It is with no regrets, but a lot of sorrow ("Grief without
regret", as a dear friend said), that we announce the passing
of one of our family. Meomar's Blunder left us this afternoon
(June 17, 2002) at 13 1/2 years of age.
Blunder (one of 5 'oops' pups - Calamity, Faux Pas, Oops a
Daisy, Mishap, and Blunder) didn't come to live with us until he
was 2 years old - but we had history together. It was on the same
run at Jackie and Chris Marshall's place many years ago that I
first stepped onto the runner of a sled and that he was harness
broke. He was always a favorite of mine and when Marshall's
decided to stop sledding and offered me first pick of their yard -
it didn't even take a second to decide on Blunder.
Blunder never raced with us, but he turned our first 4 dogs
into a real team. He was serious, driven in harness, and a real
love in the kennel. He taught us so much.
But his biggest contribution to our kennel was his offspring.
Grover, Gus, Smiley, and Camilla -the core of my leaders group and
all Iditarod finishers - are all Blunder kids. All of his boys,
especially Grover inherited the much loved 'Blunder circle tail
wag' and the habit of 'waving' their front leg at you to try and
coax you over to visit. They all will ensure his memory lives on
in our kennel - as if we could ever forget.
Godspeed, my friend. Know you were much loved.