Werlwind's Nicely Done



DOB: June 15, 2007 - DOD:  March 14, 2013
AKC – WS22683601 & CKC - 1102150
Hips – Excellent & Elbows – Normal
Heart – Normal & Von Willebrands – Clear Parents
Eyes – Clear & DNA Profile V536531

Air Stratus!

Stratus 5 Years Old

Stratus is a large boy and has beautiful movement. He is very sweet and adoring. He is smart and can be a boisterous boy. Full of energy, very athletic and agile. He loves to be groomed and he is my most attentive dog when it comes to working with me and training. As he ages and his energy level becomes a bit less of a challenge, he has become the dog that I will be focusing on for draft work. He is retired from our program and not an active breeding male and this has helped with all that energy and now he is becoming my shining star.

When Stratus was younger he earned the nickname of "Air Stratus". I was getting ready to be out of town for a few days and our house/dog sitter was at the house with her two girl dogs and Stratus was up stairs with me. He was about a year old at the time. One of my windows was open and Stratus was convinced that one of the girls was there to be his girlfriend. Lea and her dogs were in the front yard and Stratus leapt from my bed out the window, slid down the steep roof and then leapt off the roof….he landed in the surrounding area of a very large old cedar tree. There were years of cedar debris all around this tree and thus had to have cushioned his tuck and roll landing. Well, that was it…"Air Stratus" was born…again and did not suffer any residual effects from this dare devil act.

Young Stratus

Baby Stratus

4 Months Old

Werlwind's Nicely Done

June 15, 2007 - March 14, 2013

June 15, 2007 - March 14, 2013

Every now and again, you get to share your life with a special dog.  Waking up today and enjoying a good day.  A couple of gals took me for a belated birthday lunch and we were commenting on our good health and that things were good.  How could they change so fast.  Maybe the stars are not aligned right today, I don’t know.  I know I have a big hole in my heart…………… 

I came home to Stratus not being himself.  His gums were white and abdomen was extended I knew he was bloating and I got him to take several of the antacids I keep on hand and rushed him to my vet to check before we continued on to emergency.  When we were at Dr. Penny’s his color came back and he seemed better, they did an xray and we gave him a liter of fluids.  His tail never quit wagging and I kept telling him to be brave.  He was not bloating we saw a large mass and the extension in the abdomen was blood.  Off we went to emergency because something had ruptured.   Maybe it was a tumor like Raynee.  They found a ruptured tumor on his right kidney with involvement of his spleen and intestines and hundreds of other tumors.
There is no way to say good bye to such a great dog.  He always tried so hard and we had been carting every weekend and he was doing super!  I would tell him “Nicely Done, big guy!”  We were hoping to give carting a go at the nationals, how could a few hours change everything? 
He has been so loving so attentive lately, and then just recently I had noticed he was not as boisterous as he usually is.  But even if I had picked up on this a few days ago, guess it would not have changed the outcome.  He was so brave, the surgeon could not believe he had carried all this around for as long as he probably did.  But I know he kept it from me, because they do, they do not want you to be sad, and they hide it.  Katee did that.  I just cannot believe that big ole dog is gone. 
Dear Strat, I miss you so much.  I look over at your bed and you are not there.  I wonder how things will be around here now.  I am so proud of how far you had come with our carting.  We had so much fun these last weekends and you were doing better and better and it all was making sense.  I really thought we had a chance at getting your novice draft dog title.  You adored me and I you.  I miss you Strat.  Go find that grandma dog and all the others and run free and keep wagging that tail, I will see you again one day.  Oh Straty…………there is such a big hole in my heart.  I love you big guy and wish you were here. 
Life is a precious gift.  Surround yourselves with good friends and laughter and love those dogs to pieces because tomorrow may never come and it won’t for my Straty………..broken and so sad.

Werlwind's Nicely Done

AKC – WS22683601 & CKC - 1102150 HD–Excellent, ED–Normal DOB: 6/15/07 DOD: 3/14/13 AOD: 5 Years 9 Months

Multi CH Zack Van’t Stokerybos

WR07407701 H-G/E-N 2000-2008 AOD: 8 Years Old

Multi CH Ferris VD Holderstockhohe

SSV-BS#36012 8/2/98-2008 HD A; ED 0/0 AOD: 10 Years Old

Wacho V Veit II

SSV-BS#31728 HD A/A; ED 0/0 5/3/96-10/3/02 6 Years Old

Int CH Yella VD Holderstockhohe

SSV31470 HD B; ED 0/0 3/17/96-2001 AOD: 5 Years Old

Lux CH Xiera Van'T Stokerybos

LOSH0822100 HD B; ED 0/0 1/1/98-2008 AOD: 10 Years Old

Multi CH Qaey Van De Klaverhoeve

LOSH#690552 HD B; ED 0/0 6/4/92-8/11/00 AOD: 8 years old

Rany Van't Stokerybos

LOSH#07022005 HD A; ED 0/0 12/6/93-?

Int Ch Werlwind's Zusa Rayne

AKC WR0877701 CKC 1077329 HD: Good ED: Normal DOB: 1/26/02 - DOD: 11/15/13 AOD: 11 Years, 10 months

Am/Can Ch Sepp V. Ruschbode

SHSB 572062 AKC WP93873801 CKC 1078497 HD: Excellent ED Normal DOB: 11/3/98 DOD: 12/2010 AOD: 12 years old

Int Ch Dany V.D. Katzenstiegfluh

SHSB 517111 HD: A/A ED: 0/0 WH 68 DOB: 5/27/94 DOB: AOD: Almost 13 Years Old

Cindy V. Ruschbode

Cindy 2nd from Left SHSB 469574 HD: A/B ED: 0/0 DOB: 1991 DOD: Fall 1999 AOD: 8 Years Old

Can Ch Meadow Wood Xquisit Werlwind

AKC WP81951803 CKC 1071968 HD: Excellent ED: Normal DOB: 11/5/97 DOD: 7/29/2009 AOD: Almost 12 Years Old

Can Ch Sennengardens Chevalier

Swedish Import AKC WP581066601 HD: Good ED: Normal DOB: 4/28/94 DOD: 10/2/01 AOD: 7.5 Years Old

Can Ch Qmarusha Vom Vieraugler

LOSH 699075 AKC WP50054401 HD: Good ED: 1/0 DOB: 12/9/92 DOD: 6/24/04 AOD: 11.5 Years Old

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