showing Milana!

February 9,2012 Zastava’s new litter has arrived!

We are happy to share wonderful news about the arrivial of our new litter on February 9,2 012!
Nika (Radzivil’s Dominika Sasha) brought us two most adorable boys! Yep, the litter is small, but this is what we have got and our twins are totally precious!  They grow, they play, they explore! They are big, they are cute, they are clumsy... but they can bark!
Nika’s owner Johnna  is having a busy time and as usual providing wonderful care to the babies :)
Mom Nika and the little ones  are sending huge “hellos” and hugs to Canada to twins's gorgeous father Marley (Multi CH. Nord Praid Monarh Rossiyskoy Imperii, CGN, TT, BH, DD, CD-X, CARO RN, CKC RN, RA, RE)!
Our congrats to soon-to-be owners who already are waiting for our boys !

Click here to view “Twins Album

Happy Valentine's Day
from Zastava Kennel !

January 19-22, 2012, Novi, MI Michigan Winter Classic AKC  Show/ Working Trials Cluster. New Rally Advanced Excellent Title in our Kennel!
This weekend was a real Rally marathon for Milana (CKC Ch. MidnightSolo Unity for Zastava, CGC, TT, AKC RE, CKC RN) and me. For 4 days in a row, from Thursday to Sunday we participated in 7 Rally trials, going in two classes in each trial in order to finish her AKC RAE title which requires 10 legs (1 leg is a qualifying scores in  both Excellent and Advanced classes at the same trial).Milana already had 3 legs toward the title but we still needed 7 more and we went for them :) In 7 trials we competed 14 times ,earned 14 QS , 11 placements in Excellent and Advanced classes and finished AKC RAE title !!! (Full information on scores and placement you can see at Milana’s Achievements page.)

I am so proud of my girl. I am really impressed by her desire to work and her stamina. We were working in crowded place, with huge amount of people and dogs around, we were tired (and yes, few little mistakes we did were mostly mine- so many course maps can definitely make a mess in your head, I have to tell you! LOL), but Milana was excellent.
And beside for the finished title, placement’s ribbons and great result of the show I really want to thank my Milana for the joy of working with her, she is such a good sport, my girl! Our thanks and congratulations to Milana’s breeders Jean & Troy Brown , owners  of Rusah, Milana’s mother and Debby and Ken Lynn, owners of Milana’s father Onyx ! Thanks to all our friends for wishing us good luck and sending congratulations on title!

January 21, 2012 IABCA Dog Show, Dayton, OH
Our Yashka (Zastava Chistogan) went for his first show! We are so proud of Yashka and Johnna who went to IABCA show on Januray 21. We absolutely thrilled to say that their first show experience turned to a wonderful result- Best of Breed Puppy, Best Bred by Exhibitor Puppy , Bred by Exhibitor puppy Group 1st!
Yashka earned SG 1 certificate and excellent written critique. Way to go, guys!
Johnna and Yashka looking forward to the next IABCA shows to finish Yashka’s IABCA Jr. Championship!
Our congratulation on such an excellent show start to Yashka and Johhna , good luck for upcoming shows!

January 5, 2012. Canine Reproduction Certification.

Just want to share some little news I am happy about .
After a taking  the course and successful final exam  I have earner my certificate in Canine Reproduction!