Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body begins quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Aceilidh's Nua Bliam Coilean - Ruth and Neil Bryden's Glayva
Aceilidh's Thrill of the Chase - Leslie Dawson-North's Moxie
Aellen Tried and True - Carol Colavecchio's Truman
Aellen's Critic's Choice - Meredith Bar David's Oliver
Alashaw Place Your Bets - Tammy Domico's Sparkee
Alashaw's Viva Las Vegas - Tamra Domico's and Beth White's Viva
Anasazi Secret of the Wizard - Sarah and Doug Halsey's Wizard
Angelfire Shooting Star - Cheri Omnus' Miller
April Gold Star Dust - Carol Hegg's Dusty
Arcadia Wildwood RSVP - Lisa Humm's Morgan
Arcadia Wildwood Mr. Blue - Andrea Hobe's Barkley
Arcadia's Thrills N' Chills - Lori Weinberg's Chilly
Artisan Rook's Feather - Kim Krueger's Delilah
Ashberry Portrait of A Lady - Sandy Weiss' and Magee Perini's Diva
Autumnlane's Welsh Lore - Jaimie and Justin St-Maurice's Griffin
Azure Kahoutek of Alamos - Mark and Linda Glaman's Sagan
Balgrae's Rob Ruadh - Joanne Williamson's Rob
Balgrae's Sean Mackay - Joanne Williamson's Sean
Baliwyn's Precious Friend - Lu and Jerry Bergen's Breezy
Barnhollow Brylie - Maryann Groves' Brylie
Barnhollow's Worth The Wait - Maryann Groves' Camille
Baybreeze Image of Marshfen - Jan and Glenn Norikane's Willow
Beau Chien High Cadence - Karen Norteman's and Terry and Jody Workman's Cadence
Bedlam’s Catch Me If You Can - Leslie Dawson-North's Chase
Bedlam's Yumpin' Yiminny - Leslie Dawson-North's Koddi
Belgravia Be In Blu Denim - Karen McDonald's Idie
Betelgeuse of Alamos - Jane Mohr Cooper's Betel
Black Friar's Moonstone - Sandy McDonald's O'Shea
Black Friar Ivy Roon - Polley McClure's Ivy
Bramptons Abbey of St Mary - Heather Gahres' and Jeremy Haag's Abbey
Brampton's Flying Circus - Heather Gahres' and Jeremy Haag's Monty
Bonnie Bella Scotch Mist - Neil and Ruth Bryden's Jura
Briarpatch Double Scotch - Ruth and Neil Bryden's Talisker
Briarpatch Look At That - Lucy Campbell-Gracie's Igor
Briarpatch Portraitist - Lucy Campbell-Gracie's Max
Briarpatch Top That- Lucy Campbell-Gracie's Christopher
Briarpatch Who Was That - Lucy Campbell-Gracie's Tommy
Brika's Karefree Keira - Pearl Stokoe's Keira
Brika's Millenium Promise - Pearl Stokoe's Maggie
Britannia Back To The Future - Michele Ritter's Biff
Britannia Beau Brummel - Joanne Williamson's Beau
Britannia Believe It Or Not - Dena and Jim Healy's and Amy Steltz's Ripley
Britannia Belle O' The Ball - Joanne Williamson's Belle
Britannia Blue Chip Stock - Betty Winfield's and Michele Ritter's Keogh
Britannia Chip Thrills - Sandy Weiss and Michele Ritter's Chip
Britannia Good Day Sonshine - Christiana Taylor's and Michele Ritter's Jake
Britannia How Sweet It Is - Michele Ritter's and Chet Jezierski's Zooey
Britannia License to Thrill - Sandy Weiss' Bond
Britannia Peppermint Patty - Antonia Tuck and Michele Ritter's Patty
Britannia Simon Says - Ann Krafcheck's Simon
Britannia Sings The Blues - Toni Tuck's Ella
Britannia Sweet Black Angel - Joanne Williamson's Lily
Britannia William Wallace - Sonja Blanchard's and Michele Ritter's Wally
Britannia Zoots Me Fine - Sharon Prassa's Zoot
Buaidh Mithandril Xerox O'Jen - Leslie Dawson-North's Kassi
Caledonia's Cagney Mac Calico - Kathrine and Carl Widell's Cagney
Caledonia's Cosette - Tom and Marilyn Severson's, Carl and Kay Widell's, Alice Goodman's and Kathleen Flanagan's Cosette
Caledonia Cydney Canuck - Kathrine and Carl Widell's and Diane Kerr's Cydney
Camelot Sweet Zoë Latte - Rosanne Hunt's Zoe
Cattail Hollow All Cheers - Megg and Edward Hoffman's Cheers
Cameron's D'Arque Reflection - Kelly Canham's Cole
Chantilly High Stake - Beth and John Tilson's and Kathy Pavlich's Miles
Chantilly Look Before You Leap - Iris Berry's, Pam Harris', and Kathy Pavlich's Spiff
Chantilly's Woofgang Amadeus - Cindy and Dick Nellipowitz's Solo
Chloe - Meaux and Jean Larroux's Chloe
Classical's Timeless Love - Linda Porter’s Molly
Colard Fly With Me - Miranda and John Mulders' Rembrandt
Colledge Spirit Of Sheiling - Elaine O'Carroll and Rory
Cynamen Artisan Sienna Star - Darlene and Paul Foley's Sienna
Delgatie's Extra Class - Larry and Kathryn Haas' CQ
Delgatie's Dreams Come True - Wanda Packard's Rosie
Dogtown Leader of the Pack - Nancy Layton's Scout
Duncan - Tamara Duvell and Jason Pelland's Duncan
Dunnachie's Wicked Good - Dawn Kinney's Wick
Dunnottar Stonehaven's Silver - Patsy Sullivan's Carson
Edmar My Own Sweet Patsch - Mary Lott's Patsch
Esprit's Summer Sunset - Patricia Coreris' Bingo
Firstprizebears Las Vegas - Beth White's Mirage
Fivefields Magic Daisy NA NAJ - Lisa Humm's Daisy
Fivefields Reckless Abandon - Barbara Stone's Brinian
Fivefields Temporary Insanity - Barbara Stone's Eriskay
Fox Lane's Wynsum Checkmate - Maryann Szalka's Checkers
Gemstone Pearl of a Girl - Sharon Baker's Pearl
Glengarry's Twilight Fancy - Pam Harris's Tessa
Goldcrest K.C. - Betty Winfield McGonigle's and William McGonigle's KC
Harley of St. John - David Williamson's Harley
Headlines Rhapsody in Blue - Barbara Claxton's BlueBerry
Highlander Wildest Dreams - Beth Tilson's Chauncey
Holm Mike L. Doglas - Charles Gibson's Mikie
Jande's Hellava Knight - Beth Canner's Ryan
Jubo-Lee's Man In Black - Mary Watson's Digger
Jubo-Lees Once Ina Lyfethyme - Maryann Groves’ Brechin
Jubo-Lee's Taste of Honey - Mary Watson's Bailey
Khiantah Cheyenne Bandit - Marilynn Snook's Cheyenne
Kiku Coffee amd Cream - Ann Rambaud's Rascal
Lakewood Shining Star - Cheri Omnus' McKay
LeVontz's Highlands Bronte - Kim Krueger's Bronte
Llandona Coeur De La Mer ==- Jeff Wong's and Alison Jayne's Maggie
Llanddona Lone Venturer - Jeff Wong's and Allison Jayne's George
Madeleine Etoile Plus Claire - Karen Reed's Madeleine
Malakar Delightfully Wicked - Doug and Sarah Halsey's Impy
Meadow's Fantasia- Antoinette Krafcheck's Tasha
Meadows' Legend of the Dragon - Antoinette Krafcheck's and Claudia McNulty's Drake
Marjac's Mystic Raven - Marilynn Snook's Raven
Meadow's Unique Sensation - Larry and Kathryn Haas' and Claudia McNulty's Godiva
Melita Dusty Miller - Toni and Perry Barnhart's Prudence
Melita Skyedance - Libby Myers-Buhite's and Jack Buhite's Skyedance
Melita Winter Caprice - Jack and Libby Myers Buhite's Caprice
Melville's Poetry in Motion - Emily Venator's Denia
Merryvale’s Life of Riley - Natalie Bayless' and Joe Root's Riley
Molly the Muffin - Martha Faulk's and Raymond Hogler's Molly
Moonsong Klassical Legacy - Sharon and Joe Prassa's Annie
Moonsong's Scottish Bobbie - Sharon and Joe Prassa's Amos
Moonstone Back In My Heart - Tim and Casey Minner & Sandy McDonald’s Heart
Moonstone Surely You Jest - Casey Minner's Jester
Moonstone Totally Unexpected - Sandy McDonald's Kip
Ms Morning Star of Alamos - Jane Mohr Cooper's Emi
Murphy - Wendy Amos
Nonesuch Ashbreeze Mr. Bogart -Sue Jamison's Bogie
Nonesuch Molly Lombardy - Gordon Eisendrath's and Cheryl Poliak's Molly
Nonesuch New Sensation - Cheryl Poliak's and Steve Klinger's Indy
O'Duinnin Andy Gabel Stolaway - Ann Chandoha's Stoli
O'Duinnin Carbon Copy - Eileen Dinneen's Carbon
O'Duinnin Dazzle 'Em Dallas - Wade and Nancy Pelton's and Eileen Dinneen's Dallas
O'Duinnin Dos Equis - Robin Fortenberry's Dos
O'Duinnin HMT A Bud for Boo - Karen Barratt's Bud
O'Duinnin HMT Rhythm 'N Booze - Ann Chandoha's Arbi
O'Duinnin HMT Sonic Boom - Karen Barratt's Jet
O'Duinnin Joli Goes Platinum - Carol Hegg's Joli
O'Duinnin Oh Dancin' Darby - David Williamson's Darby
O'Duinnin Oh Darlin' Desirée - Carole Mitchell's Desi
O'Duinnin Oh Dat Jack B Nimble -- Jill Scarborough's Jack
O'Duinnin Oh DeLorean - Eileen Dinneen's DeLorean
O'Duinnin Picabo Streak - Karen Barratt's Boo!
Oak Meadows Fawn Calypso - Betty Winfield McGonigle's and William McGonigle's Miss C
Oakengates Aren't I Clever - Terry Johnson's Cassie
Oakengates Blue By You - Terry Johnson's Jazz
Oakengates Irish Cream - Linda Porter's Bailey
Olaf - Anne Kajava's Olaf
Pandamonium Hopelessly Devoted - Emily Venator's Hope
Parcana Lord Corwin - Joanne Williamson's Corey
Pentangle's Stormy Skye - Wanda Packard's Stormy
Petticash Raggmopp - Jill and Gene Scarborough's Raggmopp
Ragtyme Doubly Smashing - Barbara Stone's and Lynn Zagarella's Colton
Ragtyme Simply Irresistible - Jackye Dunn's Lincoln
Ragtyme Make 'Em Believe - Kathleen Harold's McKenna
Ragtyme Talkin' Up a Storm - Kim Horsley (Krueger)'s Becket
Raintree Ha'Penny Hades - Claire Cifarelli's Patch
Rasdhoo Samba- Mª Teresa Contreras' (Teruca) and Jose-Miguel Sáez' Cleo
Risa Spindrift Over And Out - Pat Coreris' Roger
Risa's Starburst O' Spindrift - Iris Berry's Meg
Risa To The Spindrift Spirit - Jana Dozet’sTrip
Ryderwood High Sierra - Karen Ryder's Sierra
Scotdale's Cortland - Frank Konopasek's Max
Shanaspree Kick A Field Goal -BJ Walker's Kailey
Shanaspree O'Duinnin Intrigue - Gretchen and Darron Blackburn's Allie
Shanaspree Rose of Kilravock - Bobbie Raguse's Kira
Skyedance Lord A-Leaping - Jack Buhite's and Libby Myers-Buhite's Caper
Snuff and Stuff - Sonja Blanchard's Snuffy
Spindrift Best of Both Worlds - Jana Dozet's and Pam Harris' Shelby
Spindrift Catch A Risa Star - Jana Dozet's Star
Spindrift Charmed I'm Sure-Pam Harris' Jodie
Spindrift Cookie Monster Risa - Kim Kruger's Grendel
Spindrift Dont U Just Lovett - Renee Lovett's Cocoa
Spindrift Leap Of Faith - Bobbie Bokelund's Shawna
Spindrift Pride of Glengarry - Pam Harris' Amber
Spindrift Risa Up And Over - Iris Berry's Tag
Spindrift Risa Devil Made Me Do It - Shannon Smart's Loki
Spindrift William Rikker - Patricia Coreris' and Pam Harris' Chipper
Spindrift Risa Hot Stuff - Patti Bott's Spice
Springhill's Isabelle - Steve Lausmann's Izzy
Springhills Spirit Of Brio - Sharon Williamson's Brio
Springhills Star Dreamer - Cheri Omnus' Murray
Sunday Mornings Pebble - Willy and Sabine Stevens-Plessers' Pebble
Sunday Mornings Qadicha - Willy and Sabine Stevens-Plessers' Qadicha
Sunriver Aellen Spectacular - Sharon Baker's Gem
Sunriver Stand and Deliver - Christiana Taylor's Georgie
Sunshine's Risky Business - Cindy Nellipowitz' Risky
Sweet Romance of Lonetree - Mary Edner's Trouble
Tweeddale's Day Dream Believer - Linda Porter's Toby
Walkoway's Frosted Flakes - Linda and Jim Leek's Frosty
Walkoway's Vixen -Marilynn Snook's Lakotah!
