Pom Reader May 2010
A Closer Look at Poms from the Past who Continue to Impact the Successful Breed Programs of Today.
BIS Ch Bi-Mar’s Sundance Kid, ROMS
Sunny, who’s call name perfectly matched his disposition according to breeder Mary Rosenbaum, was born in October of 1980 in Federal Way, Washington. He was a five-pound, clear deep orange, who was named for the movie classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Sunny’s father, Ch. Tomanoll’s Tiny Teddy Bear was a great grandson of the famous ROMS producer BIS Ch. Corn Duke’s Dragonfly. His mother, Bi-Mar Kandi Kane was herself a great granddaughter of Ch. Sungold’s Gay Cavalier ROMS, who produced sixty five champions in his lifetime. The pairing of these two breed powerhouses within Sunny’s pedigree proved to be a very winning combination, which continues to provide a living dynasty within the Bi-mar program and many others.
Mary already a twenty-year veteran of the breed at the time of Sunny’s birth, says she ”knew from the beginning he was something very special.” According to Mary “he lived to show, and thought any and all applause was tailor made just for him.” Sunny finished his championship undefeated from the classes at one year of age. However, Mary is quick to point out that he did not achieve his true potential until age two, which she cites as a benchmark of her breed program.
During his highly successful specials campaign Sunny garnered top ten breed rankings from 1983 through 1988. He was awarded twenty one toy group firsts, four best in specialty show wins, and four all breed best in shows. In addition, he was the number one sire in 1986 and 1992, and was among the top sires in 1985 and 1987 as well. Sunny received APC honors as a register of merit supreme producer, and was also a hall of fame and gold club recipient.
Among the high points of his long and distinguished show career is a best in show award at eight years old and while being breeder/owner handled. Mary recalls the details of that day with emotion audible in her voice as ”one of the proudest moments she has ever been blessed to experience in her forty eight years as a breeder.” She goes on to say, ”I’ll never forget what it meant to me to show him at eight years old, still having all his teeth, and being as sound as he was when he was a pup.”
In Sunny’s fifteen years of life, all of which were spent as Mary’s constant companion, he produced twenty six American Champion get. Included among them are best in show, toy group, and APC specialty winners. An impressive achievement for any sire, but especially so when one considers the fact that Sunny was never made available at public stud. Mary explains that concerns over Parvo, which was prevalent at that time, led to her decision to use Sunny solely within her own breed program
However, Mary did go on to place several of Sunny’s offspring with other breeders. Thus enabling the perpetuation of his bloodlines throughout many kennels in the united states and abroad. Among the programs Sunny went on to contribute to are Autumn, Sandtown, Biconty, Lovely, Daystar, Randy’s, Philbrook, Chrisden, Palisades, Red Hot, Golden Star, Rise N Shine, Showtime, Cascade, Case’s, Kharisma, Ryms, Valcopy, and Woodrose
A pivotal dog in Sunny’s legacy as a sire was Ph. Ch. Bi-Mar’s Gee Whiz, who was sold to the then Philippines ambassador to the US, Tony Magtibay. He ensured a highly successful campaign for the dog who earned multiple best in shows awards taking him to the ranking as the number one Pom in the Philippines for several years, prior to making him available at stud. The end result was various influential Sunny grandsons and granddaughters throughout the Philippines, who in many ways shaped the face of the breed in that country at the time.
From a personal perspective, Mary recalls Sunny as “a dog who taught her many significant lessons as a breeder. He showed me the importance of line breeding on outstanding attributes, and what essential traits can be set into a line through doing so."
Although Mary Rosenbaum has produced over one hundred and fifty champions under the Bi-Mar kennel name, she can’t help but get nostalgic when her thoughts turn to Sunny. She says, “ He was a once in a lifetime dog, and I’ll never forget him and what he brought to me personally, as well as to my breed program.
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