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This is Brian showing Yondo at the Toledo Kennel Club show in 1988 under Judge Ken McInnis of Texas. Ken and his partner, Larry Bane, were great fans of the Sanctuary Woods line and owned champions from Bea Knight. The Maumee Valley SBC show was held the same weekend and Yondo won that for the third time. At this point Yondo had turned three years of age and weighed 200 pounds. He passed his great mass and size on to a number of his offspring and even to 2012 his son Benbaron's Xavier Of Yondo is approaching this size. 

Toni is showing a ten-month-old Yondo under the distinguished judge Anne Rogers-Clarke to Best Puppy In Group at Canada's largest all-breed show of 1985. It has long been a Canadian dog show tradition to have puppy judging all the way up to Best Puppy In Show. However, BPIG was rarely won by a St Bernard because most Saints between 6 months and 12 months are best described as "a work in progress". Their bums are usually high; their heads kind of goofy; and their legs are going in six directions at once. On the other hand, the Siberian Huskiy and Boxer pups often look just perfect (darn them). So when Yondo looked like this at ten months and took this win, well, we were chuffed!

This was the day after the National in Carefree, Arizona and it was a day Toni will never forget. In the morning, she showed seven-month-old Yondo to Best In Sweepstakes under Bob Sykora and in the afternoon Judge Capodice gave him Best Of Winners over a hundred other choices! Toni was so nervous/excited she had to lie down afterwards to recover her composure. It was a great honor for such a young dog but Cap had been a "Sanctuary Woods' man back in the day and he seemed to see in Yondo some of those old time dogs. (see more)

Here our granddaughter Maleah is showing Ch Benbaron's Upshot Of Eddie to Best Puppy In Show at the 2006 Nipissing Kennel Club shows in North Bay Ontario. It was nice that her whole family was there in time to watch her moment of triumph. Her mother, Michelle, had grown up with the Saint so it was a proud moment for us when Maleah took Upshot all the way. Maleah went on to college and Upbeat went on to her AKC championship at the Skydancer kennels in California.

 

Judge Jerry Wallin gave Yondo this specialty Best of Breed the day after he won the 1987 National. In those days it was not uncommon for the SBCA to hold trailer shows. Nowadays it is more the practice to hold pre-shows and leave the choosing of the National BOB to the very end of the week. Many judges and fanciers who had only seen photos of Yondo were surprised by how big a dog he was when there in the flesh. Not only was he as tall as his contemporaries but he went an honest 200 pounds. He had exceptional bone for a smooth dog and nice proportions. Back home, his favorite companion was a small black and white barn cat by the name of Kimtail. She had the big fellow wrapped around her little paw.