Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Doing What Best, Isnt Always Easiest.....RIP My Lexy Girl

Lexy, a stock dog. 8-12-00 to 7-17-09 RIP

Greatness has passed over to the Rainbow Bridge.

My friend, my confidant, my partner, my right arm...... my heart.

My Sheep Dog. My Lex.

A grand Lass was she.

She always brought her sheep, and she never, no matter how tough it got, ...she never quit on me. She was an honest dog if there ever was one.

If dogs don't go to Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they go.

God Bless and God's Speed Lexy, your joyous spirit will live in my heart till we meet again.

It is with a sad heart, that I must announce the passing of my friend, my heart, my Lex.
Lexy was diagnosed about a month ago with Lymphoma. A form of cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. The disease grew rapidly, but for a little while I was able to keep her comfortable through the use of steroids. Once her legs and neck began to swell to the point of enormity, I knew it was time, while she didn't hurt, and she still had some energy to attempt to do, what we came to know and love, as "The Doodle Dance" A little jig she would dance whenever she was happiest.
Her last day on earth, was for her the greatest. She came to work with me and had free roam of the shop. She visited with the customers, ate treats enough for two dogs, and was doted on by all.
Lexy's sweet nature had touched the hearts of many, as she was a dog who was wrongly treated when she was young, and still came back to forgive and befriend all who would hold out their hand for her to lick. It has been days since I am able to talk about this, I knew it was coming, but when the time came, still I was not prepared to let her go. Her gaze as she lay on the surgery table awaiting the inevitable, the unavoidable, was trusting, questioning,....and still it haunts me.
Her death was not and easy one, Lex had heart, and didn't want to give up. It took several shots to put her down, and still she would not succumb. Finally, we had to inject her into her heart. The very part of her that she always gave the most of from within herself.
Lex was a happy dog, and I know she would not want us to grieve her passing, but instead, rejoice, and shout praise. Praise for the Working Sheepdog, rejoice in the feeling of utter joy between handler and dog, working together in partnership, for the mutual love of the work, the sheep, the bond, that she gave to me with all her heart and soul, which will forever remain steadfast in my heart.
So the next time you send your dog, send them one time for Lex. She will be watching, I feel sure.

Good Bye my sweet girl, till we meet again.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Where does the time go!?

So, Have ya missed me? Oh, come on, you know you have!
So, my agenda as of late, is that there really is, no agenda.
I have been flying by the seat of my pants and the feeling is no less than exhilarating!
Working, and playing, tis the season for both!
But some times it all just starts to catch up to me, I'm finding out swiftly, that I'm no spring chicken any more, but not quite ready for the dumplings pot either!
Ive been trying to find a happy medium, where I can start to settle a bit more, but Ive yet to find that Zen place. Just goes to prove, you can please some of the people some of the time, but if you try to please all of the people all of the time, some get left, while I'm still running, trying to catch up!
So, to try to fill ya in some what, though Ive been told, a girl shouldn't kiss and tell.......
Robin, you were partially right, but about a week ahead of me, and that's all I have to say about that, except, that there are some strong possibilities, as long as I quit being so damn picky. LOL
Julie, I am so looking forward to Chris coming back home. Lex is in a bad way, and if we were to open her up to try to get the fast growing cancer out of her, she would, (A) have a 50/50 chance of not making it through the surgery, or (B) the cancer will spread throughout her body. And while she is in no pain at the moment, I have opted to just wait and see how she goes.
Kelly! Send me a kitty! Theres mice in the hay shed! Egads!
Laura, I'm just wondering whats going on with you and CR. You have been pretty tight lipped, and I just got a feeling.....
And to those of you all that I haven't mentioned by name, just know that I think about you all often , and miss the companionship and camaraderie we shared over the last couple of years. Please come and reinsert some sanity back into my life! LOL
And to my friends here on the west coast. I promise, as soon as I get time to come up for air, we will get together! It may be Soldier Hollow or Meeker, but I know I'll be seeing ya soon.
For now, my schedule has been so whacked out, I'm beat, and need to go to my happy place and find some peace and rejuvenate.

Dog work has been slack, I did need the front and back lawn mowed, so had Bear bring the sheep out of their enclosure, and allow them to graze the back yard on Saturday, and then today, I had him take them thru to the front yard, and they mowed there too. Efficient little buggers! And they fertilize too!
Tuck, has been taking a good bit of time. I keep trying to convince him that he is not really a schnauzer, but that he is in fact, a collie! He is a tough little German, and takes it out on Bruin and Bear, who look at him like they would like to eat his lunch when they go to pass him and he reaches up and latches on to their tails! I think he has Bru and Bear convinced that he is the devil incarnate! And they fear him! I call it puppy teeth! Ouch!
So if patience is a virtue, I commend you all, my virtuous friends, (except Julie, cause she likes to give me shit LOL) that haven't given me too much crap about being so AWOL lately. I really never imagined in my widest dreams that when I got back here it would be like this!
But I ain't complaining! At least not yet anyway. But I'm starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, that looks like Zen, so I'm gonna grab that brass ring when I pass thru and hang on tight, cause I'm feeling a bit old and tired these days. LOL and its time to slow down and stop and.....,well, Ive already smelled the roses, so maybe its time to just sit down and prune that bush for awhile!
I have some great pics of some of the places Ive been, and of some trips up on the Painted Hills with the horses and I think I may even have a few, of the svelte (ha ha!) slimming down Darci! 28lbs gone so far, and only 30 more to go! Its been relatively easy, change in attitude, change in latitude!

Maybe once I get the rest of this lard off my arse, I'll have tons more energy, and wont feel so old. I know I already do, with the small loss already, but still, not enough to keep up with the schedule Ive been trying to keep! Calgone take me away!