Just three months after her 11th birthday, we are sad to announce that Tara passed away on 20th October 2016 after a short illness. As you can see in the photo below, she enjoyed her daily walks almost to the end, this photo with some of her mates in the aptly named Paradise Meadow near our home, taken just a couple of weeks before she died.

Tara (right) with some of her pals on Paradise Meadow. Sidney, Rory, Otis, Bruno and George.

As I said on a previous blog, Tara was my oldest Rottweiler in almost thirty years in the breed and whilst from esteemed Fantasa breeding, she was just a lovely dog to own and a great ambassador for the breed. I had contemplated entering her in the veteran class at the SWRA championship show, as her conformation and movement were still excellent even at the age of eleven, despite not being into the dog showing thing anymore.

I had previously lost two Rottweilers Callum and Robynne at the tragically early ages of 4 and 5 respectively in recent years, so Tara definitely ended what had started to look like a bit of a jinx for me in that respect. There are many former clients who will remember Tara from her involvement in helping me to rehabilitate their problem dogs and I like to think that her achievements in that respect, far outweighed any rosettes or awards at dog shows!

RIP Tara. Jayne and I plus of course the other dogs will miss you.