Registered Name: Calabrone Bohemian Rhapsody CGC
Breeding: CH Double R's Return To Me at Bayard x MBIS MBISS GCHP Wind Spirit Rod's Amazing Grace
Call Name: Coda
Shown By:  Lenny Brown
Owned and Bred By: Jodie Strait

AKC and ASCA registered.  AKC Major Pointed, Canine Good Citizen

Testing:  Cone Degeneration: Clear, Canine Multifocal Retinopathy: Clear, Collie Eye Anomoly Clear, Degenerative Myelopathy: Clear, Hereditary Cataract: Clear, MDR: Clear, Hyperuricosuria: Clear, Multifocal Retinopathy 1: Clear, Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis 6: Clear, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration: Clear, OFA Eyes: Normal (2017), OFA Dentition: FULL, OFA Hips: Preliminary Good, OFA Elbows: Preliminary Normal, CHIC #:  Pending, AKC DNA: Pending, ASCA DNA-CP.

Coda is the dog I never wanted to own but I now cannot imagine my life without this big goofy dog.  When I paid for Grace to show, the deal was two bitch puppies.  Well as you can see that did not work out so I ended up with Coda.  I needed another male like I needed a hole in my head, but there was no way I was going to pass up Coda.  Coda is a dare devil.  He leaps out of his crate into my arms.  He is fearless and just full of joy.  His front is stellar and is an exquisite mover too - basically he was too nice to let go so here he is (all I need now here is a black tri male and I will have the Aussie rainbow.

Saying that, his pedigree is something that can be used by many breeders.  When we were looking for males to breed to Grace (with the help of some of the finest breeders in the breed) We had settled on trying to find a son of Fib, CH ThreePines B'gosh of Bayshore and then stumbled onto Reuland who is by Fib's littermate and whose dam is an incredible producer in her own right and a littemate to Legacy's Power player.

We were so incredibly lucky that Bob Kirwin and Erika Lanasa allowed us to use Reuland whose pedigree is just stellar.  They were so kind and I cannot thank them any more than I have to have been so supportive.  It is funny how people come in to yout life.

My plan had been to breed Grace daughter's to Stinger and instead I duess I am breeding Coda to Stinger daughters (or will once he is old enough).  Sometimes like gives you lemons and you make lemonade!  Coda is the best lemonade money can buy.  And he is clear for the Aussie genetic panel which is wonderful - I love this dog!

Breeding this stellar pedigree to a 27 time Best in Show winning bitch made sense on paper as well as in person - Coda is everything I hoped for and more.  He is the house clown, he will steal anything not nailed down and is always wagging his entire body to let you know he is a devil.  He is obsessed with carry MY things, I tell him he must be part labrador. 

People who meet him at first think may think he is an airhead.  He is probably the smartest dog I own.  He just is so fun loving and goofy that you miss how incredibly smart he is.  I have kept him out of the public eye to let him group up but have shown him to people who I trust their judgement and they all come away going....WOW.

I think it is hard to not show something when you are this proud, but it is important to me that I do right by him as well as Grace, so we are letting him grow up, play in the mud, basically be a dog.  He will have a very long career ahead of him. He will show some in 2019 but we are not in any hurry with him - he is the dog I always wanted and cannot believe lives with me.

We took him to his first match and literally all of the herding approved judges walked up and said WHO IS THAT.  Coda was barely leash broke and walked into the ring and owned it.  He has presence in the ring that you cannot teach - and each time he got better and better.  He loves to show!

Coda has many great qualities to go with his rock solid temperment.  He has a spot on front and a great rear and lovely sidegait. He also is a substancial boy with a ton of coat and great color.  Can you tell I love him?  The truth is that everyone that meets him falls in love.

UPDATE:  I entered Coda at a show and the handler who was going to show him had at the last minute decided to go to another show and the entry breakdown came out and it was majors.  The judging panel had some judges on it that I thought would like his movement so I started asking around who was going to be there.  I texted Lenny Brown who showed Sting and asked him if he was going and if he would show Coda at the show.  He said yes and the day I handed him to Lenny is the last time I had my hands on my dog! 

Lenny is not one to be exuberant over a dog (I got more texts about Sting being a PITA than anything LOL) but Coda's sheer joy and enthusasism is hard to resist.  Not only did every text include how sweet and fun Coda is, he even took a candid photo of him and Coda at a show.  Now Lenny knows I am not big into win photos - mostly because I think few photographers take the time to try so the fact he took Coda to have one cracked me up.  Coda really is that sweet.

On the show front Coda is learning to be a show dog and from all accounts is catching on quick.  That first weekend he got his first major and in less than a month he is halfway to his championship.  He will have a long career ahead of him and my only hope is I can get him home so I can have him back here being goofy.  He is just the sweetest dog ever.  Note:  After we lost Memphis I brought Coda home and then planned to bring him back out to finish in the spring.  Due to Covid that has been pushed out but he will be back out!

How Coda Got His Name

As much time as we spent on pedigrees, I spent equal on names LOL.  I started thinking of a male name that fit into Amazing Grace.  So I started with classic music and then I thought about power and timeless and that pushed me towards rock and I started thinking of a powerful song that exemplifies rock and it hit me Bohemian Rhapsody.  A powerful song that can never be overshadowed or copied.  I feel the only merle son of Grace needs to be a standout and needed a standout name.

In music, a coda is the final part of a fairly long piece of music which is added in order to finish it off in a pleasing way.  Coda was an end to a great ride with Grace, I thought it was a great name for a great puppy!

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