It is with the heaviest of hearts that I write to tell you that Galiana vom Waldbach crossed the bridge on December 12, 2007. I know this is belated, but I couldn’t type it any earlier. Even now, I sit here with tears running down my face. I know it’s just a sign of our bond and our love for her. There is that special bond, the unconditional love, complete trust that can only come from our four legged friends. I just wish they could live our whole lives with us.
She was taken from us much too soon. Lia was only 6 ½ months old when she died. My husband came home from work and found her dead in her crate. At times, it still feels like a bad dream……….. a nightmare. Though she was part of our lives for only a few months, she made an impression that will last a lifetime
. We chose the name Galiana, which means “supreme one” and she truly was in so many ways. We don’t know why God made her life was so short, but we do know that she brought us so much love and joy. Lia was the sunshine of our lives and her spirit will always be with us. We were truly blessed to be her mom and dad for a few months. She will be forever in our hearts and always in our thoughts.
For those of you that didn’t know her, I hope you enjoy reading on. You do not have to read this. This is just something I had to do for us and Lia.
Where do I start… I don’t even know how to begin. All I know is our hearts are aching horribly
. Lia was such a sweet, wonderful and beautiful rottie. She was very full of drive and energy, which was what we wanted. She had truly captured my soul.
I want to thank Chuck and Cyn Wilson for helping to bring her into this world. Thank you for entrusting us with this little gal and allowing us to share her life with us
. I remember telling them that the first role for us for a Rottweiler to fill was that of a great pet. Well, she overfilled that role! Her ratings and critiques from the show ring and her ease of training were just icing on an already wonderful cake. Though we’ll never know what she would have accomplished, the future sure did look very bright. However, she would never be used as a vehicle for our ego and would always be treated fairly and greatly respected. We have seen too many dogs pushed too hard and too far for no other reason than to inflate their owner’s ego and we would never put a dog of ours in that position.
We were grateful for the opportunities Lia gave us. She led me into the show ring and I had never been there before. We entered two shows and did well in both. At our first show, we received a P4 out of 8 entries. Her critique was great and I was just grateful that I didn’t fall down in the ring
. I remember I was so nervous that I couldn’t recall anything that the judge said about her. Thank God that I got in it writing, LOL. She had just turned 4 months a few days before the show. It was the Bluegrass Working Rottweiler Club show held on September 29th & 30th, 2007.
Lia also received her CGC at that show. I had planned on getting her CGC, but not for a few months. I had read the requirements of the test, but I wanted to see the testing first. As I watched, I realized Lia had done most of the tasks and felt she could do just as well as the dogs being tested so I entered her. Lia passed with flying colors, even at her young age
. During the supervised separation, the evaluator had to holler at kids to get out of the road so they wouldn’t get hit by an oncoming car and then as if that wasn’t enough, someone’s car alarm went off right next to the testing area
!!! I stood there with a huge smile on my face (out of her sight of course) as Lia took it all in stride. Honestly though, it wasn’t a big surprise. We had taken her many, many different places and she had been exposed to various sights, sounds, smells and situations.
At her second show, she received a VP3 and a nice critique. I was less nervous and we had a great time. I remember getting her out of the truck and after pottying, she put her nose to the ground and started tracking something. I just got behind her and followed her. After a bit, it seemed she was following my path that I had walked to the building to get her registered
. This gal loved to track and used her nose wherever we went.
I was going to take Lia to a puppy match this month, even though she would probably be the only Rott there with a tail since it was an AKC event. Rally classes were also on our schedule and I had also made a couple of contacts concerning herding. Her Schutzhund training and general training were going great!!! Lia had so much drive that training came easy. I was so looking forward to competing with her.
We miss her bringing toys to us for us to play with her
. In the morning, it could be challenging at times to get my shoes on as she was pushing a toy at my hands. She would bring us toys while we were taking a bath. More than a few took a dunk
!!! That is just one of the many things we loved about her.
Lia loved water. The horses probably don’t miss her getting into their trough or snapping at their muzzles as they tried to drink from their buckets. She made it very clear about 2 weeks after she arrived here that SHE drank first, not them. Quite a brave, confident little girl she was, much to their dismay
The barn was one of her favorite places to be. As we cleaned stalls, she would bark and grab whatever tool we were using (plastic manure fork, rake, broom, shovel). Gosh, she had such a nice full grip!!! She’d bark at the tools if we weren’t using them too, begging them to move
. Most of the time we would oblige her and start a game of play.
Lia loved to carry things. We were really glad when she decided that her water bowl didn’t need to be carried into the living room when it was full of water LOL!! Later, she would bring us to it when it was empty though, as if to tell us she needed a refill
. I was amazed that on one of our walks in August, when she was around 3 months old, she carried an ear of corn for 0.4 of a mile
. I know because I measured the distance with a vehicle’s odometer.
Lia loved to go places. She had been on escalators, glass & regular elevators, exposed to forklifts, earthmovers, gasoline engines, steam engines, antique threshing machines, livestock, golf carts, and ATV’s among many other things. Not only was it good for her, but I don’t know how many people I educated. Just because of seeing her, they struck up a conversation. I spoke to lots of people about so many things such as COE breeders, was a Rottweiler the breed for them, nutrition and dog food, importance of OFA, training, socialization, and about practices in Germany, etc. Had Lia not been by my side, it is unlikely those encounters would have occurred. Hopefully, the information I shared helped them as well as their dogs
The cat misses their grooming sessions and playing tag with her. I miss her racing through the barn with the cat in hot pursuit
. We loved to watch them play together.
I feel as if a part of me is gone. Lia was my soul mate. Though I have lost other pets, including dogs, loosing Lia has been the deepest cut I have felt and I can’t describe the pain
. The house sure is much quieter with 4 less feet touching the floor. I could talk all day about her and not get it all said. The tears are flowing and our hearts are heavy. She will always be loved and never forgotten. She is not gone, but just gone ahead.
Galiana vom Waldbach, 5-26-07 to 12-12-07
P.S. If you’ve read all of this, I commend you. Writing it has helped me get some closure and so has having an autopsy done.