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Monday, September 9, 2013

In Memoriam - BPIS Am/Cdn Shelamo's Prospector

It has taken me a bit to compose this .....
January 30, 2000 - September 1, 2013

It was with a heavy heart that my dear "Rock Man" passed in my arms, at home in the wee hours of September 1, 2013.  Both Mike and my mom were here by his side.

He was born into litter of 6 on January 30, 2000 (3 would become Ch's), and little did we know how full he would make our lives.  From the beginning he was my heart dog, always being by my side, watching my every move, and becoming the face of Shelamo kennels from that point forward.
"Rocky" is on the left
He was our Ambassador for our breed here, taking up residency on any new client's lap without asking questions!

There were so many 1st accomplishments he did for us here @ Shelamo .... so many hearts he touched along the way. 
pictured ringside on his way to Grp 4th and BPIS in Nov 2000
photo with thanks to Lloyd Lambert, Pinnacle Shelties
 "Rocky" finishing his Cdn Championship OKC show November 2000 from the Snr Puppy Class over 3 BIS Specials - what a day!
 After a Canadian wide competition he was chosen for the Purina Campaign of Champions (1 of 20).
He was the April boy for the Purina 2002 Calendar and had his picture on their nationwide Show Booth for many years.
 Purina National Dog Show Booth 2010
"Rocky" winning in 2001 at just over a yr of age, against some top group breeds at the time, under respected judge Charles Bett, many of his group placements in limited showing
Thanks to Dr. Sherry Lee, FLA, for taking him under her wing and putting his American Championship on him in 13 shows in the competitive Easter US shows.
 under respected breed judge, Judith Byrne in 2004
 Winning over many specials from the Veteran Class, Best of Opposite at the DC and SSA Spec 2010, respected breeder judge Barry Hastings
He also won the 1st Helen Lovett Memorial Trophy
At the CSSA National 2010 in Saskatoon
 Being groomed by his adoring friend Mary-Anne
In May 2013 his last outing, he went to an evening of a Girl Guides meeting to teach about dogs
attention never waining 
"Rocky" and I January 2013

 He leaves behind his mother Shelamo's Party Pack ROMC
 (15+ yrs of age)

and to name a few relatives .....

his 1/2 brother

Shelamo's Main Sail CD RNE
Shelamo Ticket To Success ADC, AGDS, ASDC, MJDC, MSDCS

through his daughter
Ch Shelamo Tyme Descends
her daughters
BPIG Shelamo A Moment Of Tyme (ptd)
Shelamo Tyme For A Mocha
Shelamo Gemstone

MBPIG Ch Shelamo Riding The Wind
MBPIS BPISS Ch Shelamo Flash Forward
Ch Shelamo Deja Vu
(her daughter MBBPIG Shelamo Bedazzle)

Son thru "Tyme"
BPIS Ch Shelamo's Riding The Sky HIC, SDGC
and son
Shelamo Tow The Line ADC, AGDC, ASDC

BPIS Ch Shelamo Changing Winds
1/2 sister
RBIS Ch Shelamo Sugar Shack (4 Ch's)
 her 3 daughters (2 Ch's), 2 Ch sons
MBPIB Ch Shelamo Jumping Jelly Bean 
Great Grand Daughters Thru her
Ch Shelamo Rais'n The Bar 
Shelamo Kenna
"Casino" would have been one of our dogs at the Bridge to welcome him
So this is where we part, My Friend,
And you'll run on, around the bend.
Gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you'll surely find.

I will go on; I'll find the strength,
Life measures quality, not its length.
One long embrace before you leave,
Share one last look, before I grieve.

There are others, that much is true,
But they be they, and they aren't you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
Will remember well all you've taught.

Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,
The fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
Take with you this...I loved you best.

-Jim Willis

A tribute will be done in two weeks on Sheltie Strut.

Thank-you to the vets, Mark & Amanda, now at the Mississippi Animal Hospital for being there from the beginning of his life to the end.
You are sadly missed by Mike and I, dear Bud.  There will be a day we can play again.


michelle September 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM  

Dear Maureen&Mike:
What a great tribute to a much loved"bud".I am so proud to have his grandson;Windsor" as part of our family.The photo taken in Jan. of this year shows the bond and love that you both had for one another.
A true ambassador he was for Shelamo. My thoughts are with you both during these difficult times.

Kav September 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM  

A Beautiful tribute and my heart goes out to you over the loss of such a great sheltie amabassador. It's never easy to say good-bye. I have an old gentleman sheltie living with me who is 10 going on 15 thanks to a heart murmur and arthritis. I know I'll be facing a loss in the near future and it is already breaking my heart.

Shelamo Shelties September 13, 2013 at 8:17 AM  

Thank-you for taking the time to post Michelle. Your words are heart warming in such a grieving time.

Give the boys a hug from us pls.


Shelamo Shelties September 13, 2013 at 8:18 AM  

Kav - thank-you. I hope your boy continues and gives you many more years of happiness.

Anonymous,  September 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM  

A very touching tribute to your best bud. Your winter photos mean so much more now, your friend did a great job. so very sorry for your loss Maureen. I'm very proud to have a Rocky boy, Shelamo's First Class Scout. I've been at agility events & most recently at the Kingston Sheepdog Trials where I have been asked what kennel Scout is from, so yes I'm proud to have a Rocky boy. His legacy continues ... Cindy


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