Memories

Old Dogs Do Not Die

We have a secret, you and I,
That no-one else shall know.
For who but I shall see you lie,
Each night in fireglow?

And who but I can reach my hand
Before we go to bed,
And feel the living warmth of you
And touch your silken head?

And only I walk woodland paths,
And see, ahead of me,
Your small form racing with the wind,
So young again, and free.

And only I can see you swim
In every brook I pass.
And when I call, no-one but I
Can see the bending grass.

--Author Unknown

GALLANT'S LADY PEPPERDYNE

Dec 6 2000-June 30, 2013

What can I say about our Pepper? She was the leader of the pack, although she never finished her Canadian Championship, she was our Champion. She gave us 2 beautiful litters; she was my protector and followed me where ever my journey took me at home. She ran like the wind, we called her Sea Biscuit and she LOVED to play in the water from the hose. She reminded me of a strict school teacher, she took no nonsense from any of the other dogs and they all knew their place in the pack and respected her.

She was what we affectionately called our $15,000.00 dog. Her first litter, she got septic mastitis and had to have a double mastectomy. And at the ripe old age of 10 she stole Rathy’s toy and swallowed it and had to have surgery to remove the obstruction. Nothing held her back for long, on to the next adventure.

That was our Pepper and we miss her presence terribly, but we were blessed to have shared such a long and happy life with her. Till we meet again my sweet girl.

 

CA/AM/INTNL NEWGATES SPECTACULAR VN EVA,CGN

June 28, 2002-June 18, 2013

Once in a lifetime a special dog comes into your life and takes your breath away.

Lars was that dog, he came to us from Amarillo Texas at the tender age of 5, already an American & International Champion. He earned his Canadian Championship and his CGN title in no time and settled in to our home as if he had been born here.

He had many girlfriends and gave us such beautiful and precious babies along the way. He passed on his terrific bone, stunning head, but most importantly his amazing temperament. He baby sat litters when they would be outside, the shop owners in town would invite him in for visits and he was just the best ambassador for the Mastiff Breed.

Lars left a huge hole in our home and hearts and we shall never be over his loss, but our Rathbone, his son, shall ease our sorrow. Love you a bushel and a peck my handsome boy.

 

 

CH BANDA CLUNY GALLANT MELOMAIDEN

Jul 8 2003-Aug 30 2012

Our beautiful Maiden left us just 2 days after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer).

Maiden taught us many things, never give up on what you want, she literally would bark until she got what she wanted or needed.

It’s okay to be quirky, people will love you even more. Everyone who met her loved her because she was just so funny!

Not everyone is meant to be a Mom, although we tried a number of breedings, she never took.

And always remember if you got it strut it, Maiden would get into the ring and show the rest of them how to do it, she had the most incredible movement! She wasn’t a huge girl but was a lovely package!

Our house is definetly quieter without her prescence and our Rathy lost his best friend. We will meet again my lovely!


BEBE

Our first Mastiff was our Rescue from Quebec. We never knew her background, but we didn’t care, she was my dream come true. Even though she was only with us for 3 short years, she became my best friend and I knew that nothing would ever harm me with Bebe around. She had a funny little habit of gnawing on your ear ever so gently when sitting beside you..love bites were what we called them! We miss her and thank her for letting us start our journey into the Mastiff world.

 

TalaCH GALLANTS LADY GUINEVERE

December 3, 1996 – February 13, 2004

“Tala” was our first puppy, and what a puppy. She was our piranha on 4 legs as a puppy and would hide behind the sofa and jump out and attack your ankles as you walked by. Our little terror!   She became the most gentle, calm girl and loved everyone. Unfortunately she succumbed to a brain tumour at the young age of 7. I know that she waits for me at the Rainbow Bridge.

Sire: Old School Sgt Major’s Sagar          Dam: Allenbeck’s Amber Star

 

GRIZZLEY & CASEY

Okay, so these two are not Mastiffs, however they were a big part of our family before Bebe arrived on the scene. Casey was a Cairn Terrier that belonged to my Mother. She felt that living in a condo was not suitable for him and so we became his adoptive parents at the young age of 1 yr. He was a tenacious little dog as most terriers are and we always remember the first night he arrived, Owen was out barbequing dinner and Casey sauntered up to him and promptly lifted his leg and peed on his foot! With one action, that totally summed up our Casey!  He lived to be a ripe 13 years old.

Grizzley

Grizzley was our rescue “NEWF”…80% Newf, 20% lab! After losing Casey, Bebe was lonely, so Grizzley came to stay. Grizzley was definitely Owen’s boy and everyone who met him adored him! He was 5 years old when we welcomed him into our home and after losing Bebe, he put up with soooo much from our Tala puppy monster. He would fall asleep in one spot and wake up some place else as she would drag him by the ear around the house. He never put her in her place…a true gentleman! Grizzley lived to be 13 yrs old, truly a wonderful age for a large dog.

 

 

KITTY

Our Kitty, showed up on our doorstep on the May long weekend as a year old cat. Owen being allergic to cats said he could stay and be our outside cat. Well, as the winter set in, so did Kitty, and eventually he became an indoor cat. He was a beautiful orange tabby and listened better than the dogs did! In fact I think he thought he was a dog. He was a real talker and lived to lie in your lap as much as possible. He loved all the dogs even the puppies in the whelping box. He past away at 18 yrs of age held in my arms and knowing that he would be truly missed.

AdonisCH GALLANT'S ADORABLE ADONIS

December 6, 2000- May 10, 2010

Our wonderful gentleman, Adonis, took his final journey May 10th, 2010, held in both Owen’s and my arms. He had received a clean bill of health in March and at that time our vet said how wonderful he looked for his age and size. We had noticed him slowing down over the past year, but you are never prepared for the final goodbye. He had the most perfect last day, lying in the early spring sun in the yard, seeing all his buddies around him. Adonis was the pup nobody wanted because he had a slight heart murmur and yet, he was our largest and healthiest Mastiff and never had any serious illness. We miss our gentle “Doofus” and his hilarious antics and our puppies this past Spring missed his tender guidance, as he was our “puppy trainer”. He is gone but not forgotten.