Toad was our first GSP(and George's first ever
dog) and the description of her as our foundation bitch seems
hardly adequate but her two litters to Ch.
Stradivarius Renaissance (Reuben) form the basis of just
about all the GSP's in our yard. Reuben could be said to form
the other pillar of our kennel and he was imported in partnership
Kennels. We obtained Toad from Anne and Garth Raymond's Valache
Kennels in South Australia and it was clear from her first show
that she would be successful. At that show in Murray Bridge
her litter brother, Ch. Valache Silk Degrees (Dempsey) won Baby
in Show and our Toad going Opposite Sex Baby in Show. A few
years of sibling rivalry ensued. Her show career was curtailed
when we went to live in the US. We subsequently moved to Brisbane
where she was shown and had her second litter, the first was
bred under the Valache prefix.
The following is the text of the Valediction
written for Toad.
"The world has changed for us. It is with
a sadness that I thought we would never know that we announce
the passing of our beloved Toad. It seems but a blink of the
eye since she arrived in our lives, a whirling bundle of energy
that soon consumed our hearts. That first time sitting on the
floor of Anne and Garth Raymonds living room, being licked,
nibbled and generally interfered with, did not foretell of the
journey that we would undertake.
It is seldom that a breeder gives a complete stranger such a
promising bitch, a promise that was fulfilled, and we thank
Anne and Garth for the opportunity and privilege of owning and
loving our Toad. She was such a character! At shows
she would often stand at the very end of the lead while waiting
to enter the ring as if she was telling the world I dont
want to go in there! Especially with him! However, once past
the threshold she put most to shame. She was the consummate
show dog, winning hundreds of challenge points in spite of being
rather lightly shown.
While we lived in the US she stayed with Anne, Garth and Katie
and found Garths speedway car just the best place to sleep!
The most hilarious episodes in her life involved Toad and Dempseys
quest for the brain cell, often shared but seldom lost.
Those that knew Toad will appreciate her legacy. She passed
on her most endearing qualities to her offspring. It is in these
that her true worth is displayed. Her two litters producing
seven champions, one of which went on to become a Grand Champion.
A producer in every sense of the word!
We miss her!"