Bramble--A Gentleman Retriever RIP (April 11, 1999 to March 11, 2013)
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Thread: Bramble--A Gentleman Retriever RIP (April 11, 1999 to March 11, 2013)

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    Senior Member 7pntail's Avatar
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    Default Bramble--A Gentleman Retriever RIP (April 11, 1999 to March 11, 2013)

    I debated posting this, but I know we are all dog people and you would understand my pain.

    He was my first retriever and taught me how to train. Oh so forgiving he was. A rookie trainer landed a dog with incredible marking and lining skills. Many accolades from all, but truth be told this dog had "it" from day one. I can take little credit.

    He had it and so much more...He gave and never asked for anything, content and filled with life in our companionship. His trust in me, and my trust in him, will be cherished and honored for all time.

    He has been with me for 14 years: to North Dakota, Nevada, Montana, Tulelake, Oregon and his home turf the Delta and Colusa CA. We were a team!

    He met many of my students, some with challenges. He did training demonstrations and I saw wide eyed kids watching as he took overs and backs. He bridged gaps, and planted seeds.

    He had the personality, intelligence, temperament, and patience to be a service dog.

    But his calling was to be a duck hunter; there's nothing like sharing a blind (or swamp, or field) with a best friend.

    And hunt he did. He retrieved many birds, and forever will our morning sunrises and days in
    the field be cherished. They are forever burned to my memory.

    Bramble's tail, until the very end was wagging and thumping. Never did I enter the house without a retrieved "gift" from him. He has given me an enormous amount of pleasure.

    He was a companion, teacher, conservationist and waterfowl hunter: but most of all a GENTLEMAN-----

    Thank you Bram for our time on earth together. I will never forget you.

    John Stroh, Lodi ca

    There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace…........If one has cut, split, hauled, and piled his own good oak, and let his mind work the while, he will remember much about where the heat comes from, and with a wealth of detail denied to those who spend the weekend in town astride a radiator.

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    Nice... You were lucky to have him, and he was lucky to have you.
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    Wow John, Great tribute to your wonderful friend! A few moments of silence for Bramble ...

    Hope your heart heals soon, John!
    ​"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained through the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment." Mahatma Gandhi

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    John, so very sorry for your loss, that is one dog I would have loved to sit in a Delta duck blind and hunt over
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    a very nice tribute John
    so sorry for your loss
    "So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold

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    Wow....Bram looked so much like one of my past labs!

    John, my deepest condolences on your loss. You two were both very lucky to have each other.

    "A smile relieves a heart that grieves"

    - Mick Jagger/Keith Richards

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    Sorry for your loss John.

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    Senior Member Howard N's Avatar
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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    Rest in peace Bramble.
    Howard Niemi

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    Sorry for your loss that was great tribute looks like he had a great life reminds me of my yellow male.

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    Your "ode" was perfect!!

    A life well lived.
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