We remember the special Boxers (and other friends) that were with
us for too short a time. We loved them dearly and miss them terribly.
Tanyati Unfair Advantage
(Ch Witherford Censored x Ch Tanyati Gotta Feeling)
31/01/2007 - 22/03/2012
Cause of death - Auto Immune Haemolytic Anaemia
have no doubt that I will see Raven again. I know that she
has not left me...
I stood by your bed last night, I came to
have a peep.
I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched
you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down
I was with you at the shops today. Your arms
were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend
it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you
fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I
think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "Good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross
the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is
so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out... then come home to be
Sleep well little Rafink. I know you will
come back to me....
Ch Witherford Censored
SOM (imp UK)
(Witherford Black Adder x Witherford Honey on Ice)
18/11/1999 - 24/10/2011
Cause of death - Cancerous tumour on the base of his tail
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.
I did as I was bid and held you as you breathed your last.
Life is not the same at Tanyati with your passing, but your
spirit lives on in your daughters Bella and Raven and your
grandchildren Kayla and Jamie. Sleep in peace my old man.
Ch Tanyati Brittany
(28 Oct 1999 - 1 Oct 2011)
Cause of death - Epilepsy
you could not speak the words,
I could hear the whispers of your voice.
Telling me it was time to go,
to celebrate your life and rejoice.
You decided it was time to go and
find your resting ground.
You lay down your tired head and
went without a sound.
In my heart I know you loved me,
as much as I loved you.
I pray you've found the peace,
that's helped to see me through.
I thank you for all the joy in my life and
the smiles you've brought to me.
May God guide you on your journey and
may your spirit always run free.
Tanyati All Aglow at Jakkalsdans
(Ch Thasrite Red Bull x Ch Tanyati Rosabella BT)
Born: 22/10/2008 Died: 02/02/2011
Cause of death - intestinal obstruction
free, little Daisy
Run into that space
Where there's stars in your eyes
And the wind in your face.
Your great love of life
Was a pleasure for all
Whether traipsing the fields
Or just chasing a ball.
Your spirit lives on
In the wind and the skies
We'll miss you, sweet girl
With our tears and our cries.
But God calls us home
Each one in our turn
We'll ne'er forget you
Though your presence we'll yearn.
Sleep tight, little one. You were deeply loved
and you'll be greatly missed. Play free in the fields. Chase
rabbits all day. And prepare a place for when it's our turn
to run free.
G Ch Tanyati Beadelais of Rennie AD BH BT
28/10/1999 - 09/12/2010
(Ch Witherford Iced Mango (imp UK) SOM BT
G Ch Tambay's Dunja DOM AD BH BT)
We heard from the Rennies that their very special boy Xavier
had passed away aged 11 years and 1 month. Xavier was the
first Tanyati Grand Champion and I thank Anthony, Helen
and their girls for the wonderful home they gave this true
Below is the eulogy written for Xavier by Anthony:
See my coy look in the picture?
Don’t be fooled
Xavier is my name
Man-work is my game
In my sojourn on earth I have made my people proud
Very, very proud
I remember so well when still a puppy
Visiting German Judge Ralf Brinkmann offered DM 5000 to
take me home to Germany with him
Despite my much criticised (unjustly so, in my view) so-called
But my people were having none of that; I was as precious
as a child to them, you see
Think of the face saving for the FBCSA before the German
Judge (also visiting) Karin Rezewski
It was a breed survey
All the other dogs were Oh so poor on the day (I am really
sorry to say)
Then came me
Man! Was she (and all in attendance) impressed with my performance!
(She only found my nose to be a ”little” on
the short side in that breed survey)
So all you people at the end of the rainbow,
Get those sleeves and arms and pillows and sausages, whips
and sticks and padded suits and all the other man-work paraphernalia
I’m coming and we are all going to have so much fun
For all eternity
I know my people miss me and are very sad at my passing
But don’t worry
We’ll meet again at the end of the rainbow and that
will be, truly, a joyous day
So until then
Know that I will be practising and eagerly awaiting your
Stay well Xavier
You remain in our hearts and our minds for always
Ch Ramona's Double Delight of Tanyati
(Ch Tanyati Endeavour x Ch Tambay's Jitterbug)
Born 19/05/2003 - Died 18/06/2010
Cause of death - Red Biliary
You were one of the most affectionate girls
I have ever had the honour of knowing. Your love of life
was infectious and everyone that came into contact with
you felt your warmth and were moved by your special presence.
