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.
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.
May 2016 at the Working Dog Championship in Chelsea, MI.
November 2016 at the USCA National IPO3 Championship in Merced, CA.
October 2017 at the WUSV IPO World Championship in Tilburg, NL.
November 2017 USCA GSD National Championship in Indianapolis, IN.
April 2018 at the AWDF IPO National Championship in Galt, CA.
October 2018 at the WUSV IPO World Championship in Randers, DK.
November 2018 at theUSCA GSD National IPO Championship in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kliff vom Floyd Haus, you will be missed. More than words can say.