Sage was born on Halloween day 2006, with 9 other siblings.
Sage was black as crow with no white hair. He is now a dark
gray male. . I kept him for his very beautiful, balanced and
correct construction and his lovely temperament. He is a dog
of substance and elegance, with very sweet and outgoing disposition,
which is exactly what I love and strive for.
Sage hit the show road at 13 months and he was quite a competitor.
At 5 shows, in 3 different states, he won winners dog 4 times
and finished his AKC championship with 4 majors, including
a 5 point major and two 4 point majors.
Sage is a compact, male with lots of bone. His head is extremely
beautiful. He stands in a beautiful natural stack at all times,
indicating that all the right angles and proportions are in
place as well as a great attitude. His coat is full and with
a wonderful texture. He is a sweet, outgoing boy with all
people. You should meet him !
After his championship end of 2007, Sage returned to the ring
once at the BCA Specialty shows in Harrisburg in April 2008.
He participated in the sweeps and received Best Puppy in Sweeps
each day. This was very pleasing since the entry was very
large. In August, he went to a few shows where he won the
breed over the top ranked specials despite his obvious youth
and lack of training ! He also collected his first Group Placements.
End of September, we went to the 2008 US National Specialty
and I showed Sage in the Best of Breed competition. Sage won
Best of Opposite Sex, meaning that he won Best male at the
US National Specialty. It was a thrilling experience to be
standing in the middle of the ring with the top Briards and
their professional handlers among the handful of dogs who
were kept for final consideration. After judging the first
question the judges and spectators asked was "Who is that
dog?". They were baffled to find out he was 22 months old,
home bred and owner/breeder handled. Sage was cited as exemplary
for his head, coat and silhouette. What more could I ask for.
We came back home happy from those incredible national results.
Sage started 2009 at Westminster KC, where he got an Award
of Merit, at 3 years old. His magnificent posture, great head
and bones, beautiful movement have earned him many wins in
the group ring, in the tough East Coast competition in 2009.
He won back to back best of breed at the BCA regional specialty
weekend shows in Harrisburg, in April. He repeated the performance
and even more, at the BCA Regional Specialty Shows in Canfield,
OH in August where he won back to back BISS and added a third
BOB win to top it. These were the largest circuits for Briards
for 2009. Sage concluded the 2009 year like he dominated most
of it, as the # 1 Briard in the USA for breed points and #3
for group points. All of it, he did on his own merit, with
no advertising and no special connections, while shown part
In 2009, Sage took two trips to Canada to complete his Canadian
Championship with me. He did that in style, earning several
group 1s, a Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show and a All Breed
Best in Show. This allowed him to match his American performance
and to also be the #1 Briard in Canada for 2009. Having qualified
for the crown event "Show of Shows", we drove back for that
one night event and competed with only BIS winners and brought
back home yet another ribbon, a group 3 in the herding group.
For 2010, Sage took a break.
After our AOM at the 2010 Westminster (second in a row), we
only showed in the US, three times, won the breed three times
and got a group 1st out of that.
We showed in Canada, three times, won the breed three times,
one of them being the Canadian National Specialty !
And finally we showed in France, three times, got rated excellent
three times, received excellent at the temperament test and
won a CACS and CACIB at a regional specialty, a RCACS at another
regional specialty and got our preselection for the rassemblement
but we did not return in September to participate at the actual
selection process. 2010 was the year of the threes, but with
great successes in only 9 participations !
In 2011, Sage started his herding training on C course. What
a fun experience, we enjoy all our Sunday trips to the farm.
I am not sure when I will be ready for his first trial, but
that is coming !!!
And of course 2011 was the year of the centennial anniversary
of the FCI and such occasion was joined with the World Dog
Show in France. Paris hosted the Championnat de France and
World Dog Show. Go to the page "World
Dog Show Winner" to get all the details and see photos.
Sage was the super star and won all there is to win, making
me the proudest breeder/owner/handler. He is now the 2011
World Winner !!!!!!! Nothing can top this off.
I am especially proud of Sage who remains above all a sweetheart,
loving to fetch or stretching on the bed. Some of the best
rewards have been the thrill to watch him from ringside or
simply at home, so magnificent. He gives you goose bumps.
In the meantime, Sage's sister, Brooke (aka Fairytale's Bashka),
has been visiting us from Canada for a few months to go to
a few shows. And she did quite well ! With 3 majors, she finished
her championship. She is a blue (gray born gray) girl and
after her half sister, Turquoise, she is the second blue briard
to earn a American Champion title. You can see her photos
at the bottom of this page.
Enjoy a few shots of Sage in his show and home life.
Now in 2013, Sage has concluded his show life by giving me
one more gift: back to back Best Bred By Exhibitor in Show,
in shows where specials as well as class dogs could compete
for that BBE BIS. It was such an exciting event and so flattering
to win both days in a really topnotch competition. We are
now spending time at home and will only go back sporadically
for big specialties as a veteran since Sage turned 7 in October
to his already extremely long list of accomplishments, at
almost 9 years of age, Sage attended International shows and
in 4 shows, obtained 4 V1, won the breed all 4 shows, won
3 herding group one and 1 herding group two and also 3 BBE
herding group ones and 1 BBE herding group two. Judges could
not beleive he was almost 9 yrs old and in such a magnificent
condition, with smooth movement and great topline. And of
course his fabulous coat. Sage is therefore on top of it all,
an International Champion!. What a fabulous dog.
Sage could not live forever unfortunately. He has an impressive family of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren etc in many countries and we know that they bring joy and success to their owners and breeders. His incredible qualities and also superb temperament have been passed on.