by Betty Barton
reprinted from: Newfoundland Greats Newf Tide 1979
In the winter 1976 issue of Newf Tide, my article on the top sires from 1944 through 1975 appeared with Edenglen's Tucker, Ch. Edenglen's Beau Geste and Ch. Shipshape's Cutty Sark taking first through third places respectively. As you've guessed, it is now time to honor the dams for the same time period. First place honors go to Ch. Dryad's Candy Duchess with 11 champions to her credit. Second place honors go to Ch. Dryad's Nancy of Glenora and her daughter, Ch. Edenglen's Becky each with 10. Unlike the dogs, the bitches were closer and the following should be recognized for their contribution and influence on our breed: Ch. Dryad's Compass Rose, Ch. Shipshape's Sibyl, lIDT, Ch. Koki Wi nota De Nashau-Auke, Ch. Little Bear's Isolt of Irwin-dyl, Ch. Edenglen's Lady Rebecca, Ch. Little Bear's Primavista, Southern Cross Black Cameo, CD and Ch. Bonnavista. These remarkable ladies produced a total of 61 champions during the above time period.
Over several years of researching pedigrees, I discovered that an interesting genealogy had evolved between the sires and dams-one that is certainly worth mentioning. Dryad's Goliath of Gath sired both the number one dog and bitch. Ch. Dryad's Nancy of Glenora produced both the number two dog and bitch. Ch. Dryad's Christine of Glenora was the dam of the number one dog, and a litter sister to Nancy. Ch. Dryad's Sea Rover was the sire of both the number two and three dog. I would like to continue with these examples, but space does not permit me the luxury of doing so, however, a sound conclusion has been made-"good begets good."
Ch. Dryad's Candy Duchess, whelped in 1964, bred by Dryad Kennels was to become the foundation brood bitch for Capt. & Mrs. J. W. Bellows, USNR, Ret., and their prominent Tranquilus line of Newfoundlands. Duchess died at the age of 10 leaving Jim, Dott and their five children with many fond memories. She captivated the hearts of all who came to know her with her elegant beauty and sweet disposition. During her lifetime, she was to whelp 58 puppies and only 45 lived to maturity. In 1972 the Newfoundland Club of Canada was to honor her with their first annual trophy as top brood bitch for that year. Duchess not only passed her beauty and sweetness onto her offspring, but also her soundness which is evident in the number of OF A children she has produced bearing the Tranquilus name. Some may not be aware of the fact that Jim originated, compiled and edited the OFA Certified Newfoundland Booklet, a very helpful tool to many breeders.
Duchess was to be bred to only three studs: Dryad's Naval Prince, Dryad's Bounty and Ch. Edenglen's Banner. On the cover, the photo shows her with her first litter from Prince. This mating resulted in Jim and Dott's first champion, Tranquil Taylor, who at the age of 13 is still the boss of both kennel and home. Another mating to Prince resulted in four outstanding brood bitches: Ch. Tranquilus Diamond Lil, Ch. Tranquilus Honey Bear, Ch. Franco Cassandra and Ch. Dryad's Anthony's Penelope. The latter two, Cassie and Penny, were recognized for their beauty and soundness by Roger and Joan Foster and they became the basis for much of their influential Halirock line. Duchess was then bred to Dryad's Bounty and from this litter she was to produce Ch. Tranquilus Betty of Subira. Betty was to give Jim and Dott their greatest moment in dog shows, when in 1969, under the late Mr. Alva Rosenberg, she was awarded Best in Show at the N.C.A. National Specialty. At the same show Penelope was to become Winners Bitch while Ch. T ranquilus Duchess Venus, then a pup, took first in the six to nine month puppy class.
Jim feels that his best show litter was produced when Duchess was bred to Ch. Edenglen's Banner. From this mating came Ch. Tranquilus Neptune who was among the top 10 Newfs in the nation for 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1974. Neptune's littermates were Ch. Tranquilus Traveller, Ch. Tranquilus Duchess Venus, Ch. Tranquilus Midnight Belle and Ch. Tranquilus Ban Duch Baby. Baby was bred to Ch. Tranquilus Semy Gold Vulcan producing Jim's finest second generation winner, Ch. Semy's Ye Gads Charlie, a multiple group and Best in Show winner. Tranquilus Kennel's and Ch. Dryad's Candy Duchess are symbolic of how love, care and determination all work together in bringing about quality Newfoundlands that have and will continue to influence our breed.
Ch. Dryad's Nancy of Glenora, whelped in 1964, was bred by Dryad Kennels, and owned by Bill and Helena Linn's influential Edenglen Kennels. Nancy was to introduce many people to the Newfoundland breed; she personified beauty, temperament, character and devotion so very important in our breed. Nancy's love of the water accounts for her children's display of natural water rescue instincts. Nancy along with her sister Christine, began a unique program that is still carried on at Edenglen-fishing. It seems that when the smelt were spawning, she and Christine would fish for hours at a time and throw them into a pile on the bank. Many a Newf has enjoyed a delicious fish dinner, courtesy of the girls.
