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In loving memory:
CH. Shojin's Somewhere In Time (Dude)
(Am/Can/Mex/CH. MacAlder Best For Shojin x Shojin's Skyhawk)
26, 1999 to January 23, 2006
In the wee hours of January 22, 2006, I received a phone call from Donna DaValt. When I saw the caller ID on my phone, my instant thought was something happened to Thunder, who is wintering with Greg and Donna in Oklahoma. However, that was not the case. Donna told me that Dude had bloated and was in surgery and had been for over 2.5 hours. During the course of the next 48 hours, I realized that I may never see that happy-go-lucky dog again.
He was that sometimes obnoxious, sweet, albeit spoiled rotten dog, who came to live with Amethyst Gordon Setters in August 2001. He was my dream for my breeding program (to be able to tap back into Chipper), but he was truly Greg's dog. And...Greg was Dude's human. There was nothing that would ever change that....
On January 23, 2006, Greg called me to tell me that Dude did not make it through a second surgery and that he died. While I know how I felt, I know that Greg and Donna were equally as devastated with the loss of this wonderful dog.
He was a Chipper puppy. He was one of three pups born in the summer of 1999 to Shojin's Skyhawk. The first successful frozen semen breeding to Chipper.
In May of 2005, after traveling many many miles with Greg DaValt and with me, he ended up a Champion. He had so many champion qualities...but his biggest and unique trait was that when anyone of our friends or puppy people would see him, they'd say, "I want a dog just like him." How fortunate for us that he has offspring and he has grandkids, too, now who all have a piece of him and that wonderful fun-lovin' temperament.
Dude had his moments....and he always had to be with Greg or at least "see" him. I recall that one of my favorite phrases, when Dude lived with me for a time while I was finishing his championship, was..."Dude, go lie down." He was one-in-a-million that was for sure.
So to Miles, Angus, Keno, Elsa, Bailey (Peltsu), Will, Ziggy, Indy, Kelsey, his children who are being shown or will be shown, or hunted, thank you because you have that indomitable spirit of Dude in you. To all of the people who have used Dude at stud, we thank you. And...to Sizzle, one of Dude's granddaughters, who has made me realize that he will always be felt in the generations yet to come.
And....since Dude was Greg's friend...it's only appropriate that he be remembered as that.
Carole King wrote a song years ago entitled, "You've Got a Friend." It's playing in the background of this page (the music performed by Greg for his buddy).
So, to Greg and Donna DaValt, you have my sincere sympathy at the loss of your beloved friend.
Rest well, Sweet Dude-a-butt..... I know that now your spirit can truly fly and be free at the Bridge....and your infectious woofs...will make anyone smile. Thank you, my friend, for all the love you gave us in return.
Peggy, Fire, Ice, Asti, Twister and Sizzle
This page was last updated on: Sunday, January 29, 2006