actually our fourth basset, Toby was my first "Heart
Dog" and still holds a very special place in our memories.
I fell in love with his mother, Megan, and pleaded with
Cathie Spencer of JerCat Bassets to reserve a male puppy for me.
Nearly a year later, the anxiously anticipated litter finally
arrived. Toby lived up to the dog I wanted and needed and
was able to greatly contribute to the quality and style
my dogs carry to this day.
finished his championship with style before he was two year
of age. He acquired three majors, including a specialty
win, and went Best of Winners for all of his points. He
was shown on a limited basis as a special, and was awarded
several Best of Breeds and one Specialty Best In Show.
sparingly as a stud, he sired several champions and obedience
title holders, and many more pointed get. As our foundation
stud dog, his influence is still being felt in the succeeding
generations that are currently in the ring.
age eight, Toby went back into competition and achieved
his Companion Dog obedience title. We worked hard (or at least
I did) to obtain his Companion Dog Excellent degree, but
he was retired short of that goal at age 9 1/2. This was
prior to the lowering of jump heights for our breed, and
the title was just not worth a spinal injury. His daughter,
JerCat's Rivendell My-T-Fine CDX,
did manage to gain this elusive achievement. Toby did, however
achieve his Canine Good Citizen Award at age 10 1/2.
passed away at age eleven.