Thank you for taking the time to fill out this database form and help us in our research.
We know that this may be hard for you to do, but please rest assured that any details
you enter will help us further our research into the causes of health problems and death
in German Shepherd Dogs.
Information on any dog may only be submitted to this project with
permission of the owner of the dog;
if you were not the actual dog owner, please seek
their permission BEFORE taking this survey - thank you.
Much of the form is self-explanatory; however a few points are worth noting:
Most of the fields are mandatory. Should you leave any field blank and submit the
form, you'll get an "error report" advising what has been omitted or incorrectly
filled out and will be re-presented with the form. None of the information already
entered will be lost, so you won't have to enter anything twice!
Your e-mail address must be valid and active. It is used for two purposes:
A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you upon successful
submission of the form.
It will contain instructions on how to confirm your database entry; for most users this
will simply be a link you must click on. This is to help us
ensure the integrity of the data we collect. This e-mail will be from submissions
at this domain and have the subject title, "Your Heaven's Gate Database
Entry:" followed by the entry (guest) number.
A link entitled "(Send e-mail)" will appear alongside your name on
the results page. This is to enable others contact you by way of a mailform
if they wish to do so. Should someone make contact with you via this
form, the e-mail you'll receive will have the subject line
"Contact from Heaven's Gate".
PLEASE SEE THIS IMPORTANT NOTE
concerning automatic e-mails.
At no point is your e-mail address ever disclosed publicly; only site administrators will
be able to access it. This is to help protect your online privacy from "spambots" -
programs that scour the Internet looking for e-mail addresses to which they can send spam, or
junk e-mail. No spambot will be able to harvest your e-mail address as a result of
filling out this form.
For the health problems there are a number of selection lists, each giving
exactly the same options so you can supply details of any health problems your dog had
during its life. You may not duplicate entries; duplicates (such as selecting
"Allergies" more than once) will be detected, and you'll get the form back
indicating that you've made an error in the health problems section. This is done
because these are considered for analysis, and duplicates would skew the results
and thus render them less useful.
A similar mechanism is in place for the causes of death. It is possible that death
resulted for more than one reason.
Please use the single-line text area beneath the health problems and causes of
death to augment your information. This is merely freeform text that cannot be
analysed, so please don't use it to say something that has already been covered
by the selection lists!
A larger text area is provided at the bottom of the form for you to enter any
other details that you feel may be useful, or if you wish to express how much
your beloved dog will be missed. Below are instructions on how to link to
pictures and format your text by way of HTML - the language of Web pages.
Don't worry - it's much simpler than you may think!
HEALTH PROBLEMS SELECTION LISTS
Some of the health problems have been set up rather tersely in order to save space.
Here we'd like to outline what some of the less obvious health problems may cover.
Heart and Blood Vessels
Esophagus, Intestine, Gall Bladder, Liver, Pancreas, and Stomach
Adrenal Gland, Parathyroid Gland, Part of the Pancreas, and Thyroid
Esophagus, Intestine, Gall Bladder, Liver, Pancreas, and Stomach
Blood and Bone Marrow
Skin and Coat
Lymph nodes and Lymph Vessels
Bones, Joints, and Muscles
Neurological disorders involving the Brain, Spinal Cord, Tissues, and Nerves
Bronchi, Mouth, Nose, and Trachea
Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
Genital Organs and Kidneys
INSTRUCTIONS FOR UPLOADING PICTURES AND HTML FORMATTING
Here are some basic instructions for using HTML in the "Comments"
area of the Heaven's Gate form.
This will enable you to do some neat things in your Comments
textarea box when you fill out the form;
one such trick is to insert a pic of your dog into your entry, like this...
The generic code to type for inserting such an image is as follows:
Note: Please do not insert an image that has a width in excess of 400 pixels, or is greater
than 25KB in size. If you do, then we are likely to remove the image from your entry because
it has a huge negative speed impact for other visitors!
