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Experienced in the conformation and obedience rings Basset Hound: Shannondoah's Main Event "Shilo"with Irish Setters and Border Collies since 1973, it wasn't until the summer of 1980 that Chris acquired her first Basset Hound named Shilo. Although not of show quality. Shilo taught her many of the endearing, and sometime not so endearing traits that make this breed so special. It took all of three days for her to completely fall in love with the breed.

The next several months consisted of many hours of research on the breed. After identifying the style and type of basset Basset Hound: Ch. JerCat's Karbon Kopy Kat "Kitty"she preferred, contact was made with Cathie Spencer of JerCat Bassets. She asked to be put on the waiting list for an upcoming litter While waiting for her "dream puppy" to be born, she purchased two other puppies from JerCat. They became her first champions. Odie and Kitty soon found their way to Rivendell. Odie would soon become Ch. Gable's Echo of JerCat, who finished at 15 months. Kitty was a Hogan daughter, and grew up to be Ch. JerCat's Karbon Kopy Kat.

In 1983, Chris acquired her first "heart dog". Her long awaited puppy by Ch. Tal-E-Ho's Hot Diggity ROM (Hogan) and Am/Dk. Ch. JerCat's Megan. He eventually became BISS winner Basset Hound: Ch. JerCat's Gato Del Sol CD, CGC "Toby"Ch. JerCat's Gato Del Sol CD, CGC. Always owner handled, Toby finished his Championship in April of 1985. He went back into competition at age seven to gain his obedience title. Although trained in advanced obedience, he  was unable to gain his title as his advanced age of nine forced his retirement from jumping. Bred sparingly, he sired six titleholders. Several of how became instrumental in the development of the look of our hounds.

The first Rivendell litter was produced in 1984 by breeding Toby and Kitty. This produced Ch. Rivendell's Miss Kit Kat. Kitty went to live at JerCat in 1984. As Chris went back to college in 1994, Basset Hound: Ch. JerCat's Cody Jeameau CD, "Cody Jo"and her dog show activities became limited, it was decided to send Kitty back to live at JerCat. Eventually, her daughter, sired by Ch. JerCat's Emmit Kelly, came back. She grew up to be Ch. JerCat's Cody Jeameau CD (Cody Jo).Toby was bred twice to Cody Jo, and they produced Specialty winners Ch. Rivendell's Bubba Beuford, Ch. Rivendell's Bijou Rouge ROM, Ch. Rivendell's Knight Magic, and Rivendell's As If By Magic CD.

Ch. Rivendell's Bijou Rouge ROM was bred only twice and produced a total of eight puppies. Basset Hound: Ch. Rivendell's Bijou Rouge ROM "Bijou"From her first litter of three by Am./Can Ch. Pyperwynd's I.M. Reddie Freddie ROM came Multi Specialty winner Ch. Rivendell's Red Storm Rising. In 1992, we bred Bijou again to Ch. Sanlyn's Classic Ten O'Bayland ROM. This breeding represented the first blending of Rivendell and Sanlyn lines. All five puppies produced were of quality to be shown. Basset Hound: Ch. Rivendell's Nutra-Sweet "Sparkle"Four of them finished their championships. They were: Ch. Sanlyn's Rivendell Sweet Enuff; Ch. Rivendell's Sweet N' No Equal; Ch. Rivendell's Nutra Sweet; and Basset Hound: Ch. Rivendell's Sweet-N-Low "Butter"Ch. Rivendell's Sweet-N-Lo "Butter". Butter was not only a Multi-Specialty Best In Show winner, but she achieved an Award of Merit at the 1994 Nationals. She was bred twice, and produced several champions.

A close relationship continued with Sanlyn Bassets, and Butter's second litter represented our first co-bred litter. To say it worked out well is an understatement. This litter produced Ch. Sanlyn's Classic Sportster ROM. Basset Hound: Ch. Sanlyn's Classic Sportster "Harley""Harley" was the Number One Basset Hound in the country in 1999. He accomplished this with many Specialty Show Best In Shows, multiple Hound Group wins and placements, and winning Best of Breed at the 1999 Basset Hound Club of America show over 350+ other dogs. He recently retired from the show ring as the all time top Specialty Best In Show winner in the history of the breed. We are so proud that all of Harley's career wins were achieve on a limited budget, and totally owner handled. He now resides with his handler/co-owner Claudia Lane of Classic Bassets in Arizona.

The combination of Rivendell-Sanlyn lines continues to be very successful. Our last several litters have been sired by Harley, and have done quite well in the show ring. Our most successful litter was byBasset Hound: Ch. Rivendell-Sanlyn Heaven Sent "Babybut" Ch. Rivendell's WYSIWYG O'Snowshoe. Wysi's first litter of four produced three champions. One of them is Ch. Rivendell-Sanlyn Heaven Sent. Named "Babybut" in honor of her grandmother, she finished her Championship at ten months and is just starting a year as a Special. Her record includes three Specialty Best In Shows and a Hound Group Three. Wanting lightning to strike a second time, we repeated the litter and received one puppy, Ch. Rivendell-Sanlyn Midnight Special. He finished his championship at 18 months with multiple Best of Breeds and a Group placement from the classes.

Although concentrating on conformation, Chris also has a great interest in Obedience. She has achieved over half a dozen obedience titles on basset hounds over the years. Assisting with training at a local obedience class, She continues to work with 4-H kids with both obedience and showmanship. She also dabble in Agility and Tracking. The main goal of Rivendell Bassets is to produce versatile basset hounds that can be competitors in the ring, and companions in the home.

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