WayToMe Midsummer Knight - Karen Norteman's Charlie
Wigglesworth Kosmic Leap - Diane Lipman's Abby
Wigglesworth Make No Mistake - Sharon and Jeff Ipser's Libbee
Wigglesworth Must Be Fate - Andrea Hobe's Parker
Wigglesworth Oh Look at That - Sharon and Jeff Ipser's Lizzee
Wigglesworth Out On A Limb - Sharon and Jeff Ipser's Jax
Wildwood Arcadia Firepower - Kathy Kimen's Jake
Wildwood Arcadia's Free Rider - Antonia Barnhart's Spaulding
Wind Dancer Circle Of Life - Linda Swain and Pat Hyde's Tyler
Wynsum After Dark - Maryann Szalka's Sunny
Wynsum Captivating Rhythm - Jan Leverenz's Hops
Wynsum Holdin' On To A Dream - David Williamson’s Murray
Rainbow Bridge Beardies 2016
Karen Ryder’s Sierra
CH Ryderwood High Sierra AX AXJ
June 22, 2001-August 5, 2016
"We lost our sweet Sierra yesterday. She was 15 years old. She was a natural in agility!"
Photo by Ann Clayton
Pam and Mark Harris and Jana Dozet's Jodie
Ch Spindrift Charmed I'm Sure CD RE PT AX AXJ OF OAP AJP NFP CGC TDI VX ROMAX
AD SSA SS SR SG PS2 PD2 EAC OJC NGC TN-N CL3-RH
Versatility Excellent Beardie
Register of Merit Agility Excellent
September 3, 1999-July 15, 2016
"It is with a heavy heart I write this note to tell you of Carbon’s passing. Carbon Copy combined all the finest traits of each beardie we owned. We were lucky to have her. She was a versatile beardie with mulitiple titles in her short show career. For those who remember, she was a lovely black beardie girl who announced her completion of the weave poles with an excited bark and leap into the air. She was loved by all of our neighbors, even turning a couple of dog haters into dog lovers. They and their grandchildren will miss her most. Carbon’s legacy will carry on through her progeny: Boing, Shadow, Colby, Chase, and Erabella." - Eileen
Tom and Cheri Omnus and Julie Patzius’ McKay
CH MACH Lakewood Shining Star RN MXB MJC NF PD2 PS2 PK3 PJ2 PG1 NAC NJC WV-N HIC CGC VX
Versatility Excellent Beardie
April 17, 2002 - June 7, 2016
"McKay had such a big presence in our home! He was my first breed Champion and my first MACH Champion. McKay didn’t start as an “easy” Beardie. As a puppy, he tested every boundary and rule even though his two brothers, Murray and Miller tried to show him the ropes. Over time we came together and accomplished so much, doing it our way: big and loud! What fun we had! He was a very special boy to us and we were truly blessed to have shared our life together for 14 years. It is never easy saying goodbye. We love you Bunny and miss you so very much! Until we meet again." - Cheri Omnus
Carol Hegg’s Joli
O'Duinnin Joli Goes Platinum CD RE PT JHD-sg MX MXS MXJ MJS OAP NJP OF
AAD ASA JCH RCH AS AG NAC NGC EJC TN-O WV-N CGC VX ROMAX
Versatility Excellent Beardie
"My petite little brown girl, Joli, went to the Rainbow Bridge in January. She was 13. Joli and I tried many venues and she worked diligently with me in all of them, learning quickly whatever we did. Herding was the most fun, but she worked hard every week so we could compete in agility, herding, obedience, rally, and a little bit of conformation. She really was a competitor and took High in Trial for Jumpers with Weaves at the 2004 National Specialty in Colorado. Thank you Eileen for trusting me with this little girl, who is Carbon’s sister. I think about her and miss her every single day. Like all beardies she gave everything of herself in all that we did together. Love you, little JoJo." - Carol
Rainbow Bridge Beardies 2015
Lisa Humm's Daisy
Five Fields Magic Daisy NA NAJ
January 31, 2010 - 2015
"I lost Daisy, my five year old beardie, last year. Don’t know if I’ll ever have another as losing her was very difficult."
Maryann Grove’s Camille
Barnhollow's Worth The Wait PT NA NAJ
13 April 2003 - 3 November 2015
It is with a broken heart that I have to report that my beautiful Camille has gone to the rainbow bridge. Three weeks ago she was running and playing with Lida on the beach, when she all of a sudden collapsed. Long story short, she had a mass in her heart, which I had removed, but it was hemangiosarcoma and had already spread. She was the love of my life, my soulmate, my companion and friend. I was so lucky to have her share her life with me. She was smart, silly, fun, would always make me smile with her antics, and loud! She loved to bark and even would make noise with her toys. She and I didn't make the greatest performance team since she was too much like me and we would both stress at competitions, but she loved working my sheep and had a nice way with them. We always kidded that she didn't think she was a dog. I called her my "Golden Being." She was pure love - so perhaps she is back with her fellow Golden Beings. “Fly free my love - I miss you more than I can say – I will love you forever.”
Barbara Stone’s Eriskay
CH Fivefields Temporary Insanity
BN RN NA NAJ NF CL1-FHS NW2 LIE VA, medical alert dog
20 October 2008 – 31 October 2015
'As a puppy, I thought Eri would never see the inside of an agility ring! Until he was about three, we would go to the practice barn, I'd try to teach him to do a piece of equipment and he'd lie down, put his chin on his paws and tell me that it looked like a lot of work. We'd throw the ball for twenty minutes and go home. When he finally decided agility was fun he never looked back. It was his favorite activity and once he got hooked, he never did it with less than 100% commitment and enthusiasm. He had a very limited trial career due to a series of broken and sprained toes (earned doing things like herding and running in the hay fields) and spent most of the three years, when he should have been trialing, rehabbing injuries. Extremely fast and with outstanding obstacle focus, he taught me more about handling and training than any of my other beardies. He was an amazing partner in everything we did together. I miss him terribly.'
CH Risa To The Spindrift Spirit PT HIC
9 April 2006 – 21 October 2015
“Jana had to say goodbye to her beautiful boy Tripp yesterday. Tripp was very sweet, lovable and so much fun. I think one of his most endearing qualities was his love for puppies, such as my Robbie. It was so much fun to watch him run in to check them out. He did like to steal their toys though. He will be greatly missed and leaves a big hole in our hearts. Rest in peace sweet boy!” Karen Gutheil
Jan Leverenz's Hops
AmCan CH MACH3 C-ATCH12 CS-ATCH
Wynsum Captivating Rhythm
CDX Can CD-HIT RAE MXC MJS2 MXP MJP MXF
AAD ASA JM SG AS AR
EAC EJC NCC TN-E WV-O TG-N NVA
L5PLT2 THD TDI CGC HIC VX
Versatility Excellent Beardie
3 April 2001 - 30 September 2015
Hops, my fabulous partner of 14 1/2 years left us last night after suffering multiple seizures and in pain. I couldn't have asked for a better Beardie. He starred in two commercials and was so tolerant of the many takes it took at the shoots. He took me to so many firsts in dog competition that I will cherish forever: my first Award of Merit with me as a novice handler at the BCCA Specialty in 2005, my first agility dog and MACHs, 12 C-ATCHs, titles in USDAA and NADAC, my first obedience dog with CD, CDX and HIT at the Canadian Specialty, my first rally RAE and HIT in rally at the BCCA National in 2011. He was an awesome Therapy Dog and was always willing to work no matter what I asked of him. I love all my boys, but Hops was a one in a million Beardie. Our pack lost its leader last night and my heart has a hole that will never heal.
Kim Kruger's Grendel
Spindrift Cookie Monster Risa
CD RN PT AX MXJ NF OAP AJP TDI CGC VX
Versatility Excellent Beardie
25 November 2000 – 3 September 2015
Grendel - Best dog ever, my true love.
"Thank you everyone for your kind words about Grendel. I feel the love everyone had for her. Her last day was wonderful. She played in the sprinklers, danced with me, and went for a long hike. She had a love for life and a sense of adventure that I will never forget. She made everything fun. I got Grendel as I was still a fairly new veterinarian. She loved going to work and greeting the clients, but most of all she loved her family. She loved these boys so much and raised them well. She taught them what unconditional love was about. She also taught them that it is okay to play in the sprinklers and be silly. We had many dance parties in their room with a dancing, singing Grendel. The house is much quieter without her. I will never forget you Grendel. You were my best friend, my constant companion, my hero, but, most of all, the best teacher I ever had. I love you sweet girl."
Marilyn Snook's Raven
Marjac's Mystic Raven
RE PT JHD STDs MX MXJ MXP EAC O-EJC OCC TG-O S-WV-O S-TN-O HP-O OVA
CL2 CL3-RF HIC CGC TDI VX
Versatility Excellent Beardie
30 April 2005 - 4 August 2015
There are no words to describe how losing Raven has devastated me. How do you ever get over losing the "perfect dog"? Raven was my once-in-a lifetime dog. She was my constant companion, my heart and my soul. Together we did herding, obedience, therapy visits, nosework, and her favorite - agility. She lived her life every day with such joy and exuberance. She always knew when I needed her, and now when I need her the most, she's no longer here. "No longer by my side, but always in my heart." I will always love and miss you, Raven!! my heart." I will always love and miss you, Raven!!
Patti Bott's Spice
MACH PACH Spindrift Risa Hot Stuff VX
CD RA MXB MJS MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX
NAC EJC NGC WV-O TN-O CL3 CL4-FHS CGC
Versatility Excellent Beardie
25 November 2000 - 2 June 2015
In just a day or two it will be 6 months since Spice crossed the Bridge. It has taken me this long to put together my thoughts and feelings. Spice was the Perfect Dog that came into my life at the Perfect Time. She was brown, sassy, smart, manipulative and a flirt. She loved the game of Agility! Spice was that dog that GOT the game and loved it. The two of us had the best time working as a team and running against the course and the clock. She loved the adoration of people and had a habit of flipping that beautiful head of hair as if to remind everyone that style is also important. My greatest admiration for Spice came when she had her autoimmune crash. The dignity and bravery she showed in fighting that battle left me in awe of an amazing dog that loved her family. I promised her in the dark days that if she would live, I would never make her stay at the start line again, and she never did. Spice, thank you for the gift of so many wonderful memories that you gave me over 14 1/2 years. I'm not sure I'll ever be over the tears.
Tien Tran - NCBCF Regionals 2004
“I lost Impy on March 5th. She had been acting somewhat lame for a few days, but that morning was clamping her hind leg to her abdomen and twisting her spine to an extreme degree. Her abdomen felt very tight and she was in obvious pain. The vet saw extensive abdominal tumors on ultrasound, and we decided to put her to sleep. She would have been 15 on May 13.” - Doug Halsey
"It is with great sorrow that I have to let you know that Remmie passed away last Saturday afternoon. He had been sick for a while and I knew the time was coming that we had to let him go and I had to write this dreadful e-mail.