You excelled in the show ring, but your
real calling was in the whelping box where you produced
some of the most gorgeous Boxers ever. You loved your puppies
and you imprinted on them the most amazing temperaments
and I am delighted that I have not only 2 of your children
with me but also some of your grand children. All of them
have your qualities and your exceptional temperament.
I will miss you Dan. Especially your constant
companionship. You were happiest when your feet where planted
firmly on my lap and your tongue was planted firmly on any
part of my body you could get to.
Goodbye my Danni Dooo.
Morgan, Maya, Brandy, Kayla and Zeno will
miss you greatly, as will all of us at Tanyati.
Ch Tanyati 'Nother Feeling
(Tanyati Furio x Ch Tanyati Gotta Feeling AD)
Born 29/11/2004 - Died 04/06/2010
Cause of death - Red Biliary
Dear sweet Shiloh. Your loss has affected
us deeply. You were the sweetest girl. Your love of life,
sense of humour and great affection for those who loved
you endeared you to everyone that knew you. To lose you
when you still had so many years ahead of you was a cruel
I know that Inca will have greeted you
with joy and he'll be so happy that his kennel pal is with
him again. Goodbye sweet one. We loved you.
Ch Witherford Iced Mango BT SOM (imp UK)
(Witherford Mellow Mango x Witherford Clear Sweep)
Born 03/11/1998 - Died 21/12/2009
Cause of Death - Cancer
I'll never forget the day I saw you as
a 4 week old pup in the home of Pat Withers in the UK. I
fell in love with you immediately and was overjoyed when
Pat said you were good enough to come to South Africa and
become the cornerstone of Tanyati.
You arrived home with us 3 months later
and from that minute you ruled the roost. Always a rather
dominant boy, who did not take too kindly to sharing your
space, you nevertheless loved the puppies and I am so glad
that your last 6 months with us were spent playing with
and cuddling up to your great grand daughter Ditto, who
was named this because she looks so much like you.
You were so brave in your fight against
cancer and the vets at Bluehills all loved you and always
laughed at how you pulled me in there every Tuesday for
your next dose of chemotherapy.
But now the time has come to bid you farewell.
To thank you for the 11 years of love, loyalty, protection
and companionship. You will never be forgotten as each new
generation born at Tanyati will no doubt carry some of your
legacy in their genes.
You were one in a million and will never
Sleep well my Schtinkie.
One smile for all,
one heart of gold,
one of the best this world could hold.
What a beautiful memory,
to leave behind.
(Thank you Aine for the beautiful poem)
Ch Witherford Gilty Coral (imp UK)
(Witherford Mega Mango x Witherford Gilty Lilac)
Born 15/08/1997 - Died 31/05/2008
heard recently that Jemima had passed away. We imported her
in 1999 and she did us proud by becoming a breed champion
and Dam of the Year, as well as stamping her fantastic qualities
on many of the Tanyati Boxers that are winning today.
Jemima went to live with Sally Walland when she had finished
her maternity duties in the Tanyati whelping box, and we are
so thankful to Sally for giving Jemima a wonderful life.
Sally sent us this beautiful dedication to her dear friend
and our never-forgotten wriggle pot:
I was given you late in my life, during a very hard time in
From the beginning you were a very special friend to me.
You guarded my home with ferocious intent. You fostered all
my new pups
as though they were your own.
You stayed around just long enough to meet my child and then
you were gone.
You will always be remembered in our lives.
My special Jem.
G Ch Tambay's Dunja DOM AD BH BT
(Ch Osiris vom Okeler Forst SOM AD (imp Ger)
Maroelani's Ruby Doux)
Born 15/11/1996 - Died 24/06/2008
Cause of death - Gastric Torsion
How do I say goodbye to a special girl who has been with me
for over 11 years? I knew this day would come, but when it
did I was not ready. As I sit here trying to say something
to show how much you meant to me, I just cannot put words
together. My heart is broken and life at Tanyati will never
be the same.
Your spirit lives on in your daughters Brittany and Shakira,
and grand daughters Shiloh, Bella and Raven.
Ch Tanyati Alabama
(Witherford My Man Godfrey
Ch Witherford Gilty Coral (imp UK))
Born 02/06/1999 - Died 26/11/2007
Cause of death - Marie's Disease
Your wiggly tail may be still.
Your mischievous eyes may be dull.
Your happy bark may be quiet.
