| Aminah of Treuen Freund
March 30, 1999 - June 26, 2014
Mina was our first Hovawart. Our kennel is named after her as the meaning of Aminah is Faithful. She was Susan’s
“heart dog” and their bond was especially close. She was not an easy dog when young as she wanted to be in
charge, but she learned to accept that she was not the boss. She was friendly with people as long as they did not
show threatening behavior towards her people. She was intelligent, beautiful, stoic, bossy, curious, alert, great
guard, playful when she chose to be, a great mom to her puppies and other puppies in the home, best friends with
Chi, a beloved family member and more. At almost 13 years of age Mina was healthy and had no bony arthritis but
she herniated a disc in her lower spine which caused her some trouble. We chose to have surgery as she was so
healthy…her vets could not believe she was 13 years of age. Her coat was so black and shiny, and she was in
great condition. Mina recovered well from the surgery after several weeks of limited activity and after several more
weeks of rehabilitation at home and in Lynnwood, WA she returned to normal activities. Due to the nerve damage
from the herniated disc and limited activity after surgery, Mina's left thigh area was 1 1/2" smaller than her right leg.
But with specific home exercises and underwater treadmill once a week, she built the muscle back up....it was
amazing. Unfortunately, in June 2012 she slipped on our boat lift and we had a CT scan to see if she had damaged
the fusion in her spine. There wasn't any damage but some antibiotics were recommended for a possible bone
infection at the fusion site. Bone infections are very serious so we agreed but within 48 hours she had a severe
reaction to the medication and we almost lost her. We returned to the surgical center in Kirkland, WA. As always,
Mina was a fighter and she never gave up and pulled through. Her recovery was very fast but not without some
long term side effects which we were able to treat, but she never returned to 100% of her previous activity level. In
September 2013 we traveled to Ozark, MO for the American Hovawart Clubs annual event. Mina enjoyed the trip
and seeing old friends. She never forgot anyone she had met previously. In late June 2014 we made the very
difficult decision to let Mina go. She had started declining the previous week and she was not making any
improvements. Mina was such a proud and dignified dog and we knew that we couldn’t let her get to the point of
messing herself as that would make her very unhappy. We wanted her to have her dignity intact when she left us.
She was alert and missed nothing until the end. She and Susan had a last walk to the river in the morning and Mina
went in to get her feet wet. Our vet came to our home and Mina laid outside on a pillow with the river she so loved so
swim in out in front of her. She went very peacefully, but it was so heart wrenching for us. She lived a long and
happy life in a beautiful setting and was well loved by her people and her best friend Chi. Words cannot express
what Mina meant to us or how much we miss her every day.
June 21, 2004 – April 7, 2010
In September 2004 this solid black girl came to us from Kees van Gorp, of Tilburg Holland. She was from his Q litter and we
chose the name Qubilah for her. Until we picked up Qubi in Holland at 13 weeks of age, she was fostered by Marleen
Houben, Corline van der Camp and their hovi Usha. They took her many places and taught her so much and we
appreciate the great start they gave to her. Qubilah lived up to her beautiful name which means Agreeable. Qubi (one of
her many nicknames) was very Agreeable. Qubi loved to play in the snow, swim in the river, tug with a toy with Mina & Chi
or Darah. She loved to have Darah pick up a toy and then chase her around the property. She was mostly calm and
relaxed in the house, but we really enjoyed her mischievousness, when she would tease us or one of the 4 legged family
members. She was very patient with all beings, but not a pushover. Qubi taught her 2 & 4 legged family members a thing
or two …most all of it good! She was especially close to Darah to whom she took on the role of “foster mom” which
included giving Darah her daily face washings. Qubi rarely barked, except when playing with her family, but she was very
alert and missed nothing. She had a wonderful soul! She is the sweetest dog we have ever known. During Qubi’s last days
in the hospital in Seattle her wonderful soul shined through. She was alert, watching what was going on around her, and
always smiling. Most everyone who worked in the hospital knew Qubi, and when someone wanted/needed a kiss or a smile,
we were told they would go to Qubilah. She converted a few people to the Hovawart due to her sweet nature. We cherish
the 5 ½ years that Qubi was with us. Her loss was so unexpected. We miss her dearly and she took a piece of our hearts
when she left us. We will never forget her, what she meant to us, for what she shared with us and for what she taught us.
