AUSTIN 1995 #1 Great Lakes Class dog and 1998 #1 Malamute Stud Dog. He finished his American Championship with 3.4pt majors and his Canadian Championship in 3 shows. He is a Grand Sweeps Winner and following in the Kasaan tradition he was the National #1 Stud dog for 1998. He has sired numerous BOB, Specialty, and Group winners. Proving winners, produce winners!!! After an absence of 4 years from the show ring Austin made an appearance at the 2001 AMCA Regional and National Specialties .and impressed everyone.
It is with great sadness and flowing tears that I report the passing of one of the MOST wonderful dogs brought to this earth....AUSTIN...A/C Ch.Terrapin Kasaan's Look 'O Fortune, CGC, ROM.. Austin lost his battle to renal failure today, March 26, 2007 after 3 LONG years at the age of 13.
He was sired by my DESTRY..BIS BISS A/C Ch. Storm Kloud's Fortune O'Kasaan, ROM and out of Cheryl Paterson's TERRAPIN... BIS, BISS A/C Ch.Byeyo's Champagne 'N Ice, CD ROM, CAM.. For all of you who knew him, or bred to him, you know what an absolutely WONDERFUL dog he was!! Austin was our housedog and 'puppy sitter' to all the Kasaan babies. Those soft eyes and gentle woo's will forever be in grained in our hearts and souls. His show career was impressive as hell, however, it was his producing record that excelled. Top Producing AMCA stud dog, by age 4. He sired numerous BOB , Group winner, group placers, and Specialty winners. He finished his American championship with 3 back to back 4 point majors, a Grand Sweeps win and his Canadian title in one weekend.
For me, the biggest pinnacle in his life was just being AUSTIN!! MY best friend, listener to ALL my good AND bad days, couch snuggler and of course the official Kasaan greeter when coming home from work. AND for him...I was his 'main squeeze'. Not very receptive at first to the new man in my life 7 years ago, Austin soon became Steve's BEST friend!! Who wouldn't be with ice cream every night and those long pats and cuddles. It became apparent to Austin, I now had to share my life with 2 men!!
Yes, today was again a VERY hard day and the decision to let him go was one of the toughest ones I have ever had to make. And each time as these grand old dogs get older..the days go by faster and before you know it, we are saying our final goodbyes. Hoping for just one more day. One more lick to the face and maybe even just one more high five with those big huge feet. And then there is that last huge cuddle telling them that everything will be better now.
So, when you look into those soft loving brown eyes, remember that our dogs give us more than we can ever give to them. UNCONDITIONAL love and complete understanding, NO matter what happens in our every day life!
THANK YOU Austin for all those fantastic, unconditional loving years you gave to me!! You will always be in my heart and my thoughts FOREVER. And as a good friend said to me tonight...God will welcome another handsome boy to Heaven!!
With all my love,
|Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title|
|Grand Sweeps Winner|
|National #1 Stud Dog for 1998|
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