GCH CH Seng Khri Bartok Of Dawa
We sadly report that the Tibetan Mastiff, GCH CH Seng Khri Bartok Of Dawa, has died. Bart succumbed Wednesday night to meningitis caused by a rare fungus, cryptococcus gatti. We first met Bart at the 2009 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. We were simply awe struck by the giant red dog. We have written about how our dog show memory is a collection of moments frozen in time that are as vivid to us as a Sports Illustrated cover. Our first meeting with Bart was such a moment.
Bart and handler Ed Thomason went on to take a Working Group Two in Long Beach. Bart and Ed would carry that momentum into 2010 winning nine all breed Bests In Show and 20 Working groups, finishing the year as the Number Six Working Dog and the Number One Tibetan Mastiff of all time. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Bart and Ed traveled from coast to coast, showing in all parts of the US, no easy feat for such a massive dog. We sincerely hope you had an opportunity to see this magnificent dog for we can’t promise you that there will be another like him.
We thank Ed, breeder Eva Marton, and owners Zane Smith, Dan Nechemias, & Lois Claus, for sharing this special animal with all of us these past two years. Our sincere condolences. He will not be forgotten.