Owners: Gilda R. Turner and Dave & Sharon Rogers
Litter sister to Ch Hollytree Lakeshore Jennasis,
( Ch. Tateland's Right on Target [Bogey] x Hollytree
I have suffered a tremendous loss in the form of
an adorable and loving
spotted dog. Bright left us Monday, March 1st; it has been difficult write
about her as I would just start crying.
Bright loved to go on her daily walks to keep her
This stopped about 1 week ago as Bright only wanted to go as far as the
end of the street and would stop to turn around to go home. I thought
it was the cold weather; now I know she probably didn't feel well. I hope
this clues someone as a warning flag ..... as I now wish I had carried Bright
on in to the veterinarian.
Bright did not feel well last Friday night and refused
to eat. She became lethargic Saturday. I took her to the vet on Sunday and
she was started on medications and IV fluid. Sunday she had started having
tremors that were seizures. I kept Sharon & Dave informed.
Early Monday, I carried her to 2 veterinarians to
get immediate diagnostic work-ups.
It was terrible news. Bright had big time renal failure. BUN, creatinine,
and WBC's had increased. [Kidney values were absolutely great in December.]
My vet made an attempt to stabilize her all Monday. She said Bright's appearance
and health was that of a younger dog, and she wanted to see if Bright could
I got updates, but about 4 pm, the veterinarian
said it: There were just too many things for Bright to fight off and probably
not make it. She deserved every kindness and dignity I could give her.
When Bright was brought into the room and laid down,
I hugged her and sobbed. In her typical fashion, she tried to raise her
head to comfort me; she even wagged her tail. I just cried and cried. My
veterinarian hugged me. I kept my hand across Bright's chest and felt the
last heartbeat she made. I told her "I carry your heart, I carry it
in my heart."
Bright is in Heaven with her spotted family, but
leaves me here to grieve and miss her. "Bright, don't leave me,"
I told her.
It's about the only thing she's ever done wrong.
What a great girl. She got her name from her personality.
She wagged her tail and befriended everyone. Her 'bright and shiney' charisma
made them love her back! A truly happy Dalmatian that smiled a lot !!!
The only dog I know sweeter than Bright was her
grandma, Copper. They liked anyone and everyone. They were mellow but up-beat.
Bright would not hurt a kitten. Even mean or aggressive dogs would not bother
them; strange how they had that effect on other dogs.
Bright was built and spotted like her mother Dinah
and grandmother Holly and had 'their' head. She was the smallest puppy in
Dinah's litter but strong and sturdy. She was the first to start wagging
I was to have sold Bright and kept her sister, Jenna,
but Dave and Sharon Rogers convinced me they understood Jenna's importance,
and they would show and breed Jenna. I later put them on a co-ownership
Bright was my step daughter Alison's Jr. Showmanship
dog, and Bright could not have been more perfect for a 10 year old who loved
to run all over the dog show grounds with friends and their dogs. Alison
loved shopping the vendors, and enjoyed letting Bright pick out new toys.
Alison shared her ribbons with Bright, giving Bright the credit. Alison
also put championship points on Bright. She learned a lot from her lovable
Bright slept with Alison as a child and was a great comfort to her.
Bright made yearly trips to a local school on "Responsible
Pet Day" to educate children on approaching and petting a dog, as well
care. She has albums of photos of her with school children and "Thank
You" cards from the children.
Last year, Twinkle joined her to be her understudy. Twinkle is a Newt x
Gina offspring and loves people! Bright is Twinkle's Great-great Aunt!
Bright went to family cook-outs, sleep-overs at
my brothers, the barn, short horseback rides, and dog shows even when she
was retired. She
went on errands around town just for the fun of it. She didn't like to be
We made nightly walks for exercise right up to the time she became ill.
She clued me when it was time for her walk. She was my sweet little buddy
and thought she was supposed to go everywhere with me!
Bright loved puppies and had false pregnancies in
which she would gather dozens of stuffed animals/toys and beg for the ones
I tried to remove
and hide on top of the refrigerator! Maybe it was to make up for her small
litter of 4.
Sharon reminded of a time Bright traveled to Atlanta
with her & Dave:
"I have a favorite memory of Bright I wanted
to share. It was when we were showing Pfeiffer & Grace we had Bright
with us. We were over in
Newnan at a show and Bright was in a false pregnancy. You had given us a
couple of her stuffed babies to take. She rode up front between the seats
in a cuddler with her babies. When we went to get our armbands she strayed
from the cuddler. When I got back to the van I noticed she
had 3 more toys with her . She had gone shopping in the van and pulled them
out of bags under the seat. It was so cute and funny."
My last photos of her are with a couple of Gina's
"escaped" puppies visiting her. Bright let them try to nurse and
started cleaning them. I had to pull them off of her. But that was Bright.
A real sweetheart.
Bright would wake me if I overslept by pawing me.
If I pretended she hurt me and said "ouww, Bright," she'd grin
and grin. If I asked her " Did you do that?" she'd grin even if
she didn't do it. If I scolded Alison, Bright would grin as if she were
Bright leaves behind 2 liver spotted kids, Ch. Bree
and Ch. Travis,
sired by Ch. Hollytree Fire Engine Red; "Dean" is also deceased.
She also had another beautiful liver girl, "Bee," who was on her
way to her championship when her life abruptly ended. So, in my heart, Bright
produced 3 champions. As many of you know, her sister Jenna has produced
8 champions and several offspring with numerous performance titles, like
Alvin and Spirit. Bright was also the Great Aunt to Newt.
I shall miss her gentleness, her comfort, her unconditional
love, her grins, her wagging tail. She was a Being with grace.
I shed tears because she is gone, but I smile because I had the blessing
of sharing her life. My heart isn't empty but full of the love we shared.
One last word of farewell, Dear Master and Mistress.
Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with
happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you:
"Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved". No matter how
deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep
my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.
~ Eugene O'Neill