He was our very first dog, our very first Beardie. We were fortunate enough to have him in our lives and we did everything and anything to make his life special, beautiful and exciting. Always very rewarding because this boy wore his heart on his sleeve. Where ever he would go, our handsome man always had a presence and attracted a lot of attention. Thank you for this fascinating journey we've been on, dear sweet boy. Our hearts are hurting and we are missing you terribly." - John & Miranda Mulders
Lucy Campbell Gracie’s Christopher
BIS MBISS GCH CH Briarpatch Top That
CD RE PT OA OAJ OF CGC VX
27 November 2003 - 16 January 2015
We have suffered a terrible loss this month. Christopher died on Friday the 16th, after a terrible week, while we battled what ended up being diagnosed as a ruptured abscess on his prostate (which led to septicemia). In spite of the best efforts of Vets and Surgeons, he was not able to fight back from the pervasive infection. We are devastated. There are no words adequate to express our grief.
Rainbow Bridge Beardies 2014
Sue Jamison's Bogie
MACH Nonesuch Ashbreeze Mr. Bogart
RN MXS MJG MXP MJP
8/27//02 - 11/10/14
"Bogie passed away this morning. He was my heart dog.
I will miss him forever. What a wonderful journey we had together."
"Thank you everyone who wrote such nice comments on my post about Bogie. You have no idea how much everyone of them means to me. I have read and reread them all many times. Now we all are trying to adjust with an empty spot in our hearts and home. I am doing my best to remember the vibrant Bogie, I am pretty sure he is having a great time up there pain free. I also think he must have known that this artic blast was coming and just said NO WAY. Smart boy Thanks everyone. I will cherish your thoughts forever."
Maryann Szalka's Sunny
Ch Wynsum After Dark NA NAJ NAP OJP CGC ROMA12 August 1999 - 29 October 2014
Carol Hegg’s Dusty
April Gold Star Dust AX AXJ SSA SJ NAC NJC NGC CGC THD
27 October 2000 - 3 September 2014
“It is with a broken heart that I am letting you know that my precious Dusty left me yesterday. He was 13, almost 14. Dusty was my first beardie, my first dog. What a wise choice I made. He was everything to me, my best friend, my companion, my confident. We did not get very far in agility, but nevertheless, he and I learned about agility together. Dusty was just too laid back for the competition of agility. But I knew early on that Therapy Dog work would be his "job", and indeed it was. I miss him so terribly, my heart aches, my tears fall.”
Leslie Dawson-North's Moxie
ATCHC Aceilidh's Thrill of the Chase MX AXJ AG.I FDCH
Agility Gold Award
January 1, 2000 - August 27, 2014
"With great sorrow, our Beloved Moxie crossed the Rainbow bridge. Tragically Moxie had to have surgery for an obstruction and didn't recover. She was a physically strong girlie that we expected to have with us for at least another year. I can't tell you how devastated we are and just how much we miss her. This was my last photo I took of her with her favourite squeaky, which she was also cremated with. She is now resting at home."
Jeff Wong & Alison Jayne’s Maggie
CH Llanddona Coeur De La Mer CD RE PT NA NAP NJP TDI UCD VX
Versatility Excellent Beardie
30 May 1999 - 20 August 2014
"Maggie was much more than my loyal companion and one of the many loves in my life. She was Hawaii’s first conformation champion with multiple group placements. Some of our favorite show memories of Maggie-- 2004-Ft. Collins Colorado, her first BCCA Nationals obedience competition she earned 1st place in Novice B and 2nd High in Trial--2006-Traveling by RV heading to our new home in Weston Mass. Stopping at our first really big dog show in Oregon, it rained cats and dogs all through that weekend and she gets soaked on the way to the ring. Judge gives Maggie BOB then turns reprimanding us with she had never put up an ungroomed dog before, so we quickly fixed that situation before heading to Herding group. That same judge upon entering the ring couldn’t stop smiling when she saw Maggie’s improvements. We got no placement but she thanked us!--2008-Essex Junction Vermont largest Novice B obedience class I had ever been a part of drew over 60 dogs, top competitors from all over the US and Canada. Maggie earned a 198 1/2 for 2nd place and our Sheltie Alex got 3rd place with a 197 1/2. When the Canadian judge complemented me saying that I had such good dogs, I was in shock. Maggie followed it up weeks later with her 1st High in Trial in North Conway, NH. I was worried to see the show schedules read BEWARE of BEARS and MOOSE.
Besides conformation obedience, agility, herding and therapy activities, Maggie was an actress and model. For Japan she did a NISSAN CUBE commercial filmed in Hawaii and a catalog spread for Kitamura Leather Handbags along with George, our first Beardie also from Pam Douglas‘s Llanddona Kennel in NZ. Here in the US, Maggie did magazine layouts for In The Company of Dogs with our Beardie Gidget, Sheltie Alex and our Toy Fox Terrier Samantha.
Maggie’s favorite love in her life was a passion for playing Frisbee through her fifteen amazing years of being here with us. I can’t count all those floppy discs that she had gone through. Alison and I and Maggie’s brothers and sisters which means our other ten dogs, 5 cats and 2 rabbits all miss her here at home, especially daughter Amanda. Now George and Maggie are joined together again looking down on us from the Rainbow Bridge…"
Kathleen Harold and Jackye Dunn's McKenna
AmCan CH Ragtyme Make 'Em Believe
AX AXJ OAP OJP NF NAC HIC ROMAX ROMO ROMI ROMR
Agility Register of Merit Excellent
12 April 1999 - 7 August 2014
“McKenna was the dog that changed the course of our life. She wasn't our first Beardie; she was the third. But she was our first show dog, our first agility dog and our foundation bitch. And she excelled at everything we asked her to do. We will never stop missing our beautiful, brilliant girl and never tire of seeing her look back at us through the eyes of her children, grand and great grandchildren.”
"Maggie and Keira"
Pearl Stokoe’s Keira
Brika's Karefree Keira NA NAJ HIC CGC
16 March 2001 - 4 August 2014
"We lost Keira just 1 year and 1 day after losing Maggie. After we lost Maggie, Keira seemed so depressed. She did for several months, then it was like she just gave up, slept more and more and became increasingly fussed about eating. Eating less and less, until she stopped. She went to the Bridge peacefully. I still get very tearful when thinking about my girls."
Sharon Prassa's Zoot
DC Britannia Zoots Me Fine
RE HSAd HTD-I HRD-II HTADIII-s OA AXJ OF AD
NAC NJC NGC TN-N CL3-RF HIC CGC TDI MV
15 May 1999 – 6 July 2014
"We said goodbye to Zoot today. It never gets easier. You all knew him and knew that he lived life to the fullest, always on his terms, in life as in work.
He was one talented dog and we are so fortunate to have spent 15 years with him. We will miss him terribly."
Joe and Sharon
Photo by Tien Tran
Rosanne Hunt's Zoe
Camelot Sweet Zoë Latte
PT AX OAJ HIC CGC
10 April 1999 - 14 May 2014
Ro's Zoey passed away yesterday evening from an enlarged heart...she was only ill for about 2 days and was at the Vets and getting ready to go home when she had a heart attack. I think Ro would appreciate hearing from those who knew Zoey. -- Barbara Claxton
Toni Tuck’s Ella
CH Britannia Sings the Blues TD NA NAJ NAC
11 February 1999 - 26 May 2014
Ella joined littermate Bond at the Rainbow Bridge within 2 days. Tracking was her game...she was a Versatile Beardie but really preferred to stay home. It isn't the same around here without her. I thank Michele & Chet for letting this gorgeous and delightful blue girl join our family. She is sorely missed.
Sandy Weiss' Bond
DC Britannia License to Thrill
CDX ASCA CD RE
HXAsd HIBd HTD-I HRD-I OTDs OTDd
OA OAJ AXP AJP CGC MV
Master Versatility Beardie
11 February 1999 - 24 May 2014
"I lost Bond on May 24. He started having seizures, having one the night before and then a second seizure early that morning. Up until then, he showed no signs of being sick and was playing frisbee earlier in the week. After giving me so much over the years, I knew it was time for me to give him the right to journey to the rainbow bridge. I miss him so much. But I know that, somewhere, under that bridge is a lake where Bond is floating in the water with his frizbee." --Sandy
Tim and Casey Minner & Sandy McDonald’s Heart
CH Moonstone Back In My Heart
RA HT NA OAJ OJP NF OFP S-TN-N WV-N HIC CGC VX ROM ROMAX
Agility Register of Merit Excellent
Conformation Register of Merit
27 April 2001 - 24 May 2014
“She ran with all her heart, every run, competing in her last agility trial in February 2014. My Novice A dog, I had the pleasure of running with her for 11 years. Not long enough, but more than I could ever have asked.”
Jill Scarborough's Jack
OTCH MACH O'Duinnin Oh Dat Jack B Nimble
UDX4 OM1 RE MXS MJC MJP3 VX
Versatility Excellent Beardie
Multiple Highs in Trial
"It is with great sadness that I had to help Jack leave this world today.
It was one hell of a ride we went on together going for the OTCH and MACH. He earned 13 HIT, 13 HC, 58 1s/t places in obedience and 57 in agility. People that saw him work knew he was SPECIAL. He was a great ambassador for the breed and there are those who got their first ever beardie because of Jack.
Jack loved to work. When I would try to take a day off from training him he would just stare at me until I would give in and do something with him. You could say he trained ME pretty well.
Life was better with Jack in it and I am so going to miss him so much."
Photo by Temple Imaging Services
Sandy McDonald’s Kip
CH MACH Moonstone Totally Unexpected RE PT MXG MJS AXP AJP OF VX
23 July 199 – 14 February 2014
Your life was a blessing,
your memory a treasure.
You are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure.
Kelly Canham’s Cole
BIS Canadian Grand Champion/American Champion
Cameron's D'Arque Reflection
PCD NAJ CKC-NAJ NJC NGC HIC CGC ROMX ROMI ROMA
Best in Show
Register of Merit Excellent for Conformation
Register of Merit for Herding Instinct and Agility
March 2000 - February 2014
“My once in a lifetime Beardie”
Rainbow Bridge Beardies 2013
Steve Lausmann's Izzy
CH C-ATE C-ATCH Springhill's Isabelle
OA AXJ AXP OF XFP ExST ExJU ExFH ExWC ExSN ExJP
O-EAC O-EJC O-OCC O-TN-E WV-E TG-E HP-N NVA XGT-N XCC-N XHP-N
10 January 2006 - 30 December 2013
December 24, 2013
I noticed on Friday that Izzy was having a harder time breathing. Since we had her teeth cleaned on Thursday I took her back to Loomis Basin vet clinic Saturday morning to have her looked at. They did a chest xray to check her lungs. When the vet came out to get me she had a look on her face of disbelief. We looked at the pictures together as she explained that Izzy's lungs were taken over by either cancer or fungus. An ultrasound then confirmed she has tumors on both kidneys. The conclusion is renal cancer that has spread to her lungs. She is still with us and is slowing down rapidly. I am having difficulty getting her to eat. The vets said we shouldn't expect her to last much more than a week. I am in shock and wasn't prepared for this. She is my heart dog and we have had quite a journey together. Thank you Lisa Seltmann, Susan Rappillus, Lisa Kretner, and Justine Bradley for helping us cope with this.
December 30, 2013
Izzy left us this morning. We are heartbroken to lose our girl at such a young age. She was so full of life and showed me how to laugh. She will be missed terribly. Thank you for everyone's support over the last week.
January 4, 2014
I attended the CPE trial at WAG today with Bailey. I knew this would be hard but felt it would be better than hanging around the house mourning the loss of Izzy. Izzy enriched my life in many ways in her too short life but the friends she enabled me to make ranks at the top. The outpouring of compassion from all of my friends at the trial was very special and is helping me make sense of this. Thank you for sharing your feelings with me today.
January 12, 2014
Reflecting on the two days Bailey and I spent at the Haute Dawgs NADAC trial. Still hurts like hell when I think of Izzy and the empty hollow feeling that won't go away. On the bright side, being around all of my friends at the trial kept my spirits up. Bailey even put some really nice runs together. Finished with tunnelers which was Izzy's favorite game. Bailey rounded out his day by going to the skilled nursing home to visit my mother with me.
