Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Thousand Word Thursday...RIP Star

Cheaper Than Therapy

In the Spring of 1994, my husband purchased a border collie puppy from a farmer who raised champion herding dogs. Hubby was an animal control officer and his department had a program that used herding dogs (mostly border collies) to assist with rounding up stray live stock in the rural areas of our county in California. The puppy was for work purposes, but he instantly also became part of our family. We named him Star because of the stunning white blaze across his face. Star went to work with Hubby everyday, helping him & keeping him company in his truck. Every night he came home & played with the boys and then went to sleep in his crate. After a few years Hubby stopped working for animal control & Star became a fulltime pet. He loved to play fetch with a ball or stick and was very protective of the kids and his yard.

When we moved from California to Tennessee in 2004, Star rode shotgun in the u-haul with Hubby. One of my favorite pictures is of our son Morgan sitting in the u-haul with Star during that trip.
In the last few months Star had started to lose his sight & his hearing. Last week we noticed a limp. We knew his time with us was coming to an end, but since he didn't appear to be in any pain we decided to let nature take its course and let God decide when it was time for Star to leave us. This morning when the kids went out to play they found that Star had passed in the night.

8 comments:

Shannon said...

What a beauty.

Sorry for your loss...

Martha in PA said...

I am sorry for your loss. I had a border colle, Duchess, when I was a child.

Brooks said...

So sorry for your loss. He was a gorgeous dog.....

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Awwww! So sorry for your loss...he was a beautiful dog and sounded like such an awesome part of your family... ((HUGZ!))

♥RocĂ­o♥ said...

sorry!!
Have a ♥nice♥ ATWT!

Annie said...

Dogs are such a part of the family. Sorry for your loss.

Janet said...

So sorry for your family's loss. Star was a beautiful dog. Love and hugs.

Jennifer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Star was obviously very loved, and a lot of memories were made, never to be forgotten. The picture is wonderful!