The first dog I ever knew was a Dobermann named Arwen, she was there wen I was born and she died when I was eight (1994). She left an emptieness I can't describe in words. After Arwen we owned two pyrenean mountain dogs. The first one named Sandra was a rescue. She was two years when we got her and we were the fourth owners. After a few months we had to put her to sleep because she had seriously attacked my father. She attacked from behind and more then once.
We thought this must have something to do with her history and dicided to buy a pyrenean mountain dog puppy. We named her Leska (born April 1995). Almost at the same time that we got Leska (a few months after that) I got my first "own" dog. This was a Golden Retriever and I called her Brisca (born August 1995). Everything went really well with those two together untill they reached adulthood. Both Leska and Brisca were rather dominant bitches and they got into a fight once in a while but after we pulled them from eachother all was over again. Untill one day my mother was home alone and they got into a fight, how to seperate them when you're alone? After a while one got tired and my mother was able to distract her and get her out of the room with her. But the damage had been done, Leska was limping due to wounds on her legs and there were quite some holes in her ears. Brisca only had one small wound on one of her ears. After this fight we tried more than once to get them together in one room again. But the first thing they wanted to do was finish the fight they had started. We agreed that we couldn't keep them like this and decided one of them had to be rehomed. As Leska was a much more difficult dog and Brisca was quite easy (she listened very well and was friendly towards people), We dicided to find a new home for Brisca, and we did! (April 1998) She came to live with people with two children, she was their only dog. Brisca passed away November 3, 2006 at the age of 11 years and 3 months.
After Brisca had left us I was completely lost, I used to do a lot of training (obedience and agility) with her and now I had no dog to train with anymore. Then one of my trainers offered me to do agility with one of her dogs. This trainer was Claudia Bosma-Bruins and the dog was a Beardie named Alice (Pluuster Bear's Alice in Wonderland). Of course I was very happy to be able to train again and I started agility with this beardie. Since then I fell in love with beardies, they are happy, friendly dogs and very suitable for all kinds of training! Exactly what I wanted! So the next time this breeder had a litter (November 1999) I decided I wanted a puppy so I could have my own dog again. The problem was that when that litter was born we still had Leska, and we didn't know if she would accept a puppy. But, because she had also accepted a grown Newfoundlander (this was Arkos and he came to us in August 1999), we dicided to give it a try. And it worked! Leska liked the puppy (Cippy) very much and took good care of her!
And Arkos, the Newfoundlander rehome, didn't mind one dog more or less in the house, as long as he got his food! All went very well with the dogs, Cippy did very well at the training and she was more I had ever dreamed of. Arkos was a very easy going dog who didn't want much more activities than eating, sleeping and some cuddeling. And Leska was enjoying her days too, she played some with the other dogs and didn't get into any fights. Untill she began showing agressive signs towards us too (like our first pyrenean mountain dog). The first time she attacked my mom when she was cooking and a few days after that she attacked me from behind. We dicided to put Leska to sleep before any serious harm was done like the time when Sandra attacked my father. Leska died in April 2000. We decided we were done with pyrenean mountain dogs, we had owned two and both had been agressive, we didn't want to take that risk again, though I am thoroughly convinced that there are many pyrenean mountain dogs with good characters. But as our rehome Newfoundlander was much more a dog of our liking we took another rehome in when the oppertunity occured.
And so Lisa came to us at the age of 7 in May 2000. She, like Arkos, was very easy going. Lisa had a very happy character, she loved to be around people and she was always after food, she once ate a whole cauliflower and she wouldn't say no to pears, melons and oranges either. Shortly after Lisa we took in another Newfoundlander rehome, she was named Imke, just like me.
Imke was a brown Newfy and came to live with us in August 2000, if ever we had a dog with a mind of her own it was Imke, she listened quite well when she wanted too, but mostly she didn't much feel like listening, when there was food to be had however you would instantly have her attention.
We got Dexter (our second beardie) from the same breeder as Cippy in April 2001. Dexter was born on February 5, 2001. We lost Imke in March 2001 due to ill health, we only had her for 7 months which is very grievous because she was such a lovely dog with a lovely character. But unfortunatly love can not keep a dog alive.
In July 2001 we took another Newfy in who had to be rehomed, he was a brown castrated dog and happened to be a son of our Lisa. He was named Baloe and was a very active newfoundlander. From the day we got him he got along very well with the other dogs and he just loved playing with our beardies. Baloe was 5 years when he came to live with us. After Baloe we got Maggie, out third beardie who was born on June 5, 2002. She was only 8 months when we lost Baloe in February 2003. He got hit by a car the day before my 17th birthday, first he only seemed to have a dislocated hip but a few hours later the internal damage that had been done began to show and we had no choice but to put him to sleep. It was quite a shock to loose him from on day on the other, he was such a happy active dog you reckon he'll be with you for years to come, it took some time to get over this loss. Five dogs remained: Baloe's mom Lisa, Arkos, Cippy, Dexter and Maggie. This situation lasted some time. It was in March 2004 when there came a new addition to the doggy family again.
