Sad news; Cheryl Sonnichsen

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Cheryl Sonnichsen. She passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday 25 October 2015.Cheryl 159th EAKC Show

Cheryl was a steadfast supporter of the East Africa Kennel Club for almost 20 years. She registered her first Dobermann bitch “Maxi Minime”, who was bred by Mr. Wessocq in 1989.

Cheryl bred her first litter in December 1994 with Michelle Jenner’s Dog Ch. Llanthony Graf Spey.

Cheryl showed her beautiful line of Dobermanns of her own breeding under the affix “Amandla” receiving several Champion Certificates.

She will be sorely missed.


A private cremation will take place 10 November at 2 pm, followed by a non-denominational memorial service for all in the garden of her home on Saturday 14 November at 2.30 pm. Cheryl’s ashes will be taken back to the USA and a memorial will be held there, the details of which will be shared when they are known.

It would be a great help to know how many people are intending to be with us in Karen on 14th, so if you are planning to attend, please RSVP to (and we will pass it on)

If you can’t be there but would like to send a few recollections of Cheryl, then we’d love to hear from you. If you have any evocative photos, we’d be happy to receive those too.