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Am Ch Kings Row Icon

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This handsome chap, handled here by Marty Glover, is Am Ch Kings Row Icon, bred and owned by Shirley and Skee Tsagris of the Kings Row kennel outside of Sacramento, CA. The Tsagris's go back in the breed as long as we do and over the decades have produced dozens of champions and specialty winners. We have a special affection for Icon because he is a son of the very successful Ch Benbaron's Outlaw of Iceman. We sent Outlaw to King Row as a pup and not only did he go on to be a Top Ten Saint nationally, but he sired some outstanding dogs. In addition to Icon, Outlaw produced Ch Skydancer Anne Bonney (Top Bitch) , Ch Skydrancer Great Pirate Robert, and Ch Skydancer Mary Read. (see more)

 

It is always a great sense of satisfaction (and relief!) when a dog you send to another breeder turns out. The Outlaw son, Icon, has the "Benbaron look" and in this picture with Taboo you can clearly see the family resemblance.

More importantly, Icon has also turned out to be a good stud for Kings Row, and one of his daughters, Wintercrest Joy To The World is now a grand champion. 

Unless you belong to the Cult, it's hard for non-dog people to understand why breeding these wonderful creatures can become such an all-consuming passion. Breeders like Skee and Shirley have devoted untold hours and way too many dollars to the raising, care,  and exhibiting of St Bernards over four decades. Such breeders know that they shoulder a sacred trust to care for their breed and pass it on in better shape to a younger generation in the conviction that there will always be a place for these gentle giants in this crazy world. 

The real reward for all this work is the love they get from the dogs themselves. And that, as they say, is priceless!