Knighterrant Mastiffs - Gentle Giants
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.
Ranked 10th Mastiff in Canada in 2014
Date of Birth: November 10th, 2013
Dam: Ch. Knighterrant's Princess Cayla
Sire: Ch. Gressons Now Waay Mo Betta Of Chaputepek (USA)
Testing: CERF/OFA Eyes, PRA clear , CMR1 clear, CM Clear, PennHip clear Prelim OFA hips Good, Prelim OFA elbow normal and OFA Thyroid normal. See certificates below. OFA Test Results Page
Weight: 165 pounds
Pedigree: See below
Claira retired after having 3 beautiful litters of puppies. She was spayed July 21st, 2020 and went to a retirement home/family as she wanted more attention and to be more on her own.
Sadly her new family had to help her cross the Rainbow Bridge November 13th. She had been having a difficult time on and off since June with a number of health issues, that resolved with treatment and she seemed to be back to her old self. Recently the symptoms looked different. She wouldn’t get up even if supported, refused water and food amongst other things. This time at the vet they found two very large masses in her abdomen which the vet explained were causing Claira significant pain and while they could operate to try to remove the masses, they were not sure about her quality of life afterwards. Her family was very sad to lose Claira, they said that she was such a lovely soul and thanked us for giving them the opportunity to bring her in to their family.
Claira will forever be remembered by all that knew her. She was a true ambassador to the breed. She beat the other dogs in the show ring, becoming a champion at a young age. We thank Baskerville Mastiffs for Claira who was a Brownie grandchild, given to us in exchange for her mother, who we had given to Baskerville Mastiffs to continue their lines after the loss of one of their bitches following a C-section. We thank Claira for her time with us and all the puppies that she whelped, many who are now champions and have given us grand puppies. Rest in Peace Claira, run free with all those who have gone before you over the Rainbow Bridge.
Ollie lost his battle with his liver shunt issue, a congenital defect, only detected after we corrected the swimmer puppy issue and were working on correcting the bowing of his front legs. He was suffering having issues walking and breathing in the last few days due to all the fluid collecting in his abdomen pushing on his lungs and other organs. His liver function was not good enough for him to withstand surgery and if we removed fluid it would reaccumulate just as fast. He was a happy little guy, always wagging his tail. He almost made it to 12 weeks old and we enjoyed every minute snuggling with him, missing him already as does his sister Tequila.
Fly free over the rainbow bridge and you will be greeted by many who have gone before you.
Photos of him earlier in life are on our Minnie x Cyrus Puppy Page.
We were very lucky to have spent almost 2 weeks with Twig. He was 1/2 the size of the other puppies in the litter and was eating like a champ the first week. He then got eye infections, a few days later stopped eating. Despite all our efforts to save him, he peacefully went over the rainbow bridge.
April 5, 2017 - January 6, 2021
Co-owned with Dave and Jenn Gabriel
Sherlock lost his fight with lymphoma just under 2 months after the diagnosis. He fought hard until the end. He was a mama's boy and would only show well with Jenn. He was loved by all, a magnificent mastiff who was mischievous and would not be kept by a crate. He will be sorely missed. He is over the rainbow bridge with Diesel and so many of our mastiffs that have crossed before him. RIP Sherlock.
Dam: Am/Can Ch. BISS Agata MastineauM Vengo Veridas
Sire: Grand Ch. Knighterrant Koodo NorthernPaw
Testing: PennHip Clear, Prelim OFA Elbows Clear, OFA Eyes, CMR1, PRA negative by parentage, OFA Thyroid, OFA Cardiac, DM carrier. He is short haired and does not carry the long haired gene. OFA results page. Results are also below in the photos section.
Weight: 215 pounds
Pedigree: See below
Accomplishments: Sherlock received a Group 4th placement in one of his first shows and several Best of Breeds finishing as 6th Mastiff in Canada in 2018.
He was an excellent ambassador to the breed. Number 4 Mastiff in Canada in 2012 after showing for 10 days receiving Best of Breed in all but one show where he was Best of Opposite Sex and a Group 2nd Placement. He received an award of merit at the National Canadian Mastiff Specialty in 2015. He fathered many litters and was a great great grandfather at his time of passing.
Parents: Sire: Ch. Therecco's Dragon Knighterrant (apricot brindle) Dam: Knighterrant's Cookie Monster (fawn brindle)
Owners: Dave and Joanne Swift and David and Jennifer Gabriel
Breeder: Dave and Joanne Swift
Testing: (certificates are below) PRA clear by parentage, CERF done (breeder option), Canine Multifocal Retinopathy (CMR1) clear by DNA, OFA Cardiac, OFA hips good, PennHip tighter than 90% of the mastiffs x-rayed to date, Elbows x-rayed, Coat length DNA clear - does not carry the long haired gene. Von Willebrand's normal, Thyroid normal. OFA Results page
Weight: 250 pounds
Pedigree: listed below
Diesel has given us many awesome puppies. In 2012 Diesel was 4th Top Mastiff in Canada. He is older now and unable to produce. He will retire and enjoy the good life with his family, Dave and Jennifer.
CH. ABELLIO'S SWEET AGGIE Nov. 17 2010 - Apr. 20 2019
Ch. Abellio's Sweet Aggie Nov. 17 2010 - Apr. 20 2019
Dam: AM CAN Ch. Fireside's Major League Delight (Delhia)
Sire: AUST. Ch. Yanoor Tip O The Iceberg (Clinton)
Testing: CERF, PennHip Normal and tighter than 60% of the mastiffs that have had PennHip done. OFA elbows normal. OFA Test Results Page. See documents above.
Proven: Yes, 2 prior litters, 2 and 4 puppies.
Colour: Fawn Brindle
Weight: 225 pounds
Aggie gave us 2 wonderful litters of puppies including our Molly. We tried to breed Aggie unsuccessfully several other times. She retired to live the good life with us.
June 20th at 409 p.m. our sweet Aggie joined so many over the rainbow bridge. The bladder cancer had spread and for two days she would not get up. Aggie got up and went outside when the vet called to say they were on their way to help her to cross the bridge...always doing things on her terms. For the first time in three days the sun came out and she lied in the sun. With the help of the vet Aggie wagged her tail and passed. In that instant all power went out in the area. Not sure but., believe it was the fur angels escorting her over. Goodbye sweet Aggie thank you for being our Aggie and for all that you have given including many puppies, grand puppies and great grand puppies. Run free, God speed. We will miss you. You were truly an ambassador to the breed.
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