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Those who have gone on

Sadly, each of our beloved companions leaves us. No matter how many days we have with them, it is never long enough and every loss is painful. 

Cruiser was our first PWD.  Purchased as a show dog, he let me know that wasn't what he wanted to do in life so retired to the couch with 5 points, including an owner-handled major.  He was an old soul who loved being with his family first and foremost.

Jasper was my first water working dog who taught me the joy of working with him as a team.  He succumbed to a combination of amelanotic melanoma and hemangiosarcoma less than three weeks after discovery of the melanoma.  In an effort to advance knowledge about these diseases, his body was shared with the Georgie Project.  By sharing with the Georgie Project in our times of loss, we advance knowledge not only of our own breed but canine health and genetics for all dogs.

Uma was one of those once in a lifetime dogs.  A princess from birth she loved to be doing whatever I asked of her.  She loved being a showgirl and what a thrill it was to see her take first bitch Award of Merit at the first National Specialty we attended in 2007.  Water, well princesses really like to lay on pillows but she gave every thing she was capable of and we had fun. She waited until the most adverse conditions she could find, in Arizona, to finally put all the pieces together to earn her Apprentice Water Dog title.  Tracking and then nosework were so exciting for her. She achieved her Tracking Dog title but the drought put a hold on tracking and she didn't get a chance to get back in the fields to try for her Tracking Dog Excellent title. Though she didn't get to enter any nosework trials we had so much fun just taking classes and practicing.

Dory was the "dog who stayed". He stood out in the litter as a possible show prospect and performance candidate. Several homes had expressed interest in him but just weren't at the right place in their lives for him so he stayed with us. A sweeter boy you could not have found. He wasn't thrilled about the show ring but achieved his GCH. We did some rally and obedience, tried tracking and while he obliged they weren't his favorite things. Then we discovered scent work. This boy loved to search! He achieved a number of titles up through NW3. His last title was earned just 2 weeks before he passed, before we realized that he was ill.

If you've never heard of the Rainbow Bridge, it is where we will meet our friends, whole in body and spirit once again, and we will cross the bridge into the light together.  You can read the beautiful poem here

BISS IABCA Honors CH UKC CH AKC GCH SeaIsle El Pescador BN RN CGC NW3 NW3-Exteriors NW3-Vehicles NW3-Containers NW3-Interiors L2I L2C L1E MAC-2

May 15, 2008 - October 14, 2017

Dory doing his favorite thing, finding a hide

IABCA Int'l  & Veteran CH, AKC/UKC CH Ashbe Legado Somente Uma, TD, BN, RN, AWD, CGC

June 18, 2004 - May 8, 2015


Photo: Olga Madeyrch

Uma striking a pose at age 10 1/2


Toraq's Doryman, RN JWD                                                      Sete Mares Cruiser

November 9, 1997 - April 24, 2007                                     March 19, 1996 - September 5, 2009

Jasper working towards his Junior Water Certificate                                   Cruiser enjoying the sun at Ventura Beach in '07



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