Braque du Bourbonnais

Rufnit Fletcher, Bird Dog Challenge Champion, 15th of November 2009

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On April 19th, 2008 Rufnit Fletcherpedigree started a quest to become the 1st Braque du Bourbonnais to win 20 BDC Championship points to earn the title of BDC Champion.

On November 17th, 2009 after about 1.5 year Fletcher has earned a total of 25 points. Many of these points were earned in small quantities, going to several tournaments and competing head to head against great dog of all breeds (Vizlas, German shorthairs, Wirehairs, Griffons, English pointers and Setters). On November 19th, 2009 Fletcher earned the last 8 Championship points at a Major tournament in Tehachapi, CA against some of the best dogs from Nevada and California.

There are no words to express my gratitude to all of those that helped us, those that trained with us and those that competed with us and against us. Both this dog and his handler have learned a great deal.

Of course without a great breeder none of this could have been possible: Thank you Shari for taking the time to pick the right Sire and Dam and especially for calling me when Fletcher became available, I have not regretted my decision, not a single day, and I know that you are very proud of him.

As for Fletcher, to me and many others that spend time with him, he has always been the Champion that he officially is today. In my mind there is no better companion, no better dog, no better hunter. We will continue to run in the tournament circuit and he will continue to amaze the crowds with his hunting skills in the fields and his dog tricks when he is off the field. His repertoire include holding his own leash and taking himself for a walk, picking up dropped items (he especially like wallets) and returning them, of course the treat on the nose trick, and the one trick that always gets a good laugh is his impression of a cocktail table his back is nice and wide so he stands still and lets us put our drinks there, without spilling. What a dog !!!

Along the way Fletcher successes got other BBs interested in competing and getting the breed recognized. We now have a several BBs competing some occasionally others very regularly. Here is the list: Brock, JJ, Demi, Maya, BJ, Samantha, Cody, Duke and Remi. We don't call ourselves a team or a club, there are no dues, no president or chairman but we are close and willing to help each other as much as we can and we work together for the recognition and betterment of this wonderful breed. Dogs and Handlers are forming great relationships which I hope will last a long time.

So please, join me in congratulating all that had a hand in this success from those special breeders in France who got the breed restarted to the new breeders in the USA and other countries that are ensuring continuity but especially the wonderful dogs that we share our lives with and of course Ch. Rufnit Fletcher.

Claude & Fletcher