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Dedicated to animals that have been either bred by me or owned by friends of mine

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The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

Some other very special dogs, that have touched my heart and are now at the Rainbow Bridge.  My condolences to their owners.

 last updated: 20 January, 2015     




16/04/02 - 27/10/14

Jeddah lived with Kapri (who can be viewed further down on this page) for the first year of her life and it was a very sad day when Chris & Ted lost Jeddah - they gave her over 12 wonderful years. 

They have now taken on the task of raising yet another puppy - my appreciation goes to them for being such wonderful owners.






29/04/98 - 20/03/11

They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.

If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

--- Anonymous ---

My thoughts are with Diane and her family. 
I wish I could find more homes like yours for our babies.
Tara will watch over him for you as I am sure she does for all her children.




16/1/09 - 12/11/09

A Poem written especially for Jaz

We knew you were special
Right from the start
You fitted into our family
And touched everyone of our hearts

To Matt you were so precious
A blessing we all know
You gave your love so freely
Forming a bond so true

You were with us such a short time
But will never leave our hearts
For each and every one of us
Has a memory to impart

You grew from a floppy eared puppy
Into our beautiful affectionate girl
Cuddles were your speciality
Digging a hole or two, you kept our life in a whirl

 It was so hard to say goodbye
But your memories we hold so dear
You’ll never be forgotten
But loved and remembered, year after year.


Our thoughts go to the Wellings family, especially Matt. 

Your girl will never be forgotten.  Thank you for giving her a wonderful life, albeit very short.





29/4/98 to 3/10/09

As you can see, he was one very loved boy.

A poem that says it all

Brilliant Rainbow

High on whispered wings I fly, a radiant star, I light the sky.
Toward the sun I soar so free, a brilliant rainbow follows me.
I pulsate through your very soul and in my paws your heart I hold.
The day will come when you'll fly too, I'll be there to welcome you.
Until the time we meet again, I won't journey far my friend.
For in your love I live so free, a brilliant rainbow guiding me.

My thoughts are with his owners, you gave him a wonderful life - thank you.






6 June 2005 - 22 July 2008

I would like to offer Judith's and my sincere condolences to Tom & Julie Bridge from the UK who are the breeders/co-owners of Fonzie who has tragically passed away.  He had the makings of being an absolute top show dog as well as a great producer.  Unfortunately his life was cut short.  Fonzie is a half-brother to Yeska that can be viewed on our LaGuardia website.  We are forever grateful to Tom and Julie for allowing Yeska to come to Australia and be part of our lives.

Our thoughts are with you at this terrible time.



This is never an easy page to add to but I feel I have to add a very special dog to this page, namely:



23rd August 1997 - 14th August 2006

Ben was the best friend of Michelle and understandably has left a huge hole in Michelle's life.  It is always hard to come to terms when you loose a loved one.  Ben was a very special part of Michelle's life and he will be in her heart forever.

Hopefully Michelle (and Jackson, Michelle's other dog) will find it easier to cope as each day goes by.  I am so sorry for your loss.




25/3/2002 to 2/2/2004 

This poor little chap didn’t get much of a chance at life at it was taken from him before he even managed to reach adulthood due to complications after emergency surgery. 

Jasper was the pride and joy of Caron and Wade and was a real part of their family.  He had a beautiful character.  What a bundle of joy he was.  Poor Caron and Wade have a big void in their life at the moment and hopefully one day someone else might be able to fill the gap.  Nothing ever replaces a loved one but sometimes it can help. 

From this cute bundle of joy:

TO THIS                                  AND TO THIS






5th January 1990 - 18th June 2003


This is Kapri baby-sitting puppies on one of her holidays back home and supervising Jeddah at her own house.

It is with great sadness that Kapri has found her way onto this page.  Kapri came to Masterton Kennels as an 8-week-old puppy and had the most wonderful temperament that one could hope to find in a German Shepherd.  She didn’t have very many litters as most of her litters consisted of anywhere between 1 and 3 puppies.  It was decided to desex Kapri and not have to worry about her coming into season.  This way she could be surrogate mother to all the puppies, which suited Kapri.  

When Kapri was 7 years of age a dear friend of mine had just lost one of her Shepherds and the other Shepherd (Toska) was fretting so I decided to offer her Kapri as company for Toska.  Even when Kapri needed somewhere to stay because her new owners were going away she would come back to Masterton Kennels and sleep on the bed and have the run of the place like she use to.  The deal was she had to pay the price and baby-sit whatever puppies were here and loved every minute of it.  Kapri lived out the rest of her life with Chris and I must thank Chris for the wonderful years she gave Kapri.

Kapri and Jeddah



This is Tess and her close companion Pebbles (Tess is the big one).

Unfortunately, Tess departed this world on 11th February, 2003.  Pebbles is coping, but only just as Pebbles is 12 years of age and Tess was 15 years of age so she had been a constant companion to Pebbles.

Tess was no show champion but she was a champion in Julie’s eyes.  She was a true “best friend” to Julie.  If you have the love and devotion for your animal they will reciprocate as their love for you is totally unconditional.  If you are cranky they still love you and they are there for you at all times.

Tess will be forever missed by my dear friend Julie and I wish her well in the battle to come to terms with her loss. 



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