This was our fourth beardie, but the first we got as an adult. Morris is a brown dog and he was 4 years when he came to live with us. Shortly after this the first Braemoor litter was born out of Cippy (Pluuster Bear's Chicken Tonight) & Liam (Babbacombe Chequers) on May 12, 2004. In August 2004 Lisa died, from one day on the other all the live had left her, she couldn't stand and walk properly anymore and we decided to give her the rest she needed and she was put to sleep at the age of 11 years and 4 months. In October 2004 another beardie came to the family this time a puppy again,
Jarod was born August 17, 2004. Soon after Jarod we took in another rehome Newfoundlander, a granddaughter of our Arkos. Her name is Rosie, she was born in August 2003 and came to live with us in november 2004. She is very different from the Newfies we have had so far... Rosie is rediculously active, a bit too active for a Newfy! And she is very difficult when we get visitors who bring dogs, her first reaction is always agressive, but when Rosie is introduced to the new dog when it is already inside it mostly goes alright. Otherwise she has a friendly and playful character.
On December 29, 2004 our Maggie gave birth to her first litter (the second Braemoor litter), by Jacko (Ch. Bendale That's My Boy), and a lovely blue bitch out of this litter stayed with us. We named her Ginny and on pedigree her name is Braemoor's Shocking Blue. On September 26, 2005 our newfoundlander Arkos went over to the rainbow bridge, he was quite an appearance, always in charge of all the dogs but never with any sign of aggression, he was a born leader and a very good one at that, he will be greatly missed.
Our third litter was born out of Maggie and Dexter on May 9, 2006. Then, In August 2006 we got Ginny's official hipscore in: HD-C, this excludes her from our breeding programme and we decided to rehome her, we found her a fantastic new home and she is doing very well there, spoiled rotten and loved to pieces!
We got a puppy (Braemoor's Bruce Almighty) out of Dexter & Maggie's litter back after nine days and decided to keep him, we named him Elmo, he was my favourite in the litter and though we had not intended to keep a pup, we couldn't resist the temptation, not so shortly after giving up Ginny. Elmo was a very sweet and calm pup, with a strange interest for things that made a lot of noise (he still has that) when he was a pup he loved to stand with his nose against the vacuum cleaner where the cold air comes blowing out. Nenya (Babbacombe Beyoncé) was added to our gang in February 2007, at the age of 13 months. She can be very sweet and calm, but she won't miss an oppurtunity to help create chaos. Outside Nenya is a very bouncy and athletic beardie who loves to run at full speed, and she also really enjoys the sound of her own voice.
2007 was an excellent year for us, gaining 4 titles in the show ring with 3 of our beardies. Nenya winning her Dutch and German Youth championship, Elmo getting his German Youth Championship and Jarod becoming Dutch Champion. Maggie produced her 3rd beautiful litter (this time to Ch. Charncroft Cool Touch) on September 26, 2007. of which slate dog Steven (B. Firecracker) and slate bitch Izzie (B. Sugar Syrup) stayed with us. On October 04, 2007 Cippy's second and last litter was born (sired by Elmo). At the end of 2007 Morris re entered the show ring in veteran class, he continued to win in 2008 and in March 2008 he completed both his Dutch and German veteran championships.
April 13, 2008 is a black day in Braemoor history, we lost our beloved Dexter at the far too young age of 7 years, we are devastated by the loss of this great personality but take solace in his lovely offspring who have all inherited some of his lovely traits.
At the end of April 2008 we travelled to the UK to have a look at two gorgeous puppies at the Bushblades kennel.
I fel in love with the very naugthy and inquisitive slate girl and she came home with us, we named her Joanne (Bushblades Ready to Rejoice). Joanne's a very self secure pup who tries to get everything her way, she loves reading the tv-guide (though when she's finished with it, it's not readable anymore) and trimming plants. At shows we continued to do well: on May 10, 2008 Nenya completed her Dutch championship at the minimum age of 27 months, she went BOB and 2nd BIG, Jarod won his 7th CAC on the same show and went BOS. 1 day later on May 11 Shannon (Bonny and Clyde's Velvet Touch) gave birth to Jarod's first litter. One of the bitch puppies will go and join John & Paula Berndsen at Double Delight beardies and another will remain with her mother at the Babbacombe kennel. End of 2008 Nenya retired from the showring having gained 5 titles (Dutch & German youth champion, German (VDH), Dutch and International Champion) her last appearance was at the Dutch clubshow where she won best bitch and reserve BIS!
Jarod also did extremely well at shows in 2008, gaining his German Club and VDH championships and also becoming an International Champion. Izzie gained her German Youth Championship.
2009 started very sad for us with loosing Morris on January 11 due to heart problems, Morris had fallen ill around christmas and despite loads of medicines and vet visits he deteriorated very fast leaving us no choice but to let him go.
