Celebrating the Life of Kanti

April 19 2022 – Amanda Monsma

Celebrating the Life of Kanti
Celebrating the Life of Kanti



Kanti was one of twelve in a litter from Ace Aus Der Karpatenvorland (Sire) and Fresca Vom Emmanuel (Dame), born in Sylvan Lake on May 28, 2011 and registered with the Canadian Kennel Club as a purebred. She was the inspiration and the face of Grand Dog Essentials.  She was also our Gentle Giant and Greg’s shadow.  

Kanti passed away peacefully at home, on her blanket on the laundry room floor with Greg by her side stroking her. A few weeks shy of her eleventh birthday her big heart stopped and she left us immediately after Greg told her she could go and that he loved her. She died the same way she lived, with quiet dignity and little fuss, simply content to be at Greg’s side.

She had a big furry body and a heart to match her size.  When she ran it sounded like thunder. But for all her size and strength she stubbornly refused to go up or down stairs for the first year of her life.  It took some very concerted training and cajoling to get her over that.  She could track with her nose in a way that was amazing to witness.  She was extraordinarily gentle when she sensed she needed to be. The only person she ever gave a ball to willingly was our nephew who has developmental challenges. Everyone else had to wrestle or trick her into giving up the ball but she would lay it gently in his lap so he could throw it over and over for her. 

As a puppy she herded Joy everywhere and left her legs black and blue from being nudged with that big old nose.  She had a really strong will and she was fiercely smart. Kanti was the boss of the Grand Dog pack and she would give Philly a tune up every visit just to remind her. Greg always thought Kanti was the best to the point the family announced he was wearing “Kanti glasses”.  She could be a real scamp, but he never saw it, or he refused to admit it.  She was perfect in his eyes and she reciprocated that unconditional love to him too. 

Without Kanti we wouldn’t have gotten into raw dog food, and we never would have conceived of the idea of a business like Grand Dog Essentials. But here we are, nearly eleven years later grieving our beautiful critter and so thankful for the years of fun and love we were blessed with.  

“Life is amazing. And then it is awful.

And then it is amazing again.

And in between the amazing and the awful

It’s ordinary and mundane and routine. 

Breathe in the amazing,

Hold on through the awful,

And, relax and exhale during the ordinary.

That’s just living heartbreaking,

Soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life.

And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.” 

L. R. Knost


Greg and Joy Monsma


  • Kelly: May 24, 2022
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    I cried a few tears reading about Kantii. My condolences to all of you.

  • Brian : May 16, 2022
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    Hang on to those memories and recall them often to get through this time of loss. They truly are family, and each one takes a piece of our heart when they pass. Condolences

  • Gaynor: May 15, 2022
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    What a beautiful tribute, thank you for sharing. Tears are flowing down my face; I can feel the love you have for Kanti and the amazing life she had with you. Our dogs are angels and although they leave us far to soon, I can’t imagine a world without them. The heartbreak is so hard, wishing you lots of love through this time.

  • Bill and Sandra : May 15, 2022
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    We’re sorry for your loss. But Greg’s shadow will always be by his side .

  • Mandi: May 15, 2022
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    Oh you guys!! Making my eyes leak. I know all to well your grief as we are still reeling after the loss of our girl. I’m very sorry for your massive loss.

    Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.

    Those we love never truly leave us, there are things that death cannot touch-Jack Thorne

    Sending all kinds of love and light while you continue to heal from the loss. 💔❤️‍🩹

  • Nicole Herreros: May 15, 2022
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    Sending hugs and condolences your way. Our pets fill a space in our hearts that no human can, and when our pets leave us, they leave a gaping hole that takes a long time to heal.

  • JKim: May 15, 2022
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    Sorry to hear of your loss. Your dog, Kanti, and your family sound awesome. Godspeed

  • Clara: May 15, 2022
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    So sorry for loss, what a great dog!

  • Susen: May 15, 2022
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    My heart goes out to you. It’s devastating when a beloved family member passes and there is nothing anyone can say or do to stop the pain. Hold tight to all those wonderful memories of Kanti. She’ll always be with you and will live on in your heart.

  • Rita : April 28, 2022
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    A very moving tribute. Some sad memories along with a few humorous ones. I’m sorry for your loss.

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