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Multi BIS, OTCH, Cdn/Am/NSDTRC/Int'l CH
Berdia's Mississippi Gambler


Winner of the 1999 and 2005 Fair Dinkum Award!

Celebrate Gambler's 12th Birthday

Celebrate Gambler's 14th Birthday

Like a fine wine...

5.5 weeks7 months4 years

... he just keeps getting better!

9 Years

Photo by
Gambler at 9 years of age

Gambler and Meredith - June 2004, almost 7 years of age, just moments after his arrival in California - Photo by Linda Fitzmaurice

Gambler and Meredith - October 2003

Photo by Mairon Bennett
Photo by Mairon Bennett
Gambler watches me intently while waiting for his turn at the line - July 2005

Gambler headed east in 2005 for the Canadian National Specialty.  A veteran now he competed successfully in conformation (Veteran Male 1st), (Stud Dog 2nd); Obedience (Veterans 1st), (Versatility 1st) and in the Field where he passed the Working Certificate Excellent test.  In tough competition Gambler won the Fair Dinkum Award* for the second time!   This was an especially sweet win as Gambler moves now into retirement, passing the torch to his many talented and handsome offspring.

* The Fair Dinkum Award is for the dog that competes successfully in conformation, obedience and the field at the Canadian National Specialties.  Points are earned for each success and the dog with the highest number of points wins.  11 Tollers competed for this award in 2005.

Gambler's 2004 California visit

Gambler spent 5 months in California with Linda Fitzmaurice and Meredith Noreen (Javahill Tollers) during summer 2004.  On July 4th he become an AKC Champion finishing with 4 majors, a Group 3 and Group 4 which rocketed him to the number 7 Toller in the U.S., All Breeds with 509 points (as of July 7th).  Three weeks later on July 24/25, entered in 4 International Shows, he became an Int.Ch. and Multi BIS winner taking back to back to back BIS awards in the first three shows and a Reserve BIS in the 4th show.

After 5 months in California with Linda Fitzmaurice and Meredith Noreen, Gambler and I met up in Alabama at the 2004 U.S. National Specialty.  His time in California earned him 14 BOB wins and 7 group placements.  This in only 8 weekends of showing!  His finishes up his AKC showing with 1,131 All Breed points.

At the Specialty he did me proud, despite not seeing him for 5 months and doing no real obedience training for 2.5 years he qualified in Open B on Friday.  In the conformation ring on Saturday he and Meredith made the cut for Best of Breed.  And then on Sunday he passed the WCX test.  It was a heck of a run!

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Meredith and Gambler gait at the Ventura Summerfest

....the show ring.....

Meredith and Gambler celebrate his AKC Ch. the beach....

Meredith learns a little about field training/handling at a training session the field...

Gambler, Winnie and Daisy look on as Dilly stretches for the ball the backyard with all his friends....

(photos by Linda Fitzmaurice)'s obvious that Gambler had a fabulous time!  As did Linda and Meredith!

Many thanks to Linda and Meredith for loving Gambler as much as I do!


Gambler has proven himself to be the kind of versatile guy that a Toller should be.   Equally at home in the Field, Obedience Ring, Show Ring or simply lounging on the couch, he is the perfect companion.

Gambler, Monty, Tazo

His kids are following in his paw prints.  Monty (Ch. Kylador's Zinfandel Fully Monty WCI, JH, CD, CGC) won Best of Opposite Sex at the 2003 Canadian National and Tazo (Dragonluck's Tazo Chai) won first place in the Senior Puppy Bitch class.  Both these pups represented Gambler in the Specialty Stud Dog class (photo above) where Gambler placed third.

Gambler with Wren litter; 3 Dini litter puppies; Gambler with Dawn litter

See photos of all Gambler's offspring by clicking here

Gambler during a July 2003 training session

Gambler having fun - 2003