Sharon Gerling's Biography

At the age of seven my mother Dorothy Christiansen and I went to a dog show in Richland, WA.  I borrowed a little black Cocker to show in Jr. Handling.  After winning Best Jr. Handler that day, we started attending shows, and competing on a regular basis.  After a long career of showing Cocker Spaniels my mother went on to Judge Nationally and Internationally.

We raised our first champion in 1961, Ch. My-Ida-Ho Ideal Deb.  Our first Cocker Spaniel bred by a “Best in Show” winner was Ch. My-Ida-Ho Promise to Marysville.  He won four Best in Shows, 70 varieties, winning or placing in the group 65 times, as well as top winning Cocker Spaniel that year.

In January of 1964 we attended the ASC Show.  Mom bought the futurity winner Tucky Ho Touch and Go, a black male, which went on to be a “Best in Show” winner.   I brought my first dog Ch. Stonewalk Squareshooter from Ron Fabis. Stonewalk Squareshooter won 3 “Best in Shows”, 5 BISS, and 137 Group Placements.   Over the next six years he was the top winning Cocker Spaniel in the Northwest.

My-Ida-Ho Kennels has grown to over 150 Parti-Color champions, including back to back “Best in Show” winning Tri-color Champions My-Ida-Ho Point Bandit and My-Ida-Ho Just B’N Gorgeous.  Co-owned with Emma Ross, our Parti-Color males have rated number one and number three in 2006 and number one and number four in 2007.

My career win happened at the January 2006 ASC Show, winning both, Best Cocker Spaniel from the “Bred by Class”, and “Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show” with the same dog Ch. My-Ida-Ho N Jems Nabisco.

I currently reside with my husband of 42 years in Tacoma, Washington.  When not in the show arena or caring for my dogs, I enjoy time with my sons’ families, my grandkids, and my husband.