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UK CH
Norrevang Bacchus of Belamba
CC

Bacchus

Male Belgian Tervuren  1/7/1985 - 1/29/2000
Color: grey w black
Owner: Marcelle King
Breeder: Sanne Mikkelsen
DKK 03005/85
KCSB 3089BW
BVA Hip   4:10
BVA Eye   eyes clear   (3Oct89)
Sire: RE, W84, W85, WW85, Belg, Fr, NL & Wld CH
Sam de la Douce Plaine
SchHIII, tan
Dam: Jerome Nille


1985 exported from Denmark to UK (Belamba) w sister Banja

seizure free at 9 years of age

1988 Britain's first grey UK Champion

1986 Crufts BOB
1987 Crufts 2nd Special Yearling dog
1988 Crufts 4th Limit dog
1991 Crufts 2nd Open dog
Roll of Honour
BSDA of GB Character Test: C-Ex
SBIS
3x CC

At the start of 1985 two puppies came in together, from Denmark. Norrevang Bacchus and Banja.
The BS by Andrews & Cloutt

Bacchus was the First grey Champion, winning 3 CCs, BIS at NBSDC open show, other BISs and BVISs. He was Top Sire Our Dogs and Dog World (and BSDA of GB for several years). He sired champion offspring in four continents (including by AI in Australia), was sire of 3 British champions (including breed record holder, Ch Vallivue Bon Chance), and grandsire/great grandsire to many more, (including the BCC record holder, Ch Belamba Mardi Gras at Tervanty).
He never really enjoyed standing still in the ring – he would never stand on one spot, but shuffled about tail wagging furiously. He found it boring! He came into his own on the benches where he just loved everyone and everything, and just adored being admired. A lovely silver grey – whilst out walking him people would stop their cars to come and admire him.
He had the most wonderful temperament – the best of any dog I’ve ever met. He was a terrific ambassador for the breed – I was privileged to have known him.

Ch. Norrevang Bacchus of Belamba was imported from Denmark as a puppy, along with his sister, Banja. I imported them as they were sired by the great Fr. Ch. Sam de la Douce Plaine ex Jerome Nille, who was a daughter of Donquiote Of The Two, the brother of Dundee. Somehow Bacchus’ leg got broken in quarantine, but he recovered and went on to become Britain's first ‘grey' Tervueren champion. His CCs came from Bobby James, Glenys Gibbs and Brenda Banbury. At the SKC (August) show I was so proud – Mr Bobby James spent all day bringing different judges over to the Tervueren ring to show them Bacchus, and told them he was ‘the finest Tervueren he’d ever seen’! He was in the last four in the group that day.
In fact, barring one grey, Ch Heretiere, all other grey champions here are either kids, grandkids or great-grandkids of Bacchus. He was sire of the British breed record holder, Ch. Vallivue Bon Chance, Eire’s breed record holder, Ir. Ch. Belamba Harvey Wallbanger, and South Africa's breed record holder SA. Ch. Vallivue Appolyian. He has champion offspring in Europe, South Africa, North America and in Australia by AI. He is actually still siring pups out there – ironic when we have his sperm stored over here and can’t use it! He was also the sire of Ch. Bergerac Love Kills who in turn sired seven champions in this country (and several overseas), and the grey, Ch./Ir. Ch. Alcyon Reully Rose. In total, Bacchus appears in the pedigrees of thirty-seven British champions, and countless more overseas.

At the age of eight he had a severe prostate problem and had to be neutered, just a week before my imported bitch, Ch. France de la Douce Plaine of Belamba, was on her second season and old enough to be bred from. (I'd imported her to breed to him, and therefore do a half-brother/half-sister mating on Fr. Ch. Sam). Bacchus actually ‘helped himself’ to her on her first season – but it was on day 22 and luckily (or, looking back, unluckily) she wasn't pregnant. He was pretty ill and after extensive treatment that didn't work it was decided that castration was the only option. I was a bit taken aback when someone suggested I delayed the treatment to get him bred to France – his health definitely came first.

