Am Ch New Sage Ensign C R Stoan x New Sage Disco Dis Way
Breeders: Gary & Carolyn New
April 8, 2004 – December 12, 2011
Our Jaz era began when Randy and I drove to Washington in June of 2004 to pick up this special girl. I think we surprised Gary and Carolyn New in that we wanted to meet the parents and were willing to travel so far to do so. On the way home, our little girl discovered KFC, burgers and several other goodies that a spoiled rotten lap dog should have.
She didn’t get her first points until she was 18 months of age. Jaz was a girl who showed well while in season. She seemed to make a statement – “Hey, here I am boys! Ain’t I special!” and she would really give her all then. At 19 months, she went WB, BOW, BOS at our Saint Fanciers of Manitoba specialty for a 3 pointer. She then finished at the Wheat City show in February 2006 and earned a G3 from the classes that weekend as well. The next time she was entered that year was at our Specialty in October. I had her entered for that and the all breed show that day only. She went BOS at our specialty and then earned a G2 in the all-breed. Was I kicking myself for not entering her for the other days! When I got a letter from CKC informing me that Jaz was #2 Saint in Canada for 2006, I was totally surprised. Then, she got an invitation to the AKC Eukanuba show as well. So thrilling! No matter, Jaz was happiest at home, zooming around the yard, going for walks in the bush and chasing rabbits, deer and anything else that popped up. And being her mom’s lap warmer.
In 2007, we decided to special Jaz at shows within a reasonable driving distance. She did quite well and was the number 1 Saint in Canada for that year. I had often thought of getting an AKC title on one of my dogs but Jaz was the first to be good enough to go for it so we were off to the Greater Twin Cities Saint Bernard Club specialty in April 2006. She acquired her first major there and I was thrilled. It was a wet, dreary drive both ways but I have the Saint Bernard bird house that Jaz won as a treasured memento. We decided to continue the quest for the AKC title and that led us to the final shows that Jaz attended. She needed 4 points with a major to finish so off we went to the 2008 GTCSB specialty again. It was a 3 point major for girls. Geri Thompson showed Jaz and I was thrilled when, at the end of the day, she went WB, BOW, BOB over 3 champion males for a 4 point win. The icing on the cake was that she then won the breed at the all breed show on the following two days.
Since the end of her show career, Jaz has been a homebody, doing what she enjoyed best -snoozing on the couch, cuddling, keeping the cats in line and enjoying life with her human and canine family. She thoroughly enjoyed mudding and when on our daily walks, she would often find a slough and wallow in it. My beautiful brown and white girl would come home black with mud up to mid-chest and then be hosed down to get the worst of it off. She was always unrepentant! It was fun!
She was always happy to greet anyone and loved every ounce of attention. Our evenings were spent with her at my feet after her cuddle time. Unfortunately, we discovered that Jaz had spondyolosis and that the ball of one hip had worn away over time. She was on medications for arthritis since August 2010 that made her life relatively pain-free but at a cost to her organs. We discovered that her liver was failing, then she decided to quit eating and it was time to let her be at peace. Each dog is an individual and each holds a special place in our hearts. This girl has taken a huge chunk of my heart with her. She is sadly missed by our entire pack. Sweet dreams, sweet girl...