I remember the moment he was born saying the words “Dash Riprock is here”. I knew from that moment he was to be with me forever. What I didn’t know at that time was how short that time would be. It may have been a short time but everything we did together was enough to fill a lifetime. Every moment with Dash was a THRILL, he was EXCITING!! I was in awe of him and could not get enough of him. Oh yes, Dash could be a handful at times but he truly was a joy to live with, so full of life, a clown and yet so tender & gentle. He was a big sweet goofy boy that would turn himself inside out for those he really knew & that loved him. To others he was a show dog, a stallion in the ring. Showing was what Dash loved the most. I discovered that about him at a very young age and nurtured that quality in him. I too loved to be in the ring with him. It was an honour to be on the end of his lead as his breeder, his owner but most of all his companion. Dash never let me down in or out of the ring, He always showed his heart out for me (win or lose). Outside of the ring he was extremely loyal and always seemed to want to be at my side whether that be to rest his head on the dining room table & watch me eat my dinner, bite at the spray of water from the hose as I tried to water my flower beds until I gave up & had a water fight with him, flip his metal dish & pound on it like a drum barking loudly until I asked him to bring it to me, try to tell me what he wanted by standing in front of me & barking as loud as he could, his eyes laughing the whole time, or just quietly snuggling on the couch together.
Dash taught me so much in the ring and in life. He took up a very special spot in my heart, he will always have that spot but right now it hurts so much. Dash lives on in his beautiful sons & daughters, I can see him in their eyes & I am thankful for that. I have so many beautiful and happy memories of my sweet boy. Thank you Dash for the time we had. I miss you deeply. You have grabbed onto my heart and won’t let go. I will remember you...you will NEVER be forgotten.
* Dash was born on my birthday, he truly was a gift!
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This Tribute was written in September 2003