If you wish to include a link to a larger picture, please use the following code instead:-
<a href="http://image_url/image_file" target="_blank">
Please click here to see a picture (new window)
where the image_url and image_file are the same as before. Thus for Jack
Flash above, it will look like this:-
url is the URL of the page required (e.g. mzjf.com/memorial.htm)
Clickable word(s) here are the words that are "clickable" to take
you to the page given by url (e.g. "Memorial page here" without the quotes).
Thus the code to use to link to the Memorial Page above is:
<a href="http://mzjf.com/memorial.htm" target="_blank">
Memorial page here
Important: When referencing by creating any link, either to a page or an image, you MUST
include the code target="_blank". That will cause a new browser window to
open for that link. If you fail to do this, the new link will REPLACE the page the form is on.
Such links are then subject to editing by the site administrator to include the
target="_blank" clause. It will not be removed however, as would an inserted
picture that doesn't conform to the rules that outlined above.
Note: Some servers prohibit "cross-loading" images from websites that are hosted
at those servers. If you know that your server does this, please use the second method of
linking your picture, because use of the first method will fail (the picture will not be
displayed). If one of the site administrators sees that this has happened to you,
they will change it to a link (second method) for you. At this time there are no
facilities to actually host your picture on this site, due to webspace considerations.
Miscellaneous HTML tags you might use...
Pressing your ENTER key in the Comments area of the form will cause a line break to appear in
your Comments when they are displayed on the Heaven's Gate pages.
It is set up to accept HTML - the language of Web pages - and you may use this to link pictures
and websites if you desire. It also allows for the following formatting to be achieved:
To create a new line, simply press Enter or insert a <br> (or <br />) tag
at the place within your Comments where you want the new line to start (has the same effect as
pressing the ENTER key on your keyboard).
The new line will start immediately after the <br> tag.
To create a new paragraph, insert a <p> tag at the place in your Comments where you
want the new paragraph to start. The new paragraph will start immediately after the <p> tag.
At the end of the paragraph, close it by way of </p>.
To center an entire line, paragraph, or image within your Comments, mark the start of
the section to be centered with <center> and the end of the section to be centered
with </center>. For example:
<center>Line, paragraph or image code to be centered</center>
To underline some text, use <u> at the start of the text to be underlined, and
</u> at the end.
To use italics, use <i> at the start of the text to be italicized, and
</i> at the end.
To make certain text bold, use <b> at the start of the text to be marked in bold, and
</b> at the end.
You can use two or more of these together, so (for example) here is how you might
use Bold and Underline together by way of the following:
<u><b>Text to be underlined and made bold</b></u>
<b><u>Text to be underlined and made bold</u></b>
Please note that you must close HTML tags in the reverse order in which
they were opened, or what is displayed may not be exactly what you had in mind. Thus
the following example is invalid and may not work correctly:
<i><u>Incorrect method to italicize and underline some text</i></u>
None of the above HTML codes within <brackets> or "carets" will appear
in the results of your submission once added to the Heaven's Gate page.
You will see them as you type them in the Comments area, but they will
be interpreted correctly in the final result. So please don't worry!
IMPORTANT NOTE CONCERNING AUTOMATIC E-MAILS
Some ISPs (and any special mail client software), especially AOL but by
no means restricted to AOL, filter out automatically generated e-mail as it is
considered to be junk e-mail, or spam.
If you use such a service, it is quite possible that you may not readily see the confirmation
e-mail sent by this site when you make a database entry. There is a spam folder into which
mails that are considered to be spam are sent, and you may need to look there for
your confirmation message. It will be easy to spot because it will be from "submissions"
and have a subject title of "Your Heaven's Gate Database Entry: 999" where 999 is your
guest ID. It may be worthwhile setting up a mail filter to accept any mail that has
the words "Heaven's Gate" in the title to make sure you don't miss any
important confirmation e-mails
and contacts from anybody who contacts you as a result of your database entry here
(any such communication will result in you receiving an e-mail with the subject line
"Contact from Heaven's Gate" so you'll know exactly where it came from).
CONFIRMATION E-MAIL AND EXAMPLE
All entries to this database must be confirmed within
24 hours, after which time the entry will be automatically deleted. Confirmation is achieved
by way of automatically sending you an e-mail to the specified e-mail address once
your entry has been successfully added, and you following the simple instructions given
there; don't worry, it will usually involve nothing more than clicking on a link.
