.:: IN   MEMORIAM ::.


Dedicated to those who have left our lives - but not our heart


"I'll lend you for a little while, a sheepdog pup", God said,
"For you to love him while he lives and mourn for when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or only two or three
But will you, 'til I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and (should his stay be brief)
You'll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below I want this pup to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers true,
And from the folk that crowd lifes' land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love nor think the labour vain.
Nor hate me when I come to take my Bobtail back again?"
I fancied that I heard them say, "Dear Lord, thy will be done,
For all the joys this pup will bring the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
But should you come to call him back much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.
If by our love we've managed your wishes to achieve,
In memory of him we loved, to help us while we grieve.
When our shaggy faithful bundle departs this world of strife
We'll have another tailless pup and we'll love him all his life."

 

Gill Harwood

Fleur d'al Sola de Bonabosc

(18.11.1990  -  15.12.2003)

13 years

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You made me laugh, you made me cry. You brought me happiness, you brought me sorrow. You were easy to live with and you were a nightmare. And I loved you to pieces. You gave me your friendship, and because of you now I know who my true friends are. With you I began this sweet crazy thing called dog breeding, and I promise you that all SeaLords dogs will go back to you, so I can find a little piece of you in each one of them. Till we meet again at the Rainbow Bridge.


Noucky

(April 1978  -  13.07.1989)
 


F. Wendy d'al Sola de Bonabosc  (Wendy)

(19.04.1990  -  10.10.1990)
 


Sealords Careless Whisper  (George)

(04.10.1997  -  27.06.1998)

 


 


SeaLords Back to the Future  (Náná)

(16.05.1996  -  28.07.2009)

 


Nana was a very sweet bitch. She was my favorite of her litter from the start so I had no doubt she was going to stay at home. And I'm glad she stayed ...

Forgive me, my sweet Nana, if I made you suffer for not letting you go earlier.

 


 

Ch. SeaLords Breakfast at Tiffany's  (Fanny)

(16.05.1996  -  19.12.2009)

 


Fanny was named after the film starred by Audrey Hepburn. Just like Audrey, Fanny had a  somewhat royal and frail yet strong and determined look. She was our very first Champion, so she has a very special place in our doggy family.

May you now run free at the Rainbow Bridge together with your mother, that loved you so dearly ...

 


 

Photo taken 30.05.2011

Ch. SeaLords DragonHeart (Oliver)

(11.04.1999  -  02.11.2011)

 

When I mated Nana to get this litter we were planning to keep a boy for myself. However, a half brother was born in a single puppy litter from a friend 2 weeks before Nana gave birth, and I thought that it wouldn't be nice to compete against each other in the show rings. So I let Oliver, that was the pick male, go. However, he was returned one month later, as a 3 month old puppy, because he would knock down the 2-year child of the family with his boisterous ways ... So, no doubt that Oliver was meant to stay after all! Curiously, Asti, the half brother, was never shown after all while Ollie finished his Ch. PT title in style by winning the Open Class and then the CAC at the World Winner Show 2001!

Oliver showed us the meaning of the standard: "A biddable dog of even disposition. Bold, faithful and trustworthy, with no suggestion of nervousness or unprovoked aggression." He never, ever showed a sign of unprovoked aggressiveness and was very tolerant with other dogs and their excesses. However, he would stand if need be if the other dog was not that friendly - and with his 67 cm at the shoulder and 45 kg he made an impressive look! At home, he commanded respect with a single look, and no one ever thought of questionning him, even in his old age.

Goodbye, my old man...

 


 


Photo at 14 years

SeaLords Don't Worry Be Happy (Happy)

(11.04.1999  -  15.06.2015)

 

Happy was named this way because of her less-than-ideal body markings - and she really fitted the name perfectly. Litter "D" was the first that I felt that puppies should come unassembled, like Lego pieces, that I could combine at will, as there were many features I liked but not all in the same puppy. Therefore, and as I wasn't keeping Oliver, I had thought of letting go all the puppies and make a repeat litter. However, Happy did win us with her wonderful temperament and ended up staying at home (as said above, Oliver was returned so we ended up keeping 2 puppies from this litter, which was very ironic). She had a low profile way of doing things, which was very effective to escape the bossy ways of the more dominant dogs, like Fanny. Her favourite passtime when young was to steal toilet paper, remove the inside carton cylinder and eat it, leaving the outer toilet paper intact - well, almost! Indeed, she was the one who started this trait which then she passed on to her progeny, so now there are toilet paper eaters even in the Netherlands!

I loved to snug around her at night (yes, she slept on my bed ...). I will miss you, my sweetest Happy ...
 


 


Photo at 13.5 years

Ch. SeaLords Eight Days a Week BOB04 (Blossom)

(29.10.2001  -  03.07.2015)

 

Blossom definitely marked a turning point in our kennel. This was the first litter sired by a non-french dog (father Tommy, born in Switzerland, lived in Germany) and besides being a champion herself (our third homebred champion) Blossom also started a direct line of champion progeny. She was the first dog in the country to win the title of Best of Breed of the Year, in 2004, so she definitely can't be forgotten when writting the history of the breed in Portugal. Unfortunately with her we also lost the deep pigment around the eyes and in the skin that her predecessors had, not to mention that she set the (bad) example of being noisy and jumping as if the feet have springs to the rest of the dogs at home. She was very strong minded (in fact, all the 3 PowerPuff girls from the litter ended up being wrongly named, and Blossom should have been Buttercup instead) and, when Fanny got old, the leader of the pack. Many times when we were together I ended up thinking that she was the one that was the closest in character to my beloved Sola, and that was evident even in the last days - but unfortunately, with several other dogs at home already, we didn't create that special bond.

Shine bright in the sky, my star ...

 


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