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Many wonderful companians have come through our doors here at Four On The Floor. We honor the memory of the ones we have lost on this page, who have left their paw prints on our hearts.

Those that touch our lives .... stay in our hearts forever.

 

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Odalious
2013

You came into my life from L.A. and you were a true teacher and companion. Without you I never would of embarked on my ever continual journey of Dog Psycology and Behaviour, life’s sometimes hard lessons and my Diploma as a specialist in K-9 Behaviour. Because of you I will continue to educate.

Our beloved and faithful friend,
and your love you shared till the very end.
For all those years our family was blessed,
now it's time for you to rest.
You still live on in the hearts and minds,
of the loving family you left behind.

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Benny
2010

You were my first behavioural dog when I began my journey and one of my first Lifestyle Training students. Being a Heeler Cross you showed such loyalty to those who were fortunate to gain your love.

You came leaps and bounds and it was great to see you integrate into the pack. My fondest memory will be of you sitting beside your mom and new dad while they were married.

Have you a dog in Heaven, Lord?
Is there room for just one more?
Cause my little dog died today;
he'll be waiting at your door.

Please take him into Heaven, Lord.
And keep him there for me,
just feed him, pet him, love him, Lord,
that’s all he'll ask of Thee.

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Sir Lady Jake
2009

You came into my life with head on, when things were in great change for me and taught me about what it was really like to own a dog. One with high status and expectations of boundaries, rules and short limitations with other canines, as you were there to look out for your family, our other animals, and yourself. You also had an amazing gentle side and patient level when it came to those around you and your four legged friends.

I will never forget the day that I was worried about how to introduce my Farley Ferret to you. That is when you walked into my room with the ferret hanging off of your eyebrow asking me for help. You taught me devotion, and although there are times to be hard there is always time for gentleness and patience to those that need you the most.

The lives of animals are woven into our very being closer than our own breathing. Our souls suffer when they are gone

Gary Kowalski

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Lurch
2009

You were my very first teaching dog and saw and helped me through school and years of training. We started together at the training centre of hard knocks, causing us to almost give up as you shut down and this was not the way to train all the way to the other extreme of over coddling training. Together we found schools to help us overcome and find a balance.

You helped guide many of dogs and people, including myself, to be the best that they could be. You even helped my dad by using your service and therapy skills to help comfort and aid him while he was in palliative care.

You were there at the start of my career helping me and I know you are still there guiding me down my journey.

You will live on in my heart
my little friend so true,
and memories of you will fill my mind
until I go to you.

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Duncan (aka Dunkin Donut)
2009

I met you for the first time walking my dog at East Lake Park. As I walked past you and your Mom, I will never forget that you lunged at me to take a round out of me. I didn’t realize it then but you taught me all about over sensitivities that can happen in a K-9.

You and your Mom-human worked hard at overcoming your aggression and you were one of the first dogs to join my daycare pack. You were also the most comical character of the pack as you took great pride in getting me into trouble with my neighbors trying to play catch-me-if-you-can, but scaring the daylights out of them due to your barking. I swear I saw a smile on that k-9 face of yours.

Although you were so highly sensitive to sight, noise and touch, you were the dog that came and sat behind me and placed your head upon my shoulder and let me cry into your face as I hugged your head. You sat so quietly and patiently. You taught me that even though you had disabilities, those disabilities gave you one amazing gift of being also incredibly sensitive and intuned to others' emotions.

When I am gone, release me, let me go-
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears,
be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love; you can only guess
how much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have each shown.
But now it is time I traveled alone.

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Douglas Fir Banks (aka Doug) and Adam
2013 and 2014

Doug was my very first pit bull rescue and taught me never to judge a book by its cover. He came to me (I have to admit I was nervous) by a lady who was working independently at a shelter. He was deemed aggressive and unadoptable because he would not let his nails be cut. She called, explained the situation and that he was to be euthanized by day end and she would give him to me to find him a great home.

Doug became the best mentor I had! Like Daddy from the Dog Whisperer he mentored, rehabilitated, not only dogs but changed so many people’s mind about the many myths of the Pit Bull. I loved him and as far as I was concerned I was never giving him away until Adam fell in love with him.

Adam was in his younger days a bit of a rebel with a past and with it came prejudice, labels and bias due to lack of understanding, involvement in society and education. Adam, like Doug, had the uncanny ability to help peel away the defensive scared and lack of acceptance within people, by melting their hearts with their kindness, mentoring and willingness to help everyone whom he came across. He, like Doug, never let people's judgements or unacceptance destroy him or turn their gentle natures into anger, but instead killed everyone with kindness.

The first time he saw Doug, Adam melted and fell in love with him. I knew he wanted him, but because he knew how much Doug meant to me all he said was “If you ever decide to give him up, I would love to have him”. I went home and the selfish part of me thought no way I will never give MY Doug up, but something inside of me just knew and me, Adam and Mariann made a deal. I got him on the weekdays to help mentor other dogs and for therapy work and education and they got him for nights and weekends.

Doug took great pride in his work and further taught me just how well a dog's cognitive abilities are and just how much we do not listen nor pay attention. He would alert and convey a message on any wrong doings or happening with a dog. If Doug came, looked at us and began barking, we all knew something was amiss and we needed to pay attention. He was an overseer as was Adam.

I must wonder, did he pass before Adam to help oversee Adam’s own journey of passing.

To this day Doug still oversees my shop as many of you have noticed by of ashes proudly sitting up on my cabinet. Adam and Mariann always said, “We were his roommates but you were his Mom and work”.

Dogs don't know about beginnings, and they don't speculate on matters that occurred before their time. Dogs also don't know — or at least don't accept — the concept of death. With no concept of beginnings or endings dogs probably don't know that for people having a dog as a life companion provides a streak of light between two eternities of darkness.
- Stanley Coren

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Charlie and Maggie
2014 and 2011

Charlie, the Golden Retriever, and Maggie, the Mastiff, were also one of the orginals and were my first daycare dogs and in my first Obedience classes. Charlie was my joker and clown always making me laugh and teaching me that life was way to short to not at least laugh and take things as they come. I will miss his soft coat and his barking at me if and whenever he thought I was forgetting about him throughout the day. Even when his owner brought him to say goodbye to me before he took his journey, even through he was so sick, he still was able to make me chuckle at his antics.

Maggie May was the group's overseer and always had Charlie, mine and my little daughters back and best interest throughout our daily chananagins.

Nothing made me laugh harder than when my mother would come on our walks with us and Maggie would have to sit down at her feet while we drove there, looking at her directly in the face all the way there with her big puppy Mastif face. When my mom or Haylee least expected it, Maggie would give them a big drooling kiss or snort, causing a bunch of gross and OMG's, making us all laugh.

She was the overseer of her family warding off any dog or people should they come too close to her family members or property (that was her breed genetics), but she also knew when she was not on the job at home, she could have a good time frolicking with all dogs, adults, children , and yes even my two pussy-cats and my ferret at the time.

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.quotes dogs death.

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