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    Dedicated to my best friend Halo

    Not much of a guy to document things online, take pictures and go on....but I'll try to do things different this time.

    Some of you had the pleasure of meeting my German Shepherd Halo. Some he liked, and most not so much. I distinctively remember one time being around a camp fire at night and he almost made a few people dinner when they jokingly raised a stick for fun and then another time when someone accidently spilled beer on his back leg - for just a moment (a very brief moment) I felt sort of bad you nearly sh*t your pants.......sorry about that...nah not really.
    I had this magnificient creature since he was 5 wks old. Brought home very early, but his mom(3 years old, first litter), was growing impatient with her first litter and the breeder agreed to sell him to me. It was love at first sight. Sharing a barn with cows, my in eyes instantly locked on to this Jet black puppy with a head too big for his frame at the time and a playful curiousity. The first night he became comfortable in his new home...instantly after shoes and destroyed a stuffed "taz". I knew right away I had picked the right pup for me! Naughty, curious, fearless, intelligent. He later grew to become a monster in size, with beautiful black and tan features. He was frequently mistakenly referred to as a "king shepherd" - geez that reference always annoyed me.
    At the time I lived in Mississauga, and bought him from his breeder in Dunnville. Coincidently, I now live in Binbrook, not too far from Dunnville.
    Halo accompanied me on most of my offroad adventures, and I know he loved every one of them. Halo lived in the garage with me and hung around for the first build I did on our '86 CJ.
    Halo had been with me through the worst times of my life, when I had a lot of personal troubles and was going through some very difficult transitions in life. During this time I also lost friends due mistakes I made, but I was also judged unfairly. Either way, my german shepherd which was really all I had for family during this time never judged me. He was always there, I loved him with all my heart and I had no question he loved me as well. He was an unwaving, ever present companion. No matter what I managed to screwed up, he was there and I was truly blessed to have this hard nosed, strong willed, stubborn dog in my life. We battled life together.
    Halo was also with me during the best times of my life. I never thought anyone could love him as much as I did...until I met my future wife. I'd say both Halo and I grew up and matured together and saw me get married, as well as become a father of 2 boys.
    Halo was now fiercly loved by a family of 4! I remember bringing our first born home for the first time and the concern was how Halo was going to react. Surprising my wife and I, Halo took naturally to our baby and would actually be at the crib FIRST well before either my wife or I at any hint of movement or sound from within the crib! Little did I know that this 110lb, working line German Shepherd would dedicate himself as his protector. I should have known this, but seeing him adopt this baby the instant he layed eyes on him was amazing and reminded me of how special Halo was. Not so long later, my wife and I had a 2nd baby boy, and here again too, Halo lived beside his crib. Good luck to anyone who thought to come too close!
    Halo lived 10 years, passed away today(Saturday Feb 2) @ around 6pm peacefully at home in his sleep. Everyone he loved was there was home at the time. I grateful he took his final nap in a busy home with sounds and noises he was familiar with. There is no right way to lose someone you love, but if I had to choose a way, i guess this would be it. What a majestic, powerful animal, Halo presence commanded respect! I am still in awe.

    Halo was my constant companion in the CJ. One of my goals was complete version 3 of the CJ in time for this spring so that I could take my buddy on those drives he so much enjoyed.
    I won't have that honour now that he has passed, but I will still complete the build and take it just one step farther in honour of his memory.

    So as I said, I'll post up pics when I can of v3 of the CJ build, not sure what I'll say..I am not much of an author, but I'll do what I can.

    Rest in Peace "Alov Halo Jansema Von Lucescu", God bless you and thank you for blessing me with your friendship, loyalty and love. You've been called home to your Creator, and I pray I will see you again. Love, Paul, Jamie, Micah, Gabriel and Gremlin.
    November 17, 2002 - February 2, 2013.

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    my harts out to you bro it's hard saying bye to a buddy as loyal as a dog ...

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    No words, Paul.

    I only met Halo once. It was a short visit but I can see he had a very loving family.

    Remember the good times and all the adventures you two had together.

    Rest in peace, Halo.
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    I know what its like to have a pooch as one of the family....

    Sorry to hear Paul, God bless...

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    sorry to hear about that Paul ..sure was a good looking dog
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    Dedicated to my best friend Halo

    Just had to put my cat, best friend, guardian angel (familiar), and foreman, to sleep on Wednesday. I feel your pain. Also decided to continue my build in his honour as he was always there supervising from the beginning and will still supervise but now from above. So reading your post was comforting to know it wasn't weird to do.

    All the best.
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    Sorry for your lost Paul.

    RIP Halo
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    sorry to here this sad event

    I wish I could have my rottie back but his collar and his memory hang in the front hall next to my new best friend diesel who is coming along like the old jag and can't imagine him gone already . They ask ffor nothing but love in return and know when you are down or having a bad day,they know when something is wrong or out of place yet follow your every command when asked they truly are a mans best friend!

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    I had to put my cat down this summer and know the pain you are going through right now. Words are not enough to show how sorry I am you had to go through losing a best friend. I just got my pup this year (first time owning a dog) and I cannot imagine losing him ever. They are there for you always, just remember the great times and how much he was loved. He will always be protecting those he loved now.
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    Ya, he was an prick! But he was your prick. Sorry to hear man
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    i have 2 german shepherds right now, and can't imagine losing either one of them.
    i've grown up with dogs, mostly shepherds, and it never gets easier to see them go.

    Halo was a good looking boy, sorry for your loss.
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    Sorry to hear about your loss...It's very hard when you lose one of the family. Remember the good times always...

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    Been away from this thread for too long. Thank you to everyone for your very kind and thoughtful words of encouragement.

    I've been locked away in the garage working on the CJ whenever time allows and I am quite happy with the progress so far. This is V3 of the CJ. Original frame up took place back in '05/'06.

    Build plans include:

    Clean up frame, sanding/painting
    RE 1.5" soa springs
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    added: genright aluminum YJ tire carrier
    genright high clearance fuel tank/skid
    metalcloak front/rear 6" flat fenders/flares
    Rear HP60, Currie Rockjock differential, 35 chromo axleshafts, Yukon air zip locker - assembled by extremespyder 4x4
    Added: Front HP60, Currie Rockjock differential, RCV 35 spline chromo axleshafts, F450 knuckles, Yukon hubs/lockouts, zip air locker - assembled by extremespyder 4x4
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    And other things that I am not remembering

    Ok, so I promise better quality/more detailed pics in the coming days. In the meantime, here is one pic I am happy to share
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    Lookin' good!
    What are you running for an axle in the front with those 42's?

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    Nice!! Did you use an Etch-a-sketch filter when you took that pic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by siamesedog View Post
    Lookin' good!
    What are you running for an axle in the front with those 42's?
    44 atm, but I understand that is not ideal. Something needs changing, but undecided as to direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-Man View Post
    Nice!! Did you use an Etch-a-sketch filter when you took that pic?
    Good idea!

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    Look at this here...
    I pulled the speedo gear assembly out of my old D300 for use in the Atlas. Shows made in Canada, cool!


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    With the help of Cheyne (that's the hoists name...Cheyne, which is actually quite the coincidence)

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    LOL

    I'd love to come over and see the new engine soon. And that is quite the ambitious list you have going for this pase of the build! Holy crap!

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