KOLYMA OF SEPPALA was for many years our number-one broodbitch and a great second-string leader as well. She always took excellent care of her pups and threw beautiful litters. She was responsible for such fine progeny as Lizaveta of Seppala, Lenin and Lev of Seppala, Orlov of Seppala, the five fine females of the C-litter, and our fine stud Arkady of Seppala. "Kol-Doll" was a back-to-the-boater, a living historical relic, a throwback to Leonhard Seppala's 1915 leader Scotty. She survived to the exceptional age of seventeen years, two months and five days and left us on the 23d of April 2014.
Born 18 February 1997, Kolyma was sired by Xpace of Seppalta (Uelen's Ebony of Sepp-Alta x Dynamikos Ruby) out of River View's Sprite (Peter of Sepp-Alta x Powder of Markovo). She was a pure-strain Markovo-Seppala, inbred on the Baron/Mokka mating, with Powder of Markovo and Hercules of Sepp-Alta up close. For practically her entire working career she was Isa Boucher's main leader. Kolyma produced four excellent litters at Seppala Kennels and would have produced yet more but for the fact that we did not dare unbalance our breeding programme by making further use of her. As it is, it is not easy to find matings that do not reinforce Kolyma, so great was the value and influence of her progeny.
In her retirement years in Manitoba, Kolyma became a happy house-pet, queen of the kitchen. She had a happy-go-lucky temperament and got along beautifully with any and all other dogs. Virtuually the reincarnation of Leonhard Seppala's great leader Scotty, Kolyma was a typical example of the remarkable virtues of the pure McFaul/Shearer bloodline. Kolyma's passing has left a huge void at Seppala Kennels; we shall never stop missing her.