Bonnie Blu 
Kerry Blues
Bonnie Blu Kerries was established in early 1986 shortly after the purchase in October, 1985 of Villanova's Bonnie Mais. There had been other Kerries in the family from 1951 to 1979, but they were not show dogs nor were they bred. Bonnie, as Villanova's Bonnie Mais was known, became the foundation bitch for Bonnie Blu's future. From 1993 to mid 1998 the Kennel was known as Bonnie Blu-WBY as Gail Braverman, who had purchased a Bonnie Blu Kerry, and I had a partnership to show and breed our Kerry Blues. I am now back to Bonnie Blu Kerries and Gail will be breeding and showing her Kerries under the prefix of Lake Isle. My daughters, Denise and Margaret Benincase, now assist me in showing, breeding and caring for the dogs.
Bonnie (1985-1998), although pointed, did not complete her championship, but produced a litter sired by CH Curragh's Nijinsky in 1987. From that litter, a male, CH Bonnie Blu's Top Hat, (below, left) became the first Bonnie Blu champion. CH Wedgewood Luin's Bonnie Blu, ROM (Register of Merit), (below, right), was purchased as a puppy and shown to her championship. 
In 1991 CH Bonnie Blu's Top Hatsired a litter out of CH Wedgewood Luin's Bonnie Blu.  In 1993, three Kerries from the 1991 litter were shown and one bitch, CH Bonnie Blu's Colleenfinished her championship with a Best of Breed win at the fall Queensboro show, owner-handled by Denise.
In December of 1994, CH Bonnie Blu's Mickey Muldoon, (pictured right) Colleen's litter mate, handled by owner-handler Chris Hugues, finished at the Lehigh Kennel Club Show. Bitches ~ CH Bonnie Blu's Colleen and Bonnie Blu's Aelinn of Yeats were bred in 1994, producing six puppies in each litter.

In 1996, Bonnie-Blu's Peppermintowned by Errol and Gail dos Santos gained his championship earning dam, CH Wedgewood Luin's Bonnie Blu Register of Merit (ROM). 

CH Bonnie Blu's Mickey Muldoon

The year 1995 was devoted to showing the Kerries rather than breeding. Am/Can CH Bonnie Blu-WBY M. Beckons,"Maddy," made Colleen proud, earning her American and Canadian championships (with multiple BOB's and Group Placements) before the age of twenty months.  A litter brother of Maddy's was shown in Puerto Rico.  That year, 1995, also saw Am/Can CH Paxon's Bonnie Blu-WBY Shade, "Shade,"   earn her Canadian championship, with multiple group wins and a BISS at the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Canada's Specialty Show.  In 1996, "Shade" earned her American championship.

Breeding during 1996 produced, 1998 Champions, Mex CH Bonnie Blu-WBY Roaring Rapids (Rory) and Am CH Bonnie Blu-WBY Mr Davidson (Harley) who was Best Puppy at the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Canada's 1997 Specialty and Best Bred By Exhibitor at their 1998 show.

Am/Can Ch Shade's Beauty of the Mist

Am/Can Ch. Shade's Rose of Sharon

Paxon's Kylemore BB WBY

Three bitches, (pictured above), whelped in 1997, out of Am/Can CH Paxon's Bonnie-Blu WBY Shade were introduced to the Conformation ring in 1998, Am/Can Ch Shade's Rose of Sharon, Am/Can Ch. Shade's Beauty of The Mist and Am Ch. Paxon's Kylemore BB WBY

Bonnie Blu WBY's Blue Velvet (shown in picture above winning at her first show in July, 1998 at six months of age) was shown occasionally in 1998 and will be out in the ring in 1999 hoping to achieve her championship.

Bonnie Blu WBY's Blue Velvet
It is always a pleasure to hear about one of our Kerries, whether it be in a pet or show home. Although many of our dogs reside in the continental United States we also hear from our Kerries in Mexico, Puerto Rico, various Provinces of  Canada or even Bosnia, where a dog from a breeding of Bonnie Blu's My Lady Jessica and Am & Can CH Kitehawk's Black Tie Affair resides.

The Bonnie Blu Kerries' are of sound temperament, health and conformation, all of which shows the results of our carefully planned breeding program.

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