They each take a piece of our hearts. But, I wouldn't give up a minute of the love that they share with us.
It was a rainy drive to Canal Fulton, Ohio in October of 2005. Breeder Jill Richey had sent me a photo of a puppy that she had available. I immediately fell in love and I told her I would be there Saturday. From that day forward, Walter took me on quite an adventure. I wasn't planning on getting into showing dogs, but Walter had other plans. He quickly earned his Championship and Grand Championship titles and the next thing I knew, I was hooked on the sport that has become such a great part of my life. In addition to his Rally and Obedience titles, Walter was awarded multiple Non Sporting Group first placings, along with many other group placings and at his very last show of his career, he was honored with a Best in Specialty Show award at the Boston Terrier Club of Connecticut. At almost 14 years old, Walter passed peacefully in his sleep with me by his side.
I must also note that it was Walter that brought me to Breeder Jill Ritchey and we have been blessed to have her as an avid supporter, cherished mentor and dear friend.
Even today, there are no words to describe how devastated we were to lose Gertie at such a young age. Gertie was named after my beloved Grandmother and she, too, was such a vital member of our family. After finishing her Championship and Grand Championship, she became Terry's project. He learned to show, with Gertie as his teacher. What a TEAM they made! They went on to win group placements and to show on the green carpet in Madison Square Garden at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Gertie was a fun, energetic, little show girl, with an abundance of personality. She is always in our hearts.
Mike was our beloved Jack Russell. Smart, funny, full of energy and oh, so sweet are only some of the words that describe our Mike. He was an "Only Dog" until Walter came along , but he took to that puppy and taught him the ropes, as only a good big brother could. They were inseperable, even traveling to dog shows together. He lived to be almost 18 years old and I couldn't remember a time that he wasn't with me. We miss him every day.
Schulz was a very special Bull Terrier that I co-owned with dear friend, Barbara-Jo Ralston and Marion Dussault. He took us on a wild ride and I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to campaign him. He was an absolute joy to show and he is dearly missed.