Donald McCaig Posted July 30, 2011 Report Share Posted July 30, 2011 Dear Border Collie friends, Slick died two years ago at four years old of acute kidney failure. Slick was close to Anne's and my heart and his photo hangs over our kitchen table. This morning, 6:30, before I went out for chores, I opened an envelope of odds and ends a neighbor had sent and found a child's handmade booklet. When Slick's litter was born, Emma had been at that age when little girls get fascinated with birth and infancy and she'd followed the progress of June's pregnancy with great interest and the tiny pups fascinated her = especially Slick who we kept alive on a bottle. Anyway, she'd made this little booklet with stick drawings and the first page asked, "Where is SLick?" Ow. Numbly, I did chores and, as per usual, back at the house the dogs rivaled each other trying to stay out last so maybe they'd get to work today. Luke retired last year with a bad heart. He rarely gets work but this morning, Luke rounded up the flock nicely and was quite proud of himself. Peg, who is useless on sheep chased them until the guard dogs complained. Peg came back wagging. June backed Peg up and regathered.Fly worked last - she gets most of the work these days - and we shed off a few so Fly could stop their escapes back to the others. Big fun. We all have losses. Working all the dogs solaced mine. Something like may solace yours. Donald McCaig Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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