Tribute to a legend, Kliff vom Floyd Haus

March 21, 2019  •  38 Comments

Yesterday I learned of the tragic passing of Kliff vom Floyd Haus. My heart skipped a beat, then fell to the floor.  He was one of the top IPO/IGP competitors in the world.  x2 vice-world IPO champion and a national champion. He was only 6 years of age. 

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Anyone who follows IPO/IGP competition knows this may be one of the best working line GSDs of our generation.  Those that had the good fortune to see him on the trial field with Frank Phillips got to see tracking, grip, power, precision and a relationship that set a world standard.  Best of all, off the field this dog would steal your heart with his friendly nature.

Kliff was perfect for Frank and vise versa.  Frank loved this dog beyond words.  It was the type of love that we all hope to find.  Witnessing it filled your heart with joy.  They were nothing short of an inspiration. 

With tears in my eyes, I went through the photos I had made over the last 3 years since Kliff made his national competition debut. I picked out some of my favorites captured at national and world championships around the world. From the first time I saw them as a team I was struck their bond.  I am honored to have been there to witness their harmony and to see this magical creature doing what he loved most.

 

April 2016 Frank Phillips & a 3 year old Kliff make their national competition debut at the AWDF Championship in Chicago, IL.
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May 2016 at the Working Dog Championship in Chelsea, MI.
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November 2016 at the USCA National IPO3 Championship in Merced, CA.  BA1_1211BA1_1211Frank Phillips & Kliff vom FLoyd Haus. 2016 USCA German Shepherd Dog National Championship. Merced, CA. Photo by Brian Aghajani.

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October 2017 at the WUSV IPO World Championship in Tilburg, NL.
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November 2017 USCA GSD National Championship in Indianapolis, IN. 
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April 2018 at the AWDF IPO National Championship in Galt, CA.   
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October 2018 at the WUSV IPO World Championship in Randers, DK.  
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November 2018 at theUSCA GSD National IPO Championship in Pittsburgh, PA.  20181102_BrianAghajani_0083520181102_BrianAghajani_00835Frank Phillips & Kliff vom Floyd Haus, IPO3. 11/2/2018 USCA GSD National IPO Championship. Pittsburgh, PA. Brian Aghajani Photography 20181102_BrianAghajani_0089720181102_BrianAghajani_00897Frank Phillips &Kliff vom Floyd Haus, IPO3. 11/2/2018 USCA GSD National IPO Championship. Pittsburgh, PA. Brian Aghajani Photography 20181102_BrianAghajani_0097920181102_BrianAghajani_00979Frank Phillips &Kliff vom Floyd Haus, IPO3. 11/2/2018 USCA GSD National IPO Championship. Pittsburgh, PA. Brian Aghajani Photography 20181102_BrianAghajani_0342520181102_BrianAghajani_03425Frank Phillips &Kliff vom Floyd Haus, IPO3. 11/2/2018 USCA GSD National IPO Championship. Pittsburgh, PA. Brian Aghajani Photography 20181102_BrianAghajani_0348220181102_BrianAghajani_03482Frank Phillips &Kliff vom Floyd Haus, IPO3. 11/2/2018 USCA GSD National IPO Championship. Pittsburgh, PA. Brian Aghajani Photography 20181102_BrianAghajani_0354620181102_BrianAghajani_03546Frank Phillips &Kliff vom Floyd Haus, IPO3. 11/2/2018 USCA GSD National IPO Championship. Pittsburgh, PA. Brian Aghajani Photography 20181102_BrianAghajani_0358320181102_BrianAghajani_03583Frank Phillips &Kliff vom Floyd Haus, IPO3. 11/2/2018 USCA GSD National IPO Championship. Pittsburgh, PA. Brian Aghajani Photography

 

Kliff vom Floyd Haus, you will be missed. More than words can say.
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Comments

Joyce Della Casa(non-registered)
So sorry for your loss, such a special dog, what an awesome life you gave him.
Jeff Davis(non-registered)
Strongest and most powerful dog I have ever had the privilege to work. I miss him kicking my ass sounds the field!!! Rip Kliffy!!!
Victoria Jefferson(non-registered)
OMG & WOW!!! What an amazing K9 & tribute to him!!!
Mary Leonidas(non-registered)
Lovely photos, Brian, you are the historian of this sport; I appreciate the opportunity to learn who the greats are. So sorry for Frank’s loss!
Ellen Landauer(non-registered)
Totally enjoyed this - and yes, the kleenex came in handy!

As one who aspires to harmony with my own working GS, your photos of Kliff and Frank Phillips captured a level of heart, courage, joi de vivre and cooperation that touched my soul!
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