Gone But Not Forgotten




I give you this one thought to keep –
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone –
I am with you still – in each new dawn.

- Native American Prayer




Hullston's Diagon Alley "Alley"

August 4, 2001 - September 12, 2011


There is a huge hole in my heart, and there's a new little

Tri Colored Sheltie Angel at the bridge today....

Dr. Mark helped me let my sweet little Alley go this afternoon.

Miss my little Alley Bug.

This has been a very sad year here, with us losing both Benjamin and Alley

Barb Westerman



Photo by Dean Von Pusch (2009 ASSA National)


(CH Merlyn's Mark Of Fire NJP)

6/10/98 - 4/17/11

I said goodbye to my sweet Benjamin this afternoon.  He fought his battle for a long time, but now he's now running through the fields at the Rainbow Bridge with his pal Mackie.  I'm sure that Mackie will show him the ropes, just like he always did.

Benjamin and I had many adventures while I was blessed to have him.  My plain little brown dog (with LOTS of heart), was bred by Rusty, but started his life on Elaine Kelvington's kitchen floor. He quickly made Rusty & I aware that he was supposed to go home with me. Along the way, we showed at a lot of conformation shows, received a Best Of Breed from the classes (at a show 1 dog short of a major), showed at the ASSA National 5 different times (all owner handled - including 9-12 Veterans at the Georgia National, where we also took a turn around the ring in the Parade of Veterans).  He received his championship,  receiving his two majors (with Zana handling) in just a couple months.  We also did some obedience together, some agility (including obtaining his NJP), herded some sheep, and went through a lot of changes in our life.  Through this all he was always very devoted to me, loved to cuddle with me, slept on the bed with me, and was always on guard to protect me.

Ben would have been 13 this June.   And in true Benjamin style, I told him that even though he was unable to make the National this year, that he was being awarded his special "BEST-EST In Show" Award.

 Miss you already Ben.






(CH. Merlyn's Touched Bi Magic)

4/20/97 - 3/15/10

It's with a very heavy heart that I tell you that my sweet bi-black sheltie boy, Mack, lost his battle with cancer and is now at the bridge.

 Mack came into my life almost 13 years ago. Mack was my first conformation champion and through the years we made many great friends and learned about the conformation world. With very limited siring, Mack sired "Gabe" (MACH 20, ADCH Summerlove's Gabriel V BonJon HSAs, MXF, RN, U-AGII). We've been thrilled over the years, to hear how well Gabe & his owner Daniel McDonald have done together.

I feel very lucky to have had Mack in my life.






Buddy & Shelly were my introduction to being owned by shelties.   They taught me a lot in their short 12 years..

Miss you Buddy & Shelly!


UKC CD Sturtz's Red-Bud Delight Am/Can CD, CGC "Buddy"

April 1992 - October 2004


UKC CD Sturtz's Digging For Red Gold Am/Can CD, NA, CGC

May 1992 - August 2004