2003 - 2013
Diesel peacefully passed over the rainbow bridge in 2013
Diesel was a wonderfully large, strong dog. He was my guardian and my closest friend for such a long time. I had him since he was 6 weeks old and he meant the world to me and I have many many wonderful memories of our time together.
He was the reason I decided to breed in the first place and has left quite a legacy.
I am sure you can see why he was the inspiration behind my Affix "GentleBears".
And of course he is the foundation for Gentlebears puppies.
Some photo's of my Handsome bear cub taken 4 months before his passing..
A poem for my beloved bear ....
(Please note: original version of this beautiful poem 'the greatest gift' was written by Karla Bertram - I have changed a few bits in the copy below to make it more personal to me and Diesel - to read the original please click HERE)
From the very instant our eyes first met there was love.
How I loved you then! How I love you now!
I made a promise then and I keep that promise now . . .
I will always be here for you
It is for me alone to make this decision,
The price for the bright joy and pure laughter
You brought me during the time we shared.
I am the only one who can decide when it is time.
When my hope dies, and my fears ride high,
Just when I need you most, I must let you go.
It is for you alone to tell me when you are ready.
For without your guidance, I will not know
When to lay my grief, my guilt, my anger,
My sorrow and my selfish heart aside
And give you this last gift,
Your eyes will speak to mine, and I will know.
The pain of this moment is excruciating.
And my heart drowns in a pool of grief.
For you have spoken, and I have listened,
And unlike other decisions I have made.
This one brings no relief . . . no comfort . . . no peace.
For if there's one thing you've taught me,
If there's only one thing I've learned. . . .
Unconditional love has a condition after all,
I must be willing to let you go, when you speak to me
And I must accept my pain so you can be free of yours.
I will find comfort in my memories in the dark and lonely days ahead.
I cannot say I will not miss you, I cannot say I will not cry.
For only my tears can heal my broken heart.
But, I promise you this: as long as I live,
You will live, alive in my mind, & forever in my heart.
So I give you this last gift, all I have left to give,
It is the measure of my unconditional love...
For only the greatest love can say,
"Good-bye my wonderful bear, we will meet again.
Sharing my life with you was a true honour and being blessed with your love the greatest gift"
Colours of pups sired: Black & Gold, Solid Black, Bi-Colour, Gold Sable, Solid White..
Hip scores produced in Diesel's offspring up until his retirement: Higest = total 14 - lowest = total 9.
Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Bronze Award.
Haemophilia tested clear.
Inbreeding coefficient = 0.2%
Hips : total 20
He was incredibly placid and intelligent, warm and loving and produced consistantly strong puppies with superb temperaments.
I was very proud of him and was is a pleasure to own. The only problem was he was a pain to show as he wouldn't take his eyes off me.. so wont look forward in a stance.. lol. It was nice to be so loved :o)
As you can see from the few snaps below Diesel was a very substantial dog.
Me and my faithful bear