What started as a dream turned into a family affair.
Sassy Sams was founded in 1986 by Vicki Nolte after several years of research and
a little luck. The interest in
Samoyeds was sparked in 1972 when a neighbor moved in next door with a
samoyed named Suzie. Deciding that someday she wanted to have one, Vicki started carefully planning and researching breed
It was finally decided to
go to Polar Mist owned by Lynette
Hansen (now Blue) and located (at the time) in Libby, MT. Vicki put a deposit down for a little girl out of CH Ice
Way's Ice Breaker and CH Polar Mist Naughty Angel. The breeding produced six puppies and
of those only two were girls. One was already promised to another person, and the
other, Lynette planned on keeping for herself. Disappointed, Vicki decided to be patient and wait for the
next Naughty Angel litter. She did
not have to wait long, because as it
turned out, Lynette decided she was not going to keep hers and called to see if
Vicki was still interested. This
little puppy went on to be CH Polar Mist Sassy Angel CD (Angel), the foundation
bitch for Sassy Sams.
Angel was bred to CH Frostyacre DBL Eko O'Westwind,
producing a litter of all boys. Vicki kept one and named him Sassy Sam's
Hotshot Lover Bear (Bear).
Bringing a little color to the kennel, Bear was just like his sire,
predominately biscuit. Vicki's
oldest daughter, Carrie, and Bear formed a team and Bear was Carrie's primary
competition dog. Carrie competed
in 4-H and AKC events with both Bear and Angel. Carrie was able to put obedience titles on both dogs and
excelled through the 4-H classes.
The second litter Angel produced was a pairing with CH
Shekinah's Beraka of Aimee. It
produced all girls. Once again,
Vicki kept a puppy and named her Sassy Sam's Beraka Baby (Rockette). Vicki's other daughter, Cindy quickly
became attached and Rockette was to be Cindy's primary dog. Cindy competed and was very successful
in 4-H and AKC events, just like her mother and sister. She was also able to attain an
obedience title on Rockette.
From these three dogs Sassy Sams was founded. Vicki has continued breeding, trying to
improve with each generation and striving to produce puppies that perform well
in all arenas. Starting with
conformation, Sassy Sams has gone on to compete in obedience, junior
showmanship, agility, herding, pack hiking and weight pulling.
The kennel is evolving and continuing
in the family tradition. Carrie's oldest daughter, Autumn, has picked up the
leash and has started her own journey showing dogs with Sassy Sam's Affair W Wintermist (Kobe). It will be interesting to see what the future holds for
Sassy Sams and the dogs that are yet to come.