One day I had a phone call from Maria Selin in Sweden offering me a choice of two young bitches. We settled on a puppy called Simene and she came to live at Anacan in September 2005. Simene was a lovely dog with a super temperament, excellent pigment, conformation, and movement, but she had a long coat. However we felt she had enough to offer the breed that it would be worth breeding her at least once, but that was never to be.
Simene was a happy, and playful dog and got along really well with all our other dogs. She had the ability to be able coax all of them to play with her, even those that were usually not that playful. We took her to a few shows, and she was performed well enough in the ring to place when we showed her, and she was always a favourite with our visitors.
The one day tragedy struck. I noticed that Simene had a slight head tilt. I didn't think too much of it, but over the next 2 or 3 days it seemed to get worse, so we took her to the vet. He wasn't sure what it was and he put her on some medication. Her condition worsened over the next couple of weeks with her losing her balance and finally not being able to open her mouth. Our vet said it could be a brain tumour, but without a lot of expensive diagnostics we could not be sure what the problem was. But my vet felt that even if we spent the money, the outcome would be the same. We had to make the difficult decision to have Simene euthanised. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. Simene's life was far too short, but I hope, and believe, it was happy. I truly hope that someday we'll be reunited, along with all of my other dogs who have left this earth.