These are companions that have sadly crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

They will for ever be in our hearts and never be forgotten.

Now they run free, play, are painless and eat all day :)


VN.Am/Can.CH.Kloofbear's Mystic Seaport

 American CD, DD, WRD, RN, CGC/TDI., Canadian CD, DD

7/23/96 - 10/16/08

Oslo's web page

Oslo left us do to age, at 12.3 years young


we kiss you goodnight, but only for a little while



His body is gone, but he will never be forgotten.

His soul, spirit and happy memories, will live on forever in our minds.

We did it all and enjoyed doing it all together.

Until we meet again "love U 4ever"

Mom, Dad and the rest of the gang





CH. Kloofbear's Victory At Amorosa ROM

Dec.26, 1999 - April 2, 2008

Tina Tuner's page


  I'd like to thank my dear friend and mentor breeder Evelyn de Reus for entrusting me with Tina Turner.

Tina was our foundation bitch, she  whelped lovely pups for us.

Her name is clearly what she was and her body that of Tina Turner "a knock out"

She was large, gentle & a loving girl. If she was not kissing you or

pressing up against you, she was lying on the floor next to you.


Tina became our first ROM in the fall of 2007.

We helped her over the bridge on April 2, 2008

And accepted her NCA ROM award at the national 2008.

Sorry, but it wasn't a happy moment, sitting in my seat, waiting to be handed the award,

all the while fighting tears, knowing Tina was physically no longer with us.

Courtney took this photo without my knowledge as we walked into the Vets.

It makes me cry more so, because we were both walking towards a mural of a sunset.

 It brings me joy, because it reminds me we will walk along each others side again.


above:  Tina three days before her symptoms, in her favorite spot.



Courtney and Tina, prior to walking into the Vets.

The craziest thing about this photo, is that one of the Vets listed is R. Ortiz.

My mothers initials were R. Ortiz (Raquel), I believe its another sign we did the best thing and Tina is with mom.


We couldn't put Tina through all the  x-rays & heavy meds. It would have been to painful for all of us

 and uncomfortable for Tina. We chose to allow for her to leave us with dignity. It was presumed Tina developed left-sided DCM.

The outlook for this condition is not good, treated she might have had a few weeks.

 She like Gypsie kept this to herself until the very end.


The term cardiomyopathy literally means "sick heart muscle." Dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM, occurs when the heart muscle is thin, weak, and does not contract properly. DCM most commonly affects large or giant purebred dogs, but it also can be seen in smaller breeds such as cocker spaniels, and in mixed breed dogs. The condition can lead to congestive heart failure, in which fluid accumulates in the lungs, the chest or abdominal cavities, or under the skin. Because of reduced blood flow to the rest of the body, DCM also can result in weakness, fainting, and exercise intolerance. Abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias, frequently accompany DCM, and can complicate the treatment of dogs with this disease.


We love you so much Tina Turner. You lived up to your name, big, black, beautiful hairy and massive legs!

Until we unite again, kiss all of our relatives for us. Your are the most gentle wet persistent kisser.

Your kids will continue to do you proud. Since you left:

Marina, is now a Canadian Champion 6/01/08

Pocahontas, won the Working bitch class at the national 5/01/08

Hank, has won the group and is on his way to being one of the top Newfs.

Summit, made the cut at the national in the BOB class 5/03/08

 Sierra & Tango place in Obed & Rally at the national 4/29/08


When I must leave you

for a little while

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears

And hug your sorrow to you

through the years

But start bravely with a gallant smile:

And for my sake and in my name

live on and do all things the same,

Feed not loneliness

on empty days,

But fill each waking hour

in useful ways,

Reach out your hand

in comfort and in cheer

And I in turn will comfort you

and hold you near:

And never, never be afraid to die.

For I am waiting for you in the sky!


author unknown


above: is Tina's ROM rosette, honors parade medallion & her make shift puppy.

Tina could not stand to hear the Big Dog ball squeak or see it anywhere.

Tina carried her Big Dog ball everywhere. It now sits next to her Urn.





Helmsman's Gypsie CD, WD, WRD, CGC

April 22, 1995 - July 12, 2006

Gypsie's Page


Gypsie was helped over the bridge at just over 11 years of age due to Mast Cell Cancer/Tumor

Gypsie had a prior growth removed in her mouth & on her toe over the years, both were non cancerous.

I can't describe the pain I felt  when I was left with making the decision to help Gypsie over the bridge.

The pain I feel when I remember the original times with my companion

She was always happy and bouncing, loved loved to swim.

Gypsie is the reason I'm so involved in the breed today.

Sometimes I think she is going to come bouncing around the yard or chase a deer again.

To me she still blocks the refrigerator door.


Gone for just a little while...........

she awaits for me.....

and someday we will snuggle again

"There is a special place in our hearts
for those we have loved,
for those who have loved us without question
without a word or promise...
There is a special place where
there is no pain or fear,
where love flows freely...
There is a special place to rest in our hearts forever"

I love you Gyps





Kloofbear's Chula Raquelina

November 1997 - August 2001

Earned 1 leg towards her CD title, prior to becoming ill.



Courian crossed the bridge due to Immune Mediated Polymyostitis at 3.5 years of age.

Courian loved loved loved to eat. So prior to having to help her over the bridge,

I allowed for her to eat out of a full bag of kibble, she ate 1/2 a 33lb bag.

Til today, I feel happy that I gave her the daily wish she had

and was always caught in the bag :)





Helmsman's Amorosa Savana

Sept 1998 - April 2001


Savana left her Mommy Norma Allen tragically.