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StarBright Bonne Chance


Male Belgian Tervuren  3/7/1978 (deceased)
Color: mahogany w black
Owner: Dana Mackonis
Breeder: Edward & Sharon Redmer
AKC WE000825
OFA Hips BT-492   normal   (24mo)
CERF BT-172/84-79   (unverified)
Sire: multi V1, Am & Can CH
Yamin van’t Hof Melyn
Dam: Am CH
Brillance de Mont Cenis (EP)

note: dam developed epilepsy years after this litter was born


1986 American Champion

1983 CDX
1986 TD

Owner's comments: A friend once told me "Everyone is entitled to a once-in-a-lifetime dog, and you're looking at him now." As I look at Banner I see an elegant, balanced dog with very rich mahogany base coat and almost too much black overlay - a solid black head, high set ears offset his European chiseled head which is set on a well-arched neck flowing into a sloping topline. Although his bone and body size are moderate there is nothing moderate about Banner's attitude to life. As he intently stares back with his black/brown almond eyes; he is ready for whatever life has to offer. Knowing only two speeds - relaxed and wide-open, he'll try anything that is asked of him with all of his working heart! This he has done for me already by achieving his CDX, ready to go in utility, certified tracking, certified therapy dog, Police Dog I Certification (obedience, agility, search, protection), Police Dog II (tracking), Detector levels I & II (narcotic detection), Schutzhund, frisbee competition and much more. Because of a jaw injury at 15 months, Banner has lost 6 center incisors.
1986 ABTC Gene VolIII p157

I thought I had the world on a string...healthy, outgoing, beautiful dogs who were winning in the show and obedience ring. Then something profound happened.
Understand that back in the 70s in the USA, Belgians in general certainly did not resemble the continental dogs of today. While they were handsome animals, powerful, smoothly moving, full of life and noted for their intelligence and trainability...they were rather more rectangular in shape than square, and the heads had less length and were wider in the backskull. I had flown to the National Specialty Show in California, hoping to find the perfect match for Bria's second litter. I had quietly selected a fabulous American bred dog when I saw the dog that changed my vision of Belgians forever! I was walking by ringside and actually stopped dead in my tracks - there on a grooming table in front of me was a Belgian that looked like no other Belgian I had EVER seen - Ch Yamin van't Hof Melyn. I was simply amazed. He was so beautiful - square body, elegant long head, full flowing black mane, and the sweetest Belgian expression I had ever seen. I thought...aha so this is what they are supposed to look like!
Bred in Belgium, 'Koning' was a son of the famous European dog, Tarass de la Pouroffe. I had found my next mate for Bria. I just knew that if I could produce puppies that looked like this dog, I would be moving in the right direction. It was a fateful litter for me. Bria whelped eight puppies (1978). They were soooooo different from the first litter. Six of the eight became Champions, and three of the six earned the American Belgian Tervuren Club's highest recognition for a breeder - the BAR - Breeder Achievement Record, awarded for producing excellent offspring in both conformationa and performance trials. Ch StarBright Bonne Chance CDX TD BAR became foundation stud for Dana Mackonis' Cachet Noir kennel. Ch StarBright Black Brocade BAR (Best in Sweepstakes at our National Specialty) became foundation bitch for Lara Deckert's Yessit kennel. Ch StarBright Bacho Noir UD TX introduced now nationally known tracking judge Maureen Foley to the world of Tervs. Most importantly, I got my 'Boo' - Ch StarBright Bouquetiere CD TD BARX.
(Ed & Sharon Redmer, StarBright) 1999 YB p102-106

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

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Book  (1999 BSDA of GB Year Book p103)
Stud Book  (1980 Jun AKC stud book p100, AKC & OFA)


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