Sterre 05-11-1999 * 06-08-2015

Tundra Winds’  Snow Lily (Sterre)

We lost our beloved, strong and beautiful Sterre .. She reached the absolute remarkable age of 15 years, 9 months and 1 day. So much more as we could ever wished for.

Sterre was born in the famous Tundra Winds’ Kennel in Allenspark, Colorado, USA. We picked her up with litterbrother Baruff to fly home with us. I remember us arriving at Denver and Donna Dannen came walking towards us holding Sterre. She put Sterre right into my arms and all Sterre did was sighing while laying her head onto my shoulder. I knew enough, she was home.

Sterre was a working dog pur sang. Inside the house quiet, but boy, once you put that harness on …. She turned into a racing monster. I think she ran lead in the team from 1 years of age until she herself decided it was enough, which was about 5 years ago. And even than she pushed herself to the finish line on the very last race we ran as a team in Winterberg.
She ran the team to the first victories, she made Ezrah work and together with Baruff, a golden duo in lead. Many miles has she run in Sweden in the snow, chasing reindeer. For nine beautiful years she worked her butt for us, but she was enjoying every single second of it. And then the work for us started, taking care of an old dog, accepting things she never did before (honestly, I found her on the couch when I came down one morning). Less eating, not wanting to eat nibble, but loved those cans with horrible smelling dog “meat”. You just do it, loving the dog more the older they get.

But now the time has come to say goodbye, goodbye to a wonderful canine friend, an incredible working dog, so sweet and soft. With her passing there also comes an end to our American adventure. Thank you to her breeders, for trusting not only Sterre with us, but also Baruff and Aspen. I know we won’t loose you as a very dear friend.

Be happy sweetie! There is a whole team waiting for you at the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. And like we said to Aspen earlier this year: Till we meet again!

Photo made by Pim Servaas, in Ramsau-am-Dachstein, December 2008.

Especially for you: “Goodbye my friend” by Karla Bonoff, as racing was in your blood, just like it was in Ayrton’s!

Goodbye my friend
Oh we never know where life will take us
We know it’s just a ride on the wheel
And we never know when death will shake us
And we wonder how it will feel

So goodbye my friend
I know I’ll never see you again

But the time together through all the years
Will take away these tears
It’s O.K. now
Goodbye my friend

I’d see a lot of things that made me crazy
And I guess I held on to you
You could’ve run away and left, well maybe
But it wasn’t time and we both knew

So goodbye my friend
I know I’ll never see you again
But the love you gave me through all the years
Will take away my tears
I’m O.K. now
Goodbye my friend

A life so fragile, a love so pure
We can’t hold on but we try
We watch how quickly it disappears
And we’ll never know why

But I’m O.K. now
Goodbye my friend
You can go now
Goodbye my friend

Oh we never know where life will take us
We know it’s just a ride on the wheel
And we never know when death will shake us
And we wonder how it will feel

So goodbye my friend
I know I’ll never see you again
But the time together through all the years
Will take away these tears
It’s O.K. now
Goodbye my friend

I’d see a lot of things that made me crazy
And I guess I held on to you
You could’ve run away and left, well maybe
But it wasn’t time and we both knew

So goodbye my friend
I know I’ll never see you again
But the love you gave me through all the years
Will take away my tears
I’m O.K. now
Goodbye my friend

A life so fragile, a love so pure
We can’t hold on but we try
We watch how quickly it disappears
And we’ll never know why

But I’m O.K. now
Goodbye my friend
You can go now
Goodbye my friend

Will & Anita
Danica

Here is Sterre’s story:

Sterre’s full name is Tundra Winds’ Snow Lily. She is named after Tundra Winds’ Glacier Lily.

Back in 1999 we were struck by a particular dog on the yearly Samoyed calendar. We just had Internet in the house and after some research we found out that this dog came from the Tundra Winds’  kennel in Colorado (USA) and that the owners, Kent & Donna Dannen, were professional photographers! This female dog turned out to be Tundra Winds’ Glacier Lily.

Donna and I started e-mailing (and we still do today!). To make a long story short, in february 2000 Will and I travelled to Colorado, to pick two puppies. Sterre en Baruff travelled to the Netherlands with us.

Soon after her introduction in the team, it became clear that Sterre was a natural leader. She flew the team to no 2 and no 3 places on cartraces in our own country. And while it took us 3 hours to run 8km on the Gafsele trail, with Sterre in lead, we ran 16km in an hour and 5 minutes. With Baruff next to her, it was a golden combination. She made Ezrah work .. ;).