This is a security measure to help us preserve the integrity of the data held on our
Here is an example of the e-mail you will receive when you fill out this
database form. It will be sent in plain text format with no HTML formatting or
Entry:" followed by your entry (guest) number.
Subject: Your Heaven's Gate Database Entry: 123
Thank you for taking the time to fill out the Heaven's Gate database form.
Your entry has been stored in the database.
However, to ensure the integrity of the data it is necessary to confirm your entry ASAP
(24 hours maximum) especially if you wish to place details of more than one
dog into the database.
Failure to do so will result in your entry being automatically removed.
Non AOL users only: To confirm your entry, please just click on this link:
Should that fail also, then please accept our apologies but you'll need to follow these instructions instead:
1. Point a browser window to www.mzjf.info/hgate/hgatefrm.php
2. Click on the link labelled "Confirm Database Entry"
3. Click in the area marked "Guest ID" and enter 123
4. Click in the area marked "Confirmation Code" and enter BkeIjEt9m2D9SK12zH8f - the best way to do this is to copy and paste;
the letters are case-sensitive.
5. Click on the Confirm button
You will receive a message informing you that your entry has been confirmed and your entry will then become permanent in the database.
You will not receive any further automatic e-mails from us pertaining to this dog, and you are not signing up to any newsletters;
furthermore, we will not make your e-mail address available to any third parties.
Please do not reply to this e-mail or send any mails to this address; it is not manned and all mails sent here are automatically deleted.
You will receive one e-mail of this nature for each dog submitted into the database. PLEASE SEE THIS IMPORTANT NOTE concerning automatically generated e-mails
if you have not already done so.
WILDCARD AND 'SOUNDEX' SEARCHING
Many databases support what is known as "wildcard" searching.
Just as in some card games, where jokers can act as any
card the player desires, so there are two special characters
you can enter that act as "search jokers", matching either
as many characters as you like or exactly one character.
Technically, these are known as "wildcards".
The two wildcard characters are the percent sign (%)
and the underscore (_).
In addition, there is another built-in feature known as "soundex",
which enables you to search for words that sound like other words.
This will be discussed after the explanation of wildcard searching.
Supposing you are searching for a database entry that was made
by either a Smith or a Smyth. You cannot remember or do
not know which it is. But you want to carry out a search that
will stand a good chance of returning the results you want without
getting too many irrelevant results.
To find all the Smiths and Smyths, you can enter the following
The underscore says, "Match any one, and exactly one character in
its character position". Thus Smith and Smyth will both
match this search criterion because it does not matter what is in the
third position; provided the first, second, fourth, and fifth characters
all match, you will get a matching result.
Now let's suppose you are looking for an entry that was made by either
a Smith or a Smithson. It could also have been made by a Smithson-Jones
or a Smith-Jones - you don't know or cannot remember:
All you do know is that it was a Smith something or other.
There is a way to achieve this by using a search such as the following:
The percent sign says, "Match any number of characters (which can
legitimately be zero) at that position". Thus Smithson and Smith-Jones
will both match, but not Smythson because of the "y".
Smithe and Smitheson will also match.
Now let's get a bit more complex still. You know that the entry was made
by someone called Smith something or other Jones, but you do not know
how the "smith" is spelled, or whether in fact it wasn't even
"Smythson"! Consider the following search criterion:
The underscore says that we must match exactly one character after the
"sm" and that it does not matter what that character is.
The next two must be "th". After this, we can have as many
characters as we like provided the word "Jones" comes afterwards.
Thus all the following names will match:
The fourth one, SmithJones, matches because the percent sign can legitimately
match exactly zero characters.
Begins, Ends, Contains
In fact, the person has probably entered their first forename or a title
rather than just his/her surname. Thus the above searches may not work
at all! There are two things you can do to get round this problem.
