Rockport's Dancing Daisy
13 May 2005 - 9 September 2012
lost our Daisy Sunday evening, September 9th, 2012. Daisy turned 7 in May and was the foundation girl of our breeding
program and leaves behind a wonderful legacy. She came to us as a pup from Rockport Mastiffs in Canada and we’ll be
forever grateful to Ken Pritchard for entrusting us with her. Daisy was everything a mastiff should be and a dear friend and
companion. Rest in Peace Dear Daisy, We Love You and Miss You.
We had retired Daisy earlier from our breeding program and
then decided to have her spayed. A few days after her spay she started showing some distress in her rear legs. What started
as a little whine when getting up, quickly progressed into severe pain. The spay surgery was uneventful so we eliminated it
as the cause of the problem, and decided she must have injured her back some how; possibly a pinched nerve or slipped disk.
But despite major doses of pain killers and steroid injections she continued to decline to the point of not being able to
support her weight at all on her rear. For about a week and a half she was unable to stand. But despite that, she
seemed relatively content and comfortable. She was still eating and drinking fine and maintained all of her bodily functions,
and our hope was with enough time to heal she would regain the use of her rear legs. However, after
continued treatment she took a turn for the worse and quite eating and drinking, and her breathing became heavy and somewhat
distressed. Unfortunately, fluid was beginning to build up around her heart and lungs, and despite our best efforts, she succumbed
to congestive heart failure. Fortunately we were able to be with her during her final moments. RIP dear Daisy.
St. Patrick's Wheel Of Fortune
19 August 2005 - 20 November 2012
lost our Sajak on Thursday November 20th, 2012. Sajak was a St. Patrick's boy and one of the foundation dogs of
our breeding program. He was 7 years old.
Sajak had been going downhill over the previous few months and testing indicated most likey some
form of cancer, likely either bladder or kidney. He had lost 50+ lbs in a few months, but despite that remained mobile, in
good spirits, and eating well. However, in the final couple weeks it became obvious he was getting much weaker and
beginning to display signs of being in pain. So on Tuesday evening we made the difficult but correct and necessary decision
to send Sajak to the Rainbow Bridge. RIP dear Sajak, you will be missed dearly but never forgotten.
St. Patrick's Proceed With Caution
11 March 2007 - 21 December 2012
December 21st, 2012 we lost our beloved Hazard suddenly from an apparent heart attack. He was only 5
years and 9 months old.
When Hazard was almost 2 years old he got a serious infection in his foot that almost killed him.
He had an extremely high temperature and was diagnosed with a flesh eating bacteria. After several surgeries and many months
of massive doses of antibiotics he recovered. However, the infection took its toll and he continued to battle other medical
issues over the next few years. Also, the infection wrecked his joints in his right front leg and he always walked with a
slight limp but appeared to be pain free. I can’t help but wonder if the bacteria, high fever, and/or antibiotics may
have also damaged his heart. The past year we noticed he would heavy pant with only minimal exercise, but lately seemed
to be doing better.
Hazard was everything one could ask for in a mastiff. He had the most loving personality and was
always content regardless of the situation. Nothing ever seemed to rattle this boy and he was always such a joy to take on
social visits because of his rock solid temperament. Rest In Peace dear Hazard, you will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
John & Donna Richardson
Phone: (314) 920-7871 or (314)750-4190