"For Brains and Beauty"
|Norgray Bess (Jazz)|
13th June 1997 - 19th March 2011
The house still isn't the same without our Jazz. Rest in Peace gentle girl.
Having lost my soul mate Luke (Border Collie) I felt that I couldn't face comparing another collie to him so decided that a GSD would be my next working dog. She was meant to be because the day I phoned our good friends Graham and Norma Bice who breed GSD's they told me that they had mated a bitch that day. 9 weeks later Jazz was born. Mum and Dad were both from German lines and Dad was a UK Show Champion.
I started training Jazz towards competing in working trials but due to a job change I didn't have the time needed to continue with her training.
When Jazz was about 3 years old Vicky decided that she wanted to become involved with dogs and joined the Young Kennel Club. As a result of attending a summer camp with the YKC she discovered obedience agility and breed handling. Vicky and Jazz had a very strong bond which still remained to the end.
Vicky trained Jazz up to her Gold Good Citizen and was a member of the Gold Display team at Discover Dogs 2003. In 2004 Jazz and Vicky won the Starters Obedience at the YKC finals at Crufts, they were also 2nd in the Biathlon and 4th in the Triathlon (which involved breed handling, obedience and agility).
Jazz was an excellent ambassador for her breed as a qualified PAT dog. She was a very sociable girl who loves everyone and everything. EXCEPT for cats !!!
We had quite a scare with Jazz in March 2009. One evening we noticed she was very uncomfortable and appeared in pain. We correctly diagnosed a gastric torsion and rushed her to the emergency vet. She was operated on and they managed to turn the stomach back to the correct position. Jazz was very very poorly for a few weeks but her fighting spirit saw her through. She recovered fully and had another 2 years of quality life.
Here are a few Photos of Jazz