STARS IN THE SKY
The following are dogs from the past, who left a space that will never be filled.
CHAMPION DULWICH SAILOR AT BUXTON
Sailor was only three years old when he left us, we don't know what happened, one morning we went to look for him and found him dead, curled up as though asleep. Although an autopsy was done, nothing abnormal could be found. During his short life he sired some excellent puppies, and also did well in the show ring. Including winning a Terrier Group.
CHAMPION BUXTON PIANO PLAYER
Glen was another who left us early in life, not through illness or death, but he decided that a 4' fence was not high enough to keep him in, and although we made it more difficult for him to get out, he still managed it. He went to a very nice home on a farm, where he could have all the space he needed.
CHAMPION BUXTON HAWKER TEMPEST
Piper was the first Airedale in South Africa, ever, to be trained for "Man Work" very basically the dog is taught to attack on command, and of course also to leave when told.
Our trainer so trusted Piper that he would allow me to send him (Piper) in to attack, (Robert was not wearing an armguard) and call him off just before he took hold, Piper would twist himself in the aire so as not to bite.
There will never be another Piper.
CHAMPION BUXTON GYPSY MAJOR
Whilst Zouga was also trained in Man Work, he never did quite achieve the same level as Piper. But what he lacked in the Manwork Department, he made up for in the Beauty ring, winning a Terrier Group and being placed in others.
BUXTON COVER DRIVE (Topsy) was diagnosed with cancer very soon after my return to South Africa, and after consultation with her vet, her owner June decided to send her to join her friends at the Rainbow Bridge.
CHAMPION BUXTON WE WILL ROCK YOU (HOLLY)
Holly left us to join her new owner Veronique when we left for England, I saw her again a year later, but she was so in love with Veronique that she barely greeted me, whilst it did hurt just a little, I was so very happy that she was in her element, being Veronique's best friend.
She never really did like the show ring, but boy did she make up for it in the whelping box, she produced some excellent puppies, she gave us Terry Stevens' "Mojo"
(Buxton Surfin' USA) my own Sara-Jane (CH. Buxton Love Over Gold) and of course "Angus" (CH: Buxton I Get Around with Kaikoura), these three were litter siblings and were part of the "Beach Boys" litter.
She also gave us "Missie" (CH Buxton Perhaps Love at Danien) and my own boy "Monty" (CH Buxton Storm In A Teacup)
She is now running with her half sister Topsy and her Mother Banjo and her daughter Missie.
"Rest well my friends, until we all meet again"