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Bergere de Mont Cenis

Female Belgian Tervuren  1/25/1974 (deceased)
Color: fawn w black
Owner: Sharon Nicholson
Breeder: Charles & Violette Wilson
AKC WC753889 (9-77)
OFA Hips BT-320   normal   (36mo)
EP   (epileptic sibling)
Sire: BISS, Am CH
Scorpio de Fauve Charbonne
Dam: BISS, Am CH Regina’s Echo de Bonheur CD, C/O-BAR

Just about the time I began to think "I've got this breeder thing down pat" Mother Nature stepped in and dealt us quite a blow. Bria (Brillance de Mont-Cenis), at age six, had a Grand Mal seiure. I was devastated. I, like many other Americans, knew that there had been seizures in the breed, but ignorantly thought it was pretty much contained in one line of dogs. Never one to hide a problem, I called Bria's breeder and the owner of her sire. They, too, were clueless as to where this may have come from. I called or wrote a number of people who had bred dogs in my bitch's pedigree. God Bless Barbara Krohn, de Fauve Charbonne kennel. She was honest and forthright in her response, and helped me to gather more information. Its funny, when you tell your troubles out loud, many people will share what they thought was just their own little secret problem. I began hanging pedigrees of Tervuren with seizures on large butcher-paper sheets on the walls of our study. I kept telling Kay, then the columnist for the National Club in the AKC Gazette, that we had a big problem in the breed...I showed her my notes and postings. Kay went on to courageously write an article in the Gazette about seizures, asking the Terv readers to send information to her. She was censured by some ABTC members who felt she was 'washing our dirty linen in public' by opening up this discussion in a National magazine read by literally every serious breeder of dogs in the USA. (Ed & Sharon Redmer, StarBright) 1999 YB p105

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

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Book  (1999 BSDA of GB Year Book p105)


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