Remembering our beloved dogs - no longer with us having passed away. They will never be forgotten. All have taken a piece of our heart with them.
My foundation bitch Zoë was Born in July 1975, a daughter of my first dog, Monroe's Ulrich (Jake) one of the famous 'U' litter bred by the late Mrs Joan Matuszewska in 1971. Jake was a super family dog and in a very short time, I was hooked! Sadly, there are no pictures good enough to portray his daughter Zoë’s qualities, only faded snapshots of this very typy bitch, who was to become so important to our kennel.
When mated to the famous Sh.Ch.Greyfilk Knightsman in 1980, she produced my extra special girl Hollieseast Dolly Delectus (Cherri), who was to remain my constant companion through some difficult times ahead.
Cherri was later mated to Risinglark Raincheck, and from this litter we kept Hollieseast Gala Von Gemini (Pippa), who was to become the Dam of our then winning bitches 'Heidekirsche' (Kiri Snr), and 'Eis Kristall' (Ritzi).
I have been so fortunate with the strong female lines originating from Zoë, to whom I owe everything I have achieved.
A daughter of Zoë – Cherri was my husband Keith’s introduction to Weimaraners. We both hold wonderful memories of this lovely girl, and her gentle ways with ducks, cats, rabbits and other animals! Without her my life would not have been the same.
During her youth, she spent more than 4 years with me living in the Middle East (Kuwait) where she was loved and admired by the ex-pat community living there, and always accompanied us on our ‘Fridays’ to the beach. She was very, very special.
Cherri was the mother of Pippa and with the birth of this litter sired by Risinglark Raincheck, I was able to continue my line, which would have died out with out her existence. To Cherri, I owe an enormous debt of gratitude, which can never be repaid. She lived to be nearly 12 years of age.
Cherri’s daughter Pippa, a classic beauty, who lived 12 good years.
She produced two fantastic litters during her life, both sired by her first cousin Sh.Ch.Risinglark Notorious (Freddie) for whom she retained a life long love! Both litters contained championship show winning progeny. Pippa is the mother of Kiri (senior) also Ritzi in her second litter and was happier outside the show ring! Thus proving you do not need to breed from show winners to produce show winners. You just need the right material, and Pippa was certainly that!
This fabulous girl was Ritzi's older sister and deserves to be remembered as the bravest and most loyal companion we could have wished for. Kiri was the mother of our Klara, and was a fantastic show dog in her time, winning constantly. Kiri's numerous awards included Best in Show at South Western Gundog. When older, she won Veteran Bitch at CRUFTS, and was also Best Veteran at the Weimaraner Club Open Show, when her daughter, Klara, was also Best Bitch, a unique event at the time.
Kiri had three lovely litters in her lifetime; we have her daughter now, and will never forget her. We lost her to Osteosarcoma far too soon, aged only 9 years. So beautiful, a truly stunning bitch, she was my soul mate, who will live on in my heart forever.
Ritzi was the Dam of the 'K' litter.
We also considered her to be the epitome of all that is the Weimaraner. With her classic head, superb conformation and movement, she was what our breeding is all about. Although not possessing the beautiful silver taupe coat of her more glamorous older sister ‘Heidekirsche’, - Ritzi should have gained her ‘crown’. To us she was a champion. In her youth being a consistent winner, she amassed almost double the points needed for a Junior Warrant by the age of 18 months.
My companion during the ‘Canine Studies’ course, Ritzi came with me every week to classes and was my ‘case study dog’ for the various elements and assignments undertaken. She loved being the centre of attention and revelled in retrieving and searches, set during the scurries.
A water lover, she swam like an otter, and in the summer months when we went to the beach together with Klara, they gave synchronised swimming displays to a delighted public.
Ritzi was my son’s favourite amongst our Weimaraners and was always ready for a game with a ball or Frisbee. Never dropping a catch when she was younger!
Ritzi had reached her 14th year and retained her special status within our canine family. Following a short illness meant we had to say ‘goodbye’ to her in March 2008. She really was ‘one in a million’ and will be so very fondly remembered by us and her many friends and admirers. We buried her in the front garden and will plant an apple tree on her grave, as she absolutely adored apples and always expected to share one with you! Thank you dear Ritzi for so many wonderful memories, you were such a special part of my life – when we were young together.
Born in September 2003, Molsen was one of eleven gorgeous puppies born to Klara at that time. This was the largest litter we have ever bred! Even though he was 'pick of the litter' from the show quality male puppies, we had no intention of keeping him. However, fate took a hand, and he ended up with his 'feet firmly under the table', and joined Kiri on the show scene, with great success. His 11 x championship show wins, plus Open Show Best of Breed and Best Puppy in Breed wins, gave Molsen his Junior Warrant and K.C. Stud Book number at the tender age of just 10 months. The Weimaraner Association also declared him the Top-Winning Puppy for 2004! He was awarded the 'Dutch Gold Trophy' for this achievement.
All our dogs have a special place in our lives, but Molsen's place and presence was extra special. He wanted to be the first to greet visitors and puppy buyers to our home and everyone who met him, fell in love with him at once. Children were fascinated by his size and gentle strength. Adults admired his handsome good looks and superb behaviour. He was the reason so many people decided they wanted a dog puppy - "just like Molsen". His life should have been twice as long as it was, but fate that took a hand at the start of his life - took him from us, in his prime. Klara's son, Kiri's (half) brother, Elke's uncle and Liesle's best playmate, they all miss him as much as we do. My sole consolation is that he passed away peacefully, without pain. Still warm in his bed, when I found him. He was as handsome in death as he was in life, his silver coat gleaming. I closed his beautiful soft expressive eyes, took his lovely head into my arms, told him how much he was loved and how he could never be replaced. I thought my heart would break. The best ambassador any breed could wish for, the most wonderful dog ever. It was a privilage to have shared a life with you. Wait for me my darling boy, over the rainbow bridge, where we shall enjoy wonderful walks together again someday.