Friday, October 7, 2011

Cousin Toby Crosses The Bridge

We found out from our breeder mom, Lil, that our cousin, (Holmhaven Pure Copper, UD, RE) Toby, crossed the Rainbow Bridge, Tuesday, 4 October. Toby was born 6 January 2003; his sire was Duffy vom Grutlohner Hof, Imp and his dam was Holmhaven Crystal Treasure. Both Toby and Essex had Jason for a Grand Paw and both would have called Jason’s brudder Great Uncle Bobby.
Cousin Toby, January 2003- October 2011
The collies are sad. The Key West Collies knew Toby from when we were pups. Toby was ten months older than Essex and was almost a year old when Essex left to come live in Key West. Sherman is even more closely related as Toby paw-rents are Sherman's Great Grand Paw-rents. Our Dog Angel, Deacon would have called Toby’s Mutter, Grand Mutter.

Toby was a Velcro collie and loved to be as close to Lil as possible. He loved going to shows with Lil. When he finished his Utility Degree, Toby still wanted to go to classes and make Lil proud. So Lil and Toby learned to do all the Rally exercises together. Toby was happy to just be with Lil and loved to give her kisses. Toby had been battling a lung when Dog Dad and I went bring Sherman to our home. He fought the lung infection for three months and at the end would only eat only braunschweiger. We know that Lil is missing him terribly. She referred to Toby as her soul mate: and since she has been so lucky to know so many collies, that means Toby was extra special.

To Lil and the Holmhaven Collies: Thank you for sharing your pack with so many people. Know that you have made the world a better place. We know your pain and appreciated your kind words after Deacon’s sudden crossing. We are sure that Toby is playing with Deacon, Cousin Howie, Great Uncle Bobby, Grand Paw Jason and many other Holmhaven Collies in the forest and fields that are past the Rainbow Bridge.

Dog Speed

Essex, Sherman and Dog Dad too.


Moondance Huskies said...

So very sorry to hear of your cousin's passing. A sad howl will be raised and mom will light a candle for him. I am sure he was greeted by many of our friends and especially your Angel Deacon and that they are enjoying a romp together.

Sad woos,
Skye, the Moondance Huskies and mom

Dianne SS said...

Very sad news. He was a handsome looking boy and died too young. Our condolences go out to his family and extended families.

Dianne and Duffy

Jans Funny Farm said...

We always hate to hear this kind of news. We send purrs and woofs for Toby's extended family.

Berts Blog said...

WE are so sorry to hear this. We have been a bit behind in reading the blogs and didn't see this till Sunday.

Toby sounds like he was the most amazing dog and friend. Please send our heartfelt thoughts to Lil.

Bert and My Vickie

Mack said...

We're so sorry to hear of Toby's passing. Lil is in our thoughts and prayers.


Asta said...

I am so sad to heaw of youw cousin Toby's passing Pleez don't be sad. toby was loved all his life and will be in heaven waiting fow us Pleez give my sympafies to Lil
sad smoochie kisses

Shikota said...

We paid our respects to Lil. Thank you for passing the news on. Hugs to Sherman & Essex....

Shiloh & Dakota

Dawn said...

I'm so sorry to read this news. Hugs to Lil...Toby sounds like he was a pretty special boy.