He had a temperament second to none, never a growl in his whole life, which, with few exceptions, he passed on to his children. He was fifteen when he died, and he had a long and happy life. He was my ‘once in a lifetime dog’, a dog in a zillion! There is a great big hole in my heart that can never be filled. I thank everyone for their flowers, tributes (over 50 worldwide by e-mail), cards, presents etc. It is comforting to know that little bits of him live on in others’ dogs – and if they derive just a tiny bit of the pleasure that that boy gave me – they will be richer for it. (Marcelle King, Belamba)

To mention just 3 BSDs that I have had high regard for is very difficult as there have been so many. As a show dog I must mention Ch Vallivue Bon Chance who, as everyone knows, has exceeded all that any other Belgian has achieved. I would like to mention stud dogs that have made their mark both in the showring and as producers. My first choice would be Fr Ch Sam de la Douce Plaine. A wonderful show dog, a fabulous producer, and most important, a superb temperament. His name appears in the pedigrees of so many Champions worldwide. Ch Bandol de la Pouroffe at Snowbourn was a great show dog, with a record unequalled as a producer in this country. My joint third choice would have to be my own Ch Norrevang Bacchus. A great ambassador for the grey colour, the sweetest of temperaments, a producer of several top winners, but hates the show ring and his son Ch Bergerac Loves Kills a beautiful show dog with 5 Champion daughters.
(Marcelle King) 1993 YB p225

First Grey Champion -
Ch. Norrevang Bacchus of Belamba
Ch. Norrevang Bacchus of Belamba was imported from Denmark as a puppy, along with his sister, Banja. I imported them as they were sired by the great Fr. Ch. Sam de la Douce Plaine ex Jerome Nille, who was a daughter of Donquiote Of The Two, the brother of Dundeee. Somehow Bacchus' leg got broken in quarantine, but he recovered and went on to become Britain's first 'grey' Tervueren champion. His CCs came from Bobby James, Glenys Gibbs and Brenda Banbury. At the SKC (August) show I was so proud - Mr Bobby James spent all day bringing different judges over to the Tervueren ring to show them Bacchus, and told them he was 'the finest Tervueren he'd ever seen'! He was in the last four in the group that day.
In fact, barring one grey, Ch Heretiere, all other grey champions here are either kids, grandkids or great-grandkids of Bacchus. He was sire of the British breed record holder, Ch. Vallivue Bon Chance, Eire's breed record holder, Ir. Ch. Belamba Harvey Wallbanger, and South Africa's breed record holder SA. Ch. Vallivue Appolyian. He has champion offspring in Europe, South Africa, North America and in Australia by AI. He is actually still siring pups out there - ironic when we have his sperm stored over here and can't use it! He was also the sire of Ch. Bergerac Love Kills who in turn sired seven champions in this country (and several overseas), and the grey, Ch./Ir. Ch. Alcyon Reully Rose. In total, Bacchus appears in the pedigrees of thirty-seven British champions, and countless more overseas.
At the age of eight he had a severe prostate problem and had to be neutered, just a week before my imported bitch, Ch. France de la Douce Plaine of Belamba, was on her second season and old enough to be bred from. (I'd imported her to breed to him and therefore do a half-brother/half-sister mating on Fr. Ch. Sam). Bacchus actually 'helped himself' to her on her first season - but it was on day 22 and luckily (or, looking back, unluckily) she wasn't pregnant. He was pretty ill and after extensive treatment that didn't work it was decided that castration was the only option. I was a bit taken aback when someone suggested I delayed the treatment to get him bred to France - his health definately came first.
He had a temperament second to none, never a growl in his whole life, which with few exceptions, he passed on to his children. He was fifteen when he died, and he had a long and happy life. He was my 'once in a lifetime dog', a dog in a zillion! There is a great big hole in my heart that can never be filled. I thank everyone for their flowers, tributes (over 50 worldwide by e-mail), cards, presents etc. It is comforting to know that little bits of him live on in others' dogs - and if they derive just a tiny bit of the pleasure that that boy gave me - they will be richer for it. (Marcelle King) 2000 YB p90-91

Bacchus
07.01.85 - 29.01.00
Twenty one years living with Tervueren.
Thanks old boy for 'the best 15 of them'.
We can't put into words what you meant to us -
Marcelle & Roger King
2000 YB p157

Courtesy of: dhuckestein ****** Black Breed Manager

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Sources:
Website  (Suppressed for privacy)
Show Entry Catalog  (1986 Crufts p200)

 

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