Early last year i had to put down my beloved Weimereiner "Aspen". She was a good girl, a little too smart for own good and stubborn as hell. I miss her terribly, but i know she is in a better place.
Time heals all wounds, and now i just recently rescued a 3 year old Australian Cattle dog from the pound, named Pepper (see? my title's end up going places, you just need to be patient!).
Now i've always been lucky in that every pet i've ever had has been pretty smart, but Pepper takes the cake. I took her to my parents house for Xmas dinner, and when she noticed she wasnt getting any attention, she would go room to room, silently beckoning each person into the living room. Once we were all there, she just sat in the middle of the room and watched us....ayep..she herded us. My mother has some issues with her, it seems Pepper loves Daffy Duck as much as my mother as she was constanty snatching stuffed Daffy Duck dolls from the master bedroom and running off with them, i'm sure these important women in my life will learn to get along.
It feels good to have a dog again, Pepper doesn't bark very often, she was abused before rescued by the shelter and her feelings still get hurt very easily. But she's learning to adopt me. She's feircly independant, but as she grows more loyal, i'm seeing that strong will really turn to me.
Time to leave work, Pepper will be patiently waiting under my bed when i get home for me to walk her. It's good to have a friend like that again.