I am writing to announce that Mikhailya passed away on Wednesday night, June 12, 2013. The cause
was a combination of old age afflictions and neurological events….. She was ten years old, and ten
years is considered old for a large dog, and she had reached that milestone in March. Her biography is
located here. Her complete obituary is located at Blyss Blog for that date.
Mikhailya was a well known show bitch of international stature for her illustrious pedigree in the
Majenkir line, being a daughter of one of the greatest stud dogs her breeder, the inimical Karen Staudt-
Cartabona, ever bred, (CH Majenkir My Way, “Michael”), a pre-potent sire, making her recognizable
on sight without having to look up the parentage as a “Michael daughter” by any judge at any dog show
at any place in the world.
Mikhailya has received many accolades throughout her life on her own merit, not the least of which is
that she is the dam of one of the world’s current top winning borzoi, currently living in Japan,
“Magnus”, or “Max” as he is known there. Karen Staudt-Cartabona and I expect him to be in the States
next year, 2014s. She was also the litter-mate of a great bitch, CH Majenkir My Ksar My Fair Lady,
“Gwenivere”, who had Best In Show wins.
Mikhailya had an overall good life as a home dog, a house dog, a heart dog. She enjoyed a longer life
than her litter mates, although not long enough. She lived a healthy life; a happy life; and a life with
great accomplishments. She leaves a notable legacy in the breed in two ways: 1) through her
illustrious and accomplished “Magnus”/”Max”, a recognized, international champion with multiple
best in shows in Japan and Europe, and a sire of a best in show “ puppy bitch; 2) through the many
notable get of “Magnus”/”Max”, some of which have successful show career, including Best-In-Show;
and 3) by allowing the great Majenkir line she carried of her sire, CH Majenkir My Way, “Michael” to
endure through the genes she bestowed to “Magnus” and his get.
In addition, I allowed her to participate in two research studies when there was a call for borzoi
subjects. One was the Speed Study by Dr. Ann Midgarden, and the other was for a research study by
the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine by a team of researchers studying
Finally, Mikhailya was her best being an ambassador of her breed. Mikhailya attended the AKC Meet
the Breeds in New York City two years in a row. People fell in love with her on sight and she
returned their love in full measure and more.