Helena did manage to separate Nancy from her fishing hole long enough to earn her championship and Nancy had a beautiful show career. I quote the 1964 issue of Pure Bred Dogs-American Kennel Gazette, "The most impressive incident at the show from a breeding quality standpoint was to see Helena Linn's Ch. Dryad's Nancy of Glenora, that was exhibited in the brood bitch class along with six of her offspring which were also shown in the various classes at the show. The impressive thing about this was the beauty and consistent quality of these six offspring, all of which came from the same litter, and of which three came first in their class and three of which came second in their class. We don't know when we have ever before seen such a fine litter all being shown at one show. This is a fine tribute to Bill and Helena Linn's Edenglen Kennels." Edenglen's Boom, Edenglen's Shadow and Ch. Edenglen's Beau Geste were among those six the author is referring to, the litter being sired by Ch. Dryad's Sea Rover. In addition to Rover, Nancy was bred to three other studs: Edenglen's Tucker, Ch. Edenglen's Jib and Dryad's Teddy Bear. Another very famous dog, Ch. Edenglen's Sovereign of the Sea, was produced by Nancy when she was bred to Rover. When Eric (Sovereign of the Sea) was bred to Indigo's Cape Elizabeth, Bill and Helena were to see two outstanding second generation winners, Ch. Indigo's Fritzacker and his litter brother, Ch. Bozo the Clown. Fritz went on and became the Best in Show winner at the N.C.A. National Specialty in 1973 under Brigitte Gothen Chrisenson of Denmark. When Nancy was bred to Dryad's Teddy Bear, one of the pups whelped grew up to become Ch. Edenglen's Becky. Ch. Dryad's Nancy of Glenora started Bill and Helena in a tradition continued today in their breeding program; that is, producing typey and sound Newfs to be proud of bearing the suffix, Edenglen.
Ch. Edenglen's Becky, whelped in 1965, was bred by Edenglen Kennels and owned by Martin and Juanita Jager. Becky became the foundation brood bitch for the Jager's Ganshalom Kennels after Becky whelped her first litter. In June of 1969, the Jager's daughter Deborah finished Becky who was four weeks in whelp. Becky was a lady of such impeccable behavior, sweetness, dignity and beauty that she could be taken anywhere in any company and do her breed and her owners credit, yet she could play like a puppy and cuddle like a kitten. No shrinking violet on her own turf though, she was always the kennel matriarch; no one argued long or often with Becky-neither other dogs nor squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks, etc., that strayed into the dog pens and were promptly chastised by Becky. Juanita also tells me that on her way to becoming a champion, Becky was awarded Best of Breed under Mr. William Kendrick from the open bitch class, to win over five champions. Becky was listed in Kennel Review (Awards Issue-Mar. 1970) as top Newfoundland bitch for offspring in 1969, and tied for top Working Group bitch. During her lifetime, Becky was to produce only 20 puppies and I feel this is a top-notch record. She was bred to only three sires: Edenglen's Tucker, Ch. Dryad's George and Edenglen's Christopher Robin III. When bred to George, she produced another pair of famous brothers, Ch. Edenglen's Falstaff and Ch. Edenglen's Shalom Aleichem. Falstaff and Shalom were among the top ten Newfs according to Kennel Review for 1969, and Falstaff became the number one Newf in the country for that year. He also went on to become the 1970 Best in Show Winner at the N.C.A. National Specialty under C. S. Smith. Shalom and Falstaff often competed with each other and pretty much divided the honors. At one show, Shalom went from the classes to take Best of Breed over his father. Ch. Edenglen's Becky not only obtained a fine show record herself, but passed her dignity and beauty on to her offspring. To quote Juanita, "Any honors that go to people because of Becky's contributions to the breed must go to the Linns. They not only bred and produced her, but we sought and took their advice throughout Becky's breeding program. We had the fun-they deserve the credit."
This concludes my articles on the top sires and dams from 1944-1975, and I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have in preparing them. Our Newfoundlands have come a long way in the past decade, with many never-before-seen accomplishments that should make us all proud. These accomplishments are the result of dedicated people such as the Bellows, Linns and Jagers, along with the other influential masters within our breed. I am most certain Newfs will continue to grow and improve. In a few years, I will be updating the articles, and perhaps we will have new leaders, but in the meantime, we all have something to aim for.
Drawing by Harrison Weir (1824-1906)
The anecdote I am now about to give is from the pen of the Rev. J.E. Atkinson, a good and scientific naturalist:
"Walking with a favorite Newfoundland dog of great size, one frosty day, I observed the animal's repeated disappointment on putting his head down, with the intention to drink, at sundry ice-covered pools. After one of these disappointments, I broke the ice with my foot, for my thirsty companion's behoof. The next time it seemed good to the dog to try and drink, instead of waiting for me to break the ice as before, he set his own huge paw forcibly on the ice, and, with a little effort, obtained water for himself."
From: Rev. R.O. Morris, B.A. Dogs and Their Doings. N.Y., Harper & Bros, 1872, p. 16f.
(reprinted from NewfTide 1976)