DASH SHAMA  (2003-2012)















It is with great sad­ness and dis­be­lief that we announce the recent, unex­pected and untimely pass­ing of our good and loyal friend Dash.  Dash passed away on August 30 at night while in the care of the Lea­side Ani­mal Clinic, he basi­cally died of sur­gi­cal com­pli­ca­tions as a result of his hav­ing bloated and tor­sioned some 6 months ago.


Dash was David’s good friend and work­ing part­ner as well as The Orig­i­nal Dog House’s tem­pera­ment asses­sor; in fact he had the final say as to who we could safely enroll. Approx­i­mately 9 years ago while in early retire­ment David found and res­cued Dash as a 9 month old puppy with seri­ous anger issues as a result of the mis­treat­ment he endured while with his for­mer own­ers, in fact he was slated to be put down at the humane soci­ety because he was graded as dangerous.


This did not stop David when he saw the big boy with the long snout and large ears; in fact he had to have him in order to help his older female Ger­man Shep­herd ‘Zip’ who was also an abused dog with aggres­sion issues. In fact when David was hes­i­tant about adopt­ing Dash his wife Mar­i­lyn told him how can we not have both a Zip and a Dash and so the adven­ture started.  In Sep­tem­ber 2004, Dash and David together founded The Orig­i­nal Dog House because noth­ing out there was good enough to care for Zip and Dash when David and Mar­i­lyn would travel.


From that point onwards, Dash and David worked together wel­com­ing clients, reha­bil­i­tat­ing hun­dreds of dogs and gen­er­ally bond­ing together as one. Dash was David’s good and loyal friend always ready to place him­self in harms way in order to pro­tect him. He was a busi­ness part­ner like none other.  Now 8 years later after hav­ing built The Orig­i­nal Dog House together, Dash has bowed out due to severe health ail­ments which he could not overcome.


It is as if Dash knew the end of the road for him was near because he took our new Ger­man Shep­herd res­cue Czar under his wing and taught him as much as he could within the short time he had left and when he felt Czar was ready to work with David he tagged him in and Dash stepped out for his well deserved rest.


Unfor­tu­nately, David was not ready for Dash to leave and cer­tainly not in such a per­ma­nent manner.  That said, David and Czar will pick up the reigns and con­tinue their work as Dash would have wanted them to.  David and Czar shall be at David’s office at The Orig­i­nal Dog House along with their fam­ily pet Loo as Dash and David have done for the past 8 years.


We wish to thank all of our Clients / Friends for the very kind emails, tele­phone calls and per­sonal vis­its to David in order to hon­our Dash’s accom­plish­ments and mem­ory at The Orig­i­nal Dog House.


Rest in Peace Dash we will all miss you.


With love and admi­ra­tion from all your friends at

The Orig­i­nal Dog House