For those who knew, loved, or had met Eiko, our beloved German Shepherd
Eiko passed away suddenly last night – October 7, 2017. Fortunately, we we were able to say goodbye and he was peaceful and not in pain at the end.
Eiko was born on April 20, 2007. He was born in Alabama, first generation American, and had two well respected and accomplished parents. His father Falco (SCHH3, IPO3,BPH3), was from Jabina kennels in Denmark and competed at the WUSV in 2005. His mothers name was Vina von der Demminer Straße (SCHH3, IPO3,BPH3).
Eiko was special from the start. At the time, I was working dogs in Atlanta and wanted a dog that had the drives and personality to compete at a high level in the sport of Schutzhund. Little did I know that he would also become the best family dog and companion that I’ve ever had. This is unusual in the world of working dogs, he was able to bridge the gap and was just as remarkable working on the field as well as just being a part of our family. We bonded immediately, and the last 10 years of my life have been enriched by him in every way. Eiko lived life and seized every opportunity presented to him with the intensity and gusto unlike anyone or anything I’ve seen. His love of life and spirit helped get me through some of the hardest times in my life.
Frederick the great of Prussia is given credit with the expression, man’s best friend, and I’m certain he was talking about a German Shepherd. Last night while I was trying to sleep, I was thinking of all the qualities of Eiko that I admired, and above all one stood out – Loyalty. Eiko was the most loyal creature I’ve ever known. He was mine, and I was his. He loved Caitlyn, and Avery, and everyone that was part of our immediate and extended family. The thought of life without him is impossible to even consider right now.
There is plenty for us to be sad about right now. Sad would be the understatement of the century. I’m not sure what to do with myself from one second to the next. We miss him so much but I’m going to do what he would have done – I am going to try and live my life with the same energy, gusto, and passion that he did. Enjoy the small things as much as the big, take the risks I’ve dreamed about and make sure that I honor his memory by living my life to the fullest, and trying so much harder not to sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day, none of that stuff really matters anyways.
RIP Eiko, the best friend a man could ever have