10/6/91 – 6/27/05
When Rick and I purchased our foundation bitch, UKC CH Harris’ DiMond Crystal (now 15), we felt she needed a proven sire with which we could line breed her. Her great, great grandfather UKC GR CH Kort-Mar’s Sierra Vegas fit our needs perfectly. Dick and Eileen Kortemeier were kind enough to let us breed to Vegas. Crystal produced 3 males and 1 female. At the time we felt we needed a female. The female did not turn out, and so we kept Rambo.
Rambo was 18 inches at the shoulder and could single track on a dime. He could still single track perfectly until the day we lost him. He was obstinate and obnoxious. With him it was his way or no way. I told Rick that if we were going to show the dog he would have to train him. Train him he did and no one ever showed Rambo again but me
I campaigned Rambo in AKC in 1997. He remained on the Breed Top Ten the entire year. That was when we were new to AKC, so he never earned a Group placement although I believe he deserved one. He won the breed out of the classes over specials before finishing, and after he finished he was hard to beat. In 1998 Eileen and I drove to New York and I showed Rambo at Westminster . Although he did not win the breed, I was so proud of him. He was 6 ½ years old then. After Westminster I retired him. In 2003 I brought him to Oklahoma to compete in the Grand Champion class. He was 11 ½ years old. There were 3 other Grand Champions entered and he beat them all three shows. He proved he still had it even in his golden years.
Rambo was the ultimate show dog; the dog you could count on no matter what. Nothing scared or intimidated him. He gave 120% every time he stepped into the ring. I have his two daughters and his grandchildren, but I know there will never be another Rambo.
Rambo was a once in a lifetime dog. He was my soul mate. I cannot stop the tears as I write this. Things at Debonair Kennels will truly never be the same.
I love you Rambo, and I will miss you every day for the rest of my life. Rest well my friend and wait for me at the Rainbow’s end.