Sharon and Jeff Ipser's Jax
CH MACH3 Wigglesworth Out On A Limb
RN MXC MJB2 MXP MJP PS1 CGC ROMAX VX
Winner of the Denia Award for 2002
5/12/98 - 12/16/13
Joanne Williamson’s Beau
Britannia Beau Brummel RE PT MXB MJS XF OAP AJP VX
EAC EJC EGC TN-E WV-O TG-O OVA
Versatility Excellent Beardie
10 June 1998 - 23 November 2013
Lucy Campbell-Gracie's Igor
BISS GCH Briarpatch Look At That CD RE HT AX AXJ MXP MJP VX
Best in Specialty Show, Grand Champion, and Versatility Excellent Beardie
4 September 1999 - 2013
Farewell my friend, best dog show traveling buddy, agility superstar [who kept me from knowing what a mediocre handler I am,] enthusiatic herder of sheep, and joyous greeter of each new day. You came through the cancer surgery and gave us two more years together.
Thank you for brightening my days and for sharing your abilities with your offspring. Your loss has left a hole in my heart.
Photo by Kenneth Reed
Ruth and Neil Bryden's Glayva
Versatility Excellent Beardie
C-ATCH Aceilidh's Nua Bliam Coilean
CD RA PT NA NAJ NF CGC VX
PD1 PS1 PK1 PG1 PR1 NAC NCC NJC S-TN-E WV-N TG-N NVA ChSN ChFH
1 January 2000 - November 2013
Renee Lovett's Cocoa
Spindrift Dont U Just Lovett OA NAJ NAP NJP NAC CL2-R U-AGI HIC CGC
17 February 1999 - 1 November 2013
Photo by Craig Chatterton
BJ Walker's Kailey
Ch Shanaspree Kick A Field Goal RA MX MXJ MJB NJP OF OAC OJC NCC TN-O WV-O TG-N NVA VX
13 October 1997 - 21 October 2013
One more lesson she taught me out of so, so many: some decisions just have to be made. And so it was, that on a beautiful, autumn day, we said goodbye to our beloved girl, Kailey. As the sedative took effect, she looked into my eyes and I stroked her aged head and told her what a good, good girl she is and how I loved her so much. I watched as her back legs relaxed and realized how much tension and pain she had been feeling. She quietly slipped away. My first puppy born in our house. My first agility dog. My first champion that I finished in bred-by. My first hospital therapy dog. My student writing assistant in my 3rd grade classroom. But most of all, my heart dog. Thanks so much to the beardie list people as they helped me through her last year or so. And most of all, huge thanks to Laura Tappero, her co-breeder, who was there at her birth and throughout her life.
Every pup has a lesson to teach us.
Monty's was to live life to its fullest.
Take advantage of every opportunity.
And smile through any adversity that comes your way.
We will miss you forever little man!
Mary Lou Watson's Digger
Jubo-Lee's Man In Black NAJ
10 June 2001 - 31 August 2013
Dawn Kinney's Wick
Dunnachie's Wicked Good RA OA OAJ OF CGC
7 June 2004 - 29 August 2013
Cheri and Tom Omnus' Miller
Angelfire Shooting Star MX MXJ MXP AJP EAC NJC TN-N
27 June 1996 - 29 August 2013
I wanted to let you know that Tom & I helped our sweet boy Miller cross the rainbow bridge last Thursday on 8/29. What a great life we shared. Miller was my second Beardie and he is the reason I fell in love with agility. Agility seems like a distance past to me, as he lived for over 17 years and retired when he was 10. Miller and I always had a great time when we ran agility together. He loved to bark and let everyone know it was “Miller Time” and he was out there running and they weren't. I can still see his beautiful coat flying as he ran around the ring. Back in the day when you had to do a down on the table his elbows would be up off the table but the judge could never seem to see it, but I knew. He was just ready to get off that table.
Miller was always by me whatever I was doing. I called him my assistant chef (always under my feet in the kitchen) & my water melon taster. Boy did he love his water melon. I always said to him that I watched over him and he watched over me. We took care of each other. My heart is aching now but I’m so glad I have all those wonderful memories to get me by. There is a piece of my heart that will always belong to Miller, my very special boy. Love you Miller.
Toni and Perry Barnhart's Prudence
Melita Dusty Miller NAC TN-N
11 May 2000 - 25 August 2013
Our Prudence is gone from us. We are really grieving here. If this good earth seems a bit quieter tonight, it is because Prudence, our wonderful, outspoken, brown Beardie girl has passed away. She had inoperable tumors, diagnosed years ago. Typical Prudence, she beat the odds, thriving for almost 4 years after a diagnosis which placed her longevity in months. She was 13. Pru inspired articles detailing her antics for the "Shaggy Rag", the BCCSC (Bearded Collie Club of So. CA.) monthly newsletter for over 3 years. She was a BAD (Beardie Agility Diehards) member in good standing. And we will always be thankful to her breeders, Jean and Irwin Richland for the privilege of bringing Prudence into our home & hearts. It is entirely thanks to Pru’s love of (and need for) agility, that we have become friends with some of the best people we have ever known in our lives: here in Hawai’i, in the Pacific Northwest, and in Southern California. We will always be grateful to Prudence for helping us find such wonderful friends. We hope the life she had with us at least partially repays the debt we owe to her, for all she gave to us. Prudence lived her ENTIRE life going hell bent for leather with her hair on fire! She barked and barked and barked AND BARKED AND BARKED; and played and ran in the yard right up until the last few days of her life. She was a force of nature and had an absolute, unmitigated joy of life! She was our girl, and she took a big piece of both our hearts with her when she left us Friday. Our sorrow at her passing is as overwhelming as Pru’s personality. Oh! How we will miss her!
Our Beardie Spalding passed away in 2011, so now, for the first time in 15 years we are without a Beardie in the house. Our young Bossies Oscar & Oliver are wonderful & amazing, and we love them dearly, yet, to be without a Beardie... And so... godspeed, Prudence! We know without a doubt they can hear you coming! Thanks for listening. Aloha, Toni & Perry
Beth Tilson’s Maude
CH Burlesque Debut At Highlander OA OAJ HIC ROMA
4 June 2003 – August 2013
Pearl Stokoe's Maggie
Brika's Millennium Promise OA OAJ AGI HIC CGC
1 January 2000 - 3 August 2013
Well it's been a little over 3 months and I still can't believe Maggie's gone. I was missing her terribly today. Maggie started to have seizures. One here one there. Very sporatic. Never lasting more then 5-10 sec and she would recover in an hour or so. She had had maybe 3 or 4 up till August. Aug 1 she had one and just didn't seem quite right, very fatigued. Then the night of Aug 2 - 3 she had one that lasted almost 20 seconds and never really recovered. She didn't know me and wasn't even aware of anything around her....So we took her to see our wonderful vet to help her to the Bridge. Maggie was totally blind...cataracts, but was able to still keep everyone in line...BARK BARK. She Found the water bowl when she needed and was always ready to eat. There was no quit in that girl. Very amazing since she was diagnosed with Primary Addisons @ 14 months old and Hypothyroid @ 5 years old. Maggie and always had a blast with Agility. She had more clean runs than not and we could run with a minimum of verbal commands...I have been very fortunate to have had 2 heart dogs....Thor, my GSD and now Maggie. But Maggie was even more special...we needed each other, we took care of each other. She was "my little girl". I'm tearing up as I write this...our time is never enough with them.
Shannon Smart's Loki
Versatility Excellent Beardie
Spindrift Risa Devil Made Me Do It
RN PT MX MXJ MJB NJP NF HIC CGC VX
6 May 2000 – 28 July 2013
Pat Coreris with Buster and Roger
Pat Coreris' Roger
Versatility Excellent Beardie
C-ATCH Risa Spindrift Over And Out
CD BN RAE2 PT MX MXJ NJP XF
PD1 PS1 AAD ASA AJ AG AS AR HIC CGC TDI VX
12 November 2005 – Summer 2013
Jana Dozet's Star
Versatility Excellent Beardie
CH Spindrift Catch A Risa Star
RN PT AX MXJ NAP NJP OAC OJC NGC
WV-N CL3-FRSH CGC VX
17 February 1999 – Summer 2013
Nancy Layton's Scout
Dogtown Leader of the Pack
HSAds HIAs HTDI-sd HTDII-sd HTADII-sd HTADIII-sd HRDI-ge HRDIII-s,ge,g STD-sd OTD-sd
OA NAJ OAP OJP NFP PD SPS SPJ SPG SPR SPK OAC O-NJC NGC RSN JSO GSN CTL3 CSL4-RHS TDI
Combined High in Trial at 2002 Bearded Collie Nationals: 2 Highs in Trial, one on ducks and one on sheep
Combined High in Trial at 2004 NCBCF Regionals: 2 Highs in Trial, one on ducks and one on sheep
11 February 2000 - 1 July 2013
Michele Ritter and Chet Jezierski's Biff
Master Versatility Beardie
BIS MBISS American/Canadian Champion
Britannia Back To The Future
VCD1 RE PT AX MXJ CGC ROMAX MV
11 February 1999 – 15 June 2013
Saturday, June 15th, we said “good-bye” to Biff, the best dog anyone could ever have; and while losing a dog is always heart-breaking, the decision to euthanize him was the most difficult one we’ve ever made. Affectionately known as the Biffster, Mr. Biff and Ranger Rick (due to his searching out anything edible when left on his own,) he was always up for whatever we wanted to try: agility, obedience, rally, herding and his most recent activity, tracking. He had an enviable record at specialties, winning two BCCA Nationals, as well as multiple independent specialties. He passed on his style and movement and most importantly, “want to” to his many off-spring, many of whom followed in his enthusiasm for all things performance. He loved to go places and visit people, no matter where he went or who he met, he had to insert himself between peoples’ legs for a good head or butt rub, or rub against them inviting a cuddle. Biff, who never met a food he didn’t like, became very selective with what he would eat mid-May and his breathing changed. X-rays & ultrasounds showed a mass in his spleen and fluid in his pleural (chest) cavity, which was removed. Additional ultrasounds indicated that there was also a mass in his chest that was causing the fluid build-up compressing his lungs, causing the “strange” breathing I had noted. His heart and lungs were in good condition. Aspiration of the mass in his chest indicated that it had metastasized from the spleen, so he was not a candidate for surgery. He was put on meds to help with his appetite, but the fluid build-up continued in his chest. After several more chest taps, we decided that our noble Biff deserved better than this, and that we needed to release him from his body that had failed him.
Claire Cifarelli's Patch
Versatility Excellent Beardie
MACH3 Raintree Ha'Penny Hades
CDX RE MXG MJB2 AXP AJP OF PD2 PS2 PJ2 PK2 PG2 PR1
OAC EJC NGC TN-O TG-N WV-N VX
21 May 2000 – 28 May 2013
With tears in my eyes and a heavy heart I write this tribute to my best friend and soul mate Patch. He was my Novice A boy who taught me about companionship and being a team. Patch loved agility. We went from being the zoomie boy who jumped yellow contacts and ring gates to my reliable one who completed MACH3 at 11. We moved down to 16 inch preferred and he reminded me of how much fun he had as a Novice A dog. All I could do was laugh at his zest for life. It didn’t matter to him that he had a MACH3 he wasn’t hitting no stinking yellow. We earned his CDX and Rally Excellent in obedience just before his 12th birthday. He was so proud of himself when we walked into the ring and he let everyone know. We were excused for excessive barking despite some awesome picture perfect runs. He had great attention and quite the prance when heeling. At home Patch loved to play frisbee in the yard and go for walks around the neighborhood. In the house he would collect all his stuffed toys and set them up all around him. He would lie in the middle of them and have one tucked under his chin and hug one between his front legs. He was still catching his frisbee in the yard the day before he passed over to the Rainbow Bridge. Dear Patch you are always in my heart and thoughts. Have fun at the bridge with Dino. Thank you for the precious times we shared. Until we all meet again at the bridge. I Love You. Mom
Linda Swain and Pat Hyde's Tyler
Versatility Excellent Beardie
CH Wind Dancer Circle Of Life PT HSCs MX MXB MXJ MJB HIC CGC VX
12 March 2001 - 21 May 2013
Unfortunately another Beardie has gone to join the group at the Rainbow Bridge, Tyler. There will be a large hole in our lives.
