- Memorial


The Rainbow Bridge

There exists an anonymous poem written about the wonderful dogs which have left this earth. The poem is well known to those of us in the dog fancy-- it is called The Rainbow Bridge. I have put a copy of the poem at the bottom of this page. If you have ever deeply loved and lost a treasured companion, have a box of Kleenex handy when you read The Rainbow Bridge.

This page is dedicated to the special dogs which touched our lives so deeply, and with whom we wait to meet some day on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.


Int'l CH ADAMAS In Harm's Way CD, AX, AXJ, WAC, CGC (AKC major pointed)
May 3, 1998 - September 11, 2001
A victim of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
(for more info on DCM, go to the DPCA site to read about Doberman health issues)

Three year, four month old Harm was my once in a lifetime dog. He was my beloved companion and faithful protector, as well as being recognized in many fields, as his various titles reflect. He died needing just one major to finish his AKC Championship and Register of Merit, all of his points being received breeder/owner-handled. I'll never forget his 1st place win at the 2000 DPCA Nationals in the Bred-By AOAC class (pictured right). He was well on his way to his Master level agility titles and had accumulated over 200 MACH points. He was an incredible agility athlete whose unique gift was to run ahead of me and negotiate a course by watching and responding peripherally to my slightest hand or body motion, all without slowing or turning off of the desired heading.

If a picture can say a thousand words, then this is it. If you think by the look on my face that we had just qualified, you would be wrong. This is the last jump of the fourth and final run of a NON-qualifying weekend. But my face expresses exactly how I felt every time I ran with Harm--
Free, Full of Love, Joy and Pride.

Harm died less than three weeks before he was to compete in the invitational 2001 DPCA Top 20 Agility event. That event was dedicated to Harm with a very moving tribute which brought the audience of hundreds to their feet, and to tears. The loss of Harm was not only felt by ourselves, but by the Doberman and agility community at large, as was evidenced by the well over 100 cards, letters and emails I received upon his death. Here is a sampling:


"I loved to watch you work him ... he was so willing to try anything you asked of him." 
- M.S. (Agility instructor/ MACH owner)

"Harm was a magnificent dog who excelled in everything he tried... I'll never forget his awesome agility runs...I may never see another Doberman who can match them."
- N.B. (Agility/Breed exhibitor)

"I remember him as being a good representative in the conformation ring, whose strength was a dog of correct proportions and immaculate condition."
- Robert Vandiver, MISTEL

"I love seeing good looking Dobermans that are capable of doing it all, and that he was."
- Carol Petruzzo, CAROSEL

"...he was my favorite of all your dogs and truly my competition. I loved to watch him run. He was so intense. He will truly leave a void at the trials"
- A.Y. (Top 20 agility competitor)

"He will live in my memory...as long as I have one."
- Vic Monteleon, MONTWOOD

"Harm was not only a TRUE AMBASSADOR of the breed, he was BEAUTIFUL!"
- Linda Bellin, VERMILION

"I know from the look on your face when you were showing him or working him- that he was your best friend. Have comfort in the thought that he adored you as well, and you were his best friend..."
- Carol Kepler, CAROLON

"He has gone to search for those lost souls, to guard and comfort them, and to help lead them to Heaven over the Rainbow Bridge" (Note- Harm died the night of September 11, 2001 after terrorist attacks in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvaniatook the lives of over 2000 people, representing countries from around the world.) 
- D.G.

"You two had become a wonderful team flowing and meshing together."
- L.R. (Top 20 agility competitor)

"Anyone who watched you knew that he was your baby and you were his world. The kind of relationship you had with him doesn't happen every day. Some people never experience it. The tragedy is that he left you so soon with so much on the horizon." 
- M.L. (Agility/Breed exhibitor)

"Harm was such a majestic dog to watch...watching you and Harm run through an agility course was like watching a dance combined with athleticism and grace. I know that he was a special dog, because it was reflected in your work and play together." 
- B.D. (Agility/Field/Obedience exhibitor)



Kai Esa II Ariel of ADAMAS CD, WAC, ATT, CGC (ptd)
New York State licensed Service Dog
January 20, 1994 - March 31, 2003 (9 years, 2 mos)

Ariel was the foundation bitch for ADAMAS and produced three AKC multi-titled get, including two DPCA Top 20 Agility finalists and one CH/CD/ROM.  Once her showing and breeding days were over, she moved on to an even higher calling—that of a service dog.  During the last years of her life, Ariel served the needs of Mardee Edelstein of New York by picking up dropped articles, bringing Mardee the phone when she would fall, and helping Mardee get out of bed, off chairs, up and down curbs and much, much more.  She wore a harness similar to that of a guide dog, except the handle on this harness stayed in an upright position. 
Ariel sometimes sported a backpack to carry light articles needed by Mardee.  As a licensed service dog, Ariel accompanied Mardee into any public building including the grocery store and restaurants. 

