| I have raised, trained, loved and bred Belgian Tervuren for 35 years. Ifve bred Best in Show, Best in Specialty and Obedience Trial Champion Tervuren. Since attending my first National Specialty in 1983 my dogs have won or placed regularly at the American Belgian Tervuren Club National Specialty. I have committed my time and income, the majority of my energy and all of my resources to the breed and remain as dedicated today to the preservation and improvement of the Belgian Tervuren as I became in college after buying my first Belgian Tervuren.
I grew up with Collies. I saw my first Tervuren while in college at Sonoma State and after checking the local newspaper bought my first Belgian Tervuren. She was a cinnamon red dog with no mask out of two Groenendael. I found my next Belgian at the Cow Palacefs annual benched show in San Francisco, a black Belgian Groenendael from the old O"Ebonwill lines bred by Susan Linnaweaver. She was born in 1978 and named Linewood Margaux. I was 23 at the time and Margaux lived to be 17 and started me on the road to understanding the breed.
My next Belgian was a Tervuren from the Up Tempo lines bred by Carol Foy. By the time I got Brutus, I knew I wanted to be part of the breed. He was my first obedience dog, receiving a Dog World Award with his CD. I talked my Mom into going with me and Brutus to the American Belgian Tervuren Clubfs National Specialty in Colorado in 1983 and with Up Tempo Golden Knight entered in the classes went Reserve Winners Dog. My life changed at that National Specialty. For the first time, I saw some of the top winning Belgian Tervuren. Ch Corsairs Beaujangles was BOB. His daughter, Ch Fox Hollows Lothlorien, was Best of Opposite. Beau went on to some 25 Best in Shows and his daughter, called Lester, won the National Specialty three times as well as an all-breed Best in Show. Seeing the beauty, intelligence, type and glowing vitality of these dogs inspired me to become a breeder and I have devoted myself since then to breeding the best possible Belgian Tervuren. Since 1983, the dogs Ifve bred and owned have either won or placed in classes at the National Specialty.
I met Mary Linda Adams of De Loup Noir Belgians at a subsequent National Specialty. She was and remains one of the most influential breeders of Belgians in the U.S. I bought a gorgeous, typy puppy from her, Nike, who lived to be 16 and became my foundation bitch.
That was Ch Tri-Sorts Nike de Loup Noir CD HIT C-BAR, shown in the picture with two of her puppies: BIS BISS Can/Am Ch Aftershock Morgaine La Fey CD C-BAR and Ch Aftershock Merlin. My friend and Nikefs co-owner Carol Schaaf and Mary Linda are also in the picture with me in the middle. The picture was taken at the 1993 National Specialty after Nike won the Brood Bitch Class. Morgan became one of only six Tervuren bitches in the history of the breed to win an all-breed Best in Show. She was #1 Belgian Tervuren bitch in 1995 and #2 Belgian Tervuren Bitch in Canada. She also lived to be 16 and was one of my all time favorite bitches. Six out of seven of Morganfs littermates (from Nike and BIS BISS Can/Am Ch Snowflower Voila Sharvonne CD TD HIC C/O/P-BAR) finished their championships and were group placing.
From her sister, Ch Aftershock Ladyhawk, bred to my friend Daniele Ledouxfs male, Ch Marleyfs Moonbeam Special CD, I got one of the top winning puppies of all time, BIS Ch Aftershock Like a Comet. Hailey was Best of Breed at 6 months at her first show. She won Best Puppy in Sweeps at three Regional Specialties and Best Herding Puppy at Chicago.
Her most exciting win was at the 1998 National Specialty, where, at under a year and from a huge Open class of 38 bitches and a total bitch entry of 100, she went on to win Winners Bitch. Haley wasnft able to produce a litter for me. She died tragically at her handlerfs house before she was 3, the result of heartbreaking incident involving her caretakerfs death. I was able to integrate into my lines a litter from Haleyfs half-sister, Ch Aftershock Fair Wind. Morgan and her littermates served as foundation dogs for many new Tervuren breeders. Their legacy lives on their linesand in mine and in our hearts.
Soon after acquiring Nike from Mary Linda Adams, I bought another dog from Mary Linda, cobred with Melanie Babich. This was Can/Am Ch Wardance de Loup Noir C-BAR, Dancer, who became a top producer and was one of the most beautiful and well-known Tervuren of his time. At his first National Specialty, in 1987, Dancer first place in the American Bred class. In his second national in 1989, he took Select and #1 Stud Dog under Kay Maves. Because of his European parentage and differences I noticed in his overall type, head piece and structure, I became intrigued with the Tervuren of France and Europe.
Mary Linda and I attended the French National Specialty in 1993 and brought back two male puppies from the de la Grande Lande kennel in France, bred by Patrick Lacarriere.
These puppies became well-known top producers,winning,respectively,in 1995 and 1997 Best of Breed at the BSDAfs National Premiere. These were BISS Ch Ionesco de la Grande Lande, who also won Winnerfs Dog at the Belgian Tervuren National Specialty in 1996 and BISS Ch Iceman de La Grande Lande. Nesco came home with me.
Iceman became one of Mary Lindafs most famous foundation dogs with many breedings both in the U.S. and in Europe.