Potamus left us on July 12, 2018 at the age of 10 years and 3 months.
He could no longer get around easily due to progressive worsening of some neurological condition which we chose not to have an MRI done to reveal the cause of.We do know it was not DM because he has been tested negative for it.
The symptoms were exactly like what his father had; so we assume he probably had the same thing. Owen was diagnosed with a bone tumor in his spine which we had surgically addressed and which proved to be benign but pressing on his spine
Surgery helped Owen but it was a lot for him to go through. Given the chance again we made a different choice.
Nothing will ever replace him in our hearts. He was the very sweetest and most loving dog in the world. All he wanted to do was to lean, press, and lick you. He was extremely special.
PRA DNA cleared by parentage OFA prelim mild subluxation unilateral OFA elbow prelim normal OFA cardiac normal ECHO Degenertive Myelopathy negative Cystinuria DNA 1:1
OFA prelims GOOD, elbows NORMAL, OFA Cardiac NORMAL ( practitioner and ECHO) PENNHIP .53/.50 40th percentile, no DJD; PRA DNA clear by parentage; CERF(#194754) retinal folds; UPENN cystinuria negative
Greiner Hall Nicholas
Greiner Hall Tuppence
SW DEN NOR FIN CH Alvedor's Aragorn
CH Greiner Hall Knights Isa-Tai
Chagrin Danny Boy
Greiner Hall Chagrin Stars and Stripes
3.8 years old
Madison Square Garden
Two Q's in Rally!
Better Weight than Never
(Ch. Brookside's Worth the Weight CGC X Ch. Sherwood's Anticipatience RE CGC)
Potamus is everything a MASTIFF should be.
He is one of the most perfectly balanced mastiffs I've ever seen; and I can't believe my luck at having produced him in my first attempt at breeding a litter!
His angulation fore and aft is textbook. Many mastiffs have straight stifles or bizarre looking rears; but Potamus has lovely angulation and again, balance.
He has a topline that has been lovely all along and NEVER was butt high! Very rare.
He takes my breath away when I watch him, just being his amazing self.
He has a silly side too; and a guardian side as well.
He gives very gentle face lickies and loves children, babies, and all people he meets.
He is a mix of Owen and Patience's personalities;
he has some of Owen's "observer" traits ; warmed by Patience's "sugar".