...In Memory Of

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11/07/96 - 12/28/09

A true Bouvier by all measures, he was kind and sweet. In fact as a young dog, I was sure that he would never be protective since he warmed up to everyone he met.

Then one day while sitting in my van, a man he had not met tapped on the passenger side window and Uyrie nearly broke the glass bouncing off of it and warning the person with great enthusiasm that his behavior was not acceptable.

Good boy! I exclaimed, much to the dismay of the man whose face had drained of any color. In my eyes, he was doing his job. For which I was pleased, and Uyrie was pleased. Uyrie did his job well, no matter what was asked of him.

After he had completed his show career, and was enjoying his new endeavors as a stud dog he went to spend the next stage of his life with one of his other owners, Jan and her husband Allen, where he excelled at being their guardian and companion. 

Uyrie came home to live out the final stage of his life with me, and I am grateful to have had the time with him. Uyrie was in every way a true Bouvier gentleman and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

I thank Heppe Boomsma of Grendarcohof Kennel for allowing me the privilege of having this wonderful dog in my life.

Sheila Hoffman
Vanleighof Bouvier des Flandres
Pictured here at 6 months. Just two months after his arrival from Holland

AM CH Vanleighof's Eyern Lilly Pedigree
June 13, 2001 - March 13, 2007

There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and the frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They all play with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So each day they run and play until one day when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

Author Unknown



I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you , so softly, as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, thinking of the times I begged, and your hand reached down to me.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I am not lying there.


By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

"For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over … together.

*inspired by a Norse legend - Author Unknown*

Bolder was sold as a young Champion to Claire McClean of Dewal KennelsHe was collected and stored before he left here.  He passed away in 2006. She had purchased his litter sister as a pup . Both are  littermates to Navarre.

Imarra Du Clos De Dondee Pedigree

You looked so very tired when you sank into the chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew....
In the stillness of that evening, I was so very close to you.

It's possible for me, to be so near you every day.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

And when the time is right for you, to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll walk then, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be with me.
Author unknown


Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal who has been especially close to someone dies, 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 and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

Animals who were 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 from days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one thing: they miss someone very special to them; the person they left behind.

All of the animals 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 break away 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. 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…

Vanleighof's Oh She's Divine Pedigree
AM CH Lenai Sadie VD Wooden Shoe Pedigree

Sadie is pictured above winning BOS at the Garden in 1989.

Vanleighof's Quintessance Pedigree

Though not an AM CH herself, Tess (above) became a Registry Of Merit Producer for our breed, having produced 10 Champions.

AM CH Kane Of Willow Ridge Pedigree

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