Your playful body may be resting.
But your gentle nature and your never-ending patience with
the countless generations of Tanyati puppies will never be
Watching a litter grow up will never be the same with you
not being there to guide them and teach them. May God ease
your pain and may you be there to greet me when it's my turn
to come home.
We'll all miss you, Vannie.
Neptunus' Desert Raider
(Ch Tambay's Seneca x Tambay's Vivat)
Born 06/05/1996 - Died 11/02/2007
Cause of death - paralysis
sweet, special, gentle Rommel.
What does one say?
How can I put words to the desperate feeling of loss that
hangs heavy in my heart?
How can I talk about your sweet face when it is no longer
laying on my feet?
How can I explain to Dunja why she has to sleep in her bed
on her own?
How do I tell Fleur and Erin that their protector is no longer
watching over them and guiding them?
You were our companion for almost 11 years, and I cannot bear
the thought of getting up in the morning and not having your
happy face greet me, tail wiggling, eyes sparkling.
You were a pack leader that ruled by gentle persuasion and
never aggression. Everyone loved you. Everyone respected you.
You were my first Boxer and the reason Tanyati Boxers exists.
You showed me unconditional love, uncompromising protection,
a joy of life and true Boxer temperament like no other.
You breathed your last with your head cradled in my arms.
Rest peacefully, my boy, and say hi to Heiko!
I will never forget you.
Saro Di Lascala
(Lascala Jason x Rusalka Di Lascala)
Born 21/10/1996 - Died 28/09/2006
Cause of death - cardiomyopathy
You were a gentle boy who loved nothing better than an ear
scratch, back rub or a dip in the swimming pool.
You've brought up countless litters of Boxers and had endless
patience for the fascination they always held for your long
You were always the first at the gate to welcome me home,
even lying out in the cold and rain to make sure you did not
miss my arrival.
You barked at the rabbits and chickens, as if to tell them
you were so fierce. Yet when you managed to catch a chicken,
your gentle side took over and you just sat and looked at
it, unsure what on earth you were supposed to do with it!
We laughed so hard at your face!
You were Rommel's special friend and he looks for you every
time he goes outside, wondering where his pal is.
Feeding times are just not the same without your voice. There's
an empty space at home that used to be filled with a long-haired,
long-nosed, loud-voiced, honorary Boxer.
We miss you, Heikie.
Tanyati L'Esprit de Chanel
(Ch Tambay's Kaleido of Sphinx
Ch Tambay's Fleur de Chanel AD)
Born 23/08/2003 - Died 07/02/2006
Cause of death - Biliary
My sweet girl, Amy.
When I lost your mom, Chanel, during the caesarian to deliver
you, you were so like her that we were sure that Chanel had
come back to us in your little body. I hand reared you and
your sister Fleur and a bond was created that was so strong
it could not be broken. We named you "Chanel's Spirit"
(L'Esprit de Chanel) and you lived up to that name! You looked
like her, sounded like her, fought like her (!) and loved
And now, when you were pregnant with the next generation,
billiary took you from us. You were a brave girl to the end.
I loved you and I miss you already. Thank you for a wonderful
2 1/2 years of laughter, mischief, noise and love.
May your gentle spirit join Chanel and Merlie.
Have fun, sweet one, where there's rabbits to chase and puppies
to play with.
Ch Tanyati Endeavour
(Ch Osiris vom Okeler Forst SOM AD (imp Ger)
Tanyati Arizaro (imp UK))
Born 02/05/2001 - Died 08/10/2004
Cause of death - kidney failure
Friday, 8 October 2004, the sun went down on my very special
They say memories are golden
Well, maybe that's true.
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
No one else can fill.
If tears could build a stairway
And heartache made a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
And bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Rest in peace, my Merlie, until I walk with you again.
Ch Tambay's Fleur de Chanel AD
(Ch Osiris vom Okeler Forst SOM AD (imp Ger)
Ch Tambay's Amarula AD BH)
Born 14/03/1997 - Died 23/08/2003
Cause of death - Internal bleeding from botched C-Section
We remember our sweet girl, Ch Tambay's Fleur de Chanel AD,
who died after a caesarian on 23 August 2003 leaving us with
2 special girls, Tanyati L'Esprit de Chanel "Amy"
and Tanyati La Petite Fleur "Fleur" who are so like
their gentle mom. We miss "Chanel" so much and her
passing has left a big gap at Tanyati.
Sleep well, my little Noodle.