Call Name "Red"
There comes a time when we as humans are blessed-or cursed-with being able to end the pain and the suffering of the dog that we love. The last few months have been extremely hard on me....Red has taken her illness in stride. Always glad to greet a visitor, happy to watch over the puppies, still wanting to warm the bed for me at night or my spot on the couch. The last couple of weeks there has been a steady in decline in her quality of life. As much as I hated, dreaded making the decision to say good bye I did make that choice. As much as I would have loved one more month, or week, or day I knew in my heart that would not be fair to her.
Today, under the maple tree in the front yard Amanda and I sat with Red in between us, trying to be brave for her as she has always been brave for us. I held her head as she went peacefully to sleep. She has been a great companion. Always ready to tackle any task at hand. Always forgiving me as I was learning and screwing her up. She always had my back when I wasn't paying attention or was lost. Forever patient of the new puppies I have brought home or that were born here. The perfect grandma to everyone. Aways had that "Aussie Grin" for those she loved, or when happy after a days work. She will be forever missed by those who life she has touched.
Thank you Norm and Bonnie for entrusting Red to us. She has been truly a wonderful dog. Without her I would have made such wonderful lifetime friends. Without her there would be no me. Thanks to everyone that I have talked with the last few months....who has lent an ear and a shoulder for me to cry on.
Thank you Reddog for being you.
Sleep well my friend.....One day we shall meet again
Romp through the grass my friend....As you wait for me on the other side
You are free my friend....Free of the pain, free of suffering
Watch over me my friend....As I remain behind
Rest in Peace my friend ....For this is the kindest gift that I can give you now
June 24, 2010
November 29, 2009
July 20 2009
Red was whining while I was working the younger dogs on the calves so I told her she could work them for a bit too. She was very happy to get out there and "mess it up" with the calves. Red will be 13 in Nov. She has been a wonderful dog and I feel blessed to have had her as part of my life.
Red was purchased from Norm Andrews in Nebraska. She has a very strong gather instinct, LOVES to work cattle, like her dad Spike .....but will work anything that she is asked. Even ducks, which she doesn’t like but will do when asked to. She is a strong head dog who is always up to pushing the cattle or gently nudging the tiniest lambs. She has an appropriate bark on cattle, doesn’t’ back down when challenged and is not afraid to show the livestock who is boss.
Red’s first ASCA herding trial was with UMASC. After the first time out on cattle I was totally hooked. We never knew such adrenaline rushes existed. Her sister Blue, took “MOST PROMISING STARTED” on Saturday and Red took “MOST PROMISING STARTED AUSSIE” on Sunday. It was quite the start for us.
Red has had a good year being a mom. She didn’t do too much trailing though. She and I were able to dog break the calves this spring at our house - first time that Willowcreek has had calves. She loves to do that. Currently, she is the only dog I have, that I use to dog break cattle. She stands/lays still and lets their curiosity get the best of them. When they decide to come “sniff” her she lets them get about 2 inches then nails them on the nose. When a young dog works them and the cattle realize that the dog doesn’t have what it takes to back it up and starts charging the dog, Red goes back to work and happily teaches them a little respect. If she could do farm/ranch work all the time she would be the happiest dog in the world.
did finish her AHBA duck title
and received HTD2 on cattle with some less than pleasurable rodeo
calves. We were able to finish up our HRD3 sheep and goats
plus get a couple