When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey. A journey that will bring you more love and
devotion than you have ever known, yet will also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without
leaving its mark.
Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life’s simple pleasures — jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears. If
you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information.
Your pace may be slower, except when heading home to the food dish, but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field. Too many times we hike on automatic pilot,
our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details: the colorful
mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig.
Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kickover leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing wonders, each day an essence all its own.
Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself
watching: summer insects collecting on a screen; how bizarre they are; how many kinds there are or
noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance
of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life’s most important details slip by.
You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your pet enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewy toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie with a cat in hot pursuit, all in the name of love.
Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old plastic shopping bag dorns your living room rug because your cat loves the crinkly sound. You will learn the true measure of love. The steadfast, undying kind that says, “It doesn’t matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together.”
Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it
often among the human race. And you will learn humility. The look in my dog’s eyes often made me
feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and
so chose to love me anyway.
If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be. The one they were proud to call beloved friend.
I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of
loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a trail you cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and
love to let them go.
A pet’s time on earth is far too short, especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just
for a while, and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch
of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left. The cat that only yesterday was a kitten
is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy now wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle gone to gray.
Deep down we somehow always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead, young and whole once more. “God speed, good friend,” we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths crossagain.
My first love with the Golden Retriever, as you can tell he made a big impact in my life…One of the loves of my life
Edith you were the basset that never ever ran out of things to say, you would talk to me in a way that I would know exactly what you were saying….and yes….. I love you too…miss you my love.
Jan 24 1996 – April 24 2004
Age 8 years
Sire – Chrys-Haefen Clancy’s Hope
Dam- Tomiskaway’s Flying High Jill
PEG O MY HEART……Peggy. Over the years, you have absolutely left us stunned, and in stark naked amazement, of what a superior animal you are that god has created. PEG O MY HEART……Peggy what you are to us and mean to us…can not properly be put in to words.
We owe you so much, you have meant so much to us. We will miss you dearly, and your “pack” will miss you more. You were truly an amazing leader, each and every member of the “pack” looked to you for guidance and respected your presence. Every time there was a “spat” between two dogs, you were there to break them up. Your quiet confidence was amazing, and the other dogs sensed it, as you would approach the scene they would almost automatically stop their little tiff. And the only thing you would do was provide you presence, and sometimes stand in between them. Never once getting aggressive yourself.
While out for our walks with the ten dogs, if several got too far away, or a little out of line all we had to say is Peggy go get them and back they would come.
A more attentive animal I have never seen as well. No matter where you were, all we needed to say is, “Peggy” and within seconds you would come bounding towards us in you smooth, powerful, and graceful gait. You were such an incredible athlete Peggy, running and jumping effortlessly. And did you love to run! In the house, a more controlled and quiet animal you could never find, but open the door and you would be transformed into the athlete you are.
In the house you provided us with comfort, and a sense of security we no longer have. While a more gentle and subdued dog you will never find, if a stranger came to the door they had better not be behaving aggressively or indifferent. We slept better because of you Peggy, thank you.
Peggy, it was sad to see what the demon cancer was doing to you. How it slowly took control of you, taking that wonderful athletic body away from you, while your brain still wanted you to “go” like you knew you could. But we will never forget the Peggy we knew and loved.
The strength and spirit you showed was with you to the very end. Although you had not come for walks with us and your pack for several weeks, on your last day of life you said yes I am coming for a walk and a swim…I knew it was your last swim.
Peggy….PEG O MY HEART… thank you doggy…and run doggie run!
April 09, 1993 – Aug 02, 2005
12 Years Old
Stella (Boo Boo Bear), you have gone to meet you old buddy Peggy. Buried as you were in life, side by side. I know the two of you are running and playing now just like you used to.
There are no thunderstorms now Boo Boo, you hated them so. Also as you guard your space and run after the neighbours dogs, now you might be able to catch them. Heh Heh, I always suspected you could have caught them any way but you always were a bit of a “fraidy dog”. You were a terrifying “red neck” though if something was several hundred yards away.
Saying that, every dog, or puppy that came to our property always went straight to you Boo Boo and took to you immediately. You would play for hours with new puppies treating them as your own, and as the puppies grew they would run straight to you for some rough housing and playing. You were of course still a puppy at heart never losing the puppy face.
Boo Boo you were never late for dinner either, I know it was your favorite time of day. I have never seen a dog eat the things you would eat. The sourest pickles, peppers, fruits, veggies, it didn’t matter. If it hit the floor it was gone.
