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Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, † 26-7-2011

In remembrance of our lost friends
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Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, † 26-7-2011

Post by vneerland » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:05 pm

This past week, I have had to say good bye to my loyal Yaska, my first own Dutch
Shepherd and KNPV PH-I. She was the pup who's birth I anticipated like no others. The girl that I did
not want (because I wanted a boy) and the golden brindle that I did not prefer (because I wanted a black)
But from the first time I saw her, she was impossible to overlook and she became mine, for better, for worse. She was the quintessential Dutch Shepherd with a stong will and a huge personality.
A reliable and fearless working dog, who, after her KNPV title, taught me about drug
work. She would always point out her handlers mistakes and was a patient teacher.
She still worked with me as my drug dog at the ripe age of 12. In daily life, she
behaved perfectly and was an ideal companion. She had no trouble ruling her pack, a
status she never lost despite the fact that she gradually withdrew into the darkness
of her own mind due to dementia. At the end, she had lost her sparking personality,
but never my love and devotion. I will always miss her. Yaska lives on in her offspring, in my heart
and my stories.

Fare well dear Yaska. It was a privilege to share your life, all 17 years, 2 months
and 5 days of it.

Yaska in her prime
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And at her old age during our walks, trying to keep up with the pack
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Re: Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, +26-7-2011

Post by Sugars Mom » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:26 pm

I am very sorry for your loss. Always tough loosing a loved one.
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Re: Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, +26-7-2011

Post by Dutchringgirl » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:04 pm

sorry for your loss. A blessing to have had her in your life
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Re: Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, +26-7-2011

Post by Christie M » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:09 pm

What a beautiful tribute Judith! I am so sorry for your loss. She was very lucky to have found her way to you and I am sure she was as blessed by your relationship as you were.

Thinking of you and sending hugs.
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Re: Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, +26-7-2011

Post by Schlussdibusti » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:46 am

She will be always with you :angel:
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Re: Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, +26-7-2011

Post by syzygy » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:17 am

Farewell, Yaska and sleep well. I will miss her--she always managed to be the center of attention and the light in the room. She was brilliant and funny--like a fine lady in a dog suit. She gave me the greatest gift any dog could--her grandchild, my own beloved heart dog. May your spirit live on in your children, grandchildren, and great grandpups for many generations to come. We will miss you terribly.

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Post by alspyce » Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:35 pm

So sorry for your loss. I believe dogs go to heaven, otherwise why would we want to end up there? I bet she is there chasing chickens and still watching over you.
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Re: Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, +26-7-2011

Post by GSDNanny » Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:50 pm

Oh Judith, I find myself at a loss for words and tearful in reading your tribute to such a faithful friend. They come to us making such an impact on our lives,and when gone leave loving pawprint memories in our hearts. I am sorry for your loss.

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Post by k9katet » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:49 pm

What a beautiful tribute for a beautiful dog.
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Post by leih merigian » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:22 pm

My heart aches for your loss. What a beautiful tribute.
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Re: Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, † 26-7-2011

Post by vneerland » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:18 am

Thanks to all for the kind words about my old grande dame!
As someone told me, it is hard not to be jealous if you hear how many years I got to spend with her. And while it is sad to have to go on without her, I also know how blessed I was to have her this long. She lived a good life and left a great legacy. It is strange not to have her in my daily routine, but it was a life well lived for a dog well loved. :love:
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Post by cake73 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:01 am

So sorry to hear this, Judith!

What a lovely lady! I'm sure you have many stories and many more photos...17+ years is a long time and you must have many fond memories as well.

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Re: Yaska van Neerland, * 21-5-1994, † 26-7-2011

Post by Pit$Bull » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:22 am

R.I.P. Yaska
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Post by leih merigian » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:46 pm

vneerland wrote: She lived a good life and left a great legacy. It is strange not to have her in my daily routine, but it was a life well lived for a dog well loved. :love:
What more could any of us ask? (Doesn't make the loss any easier, tho... :alright: )
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Post by Kristie E » Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:17 am

She sounds beautiful. I am sure she will live on through memories and off spring. I am sorry to hear about her leaving ...
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