Kriquette de Fauve Charbonne
Owner's comments: Champion Kriquette de Fauve Charbonne was the foundation bitch for Bonheur Belgians. A daughter of Champion Dandy du Clos St Jacques and Champion Jasmine de Cledeville. She came from the Breed's only champion litter. Her offspring included many outstanding dogs, but her greatest contribution was as a loyal family companion. She guided her human children through their infancy. She guarded and protected their home. Her life is a bright memory that no amount of time will dim.
Her get includes Highest Score in Trial and group placer Champion Haze Prince of Hearts UD and the first 200 scorer and Dog World obedience winner Tishaminga de Weeping Pines CDX. 1973 ABTC Gene Vol1 p29
Ch Kriquette de Fauve Charbonne went to Faye Dickens to become the foundation bitch for the Bonheur kennel where D'Art was bred. Ch Kriquette is well known, too, for producing outstanding obedience dogs. The BS by Andrews & Cloutt
Bonheur Belgian Teruren
A Family History by Alleyne Dickens
Bonheur (roughly pronounced bon-er) French noun - 1. good fortune, good luck, success: 2. happiness.
During the early 1960s, my parents, Faye and Bud Dickens, began searching for a new breed to get involved with. They wanted to show and breed, and, having tried American Cocker Spaniels, wanted a larger, more intelligent animal. Dad liked the look of the German Shepherd Dog, while Mom favored the Collie. As I was only about two years old, one would suppose I didn't have an opinion. However, I am told by reliable sources that I was crazy about Afghan Hounds!
One day Mom found pictures of a Belgian Tervuren, the issue was settled and the hunt was on! A litter was finally located in New Mexico. The sire was AKC Ch Dandy du Clos St Jacques and the dam was AKC Ch Jasmine de Cledville, both imported from France. Barbara and Robert Krohn agreed to send the third bitch to my family, but only guaranteed her as a pet. After travling by plane to Baltimore, Maryland, and then to Danville, Virginia, Kriquette de Fauve Charbonne was found at the train station instead of the airport where she should have been. It was January 18, 1962. My sister, Carrole, was one week old!
Despite the scarcity of Tervuren in the East, Kriquette was shown successfully and took her place in the breed's first all champion litter. We continue to be grateful to the Krohns for giving us such a great start in this wonderful breed.
Kriquette's first litter was sired by AKC Ch Gironde de Lafayette and was registered under the prefix 'Weeping Pines', with the exception of one male who, named by his first owner, was returned at ten months of age. He was again sold and became AKC Ch Sandy Haze Prince of Hearts UD (Champ), one of the breed's early group placers. This litter also produced Tishaminga de Weeping Pines CDX, the first Tervuren to score 200 in obedience. AKC Ch Weeping Pines Rory Dawn and AKC Ch Weeping Pines Friendship (Amez).
About this time, Mom was able to acquire an adult bitch from Dorothy Hollister, Dentelle du Val de Tonnere (Lace). Lace gave us a different line to incorporate with what we had, that being heavily line-bred on Dandy.
Our second litter was the breeding of Kriquette to Amez. It was the 'A' de Bonheur litter which produced two High in Trial winners; AKC Ch Aries Jed de Bonheur CDX, the first Tervuren owned by Martha Schubert of Windsong kennel, and Astral Ember de Bonheur CD, the introduction into the breed for the late breeder judge Kay Maves.
Then Mom decided to put Bonheur first and bred Champ to Lace to produce the Maves' Canadian specialty winning AKC/CKC Ch Bonheur's Bashful Bandit, AKC Ch Bonheur's Bea Myne, and Bonheur's Bobbins & Pins BAR (Bobbie).
Since Bonheur began, Tervuren owned or bred by Bonheur have earned nine conformation and eight obedience BARs. Bonheur dogs have been top competitiors in conformation and obedience as well as beloved companions. Our goal is, has been, and continues to be breeding happy, healthy, well-constructed Tervuren with proper Belgian type who will succeed in every arena in which they try their paw. We're eager to continue the pursuit of that dream and look forward to all the wonderful dogs to come - no matter what their place in life.
Everyone at Bonheur is proud of their heritage and hopeful for the future. (Alleyne Dickens, Bonheur) 1999 YB p55-56 & p61
Courtesy of: dhuckestein