Past

Bey­ond this shore and the farther shore,

bey­ond the bey­ond, where there is no begin­ning and no end,

without fear, go.

— Dhammapada

Rosie & Ivan, 1999

Look­ing through the list of dogs below, I real­ise we have had more than our share of Heart Dogs. Both Mag­gie and Rosie had some­thing more than dog aware­ness inside them… they showed an uncanny sense of self and know­ledge of their place in the world. They were intel­li­gent and beau­ti­ful, respons­ive and aware. When they looked you in the eye, you felt your soul touched.

Ryker was defined by the word “sov­er­eignty”. We used to think it was because we were such good dog train­ers that we could have five intact male dogs together in the house. We learnt after Ryker’s death that he had been the guid­ing light, the bene­vol­ent leader, that kept the home in order. He was, and always will be, Warren’s heart dog, although that place is now occu­pied by Har­ley as well.

And then there was Logan. What I wouldn’t give to do it over again. I’m sorry for all the mis­takes I made with him, and wish I could show him how much I’ve learnt. Not that he had a bad life, on the con­trary! When Logan grew up, dogs still could go to school, even into the class rooms, leashes weren’t required, and we spent many hours hik­ing and swim­ming. Later he went to work with me almost every day of his life. It really was good, I just wish I could show him how much fun obed­i­ence can be!

Most of the dogs below were raised with us and died with us. A few came and spent only a little while in our fam­ily, but we are richer for know­ing them. Diva (to the best of my know­ledge) and Dig­ger are still alive; Dig­ger is happy in Ari­zona and while he can’t run as far or as fast after sticks any­more, we just heard towards the end of 2010 that he’s still doing well.

We’re hon­oured to have such great dogs in our lives. What a journey!

Hawk vom Grüne­wald
1989 — 2001
SchH3 CD

Ali von Herzen­freude
24 Septem­ber 1999 -
BH

Harley

Har­ley

Har­ley du Loups du Soleil
June 2002 — March 2011
SchH3 IPO3 CD

Saga

Saga vom Grüne­wald
2000 — 2010
SchH2 CD
(Diva das Wendl Rudel)
(Dig­ger vom Patiala)

Rosie

Rose vom Enztal 1998
Ivan vom Schloss im Wald SchH2
1996 — 2008

Cindy

Cindy aus der Schiff­slache
1994–2006
Rodon’s Sweet Chloe

Hawk

Zarga

Zarga vom Busecker Schloss
1992 — unknown

Bazi

Bazi vom Haus Schoal
1988 —

Ryker

Ryker vom Polarstern
1986 — 2000
SchH3 FH CD

Mag­gie

CH Woodstock’s Mag­gie Mae CD(X) TD SchH1
1985 — 2000
Duncan of Cheshire 1984
McCloud of Lode­star
1984 — 1986

Sin­ner

CH Cheshire’s Shady Lady CD TD
1981 — 1994

Jake

Junk­yard Jake ca. 1980 —

Rose”

Rian’s (Nelson’s) Sussie ca. 1980
Logan of Cheshire
1977 —

Cedar

Incense Cedar of Cheshire

Reyna

Reyna ca. 1977
Jezzeriah Brown Dog ca. 1972
Lady ca. 1970

the deer­hound

Rob­bie
Sana’s Tii of the Blue Nile

Sana

Cambria’s Sana Sana ca. 1964