Tasha’s Story ~ Sue Pasinati, Victoria
Natasha Bygumumadam 02/04/1997 – 08/03/2011
Tasha was our rescue Airedale who we brought home in January 2002. We had previously been German Shepherd owners, so for us, Tasha was a new experience.
She settled into our home straight away quickly showing her determined personality. We were fortunate to be able to get in contact with Sue Forrester who gave us some guidance and advice on the Airedale breed and we were also eventually able to get in contact with Tasha’s brother Boris as well.
Tasha was a determined little girl, independent and very affectionate. She had impeccable manners and always tried to do the correct thing.
Not long after Tasha’s arrival my daughter Kate returned to live at home bringing her German Shepherd, Mash with her. That was the beginning of a great friendship between the two dogs and they became inseparable.
Mash was a gentle soul and Tasha did not let her smaller stature be an obstacle for her. From the start Tasha asserted her dominance, controlling the toys, bones and beds etc. It was amazing to see how they communicated with each other. Mash would know if Tasha needed to go outside and would always come and let me know.
Tasha was generally quiet, rarely barked, showed her inquisitiveness and loved squeaky toys. Strangers who came to the house would often be mistaken in thinking that Tasha was the weaker of the pair. They would initially be intimidated by Mash before quickly realising that Tasha was the one that ‘ruled the roost’.
In February 2009 my granddaughter Isabella was born and both dogs played an important part in her early years as she learnt to interact and love both animals.
In March 2011 at 14 years of age, we had to make the difficult decision to put Tasha to sleep after a long battle with weakness in her hind legs. Mash did not recover well after Tasha had died and it was not long after that he unexpectedly passed away in July 2011.
Both doggies are sadly missed.