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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Goodbye to Pax

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Winner of the 1999 ASSA Most Versatile Sheltie Award
UK Grade 7 Agility Dog and two time Crufts Finalist


We have been preparing for losing Pax since October. I knew from July that there was something seriously wrong with her but it took the vets until October to figure that out. Bladder cancer. The worst part of this disease was how Pax's mind and heart was so strong but her body was failing her. Right up to the end she had a great appetite and her mind was active. She still wanted to be with me and I wanted to give her every chance possible to stay. Yet when the day came; I did know it was the right time. On that morning neither Pax nor Jordan got out of their beds when I came downstairs. I sat with them on the floor, one on each side of me, for hours that morning. Pax was, as always, on my right side with her head turned towards me.

I can hardly remember life without Pax. Our journey together was so much fun. We did so much together; showing in breed, obedience, herding, agility. She gave everything her all and I loved her for that. The only thing I was never able to do was to get a puppy from Pax. At around 1 year old she starting having seizures and we thought we were going to lose her when she went into a seizure that lasted for hours. She came out of those episodes and, except for the occasional partial seizures for the next 3 years, she was healthy and never needed medication. That was a dark time when all my thoughts of a future in sheltie breeding was over for me.

Yet instead of proving herself as a mother; Pax proved herself as a fun working dog. Precision and self-control were not necessarily her trademark but she barked her way around the agility ring and occasionally closed her mouth long enough to do a great round in obedience. When she barked in herding I knew her naughty side was coming out and there might be some sheep wool in her teeth! We learned so much about herding together; she could show such self-control and balance at times that it would make me just tingle. That feeling of total "one-ness" of dog, handler and sheep. In obedience she just could not hold back that one bark which would make me laugh as the judges frowned and marked us for that. I preferred her expression of joy and could care less about points lost. In agility she barked the entire course and I never noticed as I was having too much fun.

Pax was totally 100% MY dog. She was my right hand and my soul. Yet it was because of Pax that I was never able to bring in any other adult bitch to our home. Jordan was the only adult sheltie girl that she accepted into our house. She took an extreme view on any other sheltie; True and Hob-b had no chance! Once Pax decided she hated another dog; that was it for life. Pax never did anything by half. Yet I loved her anyway; flaws and all. During the last year of her life I was so happy to find that little Itzy made Pax happy. I had not seen Pax play with another dog like that since we lost her mom Joy.

From the day she was born into my hands and I nick-named her "Bad Girl" to the day I layed on the floor and let her go, Pax loved me and I loved her. How lucky was I?


10 comments:

Marie said...

Fantastic tribute, I wish I had known her

Christine said...

Beautiful tributes to your two beautiful girls...our thoughts are with you

Priscilla said...

A beautiful tribute to Pax. She was a beautiful girl!

Priscilla said...

Beautiful tribute. She will always be in your hearts.

Lorna Goodban said...

A lovely tribute - remember all those happy times xx

Acadia Shelties said...

I remember meeting PAX at an ASSA National when she was a young girl- I think about 15 months or so? I liked her so much I found you and asked if you would consider selling her- NO WAY- was the answer :-)
She was special in many, many ways and admired by all who actually got to meet her.

Lian said...

Lovely tribute for a beautiful Pax.

Hudsondoglets said...

A lovely tribute to a special little dog x

Serena said...

What a beautiful tribute to Pax! What a little Queen Elizabeth the Ist she was, LOL!

She had quite the fiery personality that decides things once and for all, LOL! and yes, she would have barked and pranced around proudly at your comment, "She was my right hand dog"...

Many hugs and love, Bernadette, from all of us!

Christy said...

Beautifully written for both dogs. I feel as if I knew them.

So sorry for your loss.