Breagha (‘Beautiful’) was not a normal dog. She was people-smart. If one of the little dogs needed to go outside they told her and she told me. They are as lost now as we; Daisy won’t even go to the side yard, sticking as close to the back door as possible. She keeps watching for Bree to come out so she’ll feel safe. Bree was her rock.
I could tell Bree something once or twice and she got it. She knew many, many words. Training was a breeze and though we didn’t keep up with it, she remembered even unto old age. A thinker, sometimes she over-thought things.
She saved my life when the electric blanket I was using started to catch fire, barking at it to alert me.
We started each day with a hug, her ears going back while sidling up to me for the ritual.
After I showered each day and started to blow dry my hair, she would come in the bathroom. I’d turn the dryer on cool and run it over her, saying “Aren’t you a purty girl?” and she’d grin and preen for me.
At first I was heartbroken to see her nowhere and now, still bereft, I see her everywhere. Don’t know what’s worse.
It’s probably the last time I’ll say/write this: Her sire, CH Deep River Bow and Arrow, was the #1 Smooth Collie in the US, all systems, in 2008.
I love this dog. And I will miss her until I die. There was so much more to her, so much she gave us, just loving us and being part of our lives. Suffice it to say that she was a good dog and she will be missed. Goodbye, Big Love.
Pardon me. I seem to have suddenly started chopping onions in the middle of allergy season in a blinding sun. Do you have a box of tissues available?
This was beautifully written, Pam. Bree will never truly be gone as long as you remember her. You were her moon and stars and everything else.
I hope Daisy and Badger are doing better. It’s been 5 yrs since Celia passed, but I swear, Fletch and I both know when she comes to visit. I hope Bree does the same with you.
Hugs and love from Fletch and from me.
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I’ve heard her a couple of times and saw her once. It does comfort me a bit, but it’s jarring too. Hugs and love back, Joanie. ❤
This has been cathartic for me; I needed it very much!
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Thanks Patti! ❤