Thank you everyone for being so kind to write and correct an omission of owners and Breeders for (Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim, CD, RE) in our recent interview with Ruth Dehmel. Because digital is immediate, the corrections have been made. We apologize for the error.

The breeding and showing of top dogs is considered to be both a skill and an art by many in the dog fancy. Ruth Dehmel has succeeded in both her artwork and her art of breeding fine English Springer Spaniels!

Ruth’s infatuation with Springers began back in junior high school. She and a friend spent their junior high school art classes drawing, painting and sculpting horses and dogs. The friend suggested that they ought to try showing dogs.

Ruth Dehmel of Rendition English Springer Spaniels

Ruth chose English Springer Spaniels as her breed and that was the start of her very successful Rendition kennel. “We set out to find the best breeders in our area. I was fortunate to be introduced by my 4H leader to a breeder that had Salilyn bred dogs.” Ruth met up with Cathy Pearl of Kirklyn kennel. Obviously Cathy knew she had a budding serious member of the dog fancy and placed a lovely male puppy with Ruth.

“Cathy was a very good mentor. Off I went with little KC who later became American/Canadian Ch. Kirklyn’s Kit Karson. KC finished easily with a Group 2 from the 9-12 puppy dog class under Ann Rogers Clark and had won a nice sweepstakes at Detroit Kennel Club.” That was certainly a great way to start out with your first show dog!

Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim CD, RE Handled by Kellie Fitzgerald. BIS at Westminster Kennel Club

Ruth went on to establish her own breeding kennel under the Rendition prefix. She feels she is lucky to have had all of her goals and dreams come true in the world of dog showing. I bred James along with Teresa Patton & Mary Ann Stephenson and he was owned by Teresa and Allen Patton,Diana Hadsall & myself. James’ Dam was a (Rendition Bred Bitch) Ch. Rendition Autumnfire Poppy. James went on to win Best In Show at Westminster KC in 2007 and the AKC Eukanuba Championship in 2006 and our National Specialty in 2006 and 2007. My breeding program is still very active I have since bred two dogs that have gone on to win WD, BOW and Best Bred By at our National Specialty in 2009 and 2011. I started in 1973 and I see myself involved in breeding and showing dogs as long as I am able.” You can enjoy Ruth’s living works of art at her kennel website.

While establishing her art in dog breeding, Ruth was becoming a well-respected self taught artist. “I love all the art mediums but I have to say my favorite is sculpture. I love to make things with depth and dimension. I also love my photography. I enjoy capturing the essence of dogs and their owners.” Ruth uses her photography and art skills as a graphic artist and to design ad layouts as well as creating special artworks for dog lovers.

Some of Ruth Dehmels photography

Currently Ruth has branched out into stunning pins and pendants that can be seen at her Facebook page. While most of the items feature Sporting Group breeds, there are some others, including Poodles. Other breeds may be in the future works. “There are many breeds I admire and always stop and watch at the dog shows. I have to say that Boxers and Dobermans look to me like pieces of art: with the flowing lines and the grace of both breeds.”

Bronze of “James”

Ruth does admit to having a favorite piece of artwork. “My favorite piece is my first bronze of James. I am very proud of this. It took a lot of effort to learn this medium but I loved doing it from start to finish.” Of course, having a stunning specimen to work from was a bonus.

There should be many more outstanding works of art in Ruth’s life – both canine and in traditional mediums.