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Dagmar's Diplomatic Immunity
Sire: Ch Jakay's Gefri Halleluia Baby
Dam: Dagmar's Sohni V Pappy Jack CGC
April 17, 1995 - November 11, 2003
littermate to Pinki & Dazy
In January 2003 we discovered a bump on Dani's front left leg. It was an all too familiar bump as we had just experienced in 2002 the death of his beautiful sister, Pinki from the horrid disease called osteosarcoma, or better known as bone cancer. Where would this journey lead us? Were the decisions we made for Pinki the right ones as we had struggled with those to begin with and when we led her to the bridge we were firm in our convictions that we did the best we could. She had been very stoic in all her pain and Dani's resolve wasn't quite hers. But now in 2003 we'd quickly test our resolve and see if all our decisions for Dani would options we didn't go with in Pinki's case and would they be what was best for Dani. After all we had just gotten Dani back and in no way were we ready to give up our gentle old man.
I was desperately tired of speaking with the experts in the field of bone cancer. Some were very close personal friends and when we had one dog with cancer it was "just one of those things". I hated that answer but I got it over a half dozen times. Now I called back all these same experts and explained here we go again with a littermate suffering from this disease in the exact same place his sister had it. I mean exact spot on the left pastern. Still answers to me were "oh maybe it could be familial, but most likely it's just one of those things that happens, no rhyme or reason". How the hell is that making me feel any better or as a breeder helping me find any answers to avoiding this in the future.
Tonight is Nov 12th, 2003 and I really can't keep typing this story, but I will continue it in a few days or weeks as I try to gather my thoughts and this experience into something worth reading. Please visit Dani's page and see his beauty and come back to hear the rest. I'm just asking for time to rest my eyes right now.
Dani's original owners had to place him due to severe allergies to dogs. His 2nd owner died and subsequently Dani was returned to Dagmar. When Dani was with his first owners we did show him sparingly and he was a strong presence in the ring but by the time he was getting things down the allergies set in.
So he was returned to us at the age of 6 years old and we ADORE him more than ever. Fall 2002 my son Jackson took Dani into the Veteran's ring for me. Here we are and I'm quite thrilled at both of them.
Here are pics from Dani's early days with his previous owners and myself and all the way back to when he was itty-bitty on the sofa with Jackson who was also itty-bitty....
Dani & Jackson / May 1995