Christiana Taylor's Georgie
Versatility Excellent Beardie
BISS CH Sunriver Stand and Deliver
RE OA OAJ OAC OJC NGC O-TN-E TG-N CL3-RF VX
November 1999 - May 2013
Every Beardie is special, every Beardie has traits, tricks and accomplishments that set him apart in Beardiedom. Then there are those few whose accomplishments are registered in the books that record the best of the best. Georgie is in that book because he was a Specialty winner, an athlete, and an ‘all rounder’. At 12 he was Best Veteran at the NWBCC Regional, showing his breathtaking movement in a well-made body, and his stunning face. His beauty, skill and poise were known and appreciated in a wide circle of Bearded Collie admirers. Georgie had a purportedly fatal and rare disease. He was given one year, two at the most, in 2006. Not only did he ignore the predication, he went on to higher levels in agility, almost finished his CD, raced to the RE in Rally, and achieved the Versatility Excellent in 2012, when he was 12. He had great courage and fortitude. He never called out in pain, but he used all his vocal ingenuity to demand he go in the car, go to bed when Billy went, have his meals in his own crate and continue all his normal activities despite losing most of his strength in the last year. But his most enduring accomplishment was his powerful commitment to love and loyalty. Georgie was the Prime Minister of our castle, proud and handsome, elegant and gentle. A nobleman.
Marilynn Snook’s Lakotah!
U-ACH Walkoway's Vixen
CD U-CD RN HSAs HTD1gs HRD1gs STDs OA OAJ OAP OJP NAC CL2-RFS TDI HIC CGC VX
24 December 1997 – 5 April 2013
On April 5th I had to say goodbye to my beloved Lakotah! She was 15 years 3 1/2 months. She didn't have anything medically wrong, but her little body was just totally giving out on her. She was beginning to have more bad days than good ones. It was very hard, and I miss her so much. She was my heart dog, and my heart is breaking now. Lakotah! is the one who got me into all the fun dog things I do today. She always wanted to please me, and she had almost 30 titles in herding, agility, and obedience. She never cared what she was doing though, as long as she was with me. The titles weren't the important thing; the love and companionship we shared is what I will miss. Run free, my sweet Lakotah! You will be forever in my heart . . . until we meet again. I love you! -Marilynn Snook
Linda Porter’s Bailey
MACH2 CH Oakengates Irish Cream
MXC MJS2 AXP MJP OF AAD ASA AJ AS SR SG O-NAC O-OJC O-NCC TN-E S-WV-N O-TG-N NVA ROMA
10 January 1998 – 22 March 2013
On March 22nd I had to say goodbye to my heart dog BAILEY. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. He didn’t have anything medically wrong with him; his body just gave out on him and his eyes told me it was time to say goodbye. So many memories I have of him. I picked Bailey out from pictures that were sent to me from Mary Jo Steger and Terry Johnson when he was about 2 weeks old. I watched him grow as they sent me weekly pictures. At age 8 weeks a number of the puppies came from Tennessee to Virginia where I was to pick him up from Terry’s house. When I went to get him I was told I could pick whichever one I wanted; I never changed my mind. Our journey began on that day. Bailey was my second conformation dog; the judges loved him and he got his Championship by the age of 16 months. At about age 3 Bailey became my first agility dog. Well, he and I loved this game. He never had a stay at the start line, his contacts were not always the greatest, and he hated the table. With all these problems he still got his MACH 1 and 2 titles. He went to three AKC Agility Invitationals (making the finals one year) and went on to get a number of Agility Preferred titles before retiring. After he retired from Agility he liked to stand between my legs and supervise as I worked the other dogs in my yard. RIP my wonderful Bailey with your lovable, laid-back character and huge sense of humor. You will always be with me in my heart and memories. – Linda Porter
Maryann Groves’ Brylie
"It is with a sad heart that I have to announce that my Brylie went to the rainbow bridge yesterday. She had been doing so well and still enjoyed chasing Camille around our fields, but last week she went off her food and her systems just shut down. She was my delicate little flower – so beautiful and sweet. She was a challenge to train and thus taught me so many things. She eventually did pretty well and each accomplishment was so special because I knew how hard it was for her to perform in those scary places. Some of my favorite memories are of early morning walks on the beach with her and Brechin - the happiest of times! I miss her terribly and a chunk of my heart went with her." - Maryann, Craig, and Camille
Tamara Duvell and Jason Pelland's Duncan
Duncan Canadian CD RN HT
1 June 2000 - 25 February 2013
"I lost Belle in February, just before her 14th birthday."
Iris Berry's Tag
Spindrift Risa Up and Over
MX MXJ OF OAP NJP NAC NJC CL3-R HIC
17 February 1999 – January 2013
Yesterday our beautiful, brown Beardie girl went to the Rainbow Bridge to be with our beloved Sheltie, Scout, who left us in September. It has been a sad loss for us, but we prefer to dwell in the joy that Kira brought to us. Kira was born to work and was a serious girl - stubborn and smart and the best partner I could ever have had. I learned way more from her than she ever learned from me. On an agility course, she was all business. Running her was like being on a very fast train! We struggled together and triumphed together. Kira qualified for 4 AKC Nationals, and for 1 AKC Invitational, where we went to Long Beach and had 4 great runs. She also went High in Trial at her very first BCCA National Specialty, as she earned her AXJ. Running her was always a thrill and she always gave me everything she had. Living and traveling with her was very special. She was easy and loved whatever we were doing, as long as we were doing it together. Kira was a great ambassador for the Beardie breed. She was a gentle lady and a great athlete. She lived to do agility and loved herding. She had no use for conformation, although she retired with 11 points and 1 major. She just found it too boring. Likewise, obedience was way too slow for her, although she managed to earn a Rally novice title. But what I loved most about Kira was our special relationship. As much as she loved agility, she only wanted to run with me. She was a beautiful, loving and joyful dog, our first Beardie, and life will not be the same without her. Fortunately, our friends Walt Ernst and Rosie Schroeder were with us when Kira passed. They were so comforting. It was a real blessing for us. Hug your dogs today and it is true that you never know when your last run will be. So enjoy. That Q means nothing in the long run. Poor Owen Meany, our Havanese, is grieving terribly for her . Thank you, Tammy Begler for sharing this very special girl with us. She was the best brown girl ever. Thanks to all our friends for your love and support during our good times and not so good times. We love you all.”-- Bill and Bobbie Raguse
"I received a call from Iris this afternoon. She had gone somewhere last Friday and Meg got out and tried to find her. She got hit by a car. She was alive, but gravely injured when Iris found her. Iris opted to let her go!! I've known Iris for 30 years and have never heard her so upset. The new bright light in her life has been her new puppy, Pip, Meg's grandson. Meg as we all know has been Iris's PRINCESS! I personally will miss her very sweet personality and sweet, sweet face." - Pam Harris
Photo by Steve Surfman
Terry Johnson's Cassie
Oakengates Aren't I Clever AX AXJ NJP
17 July 1997 - Fall 2012
"Unfortunately I had to say goodbye to both my old girls this fall. I lost Jazz on 10/23/12 and Cassie on 11/23/12. Jazz never liked to perform in public but she always wanted to know about everything that was going on anywhere. I miss seeing her lying on the deck and looking up the road to make sure she didn't miss anything. Cassie started her agility trialing later in life but she loved it! She was a great jumper. She was one of the smartest dogs I've ever had and fun to run. I see her everyday in her daughter Streaker. I still miss them both so much."
Karen Norteman’s Charlie
WayToMe Midsummer Knight HIC
17 May 1997 - September 2012
Sharon Williamson's Brio
MACH Springhill's Spirit of Brio
CD MXB MJG AAD JM RM PJ3 AJD OAC EJC NCC TDI CGC
10 May 1998 - 28 September 2012
Headlines Rhapsody in Blue OA NAJ HIAs HTD-1-s HIC
14 September 1997 - 21 September 2012
My Teacher, My Friend, Thank You for the Journey!
I lost BlueBerry a week ago at 15 years and 1 week. She stayed perky up through her birthday --- I think because she knew I was wanting to celebrate it with her --- then showed signs of illness and went downhill quickly.
Ann Chandoha's Arbi
CH MACH O'Duinnin HMT Rhythm 'N Booze MXG MJC AXP MJP OAC OJC NGC CGC
August 9, 1997 - September 13, 2012
September 13th, 2013
On this day one year ago, I helped our Arbi cross to THE bridge...Arbi, our "smurf", our "baby cakes", and our "sweetness", we miss you, still....Hope you are chasing your favorite things...butterflies and BOATS!!! WE LOVE YOU! Gretch, thank you for being there FOR, and WITH me!!!!
Lucy Campbell Gracie’s Max
CH Briarpatch Portraitist CD HT OA OAJ VX ROMX
11 September 1996 – 6 August 2012
Tammy Domico’s Sparkee
Alashaw Place Your Bets AX MXJ OF
21 February 1999 – 28 June 2012
Darlene and Paul Foley’s Sienna
Cynamen Artisan Sienna Star RN PT JHD CGC
18 February 2004 – 23 June2012
Photo by Steve Southard
Ch Firstprizebears Las Vegas
AX AXJ NAP NJP NAC NJC NGC PT HCT CGC VX ROMAX
Versatility Excellent Beardie
28 February 1995 - April 2012
We lost Mirage in April :(
She made to 17 and was doing well until the last few days of her life.
She's greatly missed.
Wanda Packard's Rosie
CH Delgatie's Dreams Come True
CD RE PT AX AXJ AXP AJP VX
13 July 1996 - 30 July 2012
Rosie crossed the Rainbow Bridge today. She was born 7/13/96 so died just a few weeks after her 16th birthday. I was lucky to have her with me and wish she could have stayed longer. Wanda
Cindy Nellipowitz's Solo
CH Chantilly's Woofgang Amadeus
CD RN HSAs NA NAJ NAP NJP NAC NJC VX
1 April 1996 - 23 July 23 2012
"This morning Solo passed over the rainbow bridge. I haven't done a post or facebook or anything yet. I'm just not ready."
Elaine O'Carroll’s Rory
Am/Can CH Colledge Spirit of Sheiling
UD RE PT MXB MJB NAP OJP NAC OJC NTC VX
Can CH CDX HT AG.N VA
6 April 1998 – 18 April 2012
“I finally found the strength to let you know that we had Rory euthanized last week. He was a great dog right until the end and we miss him greatly. As you know, Rory won High in Trial JWW at the 2001 BCCA Specialty and also won an AWARD of Merit at that same Specialty. He won several Best of Breed and Group Placement awards in the US and Canada in his limited conformation career. He also won several Obedience High in Trials in all-breed shows and Specialties in the US and Canada. He was Top Scoring Obedience Beardie for several years in the US and Canada. He was twice invited to the AKC Invitational for Obedience, but we didn't go because it was not feasible for us to travel to California at that time. He accomplished so much, but SLO finally interfered with his ability to compete. He was a very special, fun, vivacious dog and I loved working with him. We taught each other so much. He died in comfort and with dignity. We all have to go through this heartache. It's the unfortunate part of having pets. They bring us so much joy, but leave us with so much sorrow.”
Karen Barratt’s Bud
CH MACH2 O'Duinnin HMT A Bud for Boo MXC MJS2 ROMAX
9 August 1997 – 13 March 2012
Karen Barratt’s Jet
MACH5 O'Duinnin HMT Sonic Boom MXG2 MJC2 AAD EAC EJC OGC
9 August 1997 – 13 March 2012
"I have been enjoying agility for a little over 6 years, initially with my “neardie” Murphy, adopted through BONE and now with my full beardie Maggie. I live in Canada and compete in AAC. Before he died Murphy achieved his ATCH and Bronze Award of Merit in the AAC. For a dog who came with issues, started agility late, and was nicknamed the zoom meister this was an accomplishment! At a guess his DOB was some time in 2000 and I set his birthday in October as I adopted him in October 2002. He died in March of this year."
Casey Minner’s Jester
CH Moonstone Surely You Jest RA NA NAJ HIC CGC VA ROMA
19 September 1997 – 8 February 2012
Neil and Ruth Bryden's Jura
Bonnie Bella Scotch Mist
CD NA NAJ NAC EJC EGC S-TN-E O-WV-E CL2-FHS CGC
1 May 1997 - 23 December 2011
“Throughout my life, I have participated in numerous sports and been fortunate enough to have won several tournaments, championships and titles. However, nothing in my life has ever given me the exhilaration and highs that I experienced when running Jura in the agility ring - that constant feeling of being on the "edge". Thank you ‘Little Darling,’ you will always be in my memories.”
