Photo Comments Sex: Male Weight: 100+ lbs
Leave a bone for Onion (Skansen's Prove Out Oni
Dogster stats for Onion (Skansen's Prove Out Oni
Baby Boy, Baby, Bungion
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March 25th 1993
Attention, Exciting Stuff, Destructing Stuff
Being Left Behind, Having to Be Patient
Cardboard Boxes....Loooooved Tearing Apart Anything Huge
Fried Rice, and Chili (all Giants seem to be freaky for chili)
Schroon River, Vacationing in the Adirondacks
Mad Circle Spin, Running In Place Lying Flat On His Side (Straw Fluffing)
Ten years of procrastination and endless queries to Onion's breeder, the ever knowledgeable and tolerant Sylvia Hammarstrom, finally led me to take the plunge and get a Giant. He would be named Prove Out Onion, a combo of the two horses to defeat Secretariat after his famed Triple Crown bid, both having been trained by Allen Jerkins, who was then nicknamed "The Giant Killer" for having beaten the legendary Secretariat twice. Everyone loved the name Onion and everyone, EVERYONE, loved the dog Onion just as much. So much effort, study, deliberating, tossing and turning....it was so momentous when I actually picked him up at the airport and our eyes first met, as if long storied penpals from different countries who had forged a tremendous allegiance and now finally had a chance to meet. For all my Giant Schnauzer worries, Onion proved to be, in all measures, The Good Schnauzer ;) Oooooh sure, he was a challenge to raise, loved to seize moments of misbehavior....but that is a Giant's wit. In moments where reliability and composure were necessary, he never faltered, and in matters where I really need him to be a friend, he would have been the last being on earth to fail me and never did. He was linebred to Sylvia's great dog Gentleman Thief, and how appropriate that he would mature to be every bit the gentleman himself. He was a marvelous breed ambassador....an outgoing greeter to everyone he met, the PetSmart trainer used to stop classes to show Onion as the perfect example of a mannerly and well trained dog when we went there to shop, he was a benevolent puppy raiser to GSD Philo and Cocker Chester, and a most understanding nurturer to endless fosters. He had a dignified grace, a forgiving heart, a soothing composure and yet was a playful soul. I was in love with him every day he was in my life, tried to inhale the day I had to say goodbye for fear of a life without him within it....joy, grace and vibrancy were Onion to the core. He will always be one of my most cherished treasures.
Bombastic, frisky and always up for it, Onion truly had a sixth sense and knew how to behave when it mattered and knew how to have fun with me the rest of the time ;) Oh sure, the perfect gentleman in PetSmart, but the bark fest in the car getting there always was a bit much. He couldn't stand having to face people's backs in the car, you see, and was telling us to HURRY UP. He loved come home greetings, too....a very animated animal who could raise quite a ruckus....and when he felt full of himself he'd do a wild spin, an Onion original, whereby he'd plant his hind feet and pivot around them in a mad and hyper fast fixed circle. So funny....a great greeter but a territorial dog, he loved welcoming people, but if they stayed much past ten minutes he'd go sit in a corner and give a low growl. Totally harmless....he just preferred they'd go because they weren't his people ;) He had a great sensibility....lovely with small kids, with puppies, with fosters, he could rise to the best of himself whenever it was needed, something that at times came to his attention even quicker than to my own. Truly my equal, in some parts even my superior, he was a very forgiving, understanding and brilliant dog who even on his last day of diminishing life still had play in him. Truly a class act and a gentleman, and a most special forever friend.
Forever A Gentleman
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