Report Stinky in In Memoriam Posted May 22, 2009 Stinky, whose real name was Brandy, but that never fit her as well, was found wandering an abandoned cattle ranch on the Canadian prairie. We'll never know if she ever worked stock, but she never showed much interest here. Instead, she chased cars. Careful management finally got her out of that habit. Stinky was a mountain goat of a dog, scampering up rock faces and across logs on the coast. She was full of odd quirks, like any good Border Collie. She was forever the fun police, snarking at anyone having too much fun right up until the end. Despite her general crabbiness, Stinky managed to be the solace for several people in her life- one through the loss of two husbands, the other after a long-term relationship ended abruptly. Amazingly, at her lest vet visit a month ago, Stinky got a clean bill of health aside from her old-dog ailments of arthritis, deafness, and loss of vision. Stinky's mind was still good, and she wandered around the farm being a general pest, getting in the way and whatnot. Several days ago, Stinky's hips pretty much let go, and she had trouble even standing long enough to eat her meals. It was just time, and she went peacefully at home yesterday. She's buried along the fence line, and we'll plant a crabapple over her. It'll be fitting for a cranky old dog. Rest in pain-free peace, Stinky. It's awfully quiet around here without you.