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February 19, 2018
Gillian, met with us in Houston. We were so happy to meet in person. We could not have found a kinder breeder, she knew her puppies! We lost our girl of 13 yrs and were ready for another of her pups. We were so very heart broken to read the news! I am so very sorry! May God comfort you as you go through this walk here without her. Praying for peace that passes all understanding!
December 31, 2017
I had recently lost my Afghan Hound Iceman December of 1998. There is a large Dog Show in January every year out in Palm Desert. I had driven out there in hopes that seeing some goofy, fun Afghans would make me feel a bit happier. Well that just made me more sad so I wandered over to the obedience ring and saw this lady, who's name was Nancy sitting with an absolutely stunning GSD; Tess von Fernheim. I just went "Wow! and thought to myself "now that is the way a GSD should look!" I walked up and introduced myself and asked who had bred her dog. And so began years of a most special friendship with Gillian. We met once in person but I felt as though we were family. As a matter a fact Gill and I decided we probably were. She called me if it was earlier this year or last year, she had sent in one of those genetic tests and it revealed she had Nordic Blood in her:) She was so excited because we had always said we were probably family somehow, her from England and me from Sweden. I mean how could we not be:) She loved to do yoga to this special Viking music and she said it always made her think of me when she was contorted into some posture to her music:) Many are the miles of emails we have shared over the years talking about anything and everything between Heaven and Dogs:)

I am on my third Fernheim Shepherd. Grew up with GSD and found them again when I found Gillian. They are my breed even though I had to have a completely untrainable Afghan just once in my life:) Gillian's dogs are part of who I am and I can't imagine my life without them. I pray someone will be able to honor and preserve the old DDR lines the way you have.

My sweet, sweet Gillian, may you now have peace and no pain. I miss you terribly already my special, beautiful friend. But I know we will meet again. I just do.

Jim, Stacey and Ryan, you are in my prayers. I can only imagine the depth of your loss. Love and peace to all of you.
December 29, 2017
What can I say that hasn't already been said? Gill was an amazing woman, mother and friend. I met her 14 years ago when I moved my massage practice into the same building as Jim's. She has come every week since and I've heard so many stories from her childhood with V and the families' neighbors to Ryan and his air conditioner breaking down...
She was a complete joy. I looked forward to Thursdays at 4... my own comedy hour. :)
One day, I put chimes above the massage table for "looks". I made the mistake of telling her to "ring the chimes when you're ready". After the first time, and her getting on the table in 4 seconds, I took them down. Hee Hee! I need to, at least, wash my hands and breathe before going into session with Gill. She's a ball of energy. A real lightening bolt encapsulated in a human body. I absolutely loved her as a friend, confidant and teacher. Be in the moment. Be true to your family. Be real. Be fair and forgiving. Gill, you'll ALWAYS be in my mind and heart!
Michael says "A-low"
December 29, 2017
I got my first pup from Gill nearly 40 years ago. He was a wonderful dog, so I continued getting my GSD's from her. I now own #6, Xania Eiche von Fernheim (Timber), 5 years old.
Each new dog was a treasure to me, each one gave me love and so much joy. My dogs were companions, and also models. I am an artist. One of my goals was to promote the breed, through my paintings. She was thrilled to see her dogs represented in artwork and she always picked out a pup for me that she thought was visually striking, knowing it would be featured in paintings and photography! She never failed. Every dog she chose was perfect, inside and out! ((:

As time passed, Gill and I got to know one another better. We would often email back and forth about various things. My favorite subject was England, so she would tell me stories of growing up over there, and how sad she was at the changes taking place. Each year at Christmas, I looked forward to her newsletters catching all of her puppy owners up on news of her dogs, which I know everyone enjoyed. This I will miss so much!

When she got sick, I was devastated, and did my best to stay in touch and encourage her. She was a strong woman. To say I will miss her, and the fine dogs she bred and trained, is an understatement. Her death leaves a hole in my heart.