Boo Boo you had the best hearing of any dog we have seen as well. If something was on the property at night, you knew and let us know as well. It was a comfort to have you as our early warning system Boo Boo, Thank you.
You loved to come for runs with the kennels dogs, it was sad to see you come less and less and then not at all as the nerves in your legs started to fail. But even though you could only come out half way to the back field all the dogs would come and visit and play with you. Even towards the end when you could barely walk 10 feet when the other dogs came to see you we could see the joy in your face when they came and jumped on you even though you had to be in pain.
Maybe Boo Boo where you are now you will get another crack at that groundhog that beat you up. Remember Boo Boo, bite and duck, bite and duck! NOT, bite and then ask what did you think of that! If you do, it might be a good idea to bring Peggy as a back up though!!
I will never forget that seen, where you bit the groundhog and then stood there so proud, until it said oh ya, well look what I can do! Peggy took care of it though!
Stella you were a real sweetheart in the house, and a real friend to us and to all the other doggies.
We will all miss you very much Stella By Starlight!……..We will love you forever…….
Nov. 2, 2000 – Jan. 22, 2007
Eddy you are on your way to a place where you can once again……
Run, Play, and not feel pain ever again.
You came to me at a time where I needed a friend and boy did you ever
turn in to that. You followed me everywhere and your tail never stopped wagging.
Right to the very end, in all the pain you where in you would still wag your tail, every time I
walked into the vets. I know how hard it must of been for you to lose the use of your
back legs like that, you loved to go on our walks and play and bark with all the other bassets.
Eddy its not the same when someone comes to the door now. You were always the
first one there to meet anyone who would give you a pat, you always made people feel welcome in our house
You loved people and you loved to play with all the puppies that were here and you even loved to play with other dogs that would come to visit……. you loved life…….
Go Eddy, go run, play and be pain free …..you deserve it….I love you and I really miss you!!!
You will always be our Eddy Betty………Good Bye My Sweetheart…
Penny has retired and is now living with a lovely family and one furry friend.
Thank you Rhys and Peter for giving Penny the family life she deserves.
And always love her as much as I do!
Oct 8, 1994 – May 1, 2009
Oh Ethel…Were do I begin. You have been such a big part of my life for so many years.
From the moment we brought you home you taught us that, YES bassets are stubborn. You taught us that if we didn’t have a cookie in our hand that you really didn’t think that you should sit. Over all those years you made us laugh and you made us get a little upset with you. Like the time when I walked into the dinning room and there you were sitting on the middle of the table in the middle of all the good dishes and silver eating the chocolate center piece. You were sure the main conversation that Easter.
As the years went on you slowed down a bit but you always wanted to be part of the gang. When we were out walking you always made me laugh when I would look back at you and you had the look of …WHY ARE WE DOING THIS…. but you always came. You sure loved the kennel gang. And the kennel gang always new that you were the boss. When you spoke they always listened.
Even in your last hours you had to walk down and say bye to the kennel gang. We watched you come back up to the house and we knew you were feeling very well. My how quick our life has changed. I will never forget all the things we went through together and how you always were right there when I needed to smile.
It seems so strange now not to hear you walking around the house. I will always miss you. You were my first basset and how special you were to all of us. You have touched so many people over the years.
I know you are in a place now where you don’t have to walk with your limp and you are playing with Stella, Peggy, Edith, and Eddy. I am sure you have told them already that you are still the boss.
I Love You Ethel…
The one with the big smiles!
Thank you Janice for giving Maggie the family life she deserves.
And always love her as much as I do!
I just wish you had a lot more time with her.
We will all miss her. She was one of a kind.
Thank you Claudine for giving Judy the family life she deserves.
And always love her as much as I do!
Thank you to Heather McClinchey and her family for giving Susie
the retirement she deservers.
I know she will fill your life with a lot of
love, as she did in ours.
Thank you to Marnie and her family for giving Summer
the retirement she deservers.
I know she will fill your life with a lot of
love, as she did in ours.
Thank you to Tanya for giving Esther that special
retirement place… She is having a ball with the
twins and the other two dogs… thank you!
Nov. 1, 2004 – Oct. 22, 2011
ELLIE..BELLY…Oh how I will miss you!!
It seems like just yesterday when I drove to the states to a little town called
Barker NY. I walked through the breeders door and there you where sitting there looking straight at the door when all your brothers and sisters where sound a sleep. We picked each other right there and then. We brought you and your brother Earl home that day.
That is when the laughs began….
