Bond Vom Brandauerweg IPO1, BST, V
“While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.”
JOHN TAYLOR American politician and Senator
Date of Birth: 6 March 2006
Bond is the Austrian Junior Champion of 2007 and was imported into South Africa when he had just turned two years old. Needless to say, it was love at first sight for me!!
The photo on the left is of Oliver Neubrand and Bond on the working field at Rotek when Oliver came out to present a Working Dog Seminar. Bond was trained in Germany by Oliver, and it was quite amazing to see how Bond reacted to his old trainer, who of course is a professional and an expert handler – one doesn’t become the World Champion in IPO Dog Sport a couple of times for nothing!
In July 2009, Bond won the Imported class at the RWBA Specialist Show, and soon after that he started training in earnest with Marius to polish up his act for the IPO.
Bond earned the prestigious IPO1 title in November 2009, when he was qualified by Marius Vorster of Keaganheim Rottweilers. Marius made history by qualifying two dogs on the same day i.e. Bond and his own dog, Gaelic. The competition was held at the Rotek Club in Boksburg, where the head trainer is John Swartz, without whom none of this would have been possible at all!!
The following scores were achieved on the day, making an average of 83,3%.
Obedience 73%, Manwork 92% and Tracking 85%.
For those not familiar with the terminology, the IPO is a working title which appears on the dog’s pedigree – dogs and bitches may enter. The full rules and regulations of the IPO are available on the KUSA website, but in layman’s terms, the dog must pass a strict obedience test, a tracking test, and a manwork session. Rottweilers are classified as working dogs, but the IPO qualification distinguishes the “working” rottweiler from the others.
Bond comes out of a “working line” of rottweilers, most of whom have achieved this title, in fact a few of them have an IPO3 – which is obviously the ultimate!
As far as we can see, Bond breeds his type onto his puppies and we had several excellent litters. Quite a few of his puppies were presented in the Specialist Show Ring in 2009, and they all did very well – coming first and second in the same class.
For an interesting article on the 2011 Meisterschaft Competition – written by John Swartz and published in the KUSA magazine – please CLICK HERE
On the 19th of March 2011, disaster struck and I lost my beautiful boy to Bronchial Pneumonia at Valley Farm Vets in Pretoria after they pulled out all the stops to try to pull him through – his strength and stamina disguised the symptoms so well that I wasn’t even sure that he was sick when I took him for what I thought was a check up that morning. After two days we lost the fight of our lives and it literally took me months to recover – I learnt a lot of life’s lessons in that time – I learnt about treasuring what you have while you have it, I learnt that not everybody has your back and that some are happy when tragedy strikes others, I learnt that true friends pitch at your house and allow you to sob your heart out the whole weekend despite the fact that they don’t even own a dog, but most of all, somehow I learnt to carry on – all my hopes and dreams and plans at that stage of my life were based on Bond and his progeny – and that path lead me to Orka Vom Vilstaler Land – he has his own page on this website – Bond’s cousin and the son of the legendary Djuke Vom Vilstaler Land. That is it’s own story and you can read it on Orka’s page.
Real legends never die – and despite many critics, not one working dog in South Africa has ever managed to outshine Bond on the working field. Fortunately we were lucky enough to have some of Bond’s progeny still with us, and from there we carried on building our kennel – on a rock solid foundation!
“The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost.”
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER – German Philosopher