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Breeder Karen Balinski    Born: Jan 4th 2007 - Died  November 19, 2014
OFA Hips "Good", Elbows "Normal", Patella "Normal"
Cardiac "Normal ", Thyroid "Normal", CERF "Normal"
CHIC # 59060
Owned by Anita Eley
co-owned with K. Balinski
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Above: Tessa Group Winning Field Spaniel

Tessa’s strong and determined personality was apparent since the day she was born. This spunky girl is a fighter and doesn’t let anything get her down. She was the bold, confident girl in the litter who always went off on her own to investigate and explore. It was hard to give her up as her beautiful face and sweet personality made her one of the favorites. Always the last puppy to come in from outside, <which earned her the nick name “stinky”> her mother reports this has not changed the least bit.

 When Paige was pregnant Anita approached me about possible getting a puppy. She explained she  wanted girl that she could both show & earn the performance titles with. As Tessa was an independent little girl I was hesitant at first about sending her off to Anita. I gave Anita a list of pros and cons about each of the available girls, hoping that she could give me a better idea as to who she felt was the better match for her. By the time Anita arrived to pick up her baby she walked in and announced "I am taking my pink girl" and with that the perfect match was made. Tessa started classes as a pup and soon she was hitting the show ring. In a short time she had earned multiple single points and Best of Breeds against older competition. In the fall of 2007 at just 10 months old Tessa walked away with Best of Opposite in Puppy sweeps at the FSSA National. The next day she took the 5 point major at the supported entry trailer show.

In 2009 Tessa really started to shine in the ring as a specials. In April of 2009 Tessa earned two Group 4 placements at just barely over 2 years of age. As if that wasn't impressive enough Tessa than made it to the final cut at the FSSA 2009 National Specialty in July. By the end of the year Tessa again earned another Group 4 placement and went Best of Breed at the Eukanuba Championship Show! As this breed is slow to mature I am sure there are MANY more wins in the future for Anita and Tessa!

 Tessa is proving to be a versatile girl like her momma Paige. She has been hard at work training in conformation, agility and obedience. She has already earned her Rally Advance title and is currently working towards her Companion Dog (CD) title. She is growing up to be a beautiful girl with lovely structure and “fear nothing” attitude. Tessa finished her Championship at just 1 1/2 years old and was owner/handled for all her points by Anita! During her free time she loves to hang out on the family’s boat with the other 4 legged kids in the family.

In mid 2010 Tessa and Schuyler decided to hit the road and do some serious showing. In a short amount of time this girl was taking group placements on a regular basis. We are looking forward to Tessa and Schuyler's continued success in the show ring!


Tessa passed away peacefully in November of 2014 of a rare form of cancer that cut her life much too short. Tessa was always such an amazing and beautiful girl. From the time she was a puppy she always did things on her own time. Even as an adult she was always the last dog to come inside- Tessa loved being shown and had such beautiful ring presence about her. I will forever remember her deep soulful eyes and the wonderful hugs she gave. She was always a sweet girl who would just wiggle her whole body with excitement every time she saw her. She will be forever missed by her Killara family.




Above: Tessa in the Puppy Class summer of 2007

Strutting her stuff at 9 weeks old  

Tessa (R) & Emma (L) rest up after a hard day of showing








Accomplishments over the Years

  • 6-23-07 Tessa receives a puppy match Group 2. There were over 20 puppies entered in the match
  • 6-07-07 Tessa goes Reserve Winner's Bitch at her first show!
  • 8-18-07 BOB/WB for her first point- defeating a male special with a handler!
  • 8-19-07 WB for 1 point
  • 8-25-07 Best of Breed
  • 8-26-07 Best of Breed
  • 10-15-07 Earns her Canine Good Citizen CGC
  • 10-26-07 BOS In Sweeps at the FSSA National Specialty
  • 10-27-07 Winners Bitch for a 5 point major at the FSSA National Trailer show supported entry! Owner/handles by Anita!
  • 12-08-07 Earns first Rally novice leg and a 3rd place!
  • 7-19-08 *NEW CHAMPION* Tessa goes WB for a 4 point major her Championship
  • 3-22-09 Anita and Tessa earn a 2nd place at George Alston's Advance Handling seminar.
  • 4-18-09 AKC GROUP 4 at North Arkansas KC 
  • 4-26-09 AKC GROUP 4
  • 07-23-09 *NEW RALLY ADVANCE TITLE* with a 2nd place win
  • 09-14-09 AKC GROUP 4, Sullivan Mo
  • 12-12-09 Best of Breed Eukanuba Championship Show
  • 01-01-10 Tessa finishes 2009 as #19 All Breed for Field Spaniels.
  • 07-02-10 FSSA National Show BEST OF OPPOSITE
  • 08-01-10 AKC GROUP 4 at Houston, Texas.
  • 09-11-10 AKC GROUP 4 at Rhineland MO
  • 09-19-10 GROUP 2 at Verona, Mississippi
  • 09-26-10 GROUP 4 Arapaho Kennel Club
  • 10-02-10 GROUP 4 Grand Junction KC, Colorado
  • 10-10-10 GROUP 4 Chaparral KC Alamogordo, NM
  • 10-11-10 GROUP 4 Chaparral KC Alamogordo, NM
  • 10-16-10 GROUP 3 Valencia Valley KC
  • 10-17-10 GROUP 2 Valencia Valley KC
  • 12-04-10 Best of Breed Eukanuba Championship Show
  • 01-01-11 Number 4 in Breed and Number 5 ALL BREED
  • 01-29-11 GROUP 1 Abilene TX
  • 04-02-11 GROUP 4 Navasota, TX
  • 04-03-11 GROUP 2 Navasota, TX
  • 09-20-11 Working Dog Instinct (WDI)
  • 11-12-11 GROUP 2 Colorado
  • 05-14-12 New Mom to 3 pups!
  • 10-11-12 GROUP 2 Cristo KC, New Mexico
  • 10-12-12 GROUP 4 Cristo KC, New Mexico
  • 10-28-12 GROUP 4 Greeley, CO
  • 04-06-13 GROUP 2 Wichita, KS
  • 09-06-13 GROUP 4 Greeley, CO
  • 09-07-13 GROUP 4 Greeley, CO
  • 01-12-14 Bitch Select at Spaniel Club
  • 02-11-14 Bitch Select at Westminster Dog Show
  • 05-17-14 Group 4 Logan, UT
  • 07-12-14 Group 4 Eagle, CO

         Tessa at 9 weeks old


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