The first is to put a percent sign at the start of the string, thus:
and the other is to use either the "Ends" or "Contains"
radio button. You see, saying that the search string is to end with
the entered text is to say that you want the search engine to put a
percent sign at the front for you, thus saving you from having to enter it.
Thus the above search, or specifying Ends With, will match the following
Derek Smytheson Jones
However, these will not be matched...
...because the search is actually specifying that the name had to end
in Sm_th%Jones. Should we want to catch these ones as well, we need to either
use a percent sign at the end of the search string, like so:
and use the Ends search method, or, much better, to leave the ending
percent sign off and use the Contains radio button.
The Contains radio button will cause a percent sign to be added at both
the beginning AND the end of the search string, thus forming %Sm_th%Jones%.
This will cause Sm_th%Jones to be matched anywhere in the field.
Soundex is a database-provided feature that enables you to search for words
that sound like another word. Thus "hair", "heir",
and "hare" will all match on a Soundex search. It cannot be used
in conjunction with the wildcards described above - either the whole field
matches on a Soundex match or nothing in that field does. There is one limitation
to its use however, and this is not something that anything can be done about.
Certain words that you would think should match actually won't. For example,
"air" and "ear" will not match, neither will "heir"
The reason for this is technical: Soundex works by preserving the first
letter of the words, and then working out a code to determine whether they
are likely to sound similar in English. Now the initial letters of "ear"
and "air" are different, thus the Soundex codes won't match, thereby
leading to a matching failure.
Soundex matching has been included as it may be very useful in certain
circumstances, subject to the above limitation.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER AND LEGAL NOTICE
Please take note of the following legal information:-
This is a not for profit website. No funds are to be sent or collected from this website,
or in the name of this website.
It is not our intention to infringe anyone's copyright!
All reasonable care and attention has been made to ensure that copyrighted material
is acknowledged as such prior to publishing on this website. However,
if you are the copyright holder of any other item on this site, and wish to be recognised as
such (or even have your item removed) please let us know by way of email, giving
appropriate references, then we will be able to make a suitable amendment.
The owner and moderators of this board will not be held liable for any false information
posted by another. If there is any problem with a pedigree posted to this board
please contact the administrator of this board to get the pedigree removed.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation :)
To Angus Cook,
How can we ever thank you for the months of work you have put into creating Heaven's Gate!
Your kindness, along with your caring attitude, and the jovial way in which you accepted our
endless changes to make the database perfect will never be forgotten.
You didn't know us when you so generously offered to create this database.
None of us had the skills to make our dreams become a reality when you stepped up to the
plate, answering a post in a technical forum to which we had posted. You were the answer to
"Thank you" is such an inadequate word for all you have done Angus! In the
process of creating Heaven's Gate, and throughout the endless testing of the database,
friendships were forged, which will last a lifetime. Please know that this acknowledgement
of your successful efforts to create this valuable database is a heartfelt acknowledgement,
and there are no words that could ever express the depths of our appreciation for all you
To Vicki Kniss,
Thank you for your organizational skills, your help, support, and your endless months of
testing to make certain this database would be launched to the public, *bug* free.
Thank you for keeping track of the enormous amounts of emails that flew back and forth
and for finding my head, whenever I lost it :)
To Bill Elliott,
Thank you for working with us, side by side, tracking down the fonts, colors and creating
the beautiful banner on the Splash page of Heaven's Gate. You put the beautiful finishing
touches on the site, making it a restful place to lay our fur kids to rest, in cyberworld.
To Carol Kufner,
Thank you for the beautiful Heaven's Gate graphic which graces our Splash page.
When you made the graphic as a gift for me several years ago, it inspired me to make a place
worthy of holding such a beautiful graphic. Each time I look at the graphic, I feel a
peace of mind, allowing me to picture Jack Flash in a beautiful, peaceful place.
I am sure that all who visit this site will agree that the graphic is a true work of art...
Thank you for this precious and priceless gift :)
Hugs and love to you all!
A huge thank you and tons of hugs to Angus Cook for volunteering his time and efforts to
get Heaven's Gate working once again. This could not have been accomplished without
his help. We are most grateful for your help, Angus! :)