Ariel was once credited with saving Mardee's life when she had collapsed into unconsciousness in her kitchen.  Although she had never been trained to do so, Ariel finally managed to open the door to the apartment, and went up and down the hallway barking until she attracted the attention of a fellow resident, who Ariel then proceeded to take to her stricken mistress.  An ambulance had to be called for Mardee, who did not learn of Ariel's deeds until days later when she regained consciousness in a hospital.

We could not have been prouder of Ariel and her testament to the brains, beauty and loyalty of the Doberman Pinscher breed.  Ariel's legacy is proudly carried on through the beauty and working aptitude of her children and grandchildren.



MACH Amadeus Idomeneo Warrior CDX, MXB, MJS, WAC, ATT, CGC (ptd) 
June 30, 1991 - October 4, 2003 (12 years, 3 mos.)

2003 DPCA Top 20 Agility Finalist-
#2 Overall Doberman, #1 Doberman male

2002 DPCA Top 20 Agility Finalist-
#3 Overall Doberman, #1 Doberman male

“Amadeus” was my first Doberman and was my introduction into the world of conformation, obedience, agility, Working Aptitude Evaluations, public education and much, much more.  He was a true Doberman ambassador, dispelling much public misconception about the breed.  He was a wonderful working dog, always placing in obedience when receiving a qualifying score, including back to back first places at the popular Cherokee Rose cluster shows for his last two CDX legs.  Beginning his career in agility at age 6, he obtained his AX title at the age of 8 years, 3 months at which time he was retired.

After a one year retirement, Amadeus came back out and in 18 runs, completed his Novice, Open and Excellent Jumpers with Weaves titles. At 10 years young, he was brought out to compete for the ultimate title in AKC agility- that of Master Agility Champion (MACH). On January 18, 2003 Amadeus became the 8th Doberman in the country to be awarded the MACH title, only the 2nd male Doberman to do so-- and at a mere 11 1/2 years old!!!  Obtainment of this prestigious title at such an advanced age in a male Doberman is not likely to ever be repeated.

The photo to the left was taken of Amadeus at his last agility trial, just days before his 12th birthday.  Upon turning 12, he began to finally show signs that his years were catching up with him.  I am eternally grateful that I was allowed to share my life with this remarkable soul.



Kai Esa The Meadow Lark, CGC (AKC ptd)
September 1995 - November 2005



"Lark" was my secondary foundation bitch, given to me by the late Tommie Jones.  To honor Tommie, when Lark was bred the theme of the litter was "KE" names (based on Tommie's kennel name of Kai Esa.)  In this only breeding, Lark produced two beautiful bitches that went on to make their mark on the world- DPCA Top 20 Agility Finalist MACH ADAMAS Key To My Heart WAC, CGC and ADAMAS Keeping the Faith CD, RN, AX, AXJ, WAC, TDI, CGC.

Later in life, Lark went to live 'the life of Riley' with JaLayne Jenkins and her daughter, Katelyn.  I thank JaLayne and Katelyn for giving Lark such a loving and wonderful home during her golden years.





ADAMAS Keeping the Faith CD, RN, AX, AXJ, WAC, TDI, CGC
April 29, 2000 - June 16, 2006
Victim of Osteosarcoma (Bone cancer)

Princess "Faith" established her royal residence with Rebecca Watford of Pensacola, Florida.  The pair were favorites during therapy visits to the area hospital, where Faith would delight the patients with her silly antics while still trying to maintain her demure demeanor.  I have posted two of my favorite pictures of Faith here- the first shows her as the Maid of Honor in a canine 'wedding' put on for hospital patients, while the second reflects Faith's sillier side while 'leaping' out of the last weave pole- with style!

I was so proud of Rebecca and Faith with each new title earned, and for each and every life that they touched for the better.   Everyone that knew you will miss you Fay-Fay...




