North Stonington Resident Wins AKC Lifetime Achievement Award
story & photo by Anna Trusky
orth Stonington resident Fleury,
breeder-owner-handler of American Brittany dogs, has been awarded an American Kennel Club Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards were created by the AKC to honor people who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of purebred dogs on a national level. The recipients were selected from votes cast by AKC member clubs for nominees in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events, and Performance; Bob’s award was in the Performance category. Under the Birch Hill name,
Bob Fleury, grandson Brady. and Bojangles the Brittney “I got the fi rst dog as a
Bob has bred, trained, and competed with the dogs—and won 35 Field Championships and more than 700 placements— since he became involved in the Brittany world in the early 1970s. Little did he know when he got his fi rst American Brittany pup Zachary Tondee that he would be one day in this place of honor.
hunting and companion dog. Then I got interested in fi eld trials, showing, and competing, and things just grew from there,” Bob said. He joined the American Brittany Club, which has 84 regional clubs across the United States, eventually becoming a director of the club. Besides being a beautiful
dog—most often found in red- and-white or liver-and-white combinations with hazel eyes— the Brittany has a fascinating history. The American Brittany used to be called the Brittany Spaniel, but 20 years ago the word “spaniel” was removed from
the breed name. “This is because the Brittany is a true pointing dog, not a fl ushing dog like the other spaniels,” Bob explains. As the name suggests, the breed originated in Brittany, in the north of France. During World War II in the 1940s, the French shipped about 30 dogs to the United States to preserve the bloodline, in fear that the lovely animals would be destroyed in the devastating war.
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