Those we loved and lost
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…
Sh Ch/Neth Ch Kavacanne Xanto
Heartbroken does not even come close. We lost our stunning boy in September 2015 with Lymphoma which progressed quite rapidly. He was our first(and only) male GWP and what a lovely boy he proved to be.
Xanto was from our own Shim and sired by another ‘Xanto’ who is owned by Cornelie & Léon Verheugt-Meijer in Holland. As of January 2010 his Dad had amassed a total of 44 CAC’s. 37 CACIB’s, 39 BOB’s & 21 Group wins. A remarkable achievement and so many of his qualities passed down onto our boy.
Our Xanto won 8 CC’s, 7 BOB’s & 9 RCC’s. At LKA 2010 Xanto won the Gundog Group under Mrs Penny Williams, this made Kavacanne only the 2nd GWP Kennel in the UK to win this award. He has also topped a group in Holland.
He had so very much wonderful personality, which really shone through in the show ring. He just loved everyone he met.He would steal the cushions off the sofa, put them in front of the wood burner and makes himself comfy.He las left a hole in our hearts (and home)that I don’t think will ever be filled again. God Bless you Lad till we meet again at the Bridge, we will always love you xx
Where do I start? On March 1st(St Davids day 2002) Dime and Bailey produced a beautiful litter of pups, one of which was Poppy. Sadly it was not to be and in a twist of fate this beautiful 5 month old girl came back into our lives which is where she stayed until June 29th 2015 when we had to make that ultimate decision to let her go to Rainbow Bridge. I think I could fill a book with all the wonderful characteristics and traits she had. The joy she brought was second to none. Scrumping apples from the trees, opening the cooker to steal food, opening the dishwasher to lick plates. A real food thief but was the most biddable dog I could have wanted. Never ran off and was a real pleasure to take in the woods at Lightmoor. Tail wagging for all she met and never a cross word to any other dogs. The thing that makes me realise she is no longer here is how she would ‘speak’ when she wanted something. Food? Walk? Toilet and right unto the last when her tired back legs could no longer hold her she would bark when she wanted me to move her or help her outside. her nickname was Poppy Waffle Dog because she did ‘waffle’ rather. She would lie by the door she wanted to go through and if dogs can share telepathy then she did. All our dogs are different and when they leave us it affects us in various ways. I can’t describe just how much fun and joy she brought with her fun loving and exuberant personality even unto her last. This made the decision one of the hardest I ever had to make as despite her poor legs, her personality never wavered. Even at her last she managed one last dog biscuit as we said our Goodbyes. Run free at Rainbow Bridge Pops, your paw print will stay in my heart forever. Miss you so very much xx
Gaby sadly left us after a short illness at the grand age of 13 and a half. The most wonderful brood bitch who produced 6 champions. Her progeny have won over 35 CCs and are still winning to date.
Gaby was constantly in the high places when shown in the UK and won a RCC, JW and Show Certificate of Merit, but it was abroad where she really came into her own. She was shown successfully in Ireland, Belgium and Holland where she achieved numerous prizes, most notably her International and Dutch Show Champion Title. She also won a Group 2 at Zwolle in 2007.She was also Top GSP Brood, and number 3 All Breeds in 2010. In all she was Top Brood for 4 consecutive years.
She was a fantastic GSP to love and live with. When she came into our lives all those years ago we never dreamed just what a valuable part she would play our newly developing kennel and consequently become a foundation bitch to be proud to own. We are indepted to Fio Roberts for having such faith in us and gifting her to Adam as he embarked on his showing career. Rainbow Bridge is all the richer for her presence there.
We were devastated at the loss of our beloved girl Sh Ch / Ned Ch Kavacanne Gift of the Gab JW W’08 in a tragic road accident on May 26th 2013. Less than 24 hours before she had won the RCC at Bath.
Gale was our first home bred Champion and one of the top winning dogs in the breed of the last few years. Starting young, she won her first CC in 2007 at just 11 months old, and her champion title in 2008. The pinnacle of her show career was topping the group at Southern Counties in 2011 under Ron Menekar and being top dog in the breed that year. She also had two group 3’s and a group 4 win and won the Group at the Amsterdam All Winners Show in 2008. Gale amassed 20 CCs in total with 14 Best of Breeds and 8 RCCs, with 2 breed club Championship Best in Shows.
Out the ring she was the most precious and sweet girl. Everyone who met her fell in love. She was known by all around the breed ring for her temperament and character and formed a bond with Daisy Hunt from the age of 8 years, now one of the UK’s top young handlers.
This is Daisys tribute.