May 3, 1998 - May 10, 2008


"Dale" was the queen of her domain at her home in Huntsville, AL with owner Pat Stueck.  She finished breeder/handled with three majors.  Dale was an important component in my breeding program, with several of her get featured on this site.  She won the Host Club Brood Bitch class at the 2004 Nationals in Ft Mitchell, KY.  She was the dam of six Champion, AKC pointed and/or multi performance titled get.

Dale is pictured right at eight years old.




May 4, 2002 - September 28, 2010
A victim of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)

* Four time Best in Specialty Show, Multi Best of Breed winner, Group Winner and Multi Group Placer.  
* Multi AKC champion producer.
* Sire of the 2007 DPCA National Specialty Winner's Bitch/Best of Winners- Multi BISS CH Kaliber's Sunday Silence CGC
* Sire of 2012 DPCA Top 20 Agility Finalist- MACH2 ADAMAS U.S.M.C., MXF, MXG, MJC, EJC, EAC, OCC, AAD, ASA, SS, SJ, SR, SG, TN-N, TG-N, WV-N, HP-N
* 2009 DPCA Regional Show Best in Veterans Sweeps and Best Veteran Dog Winner (pictured below)



In his conformation debut at 6 mos, 3 days, Séamus went Best of Winners for a 4 point major.  In limited showing, he finished at 15 months of age with a total of FOUR major wins (two 3-pts, one 4-pt and one 5-pt) to complete his championship completely breeder/owner/handled.  He then moved on to limited specialing with Elizabeth, acquiring multiple Best in Specialty Show wins, multiple Best of Breed wins, a Group win and multiple Group placements.  He was a breeder-judge's dog.  

He continued to impress audiences through his participation in obedience and agility.  After retirement from conformation and performance events, Séamus was certified through Therapy Dogs International.  In addition to multiple visits with children at an autistic kids camp, he regularly helped kids learn to read at area libraries. He was a true ambassador of the Breed.



This was one of my favorite pictures of Séamus. Stuck on the interstate for 3-1/2 hours due to a tractor trailer accident,  Séamus entertained two van-loads of children on a Church-sponsored weekend outing with obedience signals, tricks and games of catch.  Afterwards, the girls in the group hung out with Séamus on the roadside in an attempt to cool off in the Summer time heat.

Just days after Séamus' passing, I know he was cheering from the Rainbow Bridge as his four grandkids competed successfully at the 2010 DPCA Regional and National shows (ADAMAS Aftershock, ADAMAS Shock and Awe, ADAMAS Shockwave and ADAMAS Bottle Shock of Mirabel- all who can be seen on this website).



ADAMAS Bite The Bullett CD, RAE, OA, OAJ, PD1, PS1, PJ1, PG1,

May 4, 2002 - July 19, 2011



Chip was a litter-brother to Séamus seen above, and he was a true do-it-all Doberman- competing in the agility, obedience, rally, flyball and free style dance.  I believe that Chip was the sixth Doberman in the country to earn the RAE title.  And yes, that is SEVENTEEN titles after his name! 

He was owned and loved by Martha Reichold of Huntsville, AL.


One of the fun activities that Chip and Martha, did was freestyle dance.  The pair are pictured below in various performances put on by the Huntsville Obedience Training Club.  From left to right-  doing their 'Hip-Hop' routine, 'Dort E Vader' and 'Chip E Vader' dance to the Star Wars theme, and recreating the Six Million Dollar Man (...uh, make that Dog).  Thanks Martha for showing the versatility of ADAMAS Dobermans, and making Chip such a great ambassador for the Breed.



September 1, 1999 - August 2011 ~ Angel passed one week shy of her 12th birthday


2004 DPCA Top 20 Agility Finalist- #19 Overall Doberman of 241 competing teams
2003 DPCA Top 20 Agility Finalist- #10 Overall Doberman

2002 DPCA Top 20 Agility Finalist- #10 Overall Doberman


Considering the struggle to live for the first four months of her life, it was amazing that Angel was even able to compete in agility, much less that she finished as one of the top 10 Dobermans in the country two years straight!  Angel finished second in the 2004 DPCA Top 20 Agility Event!





You can read all about Angel's condition and her long road to recovery on her very own page, or click here.  Though small in stature, Angel's greatest legacy is the number of PRAA puppies of various breeds that she has been able to help because of her own experience.




