On March 19th, 2003, a litter of Smooth Haired Miniature Dachshunds was born at Stardayne Kennels in South Australia. Their breeder, Val Tapp, was pleased with the quality of the pups and was particularly taken with one little male. As the weeks went by this pup continued to take her eye and she decided he should have a name in keeping with his obvious quality. Thus he was named Stardayne Grandeur.
When Randy, as he became known, was old enough, Val made the difficult decision to send him interstate, believing that this would give him the best opportunities as a show dog. His new owners were Victorians, Alan Wassilieff and Roy Hackett and Randy was handled in the show ring by Roy.
Randy began his career in grand style, winning Baby Puppy In Group at his first show and, at his second show, winning Challenge Dog from the Minor Puppy class and going on to win Minor Puppy In Show. He continued as he began, amassing 490 points whilst still a puppy and winning his first Best In Show at 10 months of age. He achieved his Australian Champion title at 13 months of age.
After winning over 600 points whilst still a Junior, Randy took a well earned break from the show ring. On his return he continued his winning ways and became a Grand Champion at just 2 years 4.5 months. Now, still just under 4 years of age, he has won over 2000 points.
Randy is a multiple Best In Show, Runner Up Best In Show and Best In Group winner. In 2004, whilst still a Junior, he won Best Of Breed and 4th In Group at the Adelaide Royal. He also won Top Miniature Smooth Dachshund and Top Puppy (all varieties) in the Victorian Dachshund Club Pointscore.
In 2005 Randy was Best of Breed and 2nd in Group at the Adelaide Royal and Best of Breed and short listed for Group at the Melbourne Royal. He was Top Miniature Smooth Dachshund in Australia for 2006 (DOL Pointscore) and won Best In Show at the Victorian Dachshund Club Specialty.
On the first weekend in February this year Randy’s breeder, Val Tapp, was judging in Victoria when the news came through that Randy had won the Victorian Club’s Top Show Dachshund of the Year from all varieties. Val was delighted and proud to be present for the announcement and when speaking about the occasion, paid tribute to Alan and Roy for their care, preparation, presentation and handling of Randy throughout his illustrious show career.
Meanwhile the following weekend, Randy, unaffected by all the adulation, attended the Classic Dog Show where he repeated his 2006 performance at the same show, winning Runner Up Best In Show, this time under respected all breeds judge, Keith McCarthy (who was well known for his Standard Smooth Dachshunds and has Irish Setters).