“I can’t believe she is not here anymore, I’ve known her for about 4 years now, she has been the one who has made me win because she is beautiful, amazing and so special. she was so loyal and such a calm dog, she had a perfect personality, Gale means to world to me, I know she’s not my own, but I class her as my best friend. Thank you to the Rose’s or letting her be a part of my life. When my Dad told me I didn’t believe him, that such a talented dog is not here anymore, it won’t be the same without her, I am very grateful for everything she has done for me, I will miss you millions snail, R.I.P! I love you”
She was so gentle and loving and will certainly leave a massive whole in our family. We are blessed to have her baby ‘Fraggle’ aka Kavacanne Blowin A Gale at home, after her first litter in January 2013 to help remind us of the fantastic memories we will treasure. Read more about Gale on her page.
Run Free Gale, our special dog in a million. Our ‘Heart Dog’
Bailey was our first boy Dog and what a wonderful boy he turned out to be. He was not only Adams first serious show dog but a loyal and loving companion. He won many things in his career and as a team in 2000 helped Adam become Handler of the Year and represented the UK, Junior of the Year and he won the Gundog Stakes Final. What a hat trick, resulting in a TV appearance on Midlands today . He was not only handsome but clever and gained his good citizen Gold award. He shared many happy days at YKC Camp and ring craft sessions with Adam and is still talked about b y those who remember his amazing presence. As our only GSP boy he had quite a ‘harem’ of girls around him but was devoted to Dime with whom he had pups and produced our lovely Poppy.
We have so many wonderful memories of him but none more so than how since a few weeks old he has always come into the kitchen and given his paw to have a dab of butter put on. The first sound of the tub being opened and he was there. Our ‘Butter Boy’ we called him. And it was impossible to have a cup of tea without allowing him his too. Our house seems so quiet even with the others still here, it is as if they know and cannot comprehend where he is. Words cannot describe how we feel at the loss of our beautiful boy but we know he is now out of pain and back with his beloved Dime in Rainbow Bridge.
Run Free Bailey Boy, your memories will live forever on our hearts till we one day meet again
On February 27th 2013 we said a very sad farewell to our dear Riva aka Benachitti Reeva Rose at just short of the fabulous age of 16 years.
Riva was an amazing and devoted girl, our first GSP. Though a little senile at the end, apart from a cut ear she never had any other trips to the Vets..
She was a loyal, loving and fabulous ambassador for the breed. We fell so in love with GSPs because of her and she helped us to where we are today with our love and knowledge of the breed. As Adams first dog she introduced him to the world of show handling and though she did not particularly enjoy the show world and as such retired early, she has been a fantastic member of our Kavacanne family.
To lose her has left a massive void in the Kavacanne household but the beautiful memories of her will live with us forever.
Run free at the Bridge Riva, reunited with our special boy Bailey with whom you spent those twilight years. We will always love you.
Night night Old Girl x
Dorntanza Simply the Best with Kavacanne
Star came into our lives in 2000 and was a bit of a surprise in that we were planning another GSP from the Dorntanza kennel. When things did not work out to plan we were told. ‘You will have a Wire instead won’t you!’ Although a little cautious of taking on a new breed we were soon besotted with this little hairball.
She became an amazing presence in our household and it was hard to imagine life without her. She was a devoted companion to Heather who when only 10 took full charge of Stars training. She was a very obedient dog although at times very vocal, especially when flushing birds out from the bushes in our garden.
Star enjoyed many YKC disciplines with Heather and qualified for a flyball team at Crufts in 2003 which she did not make due to ‘maternal’ duties. She passed her Good Citizen Bronze Award. Star had 2 litters, one of which has produced our own SHIM and more recently BANG.
Sadly we lost our precious Star on 16th April 2005…. Forever in our hearts…
Benachitt Diamond White at Kavacanne
Dime was a repeat mating to Riva and was part of our lives for 10 magical years old. Dime loved to show and became Adams first serious handling dog . She was consistently placed at Open and Champ shows as well as many wins in Junior Handling and KCJO events. Dime was also quite a proficient flyball dog as well as participating in Obedience and Agility. She passed her Good Citizen Bronze Award.
She became the partnership dog for Hannah who also achieved much success in the ring Unfortunately in 2002 she was involved in a serious road accident, suffering major trauma. However although not expected to survive her horrific injuries we battled on and with our love and Dimes determination she was a credit to the wonderful Vet who treated her.
Dime had the most superb temperament and in 10 years never gave us a moment of trouble. She lives on through POPPY her daughter who shows the same sound characteristics. Words cannot describe the loss of such a wonderful dog. My heart is breaking as I think of what we have lost but pride and love for what we had from our Wonderful Dime in these last 10 years.
God Bless you Dime. We will always love and remember you…. Run Free…