ADAMAS Terminal Velocity CDX, RA, NA, OAJ, NF, WAC, CGC
May 4, 2002 - September 17, 2012





Zeus was the litter brother of Séamus and Chip seen above.  He was owned by Rick and Dawn Peffer of Tallahassee, FL.  Dawn credits Zeus for teaching her about agility and obedience.  He was a prankster and made the judges and spectators laugh- like with his signature 'paw on' whenever he would do a front from a recall.




ADAMAS Arches Fiery Furnace CDX, RAE, OA, OAJ, UKC CDX, CGC (AKC ptd)
Jan 14, 2004 - October 3, 2012
A victim of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)




"Diesel" was a High in Trial Winner (All Breed Show), High in Trial Winner (Working Group Show) and High in Trial Winner (Specialty Show).  He is pictured earning his CD with a first place and High In Trial at the Salt Lake DPC specialty show.  Diesel passed one leg away from his UD title.  He was trained and loved by Wende Call and her husband Jason.




April 29, 2000 - October 3, 2012



Piper was a multiple High in Trial winner (Specialty Trials) and a 2004 DPCA Top Twenty Agility Finalist.  Not only was she talented in the agility ring, but could hold her own in the conformation ring as well- winning the Bred-By class of 13, at the 2002 DPCA host club show under breeder-judge Margaret Downey.

Piper went to the 2006 DPCA Nationals needing one double qualifier and 47 points to finish her Master Agility Championship (MACH.)  On the second day she went High in Trial at the DPCA Regional Specialty Agility Trial and the following day completed her requirements for her MACH.  Piper was retired from agility when she herniated a disc in her neck at nearly 10 years old.  At her retirement she needed 23 points to achieve her MACH2 and needed just 1 qualifier for her MXG title.

Piper made history by becoming the first MACH Doberman to produce another MACH Doberman through her daughter MACH5 ADAMAS U.S.M.C. MXF, T2B, EJC, EAC, OCC, AAD, ASA, SS, SJ, SR, SG, TN-N, TG-N, WV-N, HP-N (seen lower below).





ADAMAS Little Sure Shot CD, RA, WAC, CGC (AKC major ptd)
Group placer and multi Best of Breed winner
May 2002 - January 2013



Annie was a major shy of earning her AKC Championship, but continued on the family tradition of participating in performance events and the Working Aptitude Evaluation.  She lived on a North Carolina farm with her grand-niece CH ADAMAS Shake Your Tail Feathers, and was owned by Sharon Yankey and Elizabeth Barrett. 




CH ADAMAS Shooting For Eight CDX, RE, ROM, CGC
2009 DPCA National Best Veteran Bitch

May 4, 2002 - April 15, 2014

"DE" finished at 22 months old breeder/owner/handled by Elizabeth, including a 4-point major under breeder/judge Darlene Young.  She was Best Veteran Bitch at the 2009 DPCA National (pictured left).

DE earned her CD with back to back High Scoring Working Group and High Scoring Working Group Champion,  finishing her requirements for her ROM at just over 2 years of age.  She earned her CDX at the 2009 DPCA Regional trial.

DE was the dam of one Champion and five multi performance-titled dogs.  She crossed the bridge less than three weeks before her 12th birthday.






DPCA Bronze level Legacy Award recipient as an outstanding Producer
Group placer, Best in Sweepstakes winner
March 6, 2004 - October 15, 2014


"Taylour" was a multiple Best Bred-By specialty winner and producer of four champions out of her only litter.  She was loved and trained by Frances and Sonny Hart.



2012 and 2014 DPCA Top Twenty Agility Finalist
NADAC High In Trial Winner, USDAA Steeplechase Winner

Group placer, Best in Sweepstakes winner
March 6, 2004 - March 12, 2016

Always an eager and happy girl, Fi earned her MACH5 title at 10 years old with three consecutive QQ's in one weekend.  Other than occasional arthritic ache, Fi lead an active daily life until the day she passed peacefully just after her 12th birthday.  She was a big sister- training, encouraging and healing where necessary, for Bill and Mary Briant's other Dobermans.  Her nickname said it all, she was "Fi-mazing!"




