Champion Snowycreek's Dakota Rose, CD, HT, HSs, CGN, RAE, came to Shadowbar as part of the master plan. I wanted a beautiful girl with brains and spunk and I got it; a dog with no compromise and so much confidence. She was my go-to girl and kept me busy while my heart healed from the loss of my wonderful Rose. She was amazing in Rally obedience and really liked sheep herding. She was a whiz at tracking and although we never entered any trials, she enjoyed finding people and gloves laced with goodies!!
I remember her finding loonies in our lawn with such precision and then, without a blink of an eye, deciding that it wasn't fun anymore and not looking anymore. Deb and I never found those loonies.
She loved my friend, Sharlet, who owned Mesa's brother, Ryder, and Mesa accompanied Shar and Ryder much of the time. Shar even showed Mesa to her RAE and put up with all the nips on her legs (only on turns and out of the judge's eye) and Mesa's habit of picking up a rally sign and taking it along with her when she felt like it.
She munched up a corner of the seat in my van. She chewed the spare tire cover in the Suburban, and if we stopped for lunch on the road, and she was traveling with Shar, we had to transfer her to a crate in my van first. What a girl.
And we loved her to the end, and I still find myself taking out her special plate in the morning before the realization hits home that she isn't here. And when I am done the chores at the barn and I look up the road back towards the house, my heart breaks because she isn't there, looking over her shoulder and waiting for me to walk her back to the house. Oh, Suz, I miss you.