Dawne Deeley, Contributing Writer

Dawne Deeley

Dogs in Review Magazine

If you asked Dawne to describe her life in five words or less, the answer would be “dogs, bikes and books.” As an only child growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, much of Dawne’s time was spent in school libraries where she developed a love of military history and classical English literature. Yet whenever life allowed, she dogged her father’s footsteps at the family’s Harley Davidson dealerships.

The Deeley name carried a lengthy history of participation in wheeled competition; Dawne’s great-grandfather was a cycling champion in his home country of England, and both her grandfather and father “rode the boards” at motordromes across Canada.

It followed that Dawne would ride as well as take part in company business, ultimately gaining a spot on Canada’s national cycling team and qualifying as a Harley Davidson service school graduate.

Words to live by:
Words to Live By Victory, at all costs; victory, in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be — for without victory, there is no survival. Words to Live By
— Winston Spencer Churchill

In 1991 she switched competitive gears and acquired her first Karelian Bear Dog. Entering a sanction match “by accident,” she fell hard for the world of conformation shows. Exhibiting a rare breed presented a variety of challenges, but by 1997 her Danish import, WCh. MBIS Ch. Sune’s Dansk Aesir, had attained the position of No. 6 all-breed dog in Canada, handled by Steward Gladstone.

Since then, dogs bred under Dawne’s ‘TsarShadow’ prefix (CKC perm. reg’d / AKC pending) have won numerous World, European and Nordic titles, including BISs and/or Groups in over two dozen countries.

In 2005 Finland’s President Tarja Halonen awarded her one of Finland’s highest civic honors — the Cross of Merit of The Order Of The Lion — for “devoted service ... through the promotion and advancement of Finno-Canadian relations through journalism, and for the protection and preservation of the Carelian Bear Dog.”

2001 saw the addition of Norwegian Buhunds to the TsarShadow family; MBIS / Can. Gr.Ch. Kyon’s Freidige Siv HIC/CGN and Fin./Nor./Am./Can. Ch. Trollheimen’s Who’s Watchn The Bridge are the top-winning Buhunds in North American dog show history. Wire Fox Terriers and Swedish Drevers followed with various individuals garnering Best in Show victories both here and abroad.

Words to live by:
Words to Live By Lay on, Macduff, and damned be him who first cries, ‘Hold! Enough!’ Words to Live By
— From William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Today Dawne occupies her time working for various all-breed magazines and shaping the futures of the up-and-comers in her kennel. The recipient of a 2009 Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America, she provides regular columns and international features for Dogs in Review, and has done so since 2001.

Additionally, she serves on the board of directors for the Dog Legislative Council of Canada, World Dog Press Association and Canadian Kennel Club Foundation. Club memberships include the Kennel Club (international member); Morris and Essex Kennel Club; American Fox Terrier Club; Norwegian Buhund Club of America (judge’s education); Swedish Vallhund Club of Canada (vice president); Fox Terrier Club of Canada; Norwegian Elkhound Club of Canada and Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers. She currently lives in Sidney, British Columbia, with her Bear dogs, Buhunds and one stupendously spoiled Icelandic Sheepdog.

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