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The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.Samuel Butler (II)
Our family consits of two humans and two to three dogs. On the right, is Veeta (Beeba's Velveeta Mystery), the Standard Poodle, and Keelee (Windtopi's Keelee Olympic Gold), the Bernese Mountain Dog. They were both 5 years old when the picture was taken in July 1994. As you can see, they liked posing for pictures. Veeta was the top dog in the family for 14 years. More photos of Veeta are on Veeta's page and with some of the photos of our other dogs.
Sadly, Keelee died of malignant histiocytosis on September 20, 1994, but her memory lives on along with her sounds. Keelee was a great panter.She could also talk (the Poodle taught her French, but in a provincial accent). Of course, she knew the standard shake tags. She liked to impress strangers with her BIG BARK!
For information about Standard Poodles, Bernese Mountain Dogs and some other breeds, see our Dogs' Leads page. You will also find links to other dog-related sites there.
Our Bernese Mountain Dog, Murphy von Adlerhorst (1 January 1994 - 25 March 2000), came to live with us in August, 1995. Here she is on her 4th birthday. Murphy had two litters of puppies (see Murphy's page for pictures of the puppies). We kept one from her second litter. His name is Qwilleran. Update: Qwill was born on 13 October 97 and lived a happy and healthy life up to August 06. He got very thin and on 22 September, he was diagnosed with malignant tumors in his right lung and the rare decease that my first two Berners died of—malignant histiocytosis (not all that rare it seems). We had to put him to sleep on the afternoon of 30 September 06. For a photo gallery of Qwilleran, see Qwill's page.
There is a very informative and up-to-date website about histiocytosis by Mo van den Tillaart from the Netherlands. Malignant Histiocytosis in dogs (Disseminated Histiocytic Sarcoma) presents all the details about Histiocytosis in several breeds of dogs. Research since 1997 has identified four different types to date and some can be treated to extend the dog's life a bit, but ultimately, it is a fatal decease.
We adopted Sam, a 5-year old Australian Shepherd on 3 February 2002. Qwill is on the left and Sam is on the right side of this photo. For more photos of Sam, see Sam's page.
Our latest set of photos is of the dogs in the winter of 2003. Qwill was delighted with all the snow, but Sam was not—his legs were too short.
One of our dogs was his and the others are hers. Some people and their dogs look alike. Obvious, isn't it?
More pictures of our dogs are in the following picture galleries.