The Norwegian Elkhound Club
Ch/Ir Ch Kestos Ispy at Graythor JW SH CM
26th April 2003 - 22nd December 2018
We lost Kris today, it's a very sad day at Graythor to say the least, we are totally heartbroken.
He was an amazing dog at home, great with the kids, who named him "Super Dog"
He could do no wrong in our eyes and he knew it.
For those who didn't see him in the ring, he is our current UK record breaking winner, winning a total of 66 Challenge Certificates, 28 Reserve Challenge Certificates.
At Championship shows he won 31 Group placings, his most memorable was Hound Group winner at Crufts in 2006, it was a special day as all the family travelled down to see him compete for Best in Show, as usual he showed his socks off.
He won Best of Breed at Crufts 5 times and was placed in the group 4 times, group 1 in 2006, group 3 in 2007, group 3 in 2008 and group 4 in 2013, a remarkable achievement.
He was top winning Elkhound in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
In 2009 he won the prestigious Contest of Champion show dogs overall and as myself and Sarah were in America on holiday at the time, it is one of my regrets that we never saw him win that one.
Also in 2009 he was the UK top winning Hound overall which is truly something special.
He was bred in Wales by Mrs Barbara Stokes, who always kept an eye on his winnings and was a very proud lady as she should be, she thought the world of Kris.
Special mention to his Sire Ch/Am Ch Kestos Kriega who was owned by Gill Bingham (Steldawn)
Kris was brought home to Graythor for me to show, and indeed it was me that won his first ever CC and that was at Crufts when he was 10 months old, but it was clear to see that he was a daddy's boy and he excelled with Brian at the Helm, they were a true partnership, adored one another and it certainly showed.
He was not just a pretty face, he was an amazing stud dog, siring many Champions, we have two at home, he also has Champion Grandkids, one of which Inga (Champion Graythor Norwegian lights SH CM) who is the 2018 top winning Elkhound, her third year in a row, and her Mum, Bowerhinton Be Madams spy is top brood bitch.
Very proud of you boy, more than words can say, you took us on an incredible journey the likes of which we will never see again, we will miss you like crazy, God Bless and we will have a glass of Champagne tomorrow in your memory and to celebrate Inga and Kristas successful year.