October 10, 1928 - October 1, 2013
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Sandi Goldman and her late husband Ralph purchased their first Bouvier from Dr. & Mrs. Horowitz in 1967. It was a bitch, from a litter sired by Job de la Thudinie, that they named Hilprize Kelli Sandra. Job had been imported by Fred and Dorothy Walsh of Deewal Kennels. Sandi considered herself lucky to have had them as mentors.
In the following years, under the prefix Vlaanderen the Goldman’s produced twenty-two Champions including three National Specialty Best of Opposite Sex.
Sandi was passionate about everything about the Bouvier, but no more so than the rescue of Bouviers; and when Ralph passed away in 1990, the American Bouvier des Flandres Club changed the name of the rescue organization from the Bouvier Rescue Fund to the Ralph Goldman Memorial Fund.
Sandi received her license to judge Bouviers in 1992. She was licensed to judge the entire Herding Group, Best in Show, and several of the working breeds. She had judged Bouviers at the Westminster Kennel Club in 1999 and at the ABdFC National Specialty in 2000.
Sandi was to the day she died, extremely passionate about the Bouvier. She had strong beliefs on what the Breed should look like and she was not shy about telling ANYONE how she felt. She was a loyal friend, a good mother and a great grandmother. She loved her two sons, Lou and Robert, and adored her grandchildren. If anyone would like to make a donation to the Ralph Goldman Memorial Fund (rescue), in her name, I think she would have appreciated that.
The Bouvier des Flandres in Brief
The legacy of the Bouvier has produced many admirable qualities in this breed. He is a square, powerfully built dog, rugged and formidable in appearance. His harsh double coat protects him in all types of weather; his keen sense of smell and watchful gaze make him a most suitable farm dog. (He thrives on plenty of room to work and exercise, but he is not an "outdoor dog"; he must live with his loving people -- his "flock," his "pack".) He is agile, alert and intelligent, with character of great spirit and fearlessness; yet, he is serene in disposition, and has an even temperament.
Today, the Bouvier des Flandres acts as a farm dog, family friend, protector, shepherd, and guide dog for the blind or hearing impaired. His intelligence, sense of threat discrimination and keen scent qualifies many Bouviers to excel in police work, tracking and drug detection.
Owning a Bouvier, like many dogs, requires patience, love, a lot of grooming, a willingness to exercise the dog and pay for regular health care, a desire to have a companion who follows you around the house keeping an eye on you, and a commitment to complete at least one set of good obedience classes.
Taken from History of the Bouvier des Flandres - Origin: Belgium
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