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Nifty was one of our most beautiful bitches and a great producer. We built her pedigree up by inbreeding on The Iceman for several generations. In effect, she was a female version of The Iceman. When we bred her using Yondo's frozen semen, she gave us the outstanding "T" litter of Taboo, Tattoo, Tinker, Tango, Texas and Tonka. Every one of them quickly became champions and Taboo was the 2010 National Best of Breed and top bitch in the country. 

 

 

Hope is co-owned by Toni Beninger and Karen Chaiton of Toronto. She was carefully selected to be bred with Yondo's second-last straw of semen, which had been frozen by ICSB for 22 YEARS! This was Benbaron's 50th litter (our second X litter). Hope came through in amazing style (as you can plainly see in the photo above) and ten pups were raised. Almost all of them were shorthaired. Watch for her offspring such as Xulu, Xavier, and Xtra Faith to contribute to the breed in the years ahead.

 

Taboo was the female version of her famous father, Yondo. She was a massive, powerful smooth bitch who moved like a dream. She earned her place in history and in the SBCA Hall of Fame as a great National competitor. She won three 5-point majors at National week shows, including Winners Bitch in 2009. At the 2010 National she went Best Of Breed! In 2011 she went Select and completed her Grand Championship.  Her handler, Marty Glover will always have a special spot in his heart for this powerhouse gal. Taboo passed away during the winter of 2011-12.

Going back the better part of thirty years, we find a young Shirley Tsagris winning BOS under a young Glen Radcliffe at the SBC of Jan Jose specialty. Quaker was one of those solid typey bitches you just had to love, despite the fact that she could have used more length of leg. She was a granddaughter of Sanctuary Woods Yondo U Ole (there's that Yondo thing again!). After winning BOS at the Ontario SBC specialty, we sent her to Skee and Shirley and they had a lot of success showing her in California. (more)

Ungava was another one of the fabulous "U" pups: Upshot, Unique, Upbeat, Ustinov, Uppercut, etc., and she was owned by the Napoleo Kennels of Quebec City. Here, her owner, Denis Gros-Louis was handling her to Best Of Opposite Sex at the St. Bernard Club of Ontario specialty. As you can see, Ungava had excellent length of leg and was a big upstanding girl. Tragically, she was one of the fine dogs Denis lost in a horrible kennel fire. To his credit, Denis put the pain of that event behind him, built a lovely new home in Quebec City and is looking forward to his May litter out of Xquisite, his Taboo daughter who has been bred to Ustinov. 

When we first started in the early 70's, there were a hundred or more St Bernard breeders in Canada. These days there are only a few dozen. The majority of the dog shows in Canada do not have any Saint entries. Be that as it may, the more serious Canadian fanciers are members of the St Bernard Club of America and they head south to seek competition. Ungava, for example, took second in the large Open Smooth class at a National under Ivan Palmbald. Watch for Denis and his puppies at future Nationals!

 

Veronica is owned by the Mahogany Run kennels of Georgia (Deb and Bruno Denis). She is another one of the second "V" litter which includes VonGabe, Vinnie and Voodoo. Veronica is about to win her place in the SBCA Hall Of Fame as a producer of champions. The V litter was a repeat breeding of the U litter between Eddie and Pepsi, the Yondo daughter. Sometimes repeat litters are disappointing but not in this case!

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