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Jodi - R.I.P

Paddy and family

Joker - 11 months old

Geilo & Elkie

News Update

February 2010

February 24th - We had to say goodbye to our beautiful girl, Jodi - Staubach Mountain Thrift, daughter of Madi today, she was 8 years 4 months old. She was the last of our home bred puppies and whilst all Bernese are special, there is something extra special about a home bred one, that you have delivered yourself and lived with from day one. Jodi was the youngest PAT dog ever at 6 months 2days. Jodi only had one litter of puppies, two girls.  Shortly after the litter had gone, she started limping and we took her to see our vet who referred her to Malcolm Ness, the orthopedic specialist.  He replaced her right hip joint and when her recovery was complete she actually was more active than she had ever been and still was right up until this last weekend.(SEE JODI - A TRIBUTE) 


February 20th - It is with sadness we report the passing in January of Sasha (Staubach the Wanderer), Sasha was one of the two litter sisters of Paddy who died on the 8th February. Their other sister, Megan is still well and living in Kent where she has had three litters over the years. Like Paddy, Sasha had a fantastic life, she lived on a farm in North Yorkshire and loved to be out helping with the sheep and working on the farm, she loved the chickens and the pond and loved riding in the pick up truck. The only time Sasha was on a lead was to go to the vets, from 8 weeks old she had total freedom on the farm which includes a Toy Shop, Sasha had a great temperement and over the years became known to the many customers and locals. We know Sasha will be missed by her family, Neil, Bud, Lou and Emma. We had a nice message from Judith Taylor and her family who recently lost Paddy, their young son Josh said it would be nice for Paddy now, he had his mum and dad and sister to play with him.


February 8th - It is with deep sadness we have to report the passing of Paddy (Staubach Highwayman), at the age of 8 years 10 months, he was born on the 10th March 2001 to our Tascha and Ridgewater Skychief of Glanzberg. Paddy was put out of his suffering this evening, he’d had a terrible weekend, the vet felt that it was for the best and that we shouldn’t delay.When Paddy went to his new home and family age eight weeks he had a wonderful home and life in St Helens where he lived with Judith and Adrian and their young son Joshua who was one year old. Since then two more sons have been born, Sam and Harry, all three boys loved Paddy and he had always been there for them, he was like a brother to them, everywhere they went Paddy went to. They all had great holiday's over the years in Scotland where they took Paddy with them to a beautifull cottage, lots of walks and places to play with the boys. The boys have been told, Josh is very openly upset, Sam doesn’t understand and thinks Paddy is hiding round the house and keeps looking for him and Harry doesn’t really know what has happened. We send our condolances to Judith, Adrian and the boys and thank you all for giving Paddy such a wonderfull life, we know how special he was to you all. We have many pictures of Paddy and his family on our pages, look under Our Females, then In Memory and scroll down to litter 2. Following is a poem the family received from their vet:                                                                                    

“If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this, the last battle, can't be won.
You will be sad- I understand
Don't let your grief then stay your hand
For this day, more than all the rest
Your love and friendship stand the test.
We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
You'd not want me to suffer, so
When the time comes, please let me go.
I know in time you too will see
It is a kindness you do to me
Although my tail, it's last has waved
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Don't grieve that it should be you
Who has decided this thing to do
We've been so close, we two these years
Don't let your heart hold any tears.”





February 7th - In the last year we have had 12997 visitors to our homepage.

Not a lot of news to date, Elkie and Janka are due in season within the next month, as soon as we have further news we will publish it.

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