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History

Taken from The Official Book of the Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.
Dr. Bernard W. Ziessow, Editor
1995 by T.F.H. Publications Inc.

Additional history information can be found in:
The Book of the Labrador Retriever
Bu Anna Katherine Nicholas
©1983


Sally McCarthy Munson's first purebred dogs were Smooth Dachshunds. However, the McCarthy family realized that their outdoor and hunting Interests required a retriever and in 1955 they purchased their first Labrador. Marlab Gypsy CD was to have a real impact on Sally's life and, in turn, the Labrador Retriever breed. Members of Wisconsin's Madison Retriever Club provided the McCarthys with helpful assistance in training their new retriever for hunting and eventually encouraged them to enter some sanctioned field trials. Gypsy was ultimately bred to the Wisconsin Open Stake Field Champion, Nemec's Jeff and the McCarthys selected a bitch puppy—Shamrock Acres Domino Queen CDX, who later qualified for the National Amateur Retriever Trial and won a high in trial at an AKC-licensed obedience trial. The kennel name Shamrock Acres was an obvious choice given Sally's last name and the Irish influence.

Sally decided that she wanted to expand her kennel and turned to Helen Ginnel's Whygin Kennels for additional breeding stock. The link to Whygin and Shamrock Acres was forged through strong bitch lines. In 1959 Sally purchased two unrelated seven-week-old black puppies from Helen Ginnel of Whygin kennels, a dog and a bitch. The dog puppy became Am-Can. Ch. Whygin Royal Rocket CD and the bitch, Am-Can. Ch. Whygin Campaign Promise (Ch. Wildfield Mickey Finn x Ch. Whygin the Bedford Brat). Campaign Promise still holds the record for top producing Labrador dam, with 17 champion offspring. Her BOB win at the National Specialty in 1961 was the first time a bitch had won that honor.

Sally first saw the black bitch, Whygin Gentle Julia of Avec (Ch. Whygin Gold Bullion x Ch. Whygin Black Gambit of Avec) at the 1960 National Specialty. She belonged to an east-coast owner, but that owner died and "Julie" passed from family member to family member until she ended up with a nephew in Ohio. He could not tolerate her behavior (she opened doors, letting herself out at will, and frequently visited a neighboring turkey farm where she dutifully returned home with "samples") and sought out Helen Ginnel for assistance in placing her. Helen immediately thought of Sally. Despite her long list of "bad deeds," Sally decided to have Julie sent to her.

She arrived in excellent condition and within three weeks of her arrival, Julie was entered in a show at Dubuque, Iowa, where she went BOB over specials for five points and then finished off with a second in the Sporting Group. The following weekend she was WB at the International in Chicago for three points. Julie was bred to the Wisconsin Open Stake Field Champion Brodhead's Bar Booze and was not shown for five months. From that litter came Ch. Shamrock Acres Jim Dandy, Ch. Shamrock Acres Sugar, and Ch. and AFC Shamrock Acres Simmer Down. ("Simmer" lacked only a half point to become a field trial champion and earn her dual champion title.)

When she was back in coat, Julie went to two shows in New York and Connecticut. She was WB for four points under James Warwick and the following day BW for five points at the LRC National Specialty under Judge Jerome Rich, completing her championship with four majors. Sally credits Julie "with probably being the key to my most successful breedings, and most everything I have in my show lines goes back to her."


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