The following is written by Elaine Mathis of LaMar's Kennels on
8/31/06 after we asked her for pedigree information to complete London's 5
"So many are not interested in the past anymore -- someday, today will be
the past." "I hope persons can look back on this current generation and be
as proud as we are of the people producing the pedigrees and dogs that
our bloodlines contain."
The photo of our "London" was taken when he was 7-1/2 years of
age in our home in Ohio. London was sired by the top producing Ch.
Artru Johnny-Be-Good, and his dam was our multiple All-Breed Best in Show
bitch, Ch. LaMar's Ivory Summer. We are extremely proud of London's
producing, but most importantly, we are proud that his get to
follow were among the breed's top producers.
Our mentor was Edith Kelly who bred Kelly's Chantilly Lace.
Chantilly Lace was owned by us and was the grandmother of Ch. LaMar's Ivory
Summer, who was retired as the Top Winning Bitch in the History of the Breed in
1969 and the dam of our Top Producing, Ch. LaMar's London. Edith
Kelly was well-known and wrote many articles for "The Cocker
Visitor" and many articles in the hardbound books of Bart
King. Edith and her mother raised cockers under the "San's" prefix prior
to her marriage to Warren Kelly. If this pedigree is extended you will
find San's and O'Shagstone breeding. When Edith passed away, Bill
Gorodner & Lloyd Alton wrote an article for the "Cocker Spaniel Leader" on
Edith Kelly and her contribution to the breed and included photos of her
dogs that we gave them for use in the article. She bred only buffs and her
pedigrees contained mostly reds. She had a breeder/owner/handled Best in
Show All-Breed red bitch, her dear "Rhythm". When her children arrived, she
continued her breeding program, but could not attend the shows.
Always, however, continuing her bitch line by breeding to the top studs of
the day and of her choice. Her breeding will be found behind the
famous Artru and Norbill bloodlines as well.
"Now you know why we love and appreciate an excellent bitch line, when you
look at the work Edith Kelly accomplished in her time for the future of the
Elaine & LaMar Mathis