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October 5, 1999 ~ August 29, 2007

Rest in Peace my beloved "girlfriend"


I Only Wanted You

They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

(Thank you for the lovely poem, Debbi Brody)

On a sad day in late July, Tera was diagnosed with cancer.  I was devastated!  My baby girl was given a death sentence, and I knew it would only be a matter of a few weeks for me to prepare myself in losing this adorable girl who had been so much a part of my life.  

On August 29, 2007, I assisted Tera on her way to Rainbow Bridge.  This was the second time in over 15 years of breeding that I've had to make that horrendous decision.  I spent that fateful Wednesday, the first day of my vacation, questioning myself at a very pretty little park not too far from my house. Just me, and my little baby girl Tera. I finally knew It was time we said our goodbyes, and made our peace with God. Her ball lay at her feet untouched, her tiny frame wobbled when she walked, and the food I was forcing into her mouth each day seemed to be coming back up faster than I could get it down. I asked Tera to please forgive me for what I was about to do to her.. dear God, for what I had done to her. I told her how much I loved her, and always will love her. That she will always be my baby girl, and I will miss her so much. I also asked her if she wouldn't mind stopping by to visit now and then, just because I know I'll be so lonely without her. I think she heard me as that sharp needle slipped into her tiny little vein. I hope to God she did.


I will never forget my baby girlfriend.  

My love, my life.




When God had made the earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees.
He then made all the animals,
The fish, birds, and bees.

And when at last He'd finished,
Not one was quite the same.
He said, "I'll walk this world of mine,
And give each one a name."

And so He traveled far and wide
And everywhere He went,
A little creature followed Him
Until its strength was spent.

When all were named upon the earth
And in the sky and sea,
One little creature said, "Dear Lord,
There's not one left for me."

Kindly the Father said to him,
"I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
And called you dog, my friend."

-Author Unknown-

My drawing of Tera


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Tera's Too Cute Contest Trophy

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100% on the Cute Meter!!      

Jo's Tera ~ Anniversary Edition Tera was born on October 5, 1999, 

my 25th wedding anniversary, hence the "Anniversary Edition".  

At 9 weeks old in the above picture, she weighed a whopping 4 1/2 lbs.


Tera loves her Dad almost as much as she does tennis balls.  

Personally, I think it's so she can keep an eye out for crumbs. 

Xmas 1999 ~ Daddy, Fred, & Me!

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The biggest problem I had with Tera, was her wish to continue nursing on my other girl Daphne, who had a litter that was 2 weeks older than her.  But through trial and error, she eventually learned that awful "N" word!

Eating like a big girl!


This was Tera's first Christmas with us, and we of course had to do as all new puppy owners do... the stupid dress-up tradition!  I don't think she's looking forward to Halloween.

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Even at 16 weeks Tera was small.  But she had quite a bit going for her, 

so we began training her for conformation.

Can I move now??


At 6 months, Tera would stack nicely, but we could already tell she didn't

enjoy it.  She absolutely would not put her ears up in the ring.  She would 

also tuck her head down, giving her a very dejected and miserable appearance.  

As obvious as it was that she really did not enjoy showing, we had to at least try.

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click on Tera's picture below to see her pedigree.

Tera has also been: 

CERF tested clear

BAER tested hearing

OFA Luxating Patella tested clear

Copies of her certificates are on her pedigree page.



On July 2nd, 2001, Tera was introduced to a beautiful boy named 

CH Advantage-Apogee (aka Spot)  

and on August 30, she had her first litter of 6 gorgeous girl babies (4 survivor's).

If you click on her picture below, you can see 

her litter of babies 


Since Tera loathes showing, the only alternative left is utilizing her ball fetish.  I have never once seen her more than 2 feet away from a ball, and she adores playing fetch.  


Finally, the "ultimate" ball for Tera!  And I don't even have to throw it!!

As always, Tera is never very far from a ball.


Tera loves to hear from people 

('specially when they want to tell her how cute she is)

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