DPCA Silver level Legacy Award recipient as an outstanding Producer
Multi Best of Breed winner from the classes over specials and Group placer

By Multi BISS AKC/ MBIS UKC GrCH/ Int'l CH Talladega's American Thunder RN, OA, OAJ, NF, CL-3, CGC, ROM, LC-10L x ADAMAS I.R.O.C., CD, RE, OA, OAJ, NF, WAC, LC-10D (AKC ptd)
March 2010 - August 2016
A victim of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)




Shiva was shown to her championship from the Bred By classes.  When showing her, she was her own worst enemy as she wanted to go around the ring at warp speed.  She was active up to her premature death- getting to come out of retirement to play show dog again with Junior Handler, Adrienne Ellison; and earning her Barn Hunt Senior title a month before her passing.  She passed on her working drive to her get.  She was the dam of GrCh ADAMAS Gold Standard of Cameron WAC, AKC/UKC Ch Mirabel Here We Go v ADAMAS, Ch ADAMAS Cuervo Gold RA, BN, ROM, Ch Mirabel Here's the Deal v ADAMAS, CH ADAMAS Silver Streak AX, OAJ, XF, BID, ROM and CH CT ADAMAS Dancing Silver Star UDX, MXB, MJB, XF, VCD4, CA, DJ, CGC.




ADAMAS All Things Considered AXJ, XF
By 2007 DPCA BOB Winner CH Cha-Rish Star Quest Blu-J's LC-12D
x CH ADAMAS Shooting for Eight CDX, RE, ROM, CGC, BFL-1, LC-11D
March 2007 - November 2016
A victim of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)



The following is an exert from a memorial that Airo's owner, Douglas Morrison, wrote following Airo's passing...

     "From the beginning, he was my ever-present companion and constant shadow. Airo was a big boy, and when he grew up, his ears always brushing my hand and thigh was a reminder that he was there, for me.

     I trained Airo to be my partner in competitive Dog Agility. At the time, I was hoping for a “Super Dog,” and Airo absolutely fit the bill, both physically and intelligently. He was extremely smart, learned quickly and accurately, and, boy, did he have some muscles! He ran like a rocket and jumped like a gazelle. Airo developed into a true athlete, and he loved it.

     At one point, we tried to train him in Schutzhund, but after only three lessons, the instructor said Airo was just too gentle a soul for that sport. But Airo excelled in Agility, at least in practice, if not so much in competition. That’s because four major surgeries between 2007 and 2012 kept me out of the competition Agility ring. Instead, Sara handled Airo all those years, and they excelled in Jumpers With Weaves and FAST, achieving Excellent titles in both categories.

     I could go on and on with stories about our travels and our adventures in and out of Agility, how well trained he was or his extreme prowess as an Agility jumper. All of that was great, but seems so unimportant now. What is important for me to remember is: I once had a buddy named Airo. I was his number one butt scratcher, and we took care of each other. I was the only person he offered kisses to. In that way, he let me know that I was special to him.
     Spring and Summer mornings meant coffee and doughnuts in Airo’s front yard. (My first cup of coffee and Airo’s green rubber doughnut.) Airo would start his day playing with his doughnut while I watched, drinking my cup of joe. This was our morning routine for many years.
     Airo was baby brother to Apache and a big brother to both Chuqui and Ki. Airo was a friend to every person he met."





MXG2, MJG2, MXF, T2B3, RN, CL3-F, CL3-S, ROM

2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 DPCA Top Twenty Agility Finalist
2012 DPCA Host Club Award of Merit Winner

By ADAMAS All The Same To Me (AKC ptd) x Talladega's She's Like The Wind
May 2009 - May 2017
A victim of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)


Under the loving and dedicated training of Kim Langley, Payton became ADAMAS' first dual champion and a four-time DPCA Top 20 Agility finalist.  She finished her conformation championship with three majors, two of which were at specialty shows.

Payton was always a favorite at the DPCA National's Annual Health and Rescue Dinner, as she would dress up in different costumes, sell tickets and collect donations.

This was the last photo of Payton and Kim, taken the day she earned her MACH5.




CH ADAMAS Aftershock RA, ROM, BFL-1
By Multi BISS AKC/ MBIS UKC GrCH/ Int'l CH Talladega's American Thunder RN, OA, OAJ, NF, CL-3, CGC, ROM, LC-10L x ADAMAS I.R.O.C., CD, RE, OA, OAJ, NF, WAC, LC-10D (AKC ptd)
March 2010 - October 2017
A victim of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)





Tulsa was a short-backed, happy boy who finished his championship at 2 years old.  He was loved and trained by Frances and Sonny Hart.




and now...                                                     The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and all our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent; the eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

YOU have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in a joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. You then cross Rainbow Bridge together.

-- Author Unknown