Liza del Pirata Nero
photo (bottom) 1957 Jan Dog World p57|
exported from Italy to US (Geier Tal)
1956 American Champion
1956 BOS & WB BSCA Midwest Specialty
Thirty-five years ago a couple of city dwellers moved to the country outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Things were a little on the primitive side in those days. The lady of the house, in a pique, named it "Vultures Gulch". But when we started raising dogs, we decided that some people might take a dim view of such a name. A friend of German decent came to our rescue and the name Geier Tal was born. Geier means birds of prey and we certainly had plenty of them. Tal refers to a valley which we also had. "Geier Tal" has been our kennel name ever since.
Originally, we raised German Shepherds. Then we also became interested in the Belgian Sheepdog as a breed. We fell in love with a young Belgian by the name of Liza del Pirata Nero, who was one of a litter that Rudy Robinson had imported from Italy. She became our foundation bitch. Liza was only bred two times.
Liza was a very dominant bitch who put her stamp of quality and nobility not only on her own litters, but on the generations that followed her. We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to build our line on this special dog.
BSD Hndbk VolI p102
Winners Bitch at less than a year old at the 1955 National Specialty. Winner Bitch and Best of Opposite Sex at the 1956 National Specialty. Liza finished her championship undefeated. She produced at least 8 Champions from only 2 litters.
BSD Hndbk VolI p159
(Note: The litter by Zordoff out of Sjla del Pirata Nero, was imported to the United States in 1954 and included Tzair III del Pirata Nero and Liza del Pirata Nero, Handbook, p188 & p159)
About this time, the kennel of Pirata Nero ceased its activity. BBA p119
Courtesy of: dhuckestein