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   'Out of the Mouths of Babes'

 

"People are born so that they can learn how to

 live a good life --- like loving everybody all the

time and being nice."

 

''Well, dogs already know how to do that,

 so they don't have to stay as long.'' 

 

                  Our Silenced Barks             

 

            In Loving Memory

                                                                                                                                         If a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:   

 When loved ones come home  always run to greet them.
 

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
 
 Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be
pure Ecstasy.
 
 Take naps. Stretch before rising.   Run, romp, and play daily.
 
 Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
 

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
 
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
 
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
 
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
 
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
 
Be loyal.
 
Never pretend to be something you're not.
 
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
 
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and

nuzzle them gently. 
 

!!!!ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!!!

                  Diamond

 

 

 7/4/2002 - 6/17/2011Luke's beautiful Diamond went to join Brutus and our other special four-legged family members that have gone before us this afternoon.  She is the second wonderful Lab that Luke has lost to cancer and she went so quickly.  When we met Diamond she was a 3-month old puppy with two brothers and all three labs were  very sick from both giardia and coccydia. Without Luke and his care she wouldn't have made it, as it was touch and go for quite a while.  But his hard work was rewarded with the most protective Labrador ever.  So very, very sweet and loving  to all of us in the family, Di-Di made it clear to all outsiders that no one in her family would come  to harm when she was nearby.  Although she hadn't been around children, she was wonderful when the grand-kids were born and she guarded them as well as she did Luke and Kati.  Babysitting became her favorite past-time, but her favorite person in the world always was Luke and when he was around she only had eyes for him.  She never forgot that he gave her a life she would have never had and she rewarded him everyday with that special love that only a dog saved from sickness can give.  

 

 We Will Love You Forever Diamond.

     

Our Dogs, Our Companions, Our Partners 

 

         Brutus  (Master Brutus II) 

10/24/1996-11/4/2010

It is with heavy hearts that we let you know our magnificent Brutus passed away today while sleeping on his camo bed in front of his Daddy's recliner. This is where we all gathered in the evenings before bed.  We had been treating him for congestive heart failure for a while and his hips had been getting worse and worse.  He'd had a couple of really good days this past week, though.  The night before his death, when Dad helped him up the stairs to bed, he almost made it by himself.  At the top of the stairs  he turned & looked at Rod as if to say 'See, I can still do it - but Thanks Dad.'  He woke up this morning, ate his breakfast fine, went out and sat by the door just enjoying the wind and sniffing at all the smells with his Labrador nose as good as ever.  Then he barked to come in and went to his camo bed.  Hunting season starts next week and we believe he didn't want to miss out on any of it this year.  For the hundreds of birds you brought Rod, for the many, many hours of staying by his side in the fields and blinds, for being the perfect companion and hunter for him, for teaching him how to be soft even though he has such a tough exterior, for being so sweet and kind to all your fans in the public, for being the highly respected leader of the pack and keeping everyone in line for Ann, for the many stolen loaves of bread, for the trips and ribbons and awards, for the running, and barking, and nipping, for the many puppies you gave us with Daisy and for those most wonderful Brutie kisses, we thank you Brutus.  We are the luckiest people in the world to have been blessed with YOU.  We love you & we will miss you deeply.   

Brutus came to us in December of 1996 and caused havoc in both our households (not yet combined then).  When I (Ann) came home to trash upstairs, downstairs, and counters cleared of ANY debris, he was banned to Rod's place until he was taught manners.  Brute was the hardest dog we've ever had to train, but he became the best boy ever: Best hunter, best jumper, best listener, most well-mannered, etc.  He enjoyed participating in the ESPN Super Retriever Series and was a hit with the spectators.  We so enjoyed watching him on TV after we got home from an event.  He is well into his 13th year now, retired from hunting two years ago and is now deaf  - we suspect from so many seasons in the duck blinds.  Although strong arthritis and a bad knee injury slows him way down, he still loves to wander and hunt (frogs now).  Our old alpha guy is healthy, happy, very loving and still keeps all the youngsters in line.  He has filled our lives so completely with so much.  We love him deeply. 

We Will Love You Forever Brutus.

                              "Carry You"

By Walt Zientek

When I brought you home, I carried you.
I held you close and made a promise that day.
As I breathed in that sweet, soft, clean smell.
I promised to carry you,
And keep you safe and well.

I laughed and spoke so quietly to you.
I taught you your name.
You showed me your heart.
And I showed you mine, 
As I carried you, that day.

 When I take you home, I'll carry you.
I'll hold you close, as I promised that day.
I'll breathe in that old familiar smell.
And keep my promise to carry you,
And keep you safe and well.

I'll cry as I speak so quietly to you.
I'll say your name.
You'll show me your heart.
And I will lose mine,
when I carry you, that day.
  

                                                Saber

2/4/1996-5/13/2008

The ONE that started it all.  You learned all the tricks, played all the games, and showed us all how to love the right way. 

Great hunter, good friend, and close companion to our son when he needed one so badly.   No one ever loved their family as much as you.  We know you didn’t want to leave us and wouldn’t have if that awful cancer hadn’t struck. Thank you Sabe, our Happy Boy,  for all the joy and happiness you gave to us so freely.    

Run fast, Chase birds, Play hard and Enjoy your freedom from pain.  Watch for us at the rainbow bridge where we will run to meet you this time. 

 We Will Love You Forever Saber. 

 

                                         Mufahsah

2/23/1997 - 8/1/2006

 My friend, protector, constant companion and best running partner ever!  You left me way too soon and suddenly and I wasn’t near ready for you to go.  Although I’ve tried, I still can’t run without you by my side – maybe this year.  How good you always made me feel with your loving eyes that followed me everywhere.  Though merely human, you looked at me as if I walked on water.  None will ever love me as you, Mufahsah. 

You had such big shoes to fill but stepped right in and went even bigger.  So many miles and hours we spent side-by-side enjoying life to the fullest:  Run -ning through the woods and trails, cooling down in the streams together, feeling your soft fur on my hand when I got nervous.  You were an honor to your breed.  To honor you, I have both your niece and nephew, yet even two cannot totally fill the empty spot left by your absence. 

I still miss you, still dream of you, still reach for you in the middle of the night.  When my time comes I'll rest assured knowing that right on the other side of that door you’ll be waiting for me and we will run home – together. 

 

 I Will Love You Forever Mufahsah.  

 

                                  Apache 

 

2/23/1997-7/27/1997 

(Anns first Tundra-tragically died at the age of barely 5 months.) Told by many not to get you - supposedly a mean, aggressive breed  (NONSENSE).  There will never be another dog love me as much as you.  A precious pup that started me on a wonderful trip, but left the journey way too soon.  Since I needed to keep going down this incredible road you had opened, your brother honored you by continuing the ride with me.  I know you two are together waiting for me now. I think of you often, my beautiful, magnificent treasure.    

I Will Love You Forever Apache.

  

Music credit:  'Heaven Was Needing a Hero' by Jo Dee Messina from her Unmistakable Inspiration album.