As the sun went down on Wednesday the 7th of January 2009 another chapter
in the life of Cathkin Collies came to a very sad close with the
death of Ch. Sunnyhurst Silk Touch (The Harvey Dog). Harv had never
had a sick day in his life except for a brown snake bite & later a
badly broken back toe & Wednesday just seemed to start out with heat
exhaustion but by mid day I knew the problem was a major one &
rushed him up to my vet. After considerable examination he was
diagnosed with bleeding into the abdomen from the spleen. By late
afternoon a decision had to be made & like all of you devoted
breeders I didn't want to be the one to say those fateful words, It
never gets any easier no matter how long you have been in dogs.

Then there are those very special ones & the Harvey dog was surely
one of those. He was my closest companion, protector & obsessively
devoted pet.

Like Harvey's illustrious sire Ch Brilyn Rum & Black he was the most
remarkable sire having 33 champions to his credit and 1 Grand
Champion & with 4 more heading to their titles also. Harv just
became more handsome every day that he aged & just to look at that
superb head with those beautiful smiling eyes every day was worth
getting up each day for. I considered myself so lucky to have been
able to get both Harvey & his sister Shona from Pauline Hayden and I
know just how proud Pauline was as to the legacy of beautiful typey
progeny that he was giving this country. Harvey was as famous back
home in the UK as he was here because of the judges that would go
back & talk about the lovely stock that this dog was producing & why
not, what a royal pedigree he had, a melting pot of all the top
winning sires & dams in the UK for many generations.

How I drove myself home I don't know but through my tears I could
not believe just how lucky I have been to own such a magnificent
dog. The legacy he has left me will go on for a very long time and I
thank you my most beautiful one.


click on Harvey's picture to view his page!

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called the Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to the 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 begins to quiver. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carying 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 the Rainbow Bridge together.....

Author Unknown