She made us better for what she gave to us. It is heartbreaking that our time with her was so short. Several days after
Qubi passed, I was looking for something that could express what she meant to us. In a book titled “Forever Remembered -
For the “Grieving Heart”, I found a statement by Kahil Gibron that says it all……..
“When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see, in truth you are weeping for that which has been your
delight”. Qubilah was and always will be, our “Delight”.
|MINA IN APRIL 2014 WITH SUSAN
PHOTO BY TANJA KLAGGE
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“So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it
remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of
loyalty.” by Haniel Long
HERE WE HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE PASSED. ALL ARE SO VERY
SPECIAL, NOT BECAUSE OF ANY TITLES, THEIR PEDIGREE OR OTHER SUCH
THINGS....BUT BECAUSE THEY WERE THEIR OWN "PERSONALITY" AND
BROUGHT SO MUCH TO OUR LIVES. WHILE LIVING THEY WERE OUR
CONSTANT COMPANIONS, IN DEATH THEY ARE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. I
HAVE TRIED TO CONVEY HOW MUCH OUR HOVIES HAVE MEANT TO US BUT
FEEL THAT WORDS CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO EXPRESS THE DEPTH OF OUR
FEELINGS FOR THEM. THE LOVE AND RESPECT FOR THEM IS BEYOND WHAT
OUR SIMPLE WORDS CAN EXPRESS.
Our best to all, Susan
|CHI BOWIE OF TREUEN FREUND 5/16/2001 - 12/28/2015
Chi Bowie of Treuen Freund, DOB 05-13-2001, Blond, HD-A1, DM-Normal, Full Thyroid panel Normal, AHC TT,
several times excellent in Conformation
Our Chi Bowie.....his name means "Blond Personal Guardian Angel". He had many nicknames: Beauty Boy, Chi boy,
Toy boy and more.
This is the hardest "remembrance" I have written as the loss of Chi was so unexpected and he was so amazing and fit
into our life in every way. Chi's nickname was "the toy boy" as he loved to play and interact with his people. He LOVED
the water...swimming (or just laying) in the Columbia River was something he would do whenever possible. Chi had
super drive for the toy and work, but for him it was all in fun, and without resource guarding or aggression. He was
always ready to play with us or anyone else who would play with him. He especially loved to tug on a toy with us or
Mina. He could be so silly. He was soooo much fun!
Chi ignored other dogs, unless they were part of his pack or was a female in heat. I remember at a club event at our
home in 2007 there was an intact male dog who was barking crazy at Chi when I walked Chi past to show him. Chi
completely ignored the dog. Chi wasn't as interested in people as some of our other hovies, but if you played with
him, he was a friend for life. He loved Kees van Gorp who saw early on Chi's potential. Kees would always say that
"Chi is my dog" and Kees loved him like his own. Chi met only one person in his entire life that he did not like. He
didn't like his feet handled much but we were able to manage the issue.
Chi received an Excellent in show at his last AHC event in October 2015. The judge stated that Chi was very confident
in the ring and was in great condition. He appeared much younger than his years. Up until a few days before he
passed he would do his nightly "dance". I videotaped him a couple weeks before he passed not knowing he wouldn't
be with us much longer. He enjoyed napping on the living room couch, laying out in the yard, or in the river and play.
He was always up for playing. Chi thought he was a lap dog. He was bigger than most lap dogs, but we didn't mind. It
is 4 months now without Chi and we still are adjusting. I went to sleep at night looking at Chi and woke up each
morning with him staring in my face. He never made a noise...he would just stand next to the bed and look at me....and
breathe. But once my eyes opened....the day began with his happy face and playful self. I miss waking up to Chi in
my face...just breathing, and then his smile when my eyes opened! We are so very fortunate to have had him in our
lives for so long. Treue is Chi's great great granddaughter....and we see a little of Chi in her!
|Chi at October 2015 AHC Event
|Chi relaxing at home in the yard.