Sarah and Doug Halsey's Wizard
MACH11 ADCH Anasazi Secret of the Wizard MXG4 MJS5 MFB TQX SACH EAC EJC EGC CGC
9 April 1998 - 6 December 2011
“On Tuesday night we lost (from a stomach tumor) the neatest most joyful fun-loving noisiest silliest and sweetest Beardie in the world. Wizzie loved us and every person he ever met. Wizzie was always so happy and always could make me laugh and smile. We loved him so much for his happy silly ways. I could always write a fun and happy story about Wizzie, year after year. I cannot write this one. I cannot believe I won't hear the woof anymore. Wizzie, goodbye. We will always love you and miss you forever.”
Wizard was an extraordinary agility Beardie in both AKC and USDAA. He was the third Beardie to earn the ADCH and the third to earn the MACH, but the first to earn BOTH Championship titles. Wizard was also the first Beardie to win all three of the BCCA's top AKC Agility Awards in the same year! At the 2002 National Specialty in Monterey, besides winning HIT for JWW and first place in the Pairs Relay, he received the Denia Award for Standard Agility, the High in Jumpers with Weaves Trophy for JWW, and the Diehard Trophy for being the top Beardie in the Country. He also received the Diehard and Jumpers trophies in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. Wizard was recognized by both the AKC and BCCA as the top agility Beardie six years running: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006! Wizzie qualified for the AKC Nationals ten times between 2001 and 2010 and three times for the USDAA Nationals between 2001 and 2003. Wizzie was the #1 invitee to the AKC/Eukanuba Invitational in 2006 and participated five times between 2006 and 2010. He was the first Beardie to earn the MACH6, the MACH7, the MACH8, and the MACH9, and won seven Specialty Highs in Trial. He and his indomitable spirit will be greatly missed!
Barbara Stone's Brinian
MBISS Am/Can CH Fivefields Reckless Abandon RA PT JHD AX AXJ NF NAP NJP NFP OAC OJC NGC TG-N TN-N CL2-F NW1 TDI HIC CGC ROM ROMI ROMA VX
28 July 2001 - November 2011
“I have some sad news to share with the BAD folks. Two weeks ago, Brinian left for the RB. He was severely injured in a herding accident three years ago. Between the musculoskeletal and internal injuries, the accident ended his careers in showing, agility and obedience. I was very fortunate to have an amazing team of surgical, rehab and alternative medicine vets for him who were able to keep him on his feet for three and a half years. Ultimately, the kidney damage was more than he could overcome. In the last couple years he still worked with me on new performance areas earning the first nosework (NACSW) title earned by a bearded collie, NW1, and becoming a TDI Therapy Dog. Brinny is survived in my household by his grandson, Eriskay, a pretty awesome guy with Colton's sweetness and Brin's drive.”
Polley McClure's Ivy
Black Friar Ivy Roon MX MXJ CGC
19 June 1997 - 2 October 2011
"My heart is still full of her...what a sweet, loving and beautiful girl she was...sigh..."
Pam Harris’ Picard
Ch Spindrift Jean-Luc Picard AX AXJ NAP AD OAC OJC NGC JHD PT CGC VX
9 November 1994 - 18 September 2011
Linda Porter’s Molly
Am/Can Ch Classical's Timeless Love CGC
14 December 1995 - 12 September 2011
Anne Kajava's Olaf
ADCH Olaf MX, MXJ SACH-Gold/JCH-Silver/SCH-Silver/RCH-Bronze/GCH TM EAC EJC EGC
15 April 1997-7 September 2011
“Olaf died last week. : ( Very tough time for me right now as he was my first dog EVER.”
Olaf was the top USDAA Beardie from 2000 through 2003. He was the second Beardie and the first in the United States to earn the highest USDAA title, the ADCH. Olaf participated in the USDAA Nationals in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. On 9 September 2000, Anne and Olav were among the finalists in Del Mar, CA, where Olav placed 11th out of 110 in three separate competitions: the Grand Prix, Open Jumpers, and "In and Out."
Jeff and Sharon Ipser’s Libbee
CH Wigglesworth Make No Mistake AX AXJ NAP
19 December 2001 - 24 August 2011
Maryann Groves’ Brechin
CH Jubo-Lees Once Ina Lyfethyme RN PT OA AXJ NAC OJC NGC TD HIC CGC ROMA VX
10 April 1995 – 20 July 2011
“It is with a heavy heart that I must say that we helped my beautiful Brechin pass to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. Up until a few days ago, she was still out running around after her daughters and catching her frisbee - her favorite thing to do at age 16 plus. Her heart was so strong, but her body gave out on her. She collapsed (possibly a stroke) and couldn't get up without much assistance, so I knew it was time. She was just the most amazing dog - the whole package. She introduced me to agility, tracking, herding, breed, obedience, and rally and she excelled in everything she did. Unfortunately, she was saddled with a human partner who was not quite as good as she was, but she loved me anyway and really wouldn't work for anybody else. There is such a huge hole in my heart right now, but I have to remember all the fun times we had together. She was such a blast and the Queen of our house! She always loved being the ‘Star’ so I hope that she is shining brightly in the sky above me. I miss her terribly already.”
David Williamson’s Murray
Wynsum Holdin' On To A Dream AX AXJ NAP NJP NAC NJC
11 December 2003 - 14 May 2011
Our sweet Murray has left us, and we are sitting here this morning in disbelief. We went to bed last night around 11 and put him on the bed between us -- his place where he felt secure. Just a few minutes after 1:00, Dennis woke me up with “Murray’s not breathing.”
We had been seeing the vet a couple of times over the last 3 weeks because Murrayhad gotten his leg caught under a door I had opened too quickly. Within a week his limp had gone away, but apparently one night he jumped up on a piece of high furniture and was limping again the next morning. Dennis took him to the vet last Monday, and the Rimadyl was restarted. He began panting Thursday, and we thought it was because he was warm. Yesterday (Friday) he continued to pant, and when he didn’t eat his supper, we thought we’d better take him in first thing this morning.
Well, we are taking him in but for a different reason. When his remains are returned, he’ll join our other good boys when we put the ashes in a big raised bed in the backyard. The flowers that we’ll plant will be Murray’s way of seeing the sunshine again.
A gentler dog there never was, Murray’s dad
"Caper lived his life with zest. He was unbelievably fast on the agility course, winning eight Highs in Trial at Beardie Specialties: 5 in JWW, 2 in Standard, and 1 in FAST. Amazingly he earned his last five HITs at ages 11 and 12, with QQs both at the 2006 Nationals in Oregon and the 2006 NCBCF Regional Specialty. In 2007 he earned an HIT in FAST at the NCBCF Regional. He was the first and only Beardie to earn a Versatility NATCH and the first to earn a C-ATCH2. Caper, of course, had no idea that he was winning HITs. He just knew that he was having a great time with his Dad. Caper barked his way through Novice Rally until he caught on that there would be only one or two jumps max. Then he settled in and qualified consistently up to his Rally Excellent QQ #9, when he decided that he had had enough of this sport. Jack took time out for six months, then he and Caper went back and earned the final QQ for the title.
Caper also loved herding with both Jack and me. I handled him for his HT and he caught on immediately. By the time Jack took him in for his PT at the Northwest Nationals, he understood that he did not need to "work" the sheep if they were being docile, so he remained calm and self-controlled, working when appropriate.<
Caper maintained a high energy level and a desire to please throughout his life. He was never sick until her reached age 15, when he developed a manageable kidney problem. During his last year he began to slow down. Last week, he slept more soundly than usual, so that we had to shake him gently to wake him. On Sunday afternoon he seemed weak. By 6 pm he could not stand, so we rushed him to the emergency clinic. We discovered that he had developed a fast growing tumor on his spleen which had bled into his abdomen. There was a 95% likelihood that this was a hemangiosarcoma, not an injury. At age 16 and 3 months, it would only cause him pain to try to save his life for a few more months. Amidst tears and hugs, we said goodbye to our loving and beloved Caper.
It is still hard to believe that he is gone. He was such a part of our lives with his indomitable spirit and loving ways. We miss him terribly but know that he lived a full and happy life."
"I am sorry to tell you that Riley Gate Dog (a/k/a Merryvale's Life of Riley) died yesterday afternoon. He was just four years old.
Riley was always an escape artist. This time he got out of the living area, opened a bathroom door, counter-surfed, and came down with a bottle of 5HTP (serotonin precursor).
We miss our complex, funny, quirky, loving Beardie boy. The house is suddenly very empty .. and very quiet."
"Hi Libby, It sure has been a rough dog year for me. I lost my beloved Wally a week and a half ago. He was the third dog that has passed away this year. First our rescue Setter, then Snuffy and now him. Too sad and overwhelming. It was so fast, his splean ruptured from a tumor we didn't know was there and he was gone in hours. It was such a shock I have had a really hard time with it being reality. Wally was the love of my life. He has brought me so much happiness with his fun loving bouncing personality. He was also my keeper, he spent all his time watching out for me and being my guardian. He has gotten me thru a lot of changes in life over the last few years and I owe him a lot for his devotion. I miss him so much and his memory will be held close to my heart forever. I got a new pup in December her name is Quincy. She is daughter of Poppet and Marty. I am happy that she at least got to spend a few weeks with Wally to show her the ropes. He was such a special dog and my best friend. I am disappointed to only have had 10 and a half years with him. But I feel so blessed to have had him as long as I did."
"Last night Jerry and I said good bye to Chilly.
Chilly came in to our lives when he was 2 years and 4 months old. That day he greeted me like I was his best friend. That is how Chilly greeted every single person. He was a very gentle and loving spirit for his entire life.
Over the years Chilly was my constant partner. We did obedience, tracking, and agility. The titles were for me, Chilly did not care about titles. He was the demo dog for countless puppy kindergartens and obedience classes. He did those things because I asked him to do those things. He truly believed in doing things at a nice and easy pace. He did not get why I wanted to do things faster or why I wanted to do anything on wet grass. But again he did all of those things for me.
Chilly was more than happy to hand those jobs over to Rocky when he came along. So at 7 years old Chilly retired from those activities. For the remaining 9 1/2 years of his life, his job was to get lots of head rubs, and get lots of cookies for being cute and to just be with us.
Over the last few years of his illness I am so glad that I limited my traveling to agility competitions and our vacations turned into stay-cations and family visits were cut short so that we could be at home with Chilly. That is the least I could do for Chilly who has done so much for me.
Jerry and I will miss Chilly terribly. At 16 years and 7 months he still had a loving heart, but his body just gave out. We spent the entire day together, that is what he loved. And that evening we were with him as he went to sleep.
I want to thank those of you that often asked and thought about Chilly. He was our love." - Lori, Jerry, Rocky and Blade
"Spalding, our wonderful Blue Beardie boy, has passed away. On Wednesday our vet Shannon came to see the animals. We were discussing Spalding and his continued maintenance for his arthritis etc. when he started to have seizures. They went on and on. Liquid valium managed to calm him down a bit and "reboot" his brain somewhat, but he was in bad shape. This was not epilepsy but most likely due to some type of tumor or something disrupting. Until noon on Wednesday Spalding had never been sick a day in his life. He died at home.
And so our dear old soul is gone from us. Spalding got his CGC and then stopped earning things. He got a novice agility title in CPE and then stopped winning things. He retired from agility the afternoon he entered a tunnel at a fun match lay down and took a nap in it. He was no HIT dog, but he was a real crowd pleaser: on the field, at the park, wherever he went he made friends.
This dog, who never really did anything extraordinary, was our one in a million. He was such a gentleman, such a joyful, happy dog." Toni & Perry
Jeff Wong and Alison Jayne’s George
Llanddona Lone Venturer NJP
30 December 1996 - 4 December 2010
“George was a wedding gift from my father. Like it was just yesterday, I remember my father asked me what Alison and I wanted as a wedding gift. Of course he should’ve known I would say a dog. I came to love Bearded Collies after watching Westminster on TV in 1996 seeing “Andrew“, Diotima’s Bear Necessity. With Hawaii having a strict quarantine, we couldn't ship in a puppy from the mainland. So we arranged to get our first Bearded Collie from New Zealand’s breeder Pam Douglas of the Llanddona Kennel. George arrived as a dark mahogany fuzz ball 3 month old puppy. I had competed heavily in obedience, first twenty years unsuccessfully with Basenjis. Then, after switching over to Shetland Sheepdogs, I blossomed, achieving a number of High in Trials, causing a lot of stress to always be on top. With Beardies, I thought my life would be calm and less stressful. Enter George, he took it upon himself to follow in my Shelties’ competitive footsteps in obedience. He was the breed’s number one Novice Beardie in 2000 and number five Open Beardie in 2001 nationally. That was quite difficult to do with Hawaii’s limited trials of 6 per year. George became tired and bored of obedience, so we then turned to Agility. He did his darnedest to please me but because of health issues, from weight and hypothyroidism, was only able to complete the beginning novice title in the sport. I can still picture George’s last run at jumpers smashing all the obstacles. I guess it was his way of saying enough is enough. He retired and lived out to almost 14 years old, the most striking dark stay-brown Beardie we’d ever seen. Oh, I mustn’t forget after retirement George traveled back and forth cross country with us in our motor home, plus attended two National Bearded Collie Specialties, Mount Hood and beautiful Sonoma Valley, as a spectator and participated in the parade of titleholders. I will always remember my lovable brown teddy bear, Good Ol’ George.”
"Sadly, Griffin went to the Rainbow Bridge on November 18th, 2010. He had hemangiosarcoma on his spleen. Our Veterinarian gave him three months in February of 2010 but we had him for nearly 8 more months. He was a fabulous dog and the reason I am playing agility and doing all sorts of other performance sports with my other two. I am so blessed and thankful that he was a part of my life. I have some great pictures of Griffin at home. I will send to you later." - Jaimie St-Maurice
"I did want to let you know that Snuffy passed away on the 11th of September. She had celebrated her 14th birthday in June and had a great life. Wally and I are lost without her and will miss her presence every day for quite some time I am sure. Wally has been so good to his sister the last several years being her ears and eyes and looking over her. He has been mourning terrible, it is so hard when they take it as hard as you do. He finally has started to play again the last couple of days and begin to act like him self again."
"We have had a sad last few weeks here. My Madeleine was doing great and ran in an agility trial a few weekends ago. Tuesday night she ate her dinner, took her vitmins and thyroid medicine and seemed fine. She lay down at my feet and when I got up to let the dogs out, I could not wake her up. She had died right there at my feet with no apparent illness or problems. She didn't even make a whimper. It has been so tragic and I am still in shock.
My new little boy is now competing in agility. His name is Sterling (aka Brandmar Come Fly With Me). He ran his first show with Madeleine's last and got his Novice JWW title in AKC. He got one leg of his Standard but had some issues with a bouncy teeter. At least I have him to run and he enjoys it.
I won't be going to the Specialty this year. I was planning on doing agility only wtih Madeleine and Sterling, but I just don't think I can do it this year after losing Madeleine. I am still too sad. I hope you have a great trial and we will miss you guys.
We all lose our beloved Beardies and grieve for them. The dynamics have changed around here without our 'go-between' girl. We all miss her so much. My heart goes out to all who have lost their sweet pups. It never gets easier."
"Yesterday my precious Trouble, aka CH Sweet Romance of Lonetree went to the Rainbow Bridge. She was 16 years and 9 months old. From the time I brought her into the world we were inseparable. She had a long, happy, healthy life. On Tuesday she was full of energy and doing all the things she normally did. But, Wednesday, I think she had a stroke. She became weak and refused food, but drank water. I made an appointment for Friday morning with my Vet, hoping something could be done, but Friday morning she was unable to even stand. She had a strong body but her brain was saying the Time had come. I feel diminished--like part of me has gone with her. Sad news," Mary
"I can't believe 3-1/2 weeks after telling you CQ was at the Bridge, I must report that my sweet Godiva has joined him, much too soon. I'm too numb to say much other than there's a wild time at the bridge and our house is way too quiet!! Hug your furry faces and cherish every minute--they go way too fast!!" - Kathy and Figment (suddenly an only child...what happened!)
“Unhappily you can add my CQ. We discovered agility late in life, but both learned a lot. Our house is a little empy today, and our hearts are sad.”
“We are very sad to announce that our beloved CHASE has crossed Rainbow Bridge. She was a mom and grandmother to my crew, but most importantly was my BFF (Best Friend Forever). Chase was the first beardie to place at an AKC Nationals, held in Atlanta 1998, where she finished 4th in the 20”division. She was also the 1st ATCH beardie and was the fourth beardie to obtain her MACH title. Chase excelled in everything she did, from conformation to obedience, agility and flyball. She loved to play and gave it all her heart. At the age of 11.5, Chase battled cancer and endured 5 sessions of chemo, which gave us 4 more wonderful years with her. Even though her heart was strong, her body failed. After several seizures on July 17, it was time to say goodbye. The sun was shining and Chase lay in the cool grass in the shade in her back yard, with Cliff and me by her side. She was gently helped to cross Rainbow Bridge. We miss her so!”
“We have been blessed to spend the past 14 1/2 years with our beautiful girl Abbey. In that time she has taught us many lessons:
1. Seniors want to keep learning, working, and being a part of life.
2. Dog language - She made us better in understanding things - better handlers and instructors.
3. Yesterday she taught us the final lesson of letting go - with grace, strength and love.
We are eternally grateful to Pat Sherwood for sharing her with us.” - Heather Gahres
“So many going to the Bridge!!! It has taken a week for me to write this. CH O’Duinnin Dazzle 'Em Dallas - First Beardie MXP MJP and Preferred Beardie of the years 2004 and 2005. Dallas taught me so much about agility and love. I miss her so very much.” - Wade Pelton
“Today was a sad day around here. Today my dear friend Gordy had to say goodbye to his special girl Molly. Molly was one of Sweet Pea's babies out of Timmy, and she was as sweet and loving as her parents. She was 15-1/2 years, and competed in agility till she was 14, but it is never long enough. Gordy did so much with her and loved her so much. She also spent a lot of time with me because Gordy has kids on the east and west coasts that he would visit quite often. Molly was such an easy dog to live with. She would go to the shows with me when she was here, and I often forgot to bring a leash for her because she always stayed with me. Gordy had her so well trained I could walk into the agility ring or obedience ring with her and she would get first place with me handling. It was fun showing the "good girl" because I often had Indy at the same trials and he would do his best to embarrass me. Molly lived a long, healthy, happy life and we loved her very much.” – Cheryl Poliak
“We lost Jake on Tuesday. He'd been suffering for some time now with bad hips. He could no longer pull himself up and was in great pain so we let him go. He didn't have many titles but he was the best dog ever. He was 14 1⁄2. He lived a long and happy life but we miss him terribly.” - Kathy
Mary Lou Watson's Bailey
Jubo-Lee's Taste of Honey
9 August 1995 - 18 June 2010
“Diva has crossed the rainbow bridge. I miss her spunk and full of life attitude and the way her tail was always wagging. But, in the last few months, she had stopped wagging her tail and she could no longer get up by herself or stay upright for long. Her body was failing her and I let her go peacefully to join her dad.”
“Keogh too is among those that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge this summer. While I'm sure he is frolicking with friends both old and new, he is still deeply missed here.” - Betty
“We lost our beloved Abby on May 8th. She was our first beardie, first agility and obedience dog. She was truly a gentle soul and is deeply missed.”
Ragtyme Simply Irresistible, NA NAJ NAP NJP
4 March 1994 - March 2010
"We miss him but he had a great run. He was 16 when he passed and he went very suddenly. We are thankful that he didn’t suffer and that we had him in our life. He really got us started with all that we are doing today."
“Yesterday was a very sad day for us. Toby went to the Rainbow Bridge.”
“Hi Friends, We let Harley go to the Bridge last Monday and wanted you to know our Best Boy is gone. He was a great dog, and we are lucky to have had him for twelve years. Because he was so reliable in the agility ring, he earned many titles, including two MACHs, the PAX, MXP6, MJP7, and the BCCA’s Preferred Veteran Award for three straight years. I never would have guessed when we first started that he would take me on such a ride! But his greatest feat was the place he earned in our hearts. What a wonderful companion! This week, his spirit and energy have been taken from our house, and it has been hard to open the front door after work. Neither Dennis nor I are in a place where we can talk or write about our sweet boy, so instead of a phone call or an email, please say a silent goodbye to him tonight. It was Harley who made it possible for us to get to know all of you.”--David
“Libby, Just wanted to let you know that Checkers went to the bridge on 1/09/2010. He was my first conformation dog and an awesome agility partner. He taught me a lot. Not sure if you keep a list or add something to his page, so I thought I'd send you a note. Funny, I have five dogs in the house, but he is still dearly missed.”-- Maryann
Today is the day I been dreading since last January. My Darling Desiree is no longer here. She has gone to sleep for ever. I can hardly write this as my eyes fill with tears again as I think of her. She fought the liver disease with great courage and in the summer it looked as if she might have beaten it, but she began to get weaker in October and the disease has finally taken my beautiful girl. She was ready to go and escape the discomfort and I take comfort that she is now at peace even though it hurt so much to look into those big brown eyes for the last time.
I am so grateful that she was part of our lives for the last seven years, I remember vividly going to pick her up from Eileen's house and how quickly she became part of our family. I know that dogs always enhance our lives but she brought so much to mine. Desi introduced me to the sport of agility and she was so patient -well most of the time-with me and eventually we began to work as a team and we had such fun! Desiree also introduced me to lots of new friends and I am so grateful to her for enriching my life with such caring, enthusiastic, supportive and positive people.
Every time a plane goes overhead, I will remember Desi. She loved to chase them and one day she might have caught one! She loved to race up the hillsides in Colorado and enjoy the cool mountain air. Our dear friends who spend the summer in Breckenridge were so kind to invite her many times-including this last July and this is another fond memory of her and just how much she enjoyed her life.
When we came home tonight from the vet, another lasting and wonderful gift from Desi - Guinness- came racing to greet us with the usual wags and kisses. Again thank you, Desi, for being such a good mother to all your special puppies. You brought such joy into our world. We will miss you! May you rest in peace and may your spirit live on with us.
Sharon Ipser’s Lizzee
CH Wigglesworth Oh Look at That RN PT MX AXJ AXP AJP CGC VX
29 May 1999 - 27 November 2009
“I had to say good-bye to my beloved Carson. He was my best buddy. He never was very fast or motivated in agility but would try anything I asked except a sit-stay 10 feet away. He participated in agility trials until 12 1/2. I still miss him dearly.”
Our special blue boy went to RB this morning. He was diagnosed with cancer three weeks ago and things moved very quickly. He had been in pain for the past few days so my vet came here this morning to help him on his way. We are so sad but know that now he is free from pain and joining his mother Patches who went to the Bridge on August 3, 2009!
Cheers was my partner---conformation, obedience and agility. We did our last agility trial only a month ago. He was born in our home and our last Beardie (had beardies since 1981). Cheers was everyone's friend--always a happy boy that had a full mouth smile (yes, uppers and lowers).
Please give your doggies a hug in Cheers' honor.
Megg, Ted and Gylf
We had to put Allie down on Tues evening. She was getting over her pancreatitis and abscesses but she was worn out and had "the look."
We made it very nice for her. Sent Dr Boggs flowers before we got there and had Allie in her wagon with photos all over her of her life. She had a McDonalds hamburger and french fries and cookies and ice cream as her last meal.
Dr. Boggs was so sweet. She took her time and let us light a candle, turn out the lights and have the only light being the candle and one of the x-ray box lights on in the room. She stroked her head and enjoyed our stories. Darron said a prayer and cracked near the end which I thought was sweet. My friend, Ann, read a poem and placed in on top of Allie.
I put my hand under her back leg with my fingers on her pulse because I wanted to feel her last heartbeat. I think I drained my tear ducts over the past 3 weeks. We all were teary but not sobbing. We feel so at peace now knowing that she's in a better place. It was the hardest thing I've ever done.
I lost my Beardie Girl Yesterday.
She had a long good life and she died in her sleep. Her little heart stopped.
Emi, Eminator, Beemer, Sweet Girl... The list goes on.
Emi was born with a big white M on the back of her neck. She was our Divine Ms. M from day one. So when we decided to keep her, we had to pick a name that would be logical for a call name of "MSsss." Emi was about 4 weeks old, in a litter of 7, when my Mother came for what was to be her last visit. She had come up for Christmas, and the puppies added joy to the season. Although Mom was failing, she loved to play with the pups. Emi seems to have been the last of that litter. We lost both her Mom, Bretta, and her sister, Dani, and probably her brother, Sagan, to brain cancer, the same kind that has attacked Ted Kennedy. Emi never showed any signs of the seizures.
When Emi was about 18 months old, we baby-sat a litter of 3 Labs for a friend. And the delight in Emi's eyes, as she laid under the elm in the backyard, keeping all 3 pups within the confines of her paws, I hope will stay with me forever.
One of my friends has Rhodesian Ridgebacks. We travel to shows together frequently. And one of my favorite "Emi" stories is Debbie's. She was fast asleep. Em decided it was time to get up. So she got a drink of water, jumped on Debbie's bed, and kissed her awake. *I* awoke to screams and shouts.
And when I left Emi in Portland to be bred, she stayed with the mother of the stud dog's owner. Mom decided that I was a terrible Mom, and she would spoil my dog, and make me regret leaving my sweet girl. At that time, dogs were not allowed on the furniture. By the time Emi left, they were allowed on the bed and on the love seat in the family (TV) room. I heard that "Mom" decided to take a nap with Emi one day, and they laid down on the bed together. Emi kept insisting on attention to the point that after an 1/2 hour, nap time was declared over.
Emi was bred only once. Both her performance career, and her brood bitch career suffered from my medical issues. However, she was awarded her Register of Merit from her only litter, and Jim and I gained some wonderful friends, including Pat Columbo and Joel Robinson with Ryan, and Geoff and Pam Hobert, with Beo.
It was when her puppies were 3 weeks old that I started her agility training. And I realized that Emi was a very serious girl, a perfectionist. And I loved to travel with her. Oh, her puppies--we kept two. One went Winner's Dog out of the 9-12 class at a Regional, and one went Winner's Bitch at a Regional, two years later.
When Jim and I returned home from California last October, after the Santa Rosa National, Emi was doing poorly, barely eating. So I started fixing chicken soup for the dogs for every meal. Her appetite picked up immediately, and I have continued making soup for our crew. When Emi reach 15, we celebrated with ice cream. This
past winter was a cold one, and she had problems being outside. I was concerned then for our girl. But she rallied when spring and summer finally arrived until just recently.
She accompanied me when I went with a friend to the Coeur d'Alene shows over Memorial Day. We camped on the show site, in a tent trailer--a first for both Emi and me. And I was thrilled by the concern voiced by people who didn't know Emi and didn't know me. And friends made the trip very wonderful. Emi was tired when we got home, but her eyes twinkled, and her tail wagged. Several weeks later, she went with me down to Portland, and again was treated royally, and thoroughly enjoyed herself.
But she has gradually slipped this last couple of weeks, becoming weaker. And this week--well, Emi proved to be the toughest decision we have had to make regarding the dogs. Although she had no mobility, she could usually control her bladder, she knew when we were with her, she loved, in fact demanded her meals with non-stop barking, and until last week, seemed to be happy. In fact, last week. she bit my toe!! Well. my jeans were puddled around my foot, and there was biscuits in the jeans, both from training and from work. And well, she wanted the biscuits.
So this morning, she had ice cream with her breakfast. And I gave her treats before going to the vet's. And when I told my friends about helping Emi to the Bridge, one said "We'll lift a glass to Emi this weekend--or maybe an ice cream cone. She would have preferred that". I will celebrate her life--but first, I need to stop tearing up.
Give your kids ice cream for us.
Jane and Jim and the Alamos Animate.
Photo by Tien Tran
It is with great sadness that Neil and I must let all our friends who knew Talisker know, that we lost him on July 1st. Although he had been ill for many months we were grateful that, other than an occasional day, he never knew that he was ill and that was still the case in his final hours. We were lucky to have several unexpected months to spend with Talisker and really enjoy him.
Talisker was the first dog that Neil and I had together and we can still remember going to get him 14 years ago. Of course, he was going to be brown and female but we fell in love with Talisker. Talisker opened up a whole new world of activities to which we may never have been introduced. Along with that came many new friends – most of you who are reading this. He really enjoyed new adventures, meeting people and dogs. There are many things that we would never had done had it not been for T. We would not have taken part in agility or sheep herding. I would not have the job that I do. We would not live in the house that we do and we certainly would not have Jura and Glayva. We may never have discovered vacations in Vermont and most importantly, the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory. Who knows, we might not still be living in the USA!
Talisker was a happy dog who just liked to be busy all the time – only last week I found him on top of our garden wall and I have no idea how he got there. If there was nothing else to do then he could always BARK! He is a beardie after all. Sadly, our home is quiet now.
Neil, Ruth, Jura & Glayva
The house seems very empty tonight without Colton. He was such a big part of my life for the last twelve years and I miss him terribly.
Barbara and the brown dustmop dudes, Brinian and Eriskay
Ann Krafcheck’s Simon
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11 February 1999 - 12 June 2009
“We lost Simon during a very sad and chaotic time in our household, as my mother who had been very ill for 2-1/2 years, died on September 21, 2009 of heart disease. Simon's illness during all of this came as a very big shock. He was a very stoic dog who started coughing one day and died a week later. He stopped eating a day before he died. Even upon arrival to the emergency hospital he was a good boy. I never dreamed he would die that same day. So, with caring for my mother 24/7 and the house like a hospital ward with healthcare personnel in and out all day and night, life was stressful and none of us were doing very well with it all. Turns out Simon had lung cancer that had spread rapidly.”
Photo by Pat Cagney
Sadly, I lost my beautiful brown eyed O'Shea on April 15th, 2009. At the time I was just unable to write about her. She has done her fair share of contributing to the BAD membership roll in her children and brought much love and joy to my heart.
Our hearts go out to Robin Fortenberry who lost both her dogs and her home to a fire on April 8. Her Beardie Dos and her Manchester Gretchen succumbed to smoke inhalation. Robin wrote, “Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. It's really very hard. Not a day goes by that I do not think of both Dos and Gretchen. I did not ever think that I would lose them both this way, that they would not grow old. Even though Gretchen was 15, she had so much energy. She ruled Dos and he loved it. My only comfort is that they both went curled up together. Dos loved Gretchen so much and she loved him. Again thank you.”
Meaux and Jean Larroux of Indian Rocks Beach, FL
Photo by Ann Clayton
“Shelby was my first beardie and was everything that I was hoping for plus much more. She was bright, willing, athletic, sweet, loyal, funny, talented and a wonderful mom. She truly surpassed all that I could have expected of her. Thanks to Pam and Shelby I know that I will always have beardies in my life.”
Tobé Saskor Photography
“My sweet brown boy Rob went to sleep forever Monday afternoon. He was approaching his 15th birthday and had been having a difficult time this winter with the cold and ice. I had the feeling he wouldn't last until the spring. Rob collapsed Sunday night and on Monday I made the difficult decision to let him go. I shall miss him always.”
“Our dear, sweet Cydney passed away last week. She was sixteen and a half. We all miss her very much.”
Photo by Tien Tran
Photo by Tien Tran
Our Darby left us and crossed the Bridge this afternoon, and we are sitting in a much quieter and sadder house this evening. After 4 months of ups and downs with his health, his body had just had enough, and we let him go. We’re probably doing as well as anyone who’s been through this damn situation, and we surely do appreciate your thoughts and concern. (Anyway, Dennis says that when I cry it reminds him of a time when he once heard a calf bawling for its mother on the other side of a fence, so you don’t want that in your ear, do you?) I’m here to tell you the agility bond that I shared with him has made this ever so much harder to bear. Hug your pups one time for the Darbster. That little guy sure was fast.
It is with a sad and heavy heart that I let you know that we lost our "little man, Ripley" about 6 weeks ago to a battle with cancer.
Artisan Rook's Feather...Delilah passed away in a freak hit by car accident yesterday. She died almost immediately. I am thankful I was with her and got to hold her. I am just so sad and empty without her. I had a baby boy 2 months ago. Delilah absolutely loved him. She slept in the nursery with him, would gently lick his head and got up with me every night for the night feedings. But most of all, Delilah was my best friend. She was one of the silliest dogs I have ever had. The house seems so empty without her. Grendel just keeps wandering around looking for her. Our golden Sawyer is sitting out by the scrub oak Delilah would lay by....just waiting. Please hug your dogs and give them a special treat in memory of one of the coolest dogs ever....Delilah
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Photo by Tien Tran
"It's with a heavy heart I have to tell you, Tom and I had to help Murray cross the rainbow bridge on Friday night. Murray was 14 1/2 and had a great life. His passing was very fast. He only got sick on Thursday and was gone on Friday. He didn't suffer and I was glad Tom was home and we shared his passing together. It's never easy saying goodbye to a dear friend.
Murray lived in 3 states and got to travel through and visit many more. He loved running on the beach in California, in New Jersey he loved the long walks through the beautiful state parks, and here in Missouri he loved to go to the school where he could run, play ball, or just go for a walk.
Murray was very intelligent and had a great sense of humor. How he could make us laugh. He went through life on his terms and his own way. He will be so missed. Please think of him."
Breezy's life ended peaceably on a Sunday afternoon. Breezy had let us know that it was time.
Lu and I thank everyone who sent emails in response to my recent post reporting on Breezy's failing health. Your expressions of sympathy and support and the many who shared their experience of losing a Beardie friend gave us the strength to make the decision to end Breezy's downward spiral. Your caring let us know that we wouldn't grieve alone.
Breezy is the dog of our lifetime. Breezy transformed the ordinary lives of 2 ordinary people into a fairy tale-like experience. Because of Breezy Lu and I have wonderful friends that we would not otherwise have including many we have never met like many of you reading this post. Breezy had taken us out of our confined world and took us to places and events beyond our imagination. Our home is filled with trophies, plaques and ribbons because of Breezy. More importantly, she filled our home with love and companionship. She gave our lives purpose, pride and fulfillment. She lived up to her name, Precious Friend. Breezy was extraordinary! We are humbled by her greatness.
Breezy's death has left an extreme emptiness in our lives. Lu and I are grieving deeply. We are comforted by knowing that all of you understand our grief.
Breezy's life is celebrated on her website, Breezy's Scrapbook, at:
"It is our sad news that at 3:00 today, at home, our Little Miss Kassi crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. With the assistance of Dr. Wolpher, she gently fell fast asleep on her favorite bed with her mom lying by her side. Kassi has been dealing with nasal cancer and our old girl was fading fast. She fell two weeks short of her 17th Birthday and our hearts are filled with sorrow. She has taught me lots, especially about unconditional love, and we miss her dreadfully. We have many fond memories to keep close to our hearts and she will never be forgotten. Kassi will come to rest beside KODDI at home after cremation. With Tears in our Eyes, Leslie and Cliff Dawson-North"
Photo by Tien Tran
"The trip to California was a great thing to do for him (for us) but it was also hard on him and I helped him along to the Rainbow Bridge on April 25, at 13.5 years. He taught me a ton and was one of the first Beards out there playing on the West Coast."
"I wanted to let all of you know that as of Monday, March 24th, Miss C is running pain-free at the Rainbow Bridge.
I'm still too sad to say more."
Photo by Tien Tran
"She became my running, hiking and biking partner. She brought a tremendous amount of joy to my life. I feel honored that she was able to spend the last 7 years with me. I will miss her more than anything."
Photo by Tien Tran
Sad to say that PATTY joined the list of pioneer Beardies at the Rainbow Bridge late last fall. It's still too hard to talk about.
"Being in his presence was the purest affirmation of possibility, of joy, of love."
"He was my loyal, faithful partner and friend and I will miss him more than I know right now."
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"Drake was so very important to me and such a great friend and helper."
"We said Goodbye to Amos this afternoon.
He was one tough kid, with a ton of personality.
Many of you old timers will remember Amos stories...there were plenty of them.
We'll miss him very, very much but it was time to let him go.
He'll be running with the others at the Bridge tonight, something he has not been able to do for a very long time."
Sharon and Joe
Photo courtesy of Bill Newcomb
Photo by Tien Tran
Photo by Tien Tran
Photo Courtesy of Catherine Haake
Photo by Russ Burdick Photography
19 April 1991 - 23 November 2003
Owners/Handlers: Libby Myers-Buhite and Jack Buhite of Santa Clara CA
Betelgeuse--a giant red variable star in the constellation Orion. "armpit of the giant" Betelgeuse--a brown barking boisterous Beardie boy who through his enthusiasm for life got us both involved in many facets of life we wouldn't have otherwise done. I was indeed fortunate to know your love, loyalty, and devotion. You have marked my life permanently, inside and outside, with the pawprints from your life. Thank you.
Owners: Tom and Marilyn Severson of Saugus, CA
Carl and Kay Widell, Alice Goodman and Kathleen Flanagan
Off to a BAD Start
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