Ch Ursina des Pierrailles, HIC, Fr Select, Am Select
(Valuas Preston x Regale des Pierrailles)
HD A/A, OFA Good, CSNB Clear, ERG OK, CERF 2004
Feb 16, 2003 - Sept 11, 2006
of our favorite views of Nina, as the beautiful bitch
she had become, at 3.5 years old
Ursina was born in Switzerland and bred by Christiane Comby.
Ursina's incredibly lively personality and her wonderful
conformation qualities made her impossible to ignore wherever
she goes. There was something very special about Ursina.
Ursina finished her AKC Championship easily and followed
immediately with her Selection at the US Rassemblement,
held at the 2004 BCA National. Then she accompanied us to
Europe and we showed her in Switzerland where she got the
RCACS at the 2004 Swiss National and the following weekend
got Selected at the French National. This was a priceless
experience and outstanding results for a young girl. Ursina
did all this at 18 months of age, showing that not only
she was a beautiful girl, but that she also had an incredibly
stable temperament. By the way, she got excellent at the
French temperament test !
went and took her herding instinct test and of course aced
it. We had a hard time getting her away from the sheep after
the trial !!! Comments from the trainer was that she would
be an outstanding fencing dog to match her stamina and drive
At 2 and a half year old, she started to change her coat
for her final color and turned to be a sterling gray girl.
She started her serious show career at the end of 2005 with
Greg Strong and she enjoyed every bit of it. While shown
only about half of the weekends, she ranked #6 Briard all
systems by mid august 2006, when tragedy hit.
After receiving a group 2 on that Friday, she was taken
to the emergency clinic the next morning. Without any prior
warning signs, Nina was in fact very sick. In three weeks,
her body killed itself of auto-immune disease, making her
only a shadow of herself within that short while. Medicine
was unable to save her. She never lost her spirit and we
are only glad she came back home and enjoyed a last ball
play in her own yard before leaving the 4 of us, Tim and
I of course, but also Greg and Carla. There is nothing to
appease our sorrow but we are happy she had a life she loved,
full of fun and play. She gave to all humans she ever met
an immediate sense of love, while she made sure all 4 legged
creatures knew she was in charge. She was our Nina, a true
Briard, a true show girl and a very beautiful girl.
2 Years and 8 Months
2 Years Old