Caitlin joined our family in February 2006 at 11-1/2 weeks. I picked her up from a well-known kennel in Missouri in the dead of winter and flew her back to California to be my new show dog and one I hoped to breed to Lucah.
She didn’t care for conformation, but she was a true working dog as all the titles after her name attest to. We both learned the obedience and rally ropes together. She won High in Trial at the 2010 National Specialty bringing home more ribbons and trophies than the other dogs put together. She also won the MCOA Collar Award for 2010 for highest obedience scoring Mastiff for the year. She was my only Mastiff to get a Working Dog title. Most important, she never left the obedience ring without the judge commenting on what a great working dog she was for the breed.
Though she lived past her 10th birthday, the last year was with chronic kidney disease which we knew would eventually take her life. As long as she was happy and eating we were in no hurry to lose her, even if she decided she was the “only” house princess since we moved into our new home 18 months ago. As luck would have it, she started to fail at Christmas time and we knew it was time to let her go.
Things certainly seem different without her. It has been 26 years since we have had only two dogs in our lives. We will miss our Caitlin forever. My sister, Colleen, has purchased Caitlin a star…near Mulder. You can visit her page at https://stars.osr.org/caitlin. Give your 4-legged kids a hug from Catie-Coo.