The Tibetan Mastiff gene pool around the world is not
large but here in Australia imports are essential aspects
of ensuring the continuing well being of the breed.
Importing dogs is extremely expensive, time consuming
and heart wrenching.
Troy and I wanted to give something to this breed;
we all do, and so we chose to import.
Luckily I was overseas when I was trying to secure
my next puppy. Part of my decision to leave Lebanon was
the kind of life, risks and veterinary care I could give
our dogs there versus what I felt they deserved. So before
getting my new puppy I moved.
that puppy turned into 2 puppies! …. Somehow!
I was very lucky to be able to bring my pups up, with
Bear’s help of course, in relative safety, with wonderful
veterinary care, excellent food and opportunities for socialisation.
When you live in Australia and want to import into Australia
you have to be without your pup until he or she is roughly
10 or 11 months. Luckily I was living overseas which
meant I shared their puppy-hood with them which of course
was simply a joy!
When I decided I wanted to return home I faced the
fact that Australia is extremely hard to import dogs into.
The vaccinations, checks, blood tests and paperwork were
expensive, especially as I was based on the border of
Switzerland and France right near Geneva.
months later I was able to leave for Australia but the
dogs had to fly Geneva – London – Singapore – Sydney.
This was unacceptable, I could not make their trip longer
than it absolutely had to be.
So I organised a courier to take them
to Frankfurt where they could fly directly from there to
Singapore and then Sydney. I made sure they did not arrive
in often hot locations during the warm parts of the day.
I spent countless hours on the phone to Swiss and German
authorities and the State Vets from each country. To their
knowledge this had not been done before and I needed clearance
not only from Switzerland but done all over again in Germany.
Two tags, two lots of zip locks and two loads of paperwork.
Then of course I was made aware that no planes leaving
from Frankfurt would take three Giant Crates. They would
take two and one Extra Large Crates but the 15 cm difference
meant my dogs could not fly together.
meant the ‘pups’ (weighing about 50 kilos,
Panda a little over and Goldie a little under) had to stay
overnight in Frankfurt being looked after by lovely people
who I phoned every two hours!!
In readiness for their flights they were crate trained
everyday and for varying periods, they were given as many
opportunities for confidence building and socialisation
as we could offer them. I even took a day off work
so that I could sedate them during the day to see if they
would cope with the affects and time how long they would
be ‘out’ for! I wanted to do this on a weekday
so, if need be our normal vet would be available.
In the end I could not do this because after I found
out about the flight options we opted for via Frankfurt
and if a plane can’t fit in three Giant sized crated
then our car sure wouldn’t AND the Swiss Government
Vet had to personally lock them in!
Dogs can’t fly if they look groggy or unwell so
unless you are there to administer the sedative it’s
a no go. Also you don’t want your dogs coming round
and not remembering how they got to be inside a plane and
given the time it takes to get to Aus – well I decided
The wait to hear they had gotten to Australia was AWFUL
but they arrived unscathed and visiting them in quarantine
was both wonderful and heart breaking.
Our dogs, because of course Goldie came into season, were
in not allowed to be together, they were lonely, bored,
scared and I had to leave them after every visit with our
youngest at the time: Panda howling his heart out. Luckily
though near the end of quarantine and, after a bath for
Goldie and some measures to cover her 'was in season' scent,
Panda could in the exercise area with her and it was almost
like old times!
I had to wait to give
Goldie her birthday teddy because the day of her 1st birthday
I was not allowed to visit as that day was completely booked
out in advance (but please don't tell Goldie - she now
thinks her birthday is much later in December!!)
But it all worked out and I am sure this experience is
harder on the puppy parents than the dogs themselves!
I am proud of our imports. I waited a long time for
them; I built a strong relationship with the breeders
of our dogs and trust them.
I picked out Panda and Goldie and have to thank their
breeders for everything they did for me.
Not that it matters but Panda and Indi have a Multi European
Country and Junior World Winner as their father and a World
Winner for a Grand dad. I am in love with about all of
their ancestors and feel proud that these two come from
truly inspiring dogs.
Junior World Winner Cambu Sundari
World Winner Drakyi Senge Sundari
Our Goldie Girl too has a World Champion for a dad. He
and his father are also Multi European Country Champions
and have reputations as being stunning examples of the
World Winner Mimayin Strazce z Tibetu
Multi Champion Falco Strazce z Tibetu
For years I have been close friends with a very special lady. Her name is Ming Shum.
Together we co-own a number of dogs. Ming is always at the end of a phone to share in the joys these dogs bring and to congratulate the dogs on their show successes. Ming leaves her slippers and tooth brush in our spare bedroom as she is part of our family and we love it when she comes to visit the dogs.
Seng Khri Fei Lian
Aslan, our first LION (and non bear!) came from famous kennel Seng Khri - same as our Goldie. He is a sweetheart. He is huge, hairy and a hell of a lotta dog! Eva honoured us with one of her very best. He is a gorgeous dog and we are proud to have him. He has superb structure, enormous coat and mane and breathtaking movement. He also has a big heart. His half brother was the most awarded Tibetan Mastiff in the history of the breed with many Best in Show wins. Aslan's full sister is a World Champion and his father a World Champion.
Our Fozzie Bear is such a GOOFBALL! Just seeing him makes you happy! He is tall, strong and beautifully put together. He was very successful in the US before coming to us and has done so well in Australia. He has large, cheerful eyes and an expression of welcome and fun! We love our Fozzie Bear.
Dawa Fozzie Chongyi for Shanti Soul
Blackwood - well what do you say about the most immature and silly Tibetan Mastiff on the planet?!!! He is funny, crazy and like no other. But Blackwood (Blackie) is also so incredibly loving and confident. Blackwood was the best puppy from the absolute best TM kennel is Taiwan. Legend Wu, from Vih Yj Chu Kennels has honoured Ming, Troy and I by allowing us to choose from all of his puppies and bring this exceptional TM to Australia. Blackwood already has an impressive show career and he is only still very young. A Best In Show 2 at such a young age is a superb achievement. Troy and I are thankful to Legend Wu and Ming for this lovely boy, noted by one as "a Game Changer" - we are happy to share our lives with this special boy.
Blackwood & his breeder
Bertrad of Yihjy Chu
From our research and efforts we are simply very very lucky to have these imports here as part of our family and kennel.