The Darksky Story - Rodney Surawski
From the tender age of 11 campaigning & breeding purebred dogs has been my passion. Progeny stemming from litters I bred with my first two dogs an Old English Sheepdog and a German Shorthaired Pointer went onto to become champions and I became one of the youngest people to export dogs to New Zealand. All this was achieved by the age of 14 under the prefix “Myora”.
It was at the 1987 Brisbane Royal that I was to lay eyes on my first Alaskan Malamute. This magnificent breed simply took my breath away, I knew at that moment this was the breed for me. I immediately booked my first puppy from the renowned ‘Polstars’ kennels, owned by Dulcie Sullivan. Polstars Aura Warcry, Nanook was to become my foundation and the seed was planted.
Starwind Alaskan Malamutes grew and several of my dogs were to become Grand Champions and major city Royal winners. It was in 1998 I went into partnership with Sue & Steve White, nee Avamal Alaskan Malamutes and Darksky was formed. Through this partnership we imported RUBISS, RUBIS Aust Grand Ch / Int'l / Jr. Nat'l Ch Aspen Myst Aussie Star (IMP USA) HOF who became a very successful bitch in both the ring and the whelping box. Shania gave us beautiful litters from semen we had obtained from various top American breeders one of these matings being a bench mark litter as the semen was over 15 yrs old, Am Ch Chinome’s Arctic Invader, aka Moochie. Another bitch we imported, Ebony, StomKloud’s Ccall To Glory gave us our Specialty winning bitch Aust Ch Darksky All E-Sensual, Meakah, who to date holds the record for the most bitch challenges won at a Specialty level in the country.
Unfortunately due to my overseas commitments 2006 saw the dissolvement of my partnership with Sue & Steve, who have continued as Iceriva Alaskan Malamutes. I however retained the Darksky prefix for myself. During my absence, my good friend Carol Thompson of Kadma Weimaraners, took over management of my kennels and although I was not active in breeding/showing at this point I imported a bitch from Cheena & Lenny Villano of Staghorn Alaskan Malamutes. Chelsea, Staghorn Chelsea Lynn, arrived in the country last year along with semen from Am Ch Staghorn’s Reign Maker & AM Ch Terrapin Kasaans Roc Solid.
2008 sees the start of a new beginning with my international commitments now finishing up. This is an exciting time, litters are planned, handlers have been found, Darksky is reborn.