Australian Grand Champion Sugargum Star Spangled CD AD JD ET HIT 24 September 1999 to 14 March 2008 What a dog! It is hard to believe that he is gone. Our beautiful Banner Boy passed away peacefully in his sleep. Banner was a beautiful and very precious boy. He was always happy to see everyone and always greeted us with a gentle cuddle after jumping ceiling high up and down at the gate waiting for it to be opened. He was a ‘jack of all trades’ and to an extent I guess a master at none – but he had a hell of a time trying everything. He gained his ET with ease being biked by my friend Peter. On enquiring why his collar was muddy but Banner was clean I was informed that Banner didn’t want to get wet and dirty and had stopped at a big puddle covering the track. Peter didn’t realize he’d lost his dog until he got to the other end and then had to go back and get Banner, who was sitting patiently waiting, and take him around the puddle. Banner had the potential to be a really good obedience and agility dog. Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to follow through with all of his training and in the end he retired after his CD AD and JD titles because he became too much of a ‘boy dog’ and just wanted to pee on everything. I can’t remember the amount of times he would squat and walk at the same time in the obedience ring. He didn’t actually stop working though! He kept me on my toes with the agility never knowing whether he was going to appear quickly out of the tunnel or whether there would be that dreaded pause because he’d stopped for a sniff again. When we moved to Victoria Banner got the opportunity to try his paw at herding – he had a blast! This year we had planned to continue on with his herding training – not to be. Banner’s greatest triumphs were in the show ring. He came to me as a dog who ‘would never do enough winning’ and never looked back. He titled with ease and had many great wins during his show career including several Best in Shows and Pedigree Showdog of the Year for the Northern Territory in 2005. He loved doing junior handler classes with the kids and loved the attention he got at shows. Finally, Banner was one of the most placid, easy going and kindest gentlemen of a dog I have ever had the privilege of being owned by. He was a clown and ever so loyal. My beautiful big teddy bear. A life too short but lived to the full every minute of every day. I’ll miss him so much. So this is where we part, My Friend, And you'll run on around the bend, Gone from sight but not from mind, New pleasures there you'll surely find. I will go on, I'll find the strength, Life measures quality, not its length. One long embrace before you leave, Share one last look, before I grieve. There are others, that much is true, But they be they and they aren't you. And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought Will remember well all you've taught. Your place I'll hold, you will be missed, The fur I stroked, the nose I kissed. And as you go to your final rest, Take with you this -- I loved you best.