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                 (Sadly we have to report that our dear Jess was put to sleep on Friday 23rd July 2010, after a short illness borne with characteristic bravery - Rest In Peace sweet Princess )


Talraz Passion Fruit  ("Jess") is a plainly-marked slate bitch born 18th October 1995 by Ch Chriscaro Charlock at Merrythorpe ex our Lulu (Talraz Tutti Frutti JW 1CC 1RCC).

As a youngster Jess easily gained her JW and then went on to take a Res CC as a two year old.  However a bad reaction to a "season stopper" injection in 1998 had long-term repercussions on her health and for two years or so she suffered weight gain, lethargy, back strains and depression, which put her show career somewhat on hold  An attempt to stabilise her hormones by mating her almost ended in tragedy when she aborted the litter mid-term and became very seriously ill with metritis.  Her return to health was slow, and the decision was made not to risk mating her again.  Luckily we were able to continue the line via her full sister Holly  (Talraz Tangleberry at Merrythorpe) who produced the lovely Meg, and her full brother Barney (Ch Talraz Tamarisk), sire of the litter sisters Ruby and Jeannie.

Jess has been in semi-retirement since winning Veteran Bitch at Crufts in 2005, but continues to keep us all firmly in line, leading us through our routine in her own quirky "Princess Jessica" fashion. An intelligent, fastidious lady with an occasionally clownish sense of humour, Jess maintains high moral standards, and being a great communicator, is always first to complain if she notices ill manners on the part of any dog, or human for that matter!  She likes rules, and fair play, and her own space, and not too much noise - unless she's the one making it......that's our Jess......

 Jess aged 12 and a half enjoying a walk in the snow - Easter 2008


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