I am so proud of my puppy owners and of all of their accomplishments. I realize that to many, a shout out on my website means the world to them. So, for not posting in as a timely fashion as normal, I do apologize. Your wins this summer have very much filled my heart with joy. I feel I do have valid excuses for procrastination with updates, but I also hope that my lack of a shout out did not take away from your wins in any way.
I, in general, do not post private information publicly or share it with the dog show world in general. But I do feel that my Father was such a huge part of our “team” that not saying anything publicly would be foolish. This summer we lost him to lung cancer, he smoked his whole life. I feel there is so much I could say in regards to him, and how much his loss has had an impact on myself, my family, our home...and the dogs. We did not show this past summer and I relied solely on the rest of our team to "hold the fort" in the show ring. To all of you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Your constant communication and updates of your wins was one of the things that kept me going through this tough year.
As you may have also heard, three of our dogs were stolen six days after my fathers passing...Harlow, Channing and Jackson. As you can try to imagine, the anguish this caused myself and my family is immeasurable. Unable to eat, sleep or function in any normal way, it took all my strength to even want to live to be very honest. I initially collapsed in tears at the end of my driveway, numb... because "how could this actually be happening?". Complete shock filled my soul, and I shook for days having multiple full on panic attacks, feeling like I was unable to breath, I felt like I was in a daze or a dream,and all the days blurred together. Easily it has been the darkest year of our lives. Between the dogs being stolen and the fact that a theft was commited to us at such a time in our lives, while trying to plan my little sisters wedding a few weeks later...I have no idea how we made it through the storm that was our life.
One month later, two of the three dogs were luckily located 20 hours from home, stolen from us by a local dog rescue and ditched at another rescue (who said they did not know they were stolen) outside Ottawa, ON. Apparently they were transported by two individuals who live in Thunder Bay, the trip was paid for by the local "rescue" here, including their rental car/gas etc.
Jackson was given to a party by the rescue outside Ottawa, in exchange for work at their facility...this man then gave him to a friend of his who’ s daughter also contacted me to give me their full side of the story, thus he was passed around FIVE times. Then, through two more to get him home to me...The agony this brings me when I think about it is extravagant. He was also spray painted pink and orange in order to “hide” him.
Channing went through the hands of four people...he was returned severly underweight. Either not fed properly or under such stress that he refused to eat the whole month that he was gone. Apperently he was adopted out only a few days after they arrived at the rescue. Neither dog was seen by a vet before being adopted out, neither had their microochips scanned, Channing was limping at one point as seen in video footage taken by one of the thieves and he did not recieve any vet car. We are not sure how long he was limping that month or how much pain he muust have been in during that time.
I was not in the country when I got the news of them being found, and I remember when I realized the two were found, I got out of the car in a gas station parking lot and I cried...wanted to scream, my body didn't know if it should be happy and cheer, or faint from shock that two were coming home.
Unfortunuty, as of this writting, Harlow is still missing. She can be DNA identified and is also microchipped. Her markings are VERY rare and distinct. We know she will turn up one day.