Tianna was/is my "heart dog" and she died 9/23/10....I miss her everyday....she truly was the dog "who could do it all" and always knew what I was thinking and she could be in ANY situation, from children falling on her, taking down a 250 lb. man, friendly to a person I said was OK or keeping a suspicious person away....my best friend!
Sire: Red Star Batur Dam: Red Star Cheetah Whelped: 5/31/1999 OFA Excellent, Pennhip .48 .48, CERF tested normal
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Achievements: NARA Brevet, PSA1, TC, PDC, IAPC BSTII, UKC UCD, UKC UWP, Total Dog, UKC Champion,UKC Grand Champion, UKC FO, Rarities American & International Champion, ARBA Champion, IABCA Multi Champion, IWPA WD1, WABA1, ATTS, TDI, GDT IDT3 FCI Tan and CGC. Tianna has achieved the most varied titles of any Presa and the first to achieve titles with a *. Tianna and her sister were the first Presas to receive an OFA Excellent, her elbows have been checked and are Normal and her eyes have been CERFed.
JUST A DOG
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or "that's a lot of money for just a dog."
They don't understand the distance travelled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog."
Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."
Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.
Some of my saddest moments have been brought aobut by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.
If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you probably understand phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise."
"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.
"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that its' not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a man" or "just a woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog," just smile, because they "just don't understand."