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May 8, 1998 - February 6, 2005

"God saw you were getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you,
And whispered, "Come with me."
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
and fade away
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
Your loving heart stopped beating,
Hard working paws to rest.
God broke our hearts to
prove to us,
He only takes the best."
Author Unknown

Billy, there is only one; my heart dog! Billy moved west with his surf board, his sun glasses and an attitude! Billy took us to a level we never even contemplated achieving. Billy slept on my bed, rode in my car with his brother Ernie and showed his heart out!   He loved to show; he loved to travel and loved life!  

We made many new friends, saw parts of the country that we never thought we would see and drove a lot of miles.......Billy spent many hours listening to me and definitely acted as my psychiatrist.   He never had a bad day and definitely understood when I had one.   I could never have had a more understanding friend.   Billy would curl up with me at night until I fell asleep and then would crawl off the bed to sleep in a cooler spot; when the alarm went off in the morning, there he was - face to face.

Billy's show career was a memorable one; with many significant achievements!   He started his showing, without any training, with our friend Ruben Gaeta by winning Best Jr. Puppy in Sweepstakes at the National Specialty in Tucson, Arizona.   Billy finished his championship from the 9 - 12 month Puppy Class under Judges Jane Kay, Norm Herbel, Christina Hubbell, Joe Tacker (with a Group 1), and William Shelton (with a Group 3).

Billy was #1 Breed and All Systems Dog 2001 and 2002, (Pedigree Award Winner 2001, 2002); BISS Winner November 2002 [Grand Canyon State Bernese Mountain Dog Club].  He concluded his show career by winning the breed at the prestigious 2003 Westminster Kennel Club show in New York.

None of this would have been possible without the great support and assistance by many folks, but our wonderful ride was thanks to Bill and Taffe McFadden and their assistants.....they made this happen!!

Bill won Stud Dog Class at the 2003 National Specialty in Long Beach (thank you Susan Henderson)!   Billy is now a Top Producer; Billy was used at stud in a limited capacity and our heartfelt thanks to the Breeders who saw what Billy had to offer:

BISS Am/Can Ch. Four Paws Wraped Up in A Bow (Bow) (2007 National Specialty AOM)
Ch. Tarku's Anu Hat at Rocknroses (Hattie)
Ch. Tarku's Adventurous Sierra (Sierra)
Ch. FiveStar-L-Sin Summers Run Buck (Buck)
Ch. FiveStar-L-Sin Amazing Grace (Grace)  
Ch. Stonehill's Diamond is Gouda (Diamond)
CH Mountainair's Did You Miss Me (Missy)
CH. Windswepts Luck O'The Irish (Maura)
CH. Stonehill's P.J. Meunster

"Oh where have you been Billy Boy, Billy Boy?   Oh where have you been charming Billy?"   Billy lives within his gorgeous offspring......some champions, all in homes with wonderful families.

FiveStar's Just Jack is our newest family member and is a Billy grandson.   Jack has big shoes to fill!

I still have a hard time believing that Billy will not be back in my life........he is missed and thought of every day.   We were so fortunate to have him with us; life is never long enough but his life was far too short!   Billy survived the systemic histiocytic disease but the side effect of the chemo caused his demise.   Would I do it again, in a heart beat!

Gone but never forgotten.........your legacy lives my dreams, my hopes and prayers and your grandson Jack that is living with us.  


  • #1 Breed and #1 All Systems BMD 2001, 2002
  • Pedigree Award Winner 2001, 2002
  • BISS, Tucson, AZ November 2002
  • BOB Winner, Westminster Kennel Club, MSG, New York February 2003
  • BMDCA National Club, #1 Stud Dog, April 2003
  • Canadian (CCK) Champion


  • Hips: GDC15314H15GN
  • Elbows: GDC15314E15N
  • Cerf: BMD-26521/2003-64
  • vWD: Clear

Take them around ... one last time

Someday (when, you can't be sure), you will knock on heaven's door.
Then how small or great your sin, you'll take a quiz to be let in.
So now before this life is through, here's a test. See how you'll do!
Did you spend lots of time with scoop, searching for each piece of poop?
Did every single thing you wear, match or contrast with doggie hair?
Buff or chocolate, red or blue, to give the judge a better view?
Did you stay up all hours to help, your own or some friend's bitch in whelp?
While on earth was it your fate, to witness many a "doggie date"?
Was the only thing you drove for ages, chosen to hold the most cages?
Did you keep liver everywhere? Right in your mouth! You did not care?
When you met good friends face to face, did they just ask you "how'd you place"?
Have you stood in heat and rain? Endured every ache and pain?
Drunk coffee cold and soda hot, and sat in many a porta-pot?
Did you face this kind of thing, for just a minute in the ring?
Did all you own have dog hair in it? Yet, you would never trade a minute,
with those who gave you selfless love. Have you answered "yes" to the above?

Then.... They'll let you in heaven without hesitating.
Expect to be welcomed. Your dogs are waiting.....

Maryellen Nichols, Baltimore, MD written nearly 10 years ago

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