|Our dogwood May, 2013|
I think about the old dogs. Winger Joseph and Jesse Ann.
Real names: Keltoi's Power Play, CGN and Truhart's Rescue Remedy, CGC. Winger was from