In February Joanne and Steven both gained their German Youth Championships making us very proud! Later that month (on February 27th) Maggie gave birth to her last litter by Bushblades Transaction, a beautiful litter from which we kept Ziva (Braemoor's Misty Morning), and her brother James (Braemoor's Mastermind) will also be joining us at shows when they have grown up a bit.
On April 18 Jarod's second litter was born at the Briagha kennel out of Sweet Companion Tinca. Out of the litter Alice (Briagha the First One) stayed with her mum and will go to shows when she is older. Out of Jarod's first litter Georgie (Babbacombe Songbird) has been doing really well at shows, winning BOB at her first show at only 9 months old! In June 2009 Georgie completed her German Youth Championships Club and VDH! On May 22nd our own Elmo did us proud by gaining his German Club & VDH Championship, he is our first homebred champion, and we are of course very proud of him! On July 22nd Nenya had her first litter after a somewhat problematic delivery, we are delighted with her and Elmo's three healthy pups and are very proud that their daughter Braemoor's Primrose Path started her show career by winning best baby in show at the Dutch beardie clubshow! Ziva also made a great start to her show career by winning best baby in show at the German beardie club show on August 16, 2009. At the same show Joanne won best bitch, BOS and reserve best in show out of intermediate class. Another proud moment was when Steven qualified for Crufts 2010 at Darlington Championship show on September 19, 2009!
2010 was a busy and succesful year for us, with our two youngsters James & Ziva bringing home many prizes! In youth class James managed to gain his German, Luxembourg and Dutch youth title, and sister Ziva gained her German and Dutch youth title, next to this Ziva went BOB at the tender age of 11 months under breeder judge Kerstin Selle. Both James & Ziva continued to do well in intermediate class and have both gained an impressive number of CAC's and CACIB's. With James winning his first BOB in November 2010 out of intermediate class dogs. Next to our show successes we have also welcomed two beautiful litters, the first out of Jarod (Multi Ch. Babbacombe Olympic Bonfire) and Izzie (DtJgCh Braemoor's Sugar Syrup), a very special litter as next to it being Izzie's first it is Jarod's last litter. On May 6 they had six lovely slate & white puppies, we are very pleased that next to Halo (Braemoor's Rising Sun) staying with us, her brother Cliff (Braemoor's Cliffhanger) will join the Bushblades beardies in the UK and her sister Heidi (Braemoor's Italian Sunrise) has gone to live with the Philabeg beardies in Italy. On June 27 Joanne had her first litter, the proud father is Steven, they had 8 slate & white puppies, and though not planned at first a beautiful bitch puppy stole our hearts and she just had to stay, we have named her Jenna (Braemoor's Ready Made). On a sad note our last Newfoundlander, Rosie, left us on July 30, 2010, just a few weeks short of her seventh birthday, she had been diagnosed with a huge inoperable tumour earlier that month and her appetite and lively, joyful character disappeared soon after, leaving us no choice but to let her go. Though she wasn't always the easiest dog to live with, she had a very loving character and could always make you laugh, she also was incredibly sweet with puppies.
Early April 2011 Cliff was picked up by his new owners Peter & Yvonne Fox, though our furniture now isn't chewed on anymore and the fear of flooding (due to Cliff trying to swim in the water bowl) has disappeared, we really miss him, but are really pleased he has settled in so well at his new home! Shortly after this our 10th litter was born on April 10, Nenya's second and last litter and James' first litter, six beautiful puppies in three colours! From this litter we felt Seren (Braemoor's Beyond the Stars) was just what we wanted so she has remained with us. On June 18, 2011 James gained his German Champion titles, making him our second homebred champion, and soon after on July 31 Steven became our third homebred champion when he gained his German titles as well! We are so proud of these boys!
Early September 2011 I left for the UK for a period of 5 months as an exchange student, while there I stayed with Peter & Yvonne Fox which enabled me to bring three of my beardies and visit some shows while there! The aim was to get Joanne her studbooknumber (which James had already won when he got 3rd in Limit Dog at East of England Champ. Show early July) and I would have never dared dream of winning a CC with her, but she did just that! On November 5 at Working & Pastoral Breeds of Scotland Champ. Show Joanne won both Limit and Open bitch, was awarded the CC and then went on to win Best of Breed!!
A sussesful start to 2012 when we got the news that Heidi (Braemoor's Italian Sunrise) gained her Italian Championship on January 29, a few days later Heidi's brother Cliff became a father: February 2, 2012 Cliff's first litter arrived at Bushblades, proud mum is Charlotte (Bushblades American Tune JW), their daughter Kirstie (Bushblades Wired for Sound) has remained at Bushblades. On February 6 I went back home to The Netherlands and my other dogs who, I am pleased to say, were all very happy to see me again! At the first show in The Netherlands after our return Joanne won BOB while James got BOS, a great achievement! Only a week later Joanne won 3rd in mid-limit bitch at Crufts with very strong competition, we are so proud of her! On April 9, 2012 James won BOB at the show in Leeuwarden with which he gained his Dutch champion title!
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