I wrote how she died, and I thought it was time to say how she lived.
She loved the water. From the time the puddles thawed in March, she would dabble in each and every one of them on our walks. She took to the deeper water like a pro. She was doing 100 foot marks at 5 months and we even got her ready for her WC at 6 months. We entered her and it seemed as soon as we did, she started to drop the birds and pick at the feathers. So we pulled her from the test. If the test had been a week earlier, she probably would have had her Working Certificate.
She loved field work and loved obedience work as well. I had many compliments on what a nice working dog she was. She always gave me her undivided attention. Very rarely would she look away. She fell into heel whenever we were out alone together. She learned easily and made me look like a great trainer. She had such wonderful drive and beauty and brains as well. She would have been an awesome competitor.
She loved her brother, William. Sometimes to the point of driving him crazy! She always wanted to play and could hold her own with him – even though he weighs 84 lbs! The growls and flips and other contortions the two of them got into were a sight! He misses her as much as we do.
When I was working in the shop in the summer, she would come up from behind me and nudge me, as if she had just found me for the first time.Â She’d be all wiggly and excited to see me.Â We would have a little play and a little chat and off again she would go on another adventure in the yard.
She would eat practically anything! She loved all kinds of veggies, which got to be a bit of a problem. She realized that there was all the asparagus she could eat just sticking out of the ground in the garden! I would often find her chomping on a huge asparagus fern. It drove me crazy. So next time, no feeding begging dogs asparagus!
She was a beautiful dog, inside and out. My biggest regret is that I did not take enough pictures of her.
I miss you.