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A Tribute to Merlin Upon His Death

The following is a tribute that I wrote the day after Merlin died on August 13, 1987. I posted it on the Canine VAXnotes conference on Digital Equipment Corporation’s internal network. For many years, I presumed that I failed to keep a copy of this tribute, but today (November 29, 2013) I found it.

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Yesterday, I [...]

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The Bad, The Worse, and the Horrible

The Bad

While I was out of town a couple of weeks ago, Barbara found a foster home for Guy (a/k/a Sir Guy), one of two Shelties (Sammy’s the other) who were relinquished to us together a couple of months ago by their owner. Late last week, Guy’s foster mom, Lorie, dropped him off here at [...]

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Images of Nell and Nell’s Story from Barbara’s Perspective

Nell

This link is a short video of Nell, our Collie that we said goodbye to last Friday. The video was taken on Friday.  She probably had a minor stroke at some point before she came to us.  You may be able to see that she sort of wanders a bit aimlessly and that’s why Jim [...]

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Sad Day — R.I.P., Nell

Today is a very sad day for me and Barbara. Back in February, a large, very overweight, elderly Collie girl was found wandering around a parking lot near the Salt Lake County Humane Society (not associated with HSUS, of course) property, where people frequently dump their dogs. A veterinary exam and blood workup revealed severe [...]

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What happened to Jasper? What happened to Smokey?

Jim and I had been out of town for about a week when we got a call from Cintya, the pet sitter, telling us that Jasper had just fallen off of the ramp and wasn’t getting up.  She was in tears and sounded somewhat hysterical.  We had talked everyday prior to this and usually several [...]

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A Very, Very Bad Week

(Note: Things have been so awful the last week or so that I’ve kinda lost track of the days. Please forgive me if I get any details of timing wrong.)

On Sunday morning, September 5, I got a call from a woman who has been supervising the ’round-the-clock care of my mother in Louisiana, saying that [...]

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I Am The Old Dog

This came from John “Mondo” Perkins of The Wild Bunch. John’s a great story-teller whose material has appeared in this blog on previous occasions, as well as a Sheltie (and other breed) rescuer.

I Am The Old Dog

I am the old dog, so I don’t play like I use to
I am the old dog, [...]

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2010 ASSA National Post-Mortem

Whew!

The 2010 ASSA National Shetland Sheepdog Specialty dog show is over and we’re back at home. Actually, it was over almost a week ago and we got home very late Sunday night, 21 March, after a long but beautiful drive home from Tucson on mostly 2-lane blacktop roads. We’ve spent this week doing a bunch [...]

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Horrible Week, Sort Of

Just a brief report from the 2010 ASSA National in Tucson, AZ (USA)…

First, sales are down. Horribly down. We’re just over 50% of the sales we normally have by this time (end of Thursday). Barbara and I would be better off financially if we’d just stayed home

Second, some time yesterday between 2:00 PM [...]

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Stevie Nicks is Making a Comeback!

It seems as though the typical rescue person has little or no empathy for those who can’t keep their animals. But being in rescue, at least for me, has changed that. I don’t see how I can cherish the Sheltie who needs help and not have similar feelings for those whose hearts are [...]