In Memory

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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

I 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 a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.

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 chair.
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 with me.

Sleep well little Rafink. I know you will come back to me....

Ch Witherford Censored SOM (imp UK)
"Flipper "

(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 (humanely euthanised)

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
(humanely euthanised)

While 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

Run 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 Boxer gentleman.

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
Of me
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 short nose
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 ready
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 happy arrival

Farewell Xavier
Stay well Xavier
You remain in our hearts and our minds for always
Magnificent fellow.

Anthony Rennie

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

Danni Doodle

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 blow.

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
(humanely euthanised)


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 be forgotten

Sleep well my Schtinkie.

One smile for all,
one heart of gold,
one of the best this world could hold.
Never selfish,
always kind.
What a beautiful memory,
to leave behind.

(Thank you Aine for the beautiful poem)

Ch Witherford Gilty Coral (imp UK)
Ch Witherford Gilty Coral (imp UK)

(Witherford Mega Mango x Witherford Gilty Lilac)
Born 15/08/1997 - Died 31/05/2008

We 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 my life.
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
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
(humanely euthanised)

Oh Dunja...

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
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
(humanely euthanised)

Hey, Vannie!

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 forgotten.

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 "Rommel"
Neptunus' Desert Raider

(Ch Tambay's Seneca x Tambay's Vivat)
Born 06/05/1996 - Died 11/02/2007

Cause of death - paralysis
(humanely euthanised)

My 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
Saro Di Lascala

(Lascala Jason x Rusalka Di Lascala)
Born 21/10/1996 - Died 28/09/2006

Cause of death - cardiomyopathy
(humanely euthanised)

Sweet, gentle Heiko

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 tail!

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
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 like her.

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 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
(humanely euthanised)

On Friday, 8 October 2004, the sun went down on my very special boy.

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
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.


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