Our Favorite Photo of CH Cilleine Masquerade
And handler Paul Catterson

We returned home to find the disturbing news that one of our great show dogs has crossed the rainbow bridge.  The Number Five Dog All Breeds in 2008, the Brussels Griffon, CH Cilleine Masquerade, has passed away after a brief illness.  Lincoln was the winningest Griffon in history, collecting 70 all breed BIS titles.  Among his memorable wins were back2back BIS at the giant Evansville & Louisville KC shows, one of the three largest weekends of  2008, Group One at the 2008 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, and a Group One at the 2009 Westminster Kennel Club Show.  Bred by Denise Barney and owned by Mamie & Evelyn Gregory & Harlow & Anne Jahelka, Lincoln and handler Paul Catterson were one of the most engaging couples in the dog world.

After acting lethargic for a couple of days, Lincoln suffered a seizure and was taken to the University of Georgia, known for its superb  neurological staff.  After a week in ICU, the diagnosis was that he had contracted Encephalitis.  He immediately began a  steroid and chemotheraputic regimen. He returned home last Friday with the plan that he would receive chemo treatments on a regular basis at the University of Tennessee.  However, Monday he could not be wakened and  was rushed to his vet.  Despite the heoric efforts of his regular vet and the staff at the U of GA assisting by telephone, Lincoln passed away in Anne’s arms Monday afternoon, just one month shy of his sixth birthday.

The trophies on the shelf will start to tarnish and the photos will collect dust, but the memories of our beloved pets will live on forever.  Our thoughts are with Lincoln’s extended family and all who loved him.

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