about Baron Nike Renewal
Nike Renewal... I think this name will be remembered
by many dobermann lovers. I can say that I'm very happy
to be the owner of such a great dog like Nike. He is
now 12 years old*1
and he is still healthy and happy boy.
Story about Nike starts 12 years ago. First Nike's
owner was Mr.Milan Radivojac, owner of "Sawages"
kennel. At the time, I already had few dogs descending
from Nike: Vento Sawages, Gomez Sawages and Vanja Sawages
who later became my foundation bitch. First time I saw
Nike he was 3 months old. After the show that was held
close by Mr.Radivojac's residence, I was guest in his
house and that's when I saw Nike for the first time.
Mr.Radivojac had 2 litter brothers: a black male and
Nike. Nike was a really beautiful puppy. Very strong
bones, nice and strong head. He was the best puppy I've
Next time I saw Nike he was 7 months old and I didn't
like him at all. He was very tall and he needed a lot
of development especially in chest area. His ears weren't
lifted properly, they were completely down. Three
months later I saw Nike again on a show. He looked better
but he still had his ears flopped, no chest, head was
not parallel. Around that time Mr.Radivojac offered
him for sale but nobody was interested.
One of my friends, Dejan, liked Nike very much and
he repetedely suggested that I should buy him. He said
that such a big dog could be very influential stud in
the future. I laughed at that, asking him why would
anyone come to mate with Nike when his half brother
famous Alfa Adelante del Citone was in Italy. This story
with Dejan repeated, very often he called me asking
me what I've decided about NIke. Then
came the biggest show in Serbia. It was November 1996
and Nike was the same as the last time I was him but
this time I studied him patiently and concluded that
he indeed has a lot of potential, so I decided to buy
Three days later, with my 2 friends, Mr.Stevica Velickovic
owner of "Ginga House" kennel and Mr.Marko
Radicevic our veterinary, I went to pick up Nike. I
remember an incident related to that day - on our way
back home, I was in the back with Nike just getting
to know him. He was 12 months old, big and tall and
he looked like a dangerous dog. During the trip Nike
saw himself in the rear-view mirror and started to bark
like crazy. He wanted to jump to the front seat to bite
this dog. We almost had a car accident!
Nike was dewormed, vaccinated and I started to train
with him. As his trainings progressed he was looking
better and better. The biggest problem were his ears
- I continued to tape his ears until he turned 3 years.
In March 1997 was a specialty show in Novi Sad, the
judge was Mr. Pezzano. Nike was youth class winner and
I received very good comments about him. Mr.Pezzano
also said that he could be very important for the breed
in the future.
I took him to many shows across Europe (I calculated
that we have travelled more that 50.000km together):
on Euro Sieger show in Dortmund he was vize Europa Jugend
Sieger and 4 months later on IDC in Italy he won the
working class but he lost to his half brother Alfa Adelante
in the finals. It is very interesting that he didn't
do well on shows in Yugoslavia. I remember one of our
"experts", judge Zoran Brankovic, said he
deserves only VG but that he will give me a V nevertheless.
1998 was very successful for Nike. He was class winner
on Europa show in Genova, then Europa Sieger in Dortmund.
And than came IDC in Belgium - Nike won the champion
class under Mr.Pezzano but this time he also become
IDC Sieger. An interesting thing on that IDC was that
his daughter, Come As You Are Alabama, was also IDC
Sieger. Owners and breeders of Alabama were Danijela
Fiala & Muris Hadzic and she later also became World
Winner. Alabama was from the first litter sired by Nike.
I even got very high offers for him: on one occasion
I was offered 35.000 Euro and on another 50.000 Euro
but I haven't ever meant to sell him.
After that Nike was used as stud more and more. I
calculated that he had 243 matings. He couldn't be tried
for ZTP because his mother died before her owner made
her HD score. Nike had many puppies on all continents
in more then 50 countries. Nike produced another IDC
winner Fedor del Nasi and many champions, winners of
the important shows around world.
Nike is now retired, enjoying his much deserved pension.
It has always been a great pleasure to live with such
a great dog. He is now very old and I try to spend as
much time as possible with him.