With great misery and a very heavy heart today, I’m sad to tell everyone who knew her, that Java (aka Aritaur Flip Fantasia) was put to sleep last night. On Saturday she began feeling ill and we thought she had a urinary tract infection, but last night our vet discovered that she had a liver tumour which was untreatable. She was in too much pain to continue.
Java was our first born from Juno. She was perfect - exactly what I’d hoped for – a little brown girl, and the only brown girl in the litter. At her second Champ show (Windsor 98) she won 1st in her class – a big class back then. Java and I competed against Martin with Java’s brother Caius. Java won BPIS at the Dobe Club, and Caius won BPIS at the SEEDC. We used to love showing them against each other.
We went on to do lots of winning together – Java won her JW at 14 months, and a CC at Bath shortly after her first litter, very kindly handled by Sue Mycroft, and she won a RCC the following year at Bath with Martin and a Best In Show with me at Stroud in December 2000.
When my back got bad, Java used to love to pick things up for me and with great enthusiasm brought my slippers to me every morning, although when she didn’t concentrate, she’d bring one slipper and a boot. We called her Ja Ja Binks, because she looked like the creature in Star Wars when she flew her ears back.
Java lived life to the max. Never a couch potato, she was always on the go. She was a great carer – always wanting to wash someone’s ears. From a show producing point of view, she had a litter to Drusus producing Aritaur Electra at Heathwaen, and our Bouschka who hated showing but is a superb worker. Her ‘F’ litter to Russia gave us From Russia with Love, Full Monty, and Fuzzy Love all of whom have done very well.
For those who didn’t see her shown, Java’s movement was outstanding. She flipped her pasterns very slightly, but did you ever see such balance, reach and drive!! – she took some keeping up with. I loved her total passion for showing, her great freestanding, the slightly crazed look in her eyes for the bait in the ring, and the way she always humped my leg madly in front of everyone when the clapping started.
We had extra time with Java after the removal last year, and a month ago, of some aggressive mammary sarcomas, not that she let that show in any way.
Treasure every single day, every single moment with your loved ones. You never know when they’ll be taken away from you. I miss her desperately already. It’s too soon and I honestly can’t believe she’s not here. It’s so sudden.
Thank you for the fun you gave me Java. You gave me so many laughs. I know they have loads of sausage where you’re off to. I’ll bring you some extra cheese when I catch up with you. God Bless you Binks, from Mummy & Daddy
Qualified for Crufts
for life with her stud book number from her JW and CC/RCC, Java
was very rarely out of the first 3 places in Open Bitch at Championship
Java won BEST IN SHOW at Stroud
& District Canine Society in December 2000, from Judge Meg Purnell-Carpenter.
At Bath 2001 she won her first CC
shown by Mrs Sue Mycroft under Breed Specialist Mrs Ann Gibbons.
Her 1/2 sister Riva ~ out of the same dam, also won the RCC
from the same judge handled by co-breeder Martin Horgan that day,
later going on to become a Champion. A lucky show for Java, as she
won the RCC at Bath
the following year under Top All 'Round Judge ~ Mrs Joyce Mann,
12 weeks after her puppies were born. Java qualified for the Dobermann
Classic 2002 ~ a competition of the top Dobermanns in the UK.
Java has had 3 litters,
and has given us some quality progeny to take into the future
From her first
litter to Drusus v Adlercrest at Heimdall, (son of Int
Ch Gino Gomez del Citone) one daughter our Bouschka,
is working slowly towards her Schutzhund BH, her brother Ronin is
a superb worker, but his owner doesn't compete. Another daughter
~ Mick & Eileen Matthews Aritaur Electra 'Ellie'
has matured into a top winner and passed her KC Gold Good Citizens
in 2004 with flying colours. See Ellie's own page HERE..
Java had her second
litter in Nov 2002, by the Russian import Korifey iz Zoosfery. Click
HERE for puppy details and
pictures. Puppies shown from that litter are: From Russia With
Love (m) 'Checa' who won Best Puppy In Show
at The Welsh Dobermann Club, Fuzzy Love with Ceebee 'Daphne'
who gained her stud book number in 2005, Full Monty who had
many top wins before retiring from showing but who has since successfully
sired top quality litters. For Your Eyes Only 'Gucci', who
qualified at 6 mths at the Dobermann Club Ch show and won BPIB
at Windsor, . Falko gained his KC Good Citizen Bronze at
just 19 weeks, and is the YOUNGEST
DOBERMANN IN THE UK to gain his KC Silver at 6.5
months, and his KC Gold at 9 months! Aritaur Falko's
owner has just started showing him from Oct 2005. For photos of this litter click HERE
Java - VWd Carrier,
Cardio tested free of DCM and any other heart
disease as at Jan 2005 and PHPV (eye tested) clear.