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Bodil with Grandezza
1972  The beginning: a little blonde afghan puppy. A self-masked crème afghan puppy by the name Tazi-Pa-Chenga Grandezza joins the Arlander family. Maija starts showing Grandezza in the puppy classes and Bodil hones her handling skills in “child & dog” competitions.

1974  She’s a Champion! Grandezza becomes a Finnish champion. She later adds the Swedish title as well.

1976   First litter at Kennel Choice. Kennel Choice has its first litter when Grandezza is bred to American import Ch. Dynasty’s Thunder’n Lightenin. A male puppy, Choice Gunpowder, stays home and goes on to become a Nordic champion. Bodil graduates to “junior handling” competitions with Gunpowder.

Ch. Dynasty’s Thunder’n Lightenin with owner; Gunpowder with Bodil and Grandezza with Maija.
Wild West at 6 weeks

1978  A star is born. Grandezza is bred to Int. Ch. El Khyrias Diablo and the resulting litter epitomizes what later becomes known as the “Choice look”. One of the puppies stays home - Choice Wild West is here to stay!

1979  Wild West wins his first BIS. Wild West is officially shown for the first time; he wins Best In Show at the age of 12 months old.

1980  New blood and successes. El Khyrias Do Believe It is imported from Sweden and becomes the kennel’s second foundation bitch. Wild West and Bodil are cleaning up at the shows; he becomes a Nordic champion and helps Bodil win the Finnish Championship in junior handling.

Bodil with Wild West winning the Jr. Handler Championship.