Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Great Loss

The members of the Paducah Kennel Club grieve with longtime member, Mary Adelman, over the loss of her once in a lifetime dog, Buruki.

Dr. Adelman submitted the following heartfelt tribute. Godspeed, Buruki.

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There are only a few dogs who find a really special place in your heart—Buruki was one of those.

To Buruki
She is gone and where she lay the pillow still reflects her shape,
We have not fluffed it out just yet, or moved its light blue drape.
For it is still too hard to know that she is really dead,
Much easier to think she is someplace else, perhaps on her other bed.
It may be days or weeks or months before the thought moves in to stay
That she is really gone, and not just gone outside to play.
And even when the fact is etched with acid on the heart,
Each time you think that she is gone, another tear will start.
Until, in time, the sorrow finds a pillow somewhere quiet,
Curls up and settles in to sleep--another shadow in your night.
Dr. Mary Belle Adelman 9-3-09
Born August 31, 1995, Buruki was the last litter of Australian Cattle Dogs that I bred. After 30 years of breeding she was just what I wanted. A beautiful blue bitch, owned, trained & handled to all her titles by Dr. Mary Belle Adelman. Buruki finished her HXAd on August 10th, 2008, at the GSDCWKY show at Glendhenmere Kennels with a 4th place in a class of 7 entries. This is just under 5 years since she got her first leg on Started on November 4, 2004. She has 2 HIA legs on both Sheep and Cattle. Among her many accomplishments, she won Veteran’s Bitch at 2 ACDCA Nationals, was HIT from Open obedience at the Nat’l, and won the Conformation Versatility class at the Nat’l.
She has 36 titles and has given me many days of joy including several High in Trial Australian Cattle Dog on sheep, ducks, and cattle, and some overall High in Trials. Her wins are delightful and her losses sometimes memorable. She has been a lifesaver to me many times over and it is with great sorrow that we have to report illness finally put an end to her outstanding career September 3, 2009. She just passed her 14th birthday. She was able to work up to the last week and enjoyed her trademark roll in the grass just three days before the end.
Buruki is the Great-granddaughter of Glendhenmere’s Muruki UD and “Trot” Ch Tallawong Blue Jeroa CD VQW ROM who won the Versatility in 1980. Her grandmother, Ch Glendhenmere’s Mia CD QW ROM, was 2nd place. Her father is Ch Glendhenmere’s Jedi CD QW ROM, and it was for his ROM points that we came back to showing in 2004.
It is with great pride we wish to honor the memory of our friend, companion, and overall great working buddy CH WTCH Glendhenmere¹s Buruki CDX RE NA NAJ HSAcsd HIAd HXAd HSBd HTDId HTADIds HRDIs ATDcds VCH HIC CGC Int’l & Super Veteran Champion. She will be missed.

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