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The Gangsters


Da Boyz

Da Boyz at 4 weeks old. Are these baby Gangsters or what?!


BASQUELAINE-MONTAGE GANGSTER LITTER: 04/29/06 5 males

Thrym
Thrym
Marissa
Marissa


SIRE: Hexen House Thrym (Sweden)
03/22/04-02/02/15  CERF BT-3237 (03/05)  Hips & Elbows Non-passing*  
Scissors bite, full dentition  Height 25 3/4 inches
DAM: Mahagonny's Rites of Passage HIC "Marissa" (Sweden)
DOB 03/15/98  CERF Clear 4/05  OFA Hips BT-3336G24F-T  Elbows BT-EL818F24-T  MSU Thyroid Clear 04/00
Scissors bite, missing 3 PMs  Height 21 inches

The Gangsters were co-bred with Kelley Hoffman BasqueLaine. Their sire Thrym was a son of the incredible Grimm van de Hoge Laer, via long saved frozen semen, out of a Grimm grandaughter. Grimm was perhaps the most famous, exceptional dog in the history of the Belgian Shepherd. Bred by Jean Louis Vandenbemden, and owned by Firmin and Paula Aertgeerts, he was born May 25, 1982, and went to the Rainbow Bridge on February 28, 1995. He was a Champion International, Champion of Belgium, France, Holland & Luxembourg, and a Reproducer Elite (RE), siring many outstanding Belgians who went on themselves to become RE's. His type and character were hugely influential in breeding programs worldwide. Marissa was the foundation of the BasqueLaine Tervuren breeding program, with some of the top dogs in Europe in her lines. She produced puppies with working ability and beauty combined. The Gangsters carry a lot of history in their genes! Full of humor and determination, they are Da Boyz.

Mr. Big

Mr. Big
BasqueLaine-Montage Capone PT, TD "Mr. Big" lives with Kate Sreenan in Alabama, and is co-owned by Montage, as well as Terv girl Juice. Big's favorite activity to do with Kate is tracking. He loves to work! At his first tracking test on Nov. 2, 2014, he showed what a good working Terv can do, taking Kate all the way to the glove in very blustery conditions to earn his TD. They were the only team to pass.Big is now training for TDX and VST. He also enjoys an occasional session herding sheep and has his PT title. Alas, Big is does have criminal tendencies. He is quite accomplished at Counter Surfing and may go for his CS title soon. He is pretty much a big goober.

BasqueLaine-Montage Mafioso PSD-ADV, PSD-ED, CAX, RATO, BN, RN, NW1, CD-C, HIC, CGC, TDI, TT, TC, CSAU "Vinnie" is owned by Patty Naimo in Manchester NH. He is Patty's first Belgian and she has been having a grand time trying many new activities with him. He earned his CGC at just 8 months old and went on to pass the Therapy Dogs International Test (TDI) at 13 months old to become a valued member of Caring Paws Therapy Dogs of New Hampshire, working mainly with war veterans and senior citizens. At age 4, Vinnie took therapy dog work to another level, passing a lengthy screening and application process for the Catholic Medical Center Hospital in Manchester NH in order to visit cancer patients. For this kind of work, the dog must be not only well behaved and well trained but also stable, reliable and sensitive. Vinnie is definitely a gangster with a heart of gold! Vinnie retired from therapy work in 2012. I am so very proud of Vinnie and Patty for all the help and love they have brought to people in need. Vinnie has also enjoyed sheep herding, rally-o, obedience, lure coursing (25 Qs!!), barn hunts and, most recently, nosework, in which he has reached advanced level. He earned his 3rd leg in Advanced Buildings search with a 2nd place to complete his overall Advanced Scent Dog title. Besides working drive and great versatility, Vinnie has plenty of courage, as shown when he passed the ATTS Temperament Test in 2010 and yet another very difficult temperament test with .22 gunshots, given by the German Shepherd Club of America in May, 2013 for his TC certificate. Vinnie

Vinnie

Louie

Louie
BasqueLaine-Montage Wise Guy CGC "Louie" is owned by Susan & Burton Dodd in Atlanta GA, and is co-owned by Kelley Hoffman. At the extremely young age of 6 months, this puppy proved that even a wise guy can be a Canine Good Citizen. Louie is the Dodd's first Tervuren and is a much loved pet-companion. In spite of his CGC, Louie seems destined for a life of crime as he loves to steal wallets out of bags and pockets and then carefully take out the money and shred it. What's next? A bank?

BasqueLaine-Montage Goodfella "Lefty" is owned by John Faier in Chicago IL, or it could be the other way around and John is Lefty's pet-companion. John is a professional photographer and experienced Belgian owner so there are some great photos of Lefty! While Lefty got off to a slow start in crime activities, he ifinally caught up to his bad boy littermates Mr. Big and Louie by specializing in electronics theft. He once swallowed (and safely passed) a remote control! There must be easier ways to get this stuff across the border. Lefty

Lefty

Tough Guy

Tough Guy
BasqueLaine-Montage The Enforcer "Tough Guy" was owned by Selene and David Whalen in Belleville, MI, and their children Devin and Elise. Tough Guy TG was a soft-hearted gangster with a very sweet and affectionate nature. He passed on at age 9 years from cancer. He was a much loved companion and is dearly missed by his family.

View the Gangsters Pedigree with links to photos

Kathy Madden
Montage Tervuren
New York, NY USA

madterv@yahoo.com