Crusader's Biographical Information
Crusader was born in a litter of five pups in Euclid,
Ohio, in the home of Bob and Jill Pappenhagen and under the
supervision of Jerry Hughes and the Windy Knob's Kennels. He is
owned by Jay and Laurie Brandt, in Austin, Texas, who brought him
into their family at eight and a half weeks old. They have been
raising, training and showing him ever since. He has a sweet and
loving personality, and is great with kids and with other animals.
(He even sleeps in the same room with our two cats). He is
currently 26.5 inches tall at the shoulder, and weighs 100
Crusader was shown extensively in conformation on the US AKC
dog show circuit, primarily in Texas. He has also been shown in
Washington, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Louisiana. He earned his
AKC Championship title on 9/20/1997, at the Fort Worth KC show in
Fort Worth, TX. He has been retired from Conformation
Crusader earned the "Canine Good Citizen" title (CGC) on April
29, 1995 at five and a half months old, and on his first try. It
was on the same day that he "graduated" from "Puppy Kindergarten",
his first obedience class.
Crusader passed the American Temperament Test Society's exams
(TT) on November 9, 1996, on the first try and at just under 24
months old. He was so even tempered and unflappable during the
test, even when exposed to unexpected gunshots at close range,
that the lead judge afterwards jokingly said "OK, you can take the
cotton out of his ears now.".
Crusader is in training as a draft dog, one of the areas that
Bernese Mountain Dogs are bred to do. He is already up to pulling
as much as 350 pounds of cargo in his 70-pound wagon, for
distances of a mile or two. He loves to pull. One of his
favorite activities is giving rides in his wagon to Victoria and
the other children in our neighborhood.
Crusader is also in training for obedience competition, and
has reached the "Novice" level in his training. He should start
competing at dog shows in obedience soon.