Born April 11, 1973
Breeder Emma Nance
BJ was one of three males in the Dorndorf A litter. The other two went to pet homes. We called the male we were keeping BJ for our great veterinarian whose name we thought was Bruce J. Wenger. Turned out it was J. Bruce Wenger! So we decided that BJ also stood for Bjorn Junior!
But he was not a junior Bjorn, really, BJ was a different type of dog. He was sound but not flashy and he did not particularly like to show.
For those reasons and because we were specialing his father, BJ was only shown a few times after he finished. And, because he lived in the shadow of his father, he was not used as often as Bjorn was either. It is true, though, that at least a couple of my mother's breeder friends believed that BJ was all in all the better producer.
One interesting note about BJ is that he was an obsessive ball dog. (Aren't all ball dogs obsessive?!) Neither of his parents were ball dogs, none of his three siblings were, and there was not another ball dog born in a Dorndorf litter until Karl in 1996. I mention it because I can hardly think of BJ without thinking of him with his ball.