April 16, 2005 ~ September 9, 2016
#7 Rottweiler in Canada 2008
Multi Group Placing
Mr. Tall Dark & Handsome as he's known here at Ashemburg. Vader was one of the two puppies we kept from our 2005 Legends Litter. We also kept his sister, Oakley - V Rated CH. Ashemburg's Annie Get Yer Gun STDs CGN HIC TT. His Sire is CH. Kleinedler's Capone's Legend and his Dam was our foundation bitch, Jez - Multi Best Dam and Progeny RCC 2010 National Sieger Show Best Veteran in Show V1 Rated CH. Shacoram's Legendary Lady CD RL1 CGN HIC TT.
Vader had a relatively short show career mainly because he reached the goal we set for him in very short order! We wished to rank Vader in the Top 10. He did so in 4 weekends of shows with his handler Natasha Taphorn. Goal being achieved, he was retired from the show ring. He earned his RN in one weekend with scores over 95 without ever attending a formal class.
Vader has produced 3 litters - two to outside bitches and one for us. He has multiple CKC Champions to his credit and several kids with working titles. Vader turned 11 in April 2016. Nowadays he enjoys making sure our couch is well used, lying in the warm sun (something he hated as a youngster) and occasionally doing a little "dance" for us and telling us a story with his reverberating WOOWOOs.
In August 2016 Vader was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right scapula. He was laid to rest, to run pain free once again on September 9, 2016. He will be forever missed by us and our extended Ashemburg family. The words of this song have always been "Vader's song" for me from the time it was released:
"You came into this world in the blink of an eye, man how time really flies
You made me smile and as a tear fell from my eye, you lit that room up little guy
It was the best day of my life
Now I'll laugh with you, cry with you let my love surround you
And I'll dance with you, pray for you, wrap my arms around you when you cry
- Gord Bamford - Little Guy
Ashemburg Reg'd. Rottweilers