Dorothy Vetrone-Weaver passed away on November 6th 2011. Dorothy, together
with her first husband Charles or “Chuck” as he was called prior to his death in the
late 70’s, began showing Briards in the mid sixties and they had wonderful success
both in the ring and with their breeding program under the “Charlemagne” prefix.
They were an integral part of the Dog Show community throughout the Midwest
and New England. Dorothy and Chuck were widely known and admired, starting
their dog show involvement exhibiting AKC/CKC Ch. Phydeaux Quelques, “Charlie”.
Charlie (always owner handled) was Dorothy’s pride and joy. Together Dorothy and
Chuck guided Charlie’s career resulting in such honors as being a Briard Hall
of Fame member -one of the first Briards to Win the old Working Group (before the
split off of the Herding Group). Additionally he was 1971’s #1 Briard, won the
breed at the Garden in 1972 and produced 7 champions including a Registry of Merit
bitch. Charlie also played the role of “Horrid” in the Canton Little Theatre
production of Camelot, much to the delight of both the audience and Dorothy! She
married again, but her life-long devotion to Pure-Bred dogs and in particular the
Briard was her greatest joy. Dorothy made many families find that the love of a
Charlemagne Briard was something not to be without. Upon her death she left three
Briards: “Tank”, “ Willow” and “Bailey” plus so very many friends whose hearts are
filled with wonderful memories of a great lady. She was a long-time member of the
Agathon Kennel Club, the Michigan-Ohio Briard Club, and the Briard Club of
America. She will be greatly missed.