BISS, Am CH
Regina’s Echo de Bonheur
1971 American Champion
1971 BOS ABTC National Specialty
1972 BOS ABTC National Specialty
1978 BISS ABTC National Specialty
Owner's Comments: Not only does "Gina" possess great showmanship, she is an excellent mover, is very outgoing and intelligent. In the breed or obedience ring she is always alert and gives her all, which has brought her great wins: in June, 1970, she was best puppy at the ABTC match, and followd this by going Best of Winners from the 6-9 month puppy class at the National Supported Show. In 1971, at our first National Specialty, she went Best of Opposite Sex to finish her championship and then repeated this win at our 1972 Specialty! An excellent worker, she finished her CD in three straight shows. It is our fondest hope that her present and future get will inherit and pass on her conformation, color and temperament. 1973 ABTC Gene VolI p163
Champ's son, AKC Ch Teddy Edouard Ours Val du Echo, was the first dog I ever owned. He sired the Best of Breed winner at the ABTC's first Independent National Specialty - AKC Ch Regina's Echo de Bonheur CD BAR. Gina came to us as a stud puppy and was sold to Violette Wilson to become the foundation bitch for the Mont-Cenis kennel.
(Alleyne Dickens, Bonheur) 1999 YB p56
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
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