On the far side of Rainbow Bridge
This is a very difficult page to write. Please forgive any typos or errors you may find, it is hard to see them through the tears. The loss of each of these dogs has torn a raw, gaping hole in our lives and our hearts.
We miss each one of them deeply.
We hope they have found each other on the far side of Rainbow
Bridge, and are waiting for us there until we can be together again.
Run free, our friends.
|TARNA RUFUS RUNNER : DEXTER
31.01.1996 - 15.05.2012
Dexter was my heart and soul, my companion and my working partner from the moment I first held him at ten days old. I could never imagine a day without him by my side and now his loss is an endless heartache.
A Working Sheep Dog with an impeccable English pedigree, Deckie was a loyal and devoted boy. He reached Championship level in agility via most of the national finals including three trips to Crufts.
Deckie was father to our Una, Grandad to 14 and Great-Granded to 8. He finally succumbed to a tumour on the spleen, aged 16.5 years.
He has his own page on our 'Foundation Dogs'.
|SPERRATUS OF VALGRAY
00.02.1996 - 22.11.2011
Sidney came from an abusive obedience background and arrived aged 16 months with a load of emotional luggage which took him years to unpack. He was rehomed to us by Valgrays Border Collie Rescue.
Sid was primarily Keith's dog and they enjoyed each other's company greatly. Over time Sid relaxed into a fine, upstanding gentleman, defender of house and home. Although he was extremely bright and trained up quickly, his weak wrists prevented an agility career.
We lost Sidney shortly before his 16th birthday, following a shock diagnosis of extensive bone cancer.
|VALRGRAYS TIGS THE TERROR
07.07.1997 - 19.04.2011
Tigs was rehomed to us aged 10 months by Valgrays Border Collie Rescue. Tigs was adorable, friendly, beautifully mannered and very affectionate. However, she found pack life stressful and herded the others obsessively. For six years we worked with this, but when the opportunity arose for Tigs to lead an idyllic life with my God-daughter as an only dog in a much-adoring household, she moved out on indefinite loan. Her life transformed; she was happy being shared and loved by two families and was in every respect a perfect pet.
Just before her 14th birthday, Tigs developed severe Thrombocytopenia and sadly passed away less than two short weeks into the illness.
|RUFUS RESPRAY : YODA
00.01.1992 - 02.11.2009
Yoda came to us as a 13 month-old rehome from the Dog's Trust. He was a tall, handsome, athletic collie with a fun personality and a wicked sense of humour.
His agility career spanned over a decade and encompassed several finals. Unfortunately finals meant crowds and Yo loved nothing better than playing to an audience with a glint in his eye.
Yoda reluctantly became head of the pack when Kressler died. He matured into a politically astute leader and for 12 years his reign was peaceful, fair and absolute. He was a kind, devoted, generous character and a fabulous elder statesman.
Yoda slipped peacefully over the Bridge a few weeks short of his 18th birthday.
|RUFUS TURBO :
00.07.1989 - 05.06.1997
Kressler was rehomed to us at 10 months from a local rescue kennels. Leggy, springy, car sick, disobedient and wilful, I adored him anyway.
Kress matured into a tremendous character. Agility was effortless but he was steady and consistent. He qualified with our older daughter for a JU12 Final, and with me for the Vitapet Golden Oldies Final.
My beloved Kress died in my arms just before his eighth birthday, from bowel cancer. My soulmate was stolen from me in his prime. Kressie's loss devastated me and changed our lives and thinking for ever. It is his legacy that our dogs are now raw fed and holistically treated wherever possible.
|RUFUS REX :
30.07.1983 - 04.11.1999
Boz was the son of Flossie. He was helped into the world by Keith, which forged a lifetime bond.
I started agility in 1989, when Boz was seven. Although technically a mini, he much preferred working at midi height. According to Boz, he was a big dog who just happened to have short legs.
He was an expert human-watcher, talking to us in grunts and whistles. He was popular too; always the star guest at friends' and family gatherings.
Sadly in old age his nervous system slowly failed. His lost the use of his back legs, his mind deteriorated and he went blind and deaf. Keith held him as he entered this world and 16 years later he held him as he left.
WOBBLY FLOOPY DOOG : FLOSSIE
00.08.1982 - 07.01.1997
Flossie was rehomed to us at ten months from the RSPCA, skinny, full of fleas, worms and ... puppies. Floss was a sweet, gentle soul who worried so much about life that she shook until her teeth chattered.
Floss started agility aged eight. Although by measuring just 17.5" she had to jump full height (then 30") she astonished everybody by loving the job and even gained a few places in Elementary. Her greatest achievement was winning a 'Waggiest Tail' class at a Fun Show. It was a walkover; you only had to whisper 'Wibbly wobbly floopy doog' and she would wriggle and squirm in delight.
Floss suffered from kidney failure in old age. Our brave little girl was given the gift of sleep, aged 15.
In affectionate memory of our old and missed family friends:
BILLY (son of Flossie)