He came to
Argentina from the United States and was shown the same year. Sahib to win
twelve times Best in Show in all Breeds Shows. In 1984 he
was Best Terrier, and runner up to the Best Dog of the Year award. In
England, his home country, he had been Best Terrier in 1980. When he
died, I wrote an article that was published in the Year Book of the
National Airedale Terrier Association.
It was 1980 when in
Kimberton, England Iwent to the NATA Specialty. There I lived a dream
that after some years became a beautiful reality: I saw my Ch.Bengal
Sahib for the first time. I say a dream because by that time it was
impossible for me to make him mine. I saw him win his last C.C. towards
his English Championship and conquering his BIS. I saw him splendid and
that moment I wished I could take him back with me. Four long years
elapsed during which I learned he had been bought in the USA and that
the Brazilians were interested in buying him from the USA. From my bed,
because I was sick then, I quickly contacted his owner Mrs. Janet Framke
to whom I made an offer she accepted. There and then my dream became
true. A very hot day in November 1983 Barker arrived in Argentina.
Javier my friend and handler and Rosita Peña, a dear friend, went to
look for him to the airport because I was still ill. Since then Javier
started to show him in all the shows where he conquered 2nd place in the
general ranking all breeds and Best Terrier, always cheerful, friendly
and alert he romped in the park with his companions. His sons and
daughters gave me much satisfaction conquering important awards.
In 1985, and a very sad thing happened Javier, his great friend died at
only 23 years old, since then I showed Barker myself and then we became
closer than ever.
One day he stopped eating. I tried to persuade him to do so in a
thousand ways until I finally very alarmed went to the vet. Everything
was in vain. He had a kidney infection which couldn't be stopped. His
last day on June 7th was terrible. Staying on my bed pampered like a
baby he suffered pain. We were all there surrounding him with our love.
Caressing his paws, talking to him softly...This is how he parted, I
know there is a very special place for the ever loving dogs in their
heaven. There he will always be. I shall never forget you Bacu.
Barker now Rest beside Ch.Bengal Tarquin.
Julio María De Cristófaro