On June 22nd my father, George Alfred Naclerio Sr., was the victim of a car accident and on July 15th -- 23 days later he passed away in the hospital after succumbing to his head injuries. He would have been 87 years YOUNG on September 4th. And trust me young he was; not only did he not look his age (photo was taken Father's Day -- two weeks before the accident); he enjoyed life and loved his children and grandchildren.
Dad turned 49 the month after I was born and was the proud father of 7 kids -- I, being the youngest, was spoiled rotten and knew it. There was nothing he wouldn't do for his children; I remember one summer when I was about 12 yrs old I wanted to learn how to switch-hit in softball. None of my 4 brothers would take the time to help so after work my dad would take me to the park around the corner and there he would pitch -- I would try to hit -- and Major, our Shepherd, would field. I remember the day he got me that dog, mom didn't want any more animals but I had always wanted a "full bred" GSD (we always had shepherd mixes), and a friend from work was a breeder with 14 pups he was having a hard time selling. I told him that I was old enough now -- I was 11 -- and that I would take care of the puppy and train the puppy and do ANYTHING if only he would just get me a puppy. Well I got Major and a book on dog care & training and so it began. My dad was my mentor, I acquired my love of animals from him. He and I were that only "animal lovers" in my family, and no matter what I brought home I was usually able to convince him to let me keep it.
On August 23rd while at her handlers' Missy, Lianna's Mischief Maker OFA, TC, bloated. During the surgery to save her life her stomach was perforated and she succumbed to massive infection and crossed The Rainbow Bridge on August 25th. She had just turned 4yrs old six weeks earlier. She was a typy bitch with a zest for life. Missy had just started her show career after having two litters, getting her OFA certification, and her Temperament Certification; She had 6 pts towards her Championship and probably would have been finished by the end of the year.