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Keen-Eye Lou: March 5, 2002 - June 8, 2016
Lou crossed peacefully to the Big Field on June 8. I hope that Wick and Bear were the first to greet him, followed by all of his relatives and friends that went before him. It’s the end of an era; the last of my condo dogs from my city days has passed.

Lou was my first working border collie, and he literally put me on his shoulders and taught me how to work sheep. I had never run in anything more than a fun arena trial when I bought Lou, and after just a couple of weeks of working him, we went to the post for the first time in Pro Novice. I think we ran in two PN trials and then I moved to Open the next trial because I didn't want to run on the Monday. He was such a natural dog, the sheep loved him, and no matter how many wrong flanks I blew, no matter how many times I misjudged the panels, or got in the way in the shed, he would put everything back together for me. I never knew what to call that quality he had until recently. My mentor told me "He has mental fortitude." The rare time a sheep tried to biff him, he stood his ground, neither threatening nor retreating. He only gripped off twice, both times at the Calgary Stampede. He had a sense of style.
He took care of me on the field, and all he asked for off the field were the crusts from my sandwich. If I wanted to share my sandwich, that was cool too. Because of Lou, I met great people from all over North America. He was infinitely more popular than me, and a favourite under the tent. You could often find him in the concession, making sure that nothing went to waste.

Off the field, Lou was the most chill, unflappable dog. Almost everyone who met him loved him. He enjoyed staring at cats, having his mullet groomed, playing with the hose, and napping. He was ridiculously popular at agility trials, given that he never really did agility. He came to work from time to time, which he enjoyed because everyone had food. He loved my family, most especially my niece, and was endlessly patient as she braided his ear hair or painted his nails. He has been my shadow for so long and he took an enormous part of my heart with him when he left. He truly was the most perfect creature to ever walk this earth and while I did not deserve to have such a great dog, I am so glad he drifted into my life. I hope to see him again one day on the really big field.
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I am so sorry for you, Kristi. Lou was a very special dog. That was obvious from your writings and photos. I will miss seeing his handsome face in your posts.

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What a big loss for you, airbear. I am very sad, too. It is never easy, when the very best dog of the world has gone for ever.

 

I wish you much power to overwind this desaster. Lou must have been an extraordinary BC. I like his story.

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Kristi, Lou is with you still. He is in your heart, your mind and your memories. They never fade. I remember from the start and to the passing and I remember him helping you out throughout your early years. He is what we call "steady" and consistent, courageous but not aggressive, willing but not needy and BIG! Don't fret. Enjoy the memories and that part of your life with him. Bob

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He is what we call "steady" and consistent, courageous but not aggressive, willing but not needy and BIG!

LOL, that he was! He was one of the few dogs bigger than your Turk! Thanks for the kind words.

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