Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My buddy, Bank … always in our hearts.

Bank, 3 yo male GR with a fluffy mane and a really long tongue. He happens to be one of a handful of ‘guy’ friends that I have, and quite possibly my closest pal. JRTs don’t fancy much of dogs of the same sex and I’m no different. In fact, when I first met him when he was still a pup, I gave him the usual top dog treatment and told him to observe the hierarchy at our training grounds, that he was at the bottom of the food chain … so he had better behave.

As we trained and played together, I noticed that we shared a few things in common. He enjoys soaking in cool puddles, the mud baths and getting down and dirty. He enjoys licking people. He enjoys dog sports. He even enjoys laying under a tap of running water after each training session to cool down, just like me! And hey, I thought this fellow must be cool and started hanging out with him. I gave him some tips on agility and he gave me some on OB and pretty soon, we were best of friends. Plus, he grew into a sizeable GR and big friends are always good to have around.

When I mentioned that he enjoys licking people, I was being kind. He actually drools profusely on anyone and everyone he meets, and leaves a steady stream of saliva on their limbs or worse still, around their crotch area! What a funny guy.
Every Sunday morning just before training sessions, we would chat about the state of dog sports in this country, how we wished we had more trials to take part in and more travels to embark on. We also talked about the babes at our training school, how rough and tough they were and how we had to be on our toes all the time so as not to appear to be second best.
Bank was a lively fellow and possibly the most active retriever I have met in my life. He enjoyed play and dog sports, but our hot and humid weather meant that he could only do so for very brief periods before his tongue started to bungee drool and flip flop all over the place. But that didn’t stop him from taking up agility, learnt all obstacles in no time and was amongst the pioneer batch of large breed dogs who could run a full agility course. He went even further and was one of the talented few who can perform a send/ call through 12 pole weave on command, groovy!
His skills were varied. From anchoring the group stay to delivering the scroll for the opening ceremony, Bank had a regular role in our dog shows and demos. Also adept at OB, his natural retrieving ability came in handy when he helped deliver a rose as part of a surprise marriage proposal by a fellow dog lover, during our 3rd Dog Carnival. His flair and exuberance will be hard to emulate.
A core member of the PetnYou Dog Squad, Bank was keenly involved in dog sports, trials, charity work and demos. He was part of our Agility, Obedience and Super Weave Pole demo team and Official scroll bearer. Always affable and the only one who can actually put up with the strange and odd habits of the rest of the Dog Squad.
I lost my treasured friend last Sunday (16 June 2008). Bank left us at the tender age of 3. The Malaysian weather hasn’t been kind to him and the stifling heat took its toll on him. My owners are naturally upset and our deepest condolences go out to fellow trainer, Chan and his family, on the loss of their able dog.
Bank was the gentle giant who deftly maneuvered the weave poles with the greatest of ease. Bank was the slobbering Golden who made me laugh each time he left his ‘mark’ upon greeting unsuspecting humans. Bank was my buddy.

I try to put on a brave face but I already miss my regular Sunday morning chats with him ... wish you were here, Bank.


Blogger Pacco de Mongrel said...

can't accept the fact that he was there 2 days ago... n now he had leave us

12:37 AM  
Blogger Groovy Dogs Just Wanna Hv Fun said...

Yarman, really miss the big fella ...

1:52 AM  
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2:01 AM  
Anonymous Jayne, JM, Junior said...

We were all extremely saddened and shocked... such a great loss. But we know for one fact, that Chan and his family gave their best to Bank in every aspect they possibly could. We will SURELY MISS him SO MUCH!

9:53 AM  
Blogger Toffee said...

I am so very sorry that you have lost your close friend at such a young age. Please let Bank's humans know that we are thinking of them.

That was a beautiful tribute to your friend.
I know that he will always be in your heart.


9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dearest Bank,

We were all there last Sunday challenging each other on the "super weave" and was even teasing Bank (being the largest dog in the team) that he even had his back massage with every weave moves he made!!
Bank,the children of Tiratana Welfare Homes and also senior citizens at the "Caring & Sharing programme" are gonna miss u a lot becos' you had brought so much cheers, joy and love to them during your visits. May you continue to bring such cheers and love to those in Heaven!!
Miss U & love U & God & Buddha Bles U! Sweet tender loving memories of U always in our hearts! Love, Susie,Lotus & Empress Wong and "WaggieTails"

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Money said...

Bank, u are always in our heart. Your departure has make us realise that we should treasure every moment we had.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Amber-Mae said...

I got an email from Janice about a Golden who just passed away just after 2 hours after Agility. I didn't know who that Golden was until I read Pacco's post. I couldn't believe it! Although we're not so close to Bank like you guys but our hearts are breaking for him & his owners. Our deepest condolences to Bank's owners. Rest In Peace buddy.

Amber-Mae, Chloe, Faith & Melissa

2:47 PM  
Blogger PoenyStormRider said...

We are sorry to hear the bad news, our deepest condolences to Chan and family.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Angel said...

Angel: I asked God 'Why did you take my good friend, Bank away from me?'
God: Son, for every joy you have, there is always a price to pay. For every good firend you have, there is always sacrifice.
Remember, value what you have today. Value the friends you're having today. Value the laughter and joy.
Remember 'Bank' who was once running with all of you at the PetnYou training ground...

11:37 PM  

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