Every single day when we were out for a walk you would try to sneak away. It took me a while to figure you out, but watching you do your thing always made me laugh. I would walk by and you would just be sitting on the driveway… with the “I am not going anywhere” expression on your face. You would look right at me and I would say “Hi Ellie” as I walked by and you would wag your tail. It was so funny everyday when I would walk by the spot where you were sitting, you wouldn’t be there. You would be sitting very clamly just a little bit closer to the front yard. With that same expression on your face. We would do this a few time until you would get to close to the front of the house and I would call you back. That is were you got your nick name from. You would jump straight up in the air and start running as fast as you could towards me. I would always say…. there is our buzz saw. You would run over to me for a big belly rub … and then we would start the game again…
As you got older I would have to shake my finger at you as we were heading out the door and say…”Ellie…I am watching you”. If I said those few worlds to you, you wouldn’t even try to sneak across the road to the hay field.
I so miss the times when I would be working in the kennel and from a pen I would hear a big ARHOO… If I didn’t look up in a few minutes there would be a little be louder this time
ARHOOOOOO. When I would look over at you there would be those big dark eyes shining so bright against that grey face that you had developed over the years…your tail would be wagging and you would have the look of … just wanted to say HI!!
You left us after your C section but I do know that you did wake up long enough to look down and see what a wonderful job you did creating those 5 little babies. I could see it in your face..how you loved babies. Then you looked back at me for that few seconds..If I only knew you were say good bye to me and your babies… if I had only knew!!!
You never got to move into the new kennel, you never got to feel the heated floor under your feet… I know you would of loved..
We do have you with us here, your resting spot is not far from the house and you have a wonderful view from where you are resting. I do hope that you have found the rest of your family that have passed over the years…I do know Ethol would love to say HI too…
and with tears streaming down my face..I have to say…..I Love you Ellie!
Ellie and I would like to say a Thank you to Autumn Blaze Bassets and Lola for fostering Ellie’s last litter.. I know Ellie watched over them and to this day still is here watching over Rhyme.
Click on the link below to see that pictures sent to me from Becki at AutumnBlaze as Ellie’s pups grew.
Thank you to Sherry for giving Lolo that special
retirement place… I know she will love sitting by the highchair at dinner time… thank you!
July 19, 2003 – April 3, 2012
Macker Man.. I cannot believe I am sitting here moving you to the memories page!!!
Sitting here reflecting on all the times you made me laugh! All the times you made everyone laugh!
Remembering when you were younger and I would be washing the floor of the kennel. You would sit in that lawn chair until the floor was dry and never try to get down before it was. You loved sitting there proud as you can be… with Lucy sitting in the chair beside you.
Remembering how every time you would look at me you would have this happy expression on your face and be wagging you tail.
Remembering how you loved when anyone would sit on the the floor with you. You always loved to become the lap dog, and really duder man… you were just to big for that but you still loved it. How you loved when you would lie on your back and we would give you big shoulder rubs. Your express said it all… gosh how you loved everyone.
Your left me so quickly Mack…. I am sorry Mack.. I never seen it coming!!!
I know that was better for you but I am just not ready to say Good Bye to you.
I miss how you would always meet me at the gate, how you always would jump in the air when it was dinner time. How you would bark and bark if the grey truck would pull in the driveway…
I miss your grace when you were running and playing…how proud you were when you would shake other, or sit pretty…all of it…
I hope you are in a place where you are running and playing or just sitting in a lawn chair… with all your girls around you!!!
I love you Duder Man… your shoes will never be filled….
January 25, 2004 – August 25, 2012
My EMMA BEMMA….My sweet old soul!
As a pup you spent your days following Esther. I know you thought she was was the fun dog..always getting the two of you into trouble…. and when she did you would just look at me with those beautiful eyes which where saying… wasn’t me… it was her!!!
And when we would go out for our walk.. you would run in fornt of me and flip over for a belly rub..How many times did you almost trip me for a belly rub… which you always got…Even when you weren’t feeling well you wanted those belly rubs…
You would never get upset at any of the dogs in the kennel…you would just sit there and wage your tail. That tail would always wag. Even when you took sick at the end… you still had that tail going, and I know you really didn’t feel well at all.
Near the end it was hard for you! Your eyes were not working like they once did. And all your wrinkles would make you itch….but you would always just look up at me and wage that tail.
You always love to join in on the sing a longs. And yep Emma I always thought you were leading the singing, you were always one of the first to start and the last to finish… I miss that Emma..
I miss you Emma Bemma but I do know you are running and playing with Ellie and you are in perfect health, with eye site that lets you see even the smallest bug…I miss you Emma…
I am so sorry that you got sick cause Emma… I miss you!!!!!
Love you forever honey!!!!!!! My Emma Bemma!!!!
Thank you to Iain and Helen for giving Misty a great retirement home…
I know she will love her walks in the forest and swimming in the pond… thank you!
August 20, 2003 – June 24, 2013
I remember how you use to love to run the long grass at the fence line and when we would be looking for you all we could see was the tip on your tail. Your head was done and you were finding that rabbit… you were always sure there was a rabbit… or at least you hoped.
You use to love going for are long walks on the railway tracks. We would get close to the stream and you were gone… not looking back for a second. And everyone says bassets can’t swim. You sure taught me that yep some of them can. The longer we would stay the longer you would be in the water playing with all the dogs… barking at the other bassets… come on in the water is warm.
When we had that big pile of topsoil how you use to run to the top and give a big ARRHOOO just to see if you could get someone to play … I’m the king of the castle with you. You love to play. Your best friend Earl and I miss you so much. I do hope you have found another big pile of topsoil and Emma, Ellie, and Esther are all playing and you are letting them be the king of the castle the odd time. Love you and miss you .. my big boy.
Stacey has now found her forever home. I know she will love to be a family pet with brothers and sisters.
July 13, 2003 – June 4, 2014
OHHHH my Lucy!!! You were always my girl, from the time I put you in the car to drive home. I never new stoping for that burger and fries would get you to trust me your whole life….My you loved that french fry!! You really did spend your life trying to please. You ruled the kennel and kept things in control with the can. I always think about the time Emma growled at you when we were out on our walk… You stopped dead in your tracks… turned around and stood over top of her as to say… Really!! that toy is that important to you. Emma gave up that toy.. and all you did was made your present known. As your face began greyer and your age started to show, you said No to kennel life and moved up to the house with me. My we had a lot of laughs. I am so very lonely now! you followed me everywhere.. I miss that. When other dogs where whelping their litter.. you knew and you stayed in the kitchen and never once tried to come close. I know it was hard on you not being by my side.. but you knew I was right there. Lucy Goose please say hi to the gang on the other side.. and Keep mack in line like you always did. I bet he was so happy to see you…. Love ya girl…Have fun running and playing again. I know you are doing your floating trot and looking at the gang saying… YEP!! you guys still can’t move like I can!! Float Baby Float……
Sept. 17, 2010 – Sept 24, 2014
Bennie Bennie Bennie…. Sometimes live just isn’t fair … is it Bennie. Through your short life you have made me laugh so many times, I can’t count them.
The very first time I saw you … you looked so scared in that crate at the airport. I had to pull you out of the crate and all I wanted to do was hug you, but I could tell all you wanted to do was get out side to relieve yourself. Boy did you want to play after that.. lol. We brought you home and you played so hard with Koby. You must of been so tires as it was almost morning your time. That is when the laughs started. You showed your heart out and became a Canadian Champion and that is when the world got to know the Bennie I loved so much. You have touched so many lives in your few short years… Everyone loved to hear your welcome bark when they walked into the kennel… boy does the kennel seem empty now!! Your life was cut way to short and it just SUCKS!!! Miss you my boy.. I know you are up there giving Ernie the hard time you always did! And you are again chasing the girls with that tail held high and proud and doing that graceful strut that you do!! You are my Benjamin.. and I miss you so much. Someday my tears will turn in to smiles… Love you Bennie!!!
Blue was a great addition to our breeding program. She has now retired to her forever home.
I will also miss my girl and her great singing voice, but she desearves the best.. Thanks Jeff for giving her that.
Hope her and her son Booker get along great.
Oct. 5, 2010 – Jan. 19 2015
Ohhhh Credity Credity Credity…
How my heart sank, when I noticed you were getting bloat!! You were always my little girl. You always made me laugh with the little funny things you would do… the way you would do the moon walk dance…the way you would throw you cookie in the air and when it hit the ground you would jump on it. Only to do it again, with your tail wagging all the time. The way you would start sing a longs in the kennel… you and Blue were my singers… I miss that!! I am sooo sorry Crediy that this had to happen to you! If we only knew why!!! Maybe we could of stopped it!!! I miss you my girl.. My heart is broken. but I know you are seeing the gang that have left us over the years and you are teaching them… that moon walking is a really fun thing to do…..
You keep singing girl… Thank you Credit… for being in my life!!!
Roxy has now went to her retirement home. Thank you Bill for loving Roxy as much as we do. I miss her already!
Annie has moved in to her retirement home. And I hear she is loving it!!
March 17, 2011 – April 1, 2015
Boo Boo Bear!! Your time was cut way to short. How those bladder stones broke my heart. you were such a champ when you weren’t feeling well. You still wanted to play and have fun. You always made me laugh with you leading the sing a longs. How when we let you run around with us… the first place you would head was were the food bags are stored. When you had puppies the way you would play with them. Your tail never stopped wagging. You were my sweet Boo and I will miss you always.
Good bye my sweet Boo. Say hi to the gang for me as I know you are playing with them all and keeping them all in line.
Miss you Girl!!!
June 11, 2014 – Jan 2 2016
OHHHH PAGE! You always made me laugh. You had your own personality and I loved it. You were such a good girl. You always new what I wanted you to do and you did it. Why… Why did you have to keep eating rocks. Your time was so short here with us. Faith had such a hard time when you left. She misses you so much!!!@ And I know exactly how she feels. You can eat those rocks by the ton now. … but I sure miss you!! xoxo
Nov. 1 2004 – Jan 11, 2016
Earlyman…. I know you had a good life!! I know you were one of the best! I also Know that I miss you so much. When we walk into the kennel… we don’t hear your arhoooo. We don’t laugh anymore…. every time you want to start a sing-a-long. Earl… there is and never will be another EARL! I knew when I went down to the kennel that life had caught up to you. I knew you were getting tired. You were one of the best and there was no way I was going to let you go down hill and suffer. You were getting weak and you didn’t look happy anymore. I know you are running around with Ernie again. Have fun Earl and run free again…Miss ole boy!!!
Oct. 22, 2011 – Feb. 25, 2016
Rhymerhymer!!! Didn’t see this coming at all!! I miss your barking game that you loved to play with everyone… bark bark bark… look at me!!! I miss the way you would look up at me when I was giving you a cookie!! I miss watching you start the kennel sing-a-longs…. But most of all I just miss you!! I am so sorry Rhyme. You got sick sooo fast. Overnight.. and you were so sick…. I know there is no pain now… I know you and the old gang are singing as loud as you can … You were a GREAT dog Rhyme… I am still in shock! Love ya Girl… Bark Loud and Run Fast Sweetheart!!.. and just know… I sure miss my Rhymer..hymer….
You do have the miracle story … I remember the first time I saw you… wiping your face and getting you to breath. That was the night we had to say good bye to your mom. It was so bitter sweet… I had yo, and your four brothers but not your mom anymore. We came home from the vets and I looked down at you and your brothers and thought… I have to find you a foster mom. Buy did we work on that. The miracle came when Becki from AutumnBlaze bassets answered my facebook plea… so we headed out at 9:30 at night.. My daughter,, myself, and you 5 in a warm insulated box. We drove for 4 hours. I can still see you drinking that bottle of milk I had with me… it was the first time you would really suck on the bottle. You were so hungry.
We arrived at Becki’s and we rubbed you with some of Becki’s towels to get our smell off of you a bit and Becki’s smell on you. We put you in your new whelping bed and brought in your foster mom… she took to all of you like you were her own…. Thank you Lola… you gave me my Rhyme…….
I am going to stop now Rhyme… cause I have tears running down my face… Miss ya sweetie xox
Feb 19, 2014 – Aug. 2, 2018
Cher – Bear… you were never in my plans when you arrived in Canada. I wasn’t looking for a new addition to our kennel… but when I opened the crate at the airport and you looked at me I was hooked. You bounced out of that crate with tail wagging and ready to play… and that was you. You were one of the happiest dogs in the kennel. In the years of your short life I never once heard you growl! Not even when one of the others were bugging you. You would just wag your tail and walk away. You always new the routine in your day and never once tried to push it to do something other then what I was asking you. I sure miss that in my day to day here… Run free, Play hard, and rest well my love. I miss you…
Dec. 25, 2018 – Oct. 11, 2018
Ohhhh Rain… This one hurt!!! I don’t think in your short 8 years there was one person who met you that didn’t love you!!!
You had so much personality… sweet loving personality.
You were also a big talker, you and I would chat back and forth for as long as I had time to sit and talk. The only thing that has helped me with the loss of you is that I know you are in no more pain… you now feel good. I know that you are somewhere playing with your Grandma Lucy.. and you both are telling great stories to each other. Rain.. you have left a big whole in my heart and the with the gang…. You were one of a kind my love.
Cajun has found her forever retirement home. Thank you Jackie and family for giving her a great retirement. Just know you have one of the best dogs ever… and I am really going to miss her. She is an amazing basset!
Mercy has now found her retirement home. She seems to be loving it.