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Memories of Other Family Friends

Death is nothing at all

I have only slipped away into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to each other

That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way you always used

Put no difference into your tone

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed

At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

Let it be spoken without effort

Without the ghost of a shadow in it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

There is absolute unbroken continuity

What is death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind

Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost

One brief moment and all will be as it was before 

How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!


Gwinn-Dell's Shang Hai-Ku CD

Shang was one of my special heart-dogs.  I had him for 16 years.  Opinionated and stubborn, Shang was the first Shih Tzu to win Highest Scoring Dog in Trial at the Shih Tzu Club of America National Specialty.  His score was 194.5.  Don and I set our wedding around this dog show.  It was our honeymoon trip.  The day of our wedding, Shang became very ill and we almost lost him.  Four days later, he won the National. 

Finishing his CD


   Gwinn-Dell's  Sir  Galahad CD   


  Angus was my Yorkie.  He was Terrier tough and an excellent ratter.   He did the farm chores with me. He didn't know he was a member of the Toy Group.  He was a working terrier, killing huge rats. 



Gwinn-Dell's Batka CD

A Samoyed breeder  told me that Samoyeds  "were too stupid to do obedience."    Batka was 6 years old and I'd never trained him, except as a pet.  Six months later he and I enjoyed the expression on the same breeder's face when we won Highest Scoring Dog in Trial at the Samoyed Club of America National Specialty.  His score was 194.5 out of  a possible 200.   Batka graced my life for 12 wonderful years. 


Gwinn-Gwinn-Dell's Lasar Lad

After chasing sheep for 2 hours in the heat, it was learn to shoot or buy a dog.  I chose Lad!   He did the work of at least 3 people and was an unbelievable ranch hand.  Lad learned everything, in spite of me.  Obsessed with herding, he did it all!  Like the story book Collies, Lad saved a sheep by pulling it from the creek.  He taught the sheep to walk up the ramp to be loaded into the truck.  A walk on their backs, followed by a launch at their necks, taught them they'd rather ride than deal with this tough Border Collie.  He handled the sheep on his own.  I would stand on the hill and tell him to fetch the sheep; he'd disappear among the acres and come back with 40 head, all totally obeying him.  Lad was an amazing dog.  We had him for 18 years.  Our current BC, Laddie, is named after Lad.


Beowolf's Echoz Edwina


Laika was locked in a garage for 2 years after killing neighborhood cats and rabbits and weighed only 42 pounds when I bought her for $50.00 to save her.   One could see every bone.  She was 68 pounds when in correct weight.   An escape artist until she knew she would be with us forever, she suffered from separation anxiety and once escaped through a 4 inch opening.  She ended up to be a wonderful dog and got along with all of our animals.  She was also totally trustworthy off lead.  We still miss her.

Laika winning Best of Opposite Sex and a Major  


Gwinn-Dell's Korvokof Mikhail

Mikhail was my 2nd Borzoi.  He was very sweet  and Laika's best friend.  He never recovered from her death.  We lost him at age 8 from cardiomyopathy.  Mikhail had a passion for re-arranging things.  Once when I couldn't find my African Violet, I discovered Mikhail had carried it into the living room. 


Gwinn-Dell's Pinot Noir


Gwinn-Dell's Chablis

Chablis was another heart-dog.    I kept her in show coat.  Her daughter, Monique was her only puppy in her first litter.   Both were wonderful friends.



Rambo was our old ram.  He was  not a Katahdin!  We had him for 18 years. 




Harley Hogg

Harley was our first potbellied pig.  He is pictured here attending a dog show.  We had Harley for 10 years. 


Chopper & his Buddy, Red Rooster


Chopper was a dear little pig with a wonderful sweet personality.   He loved everyone and was gentle and a beloved pet.   He slept with his pet and friend Red Rooster and they were devoted to one another.   Red Rooster died and Chopper died a few weeks later.    Chopper was housebroken and lead trained but preferred to b a farm pig and live outdoors.   He was almost 10 when we lost him. We missed having a pig in our lives, so we now have the Pig Boys.  I like to think that Chopper  and Red Rooter are cuddled up together again at the Bridge.

Goats EchoShimmy Resize

Spider & Odie                                                                                                                                            Shimmy


 Our Goats (Thumper pictured with his llamas). 

Satyr, Spider,  Blue, Mystic -- all at the Bridge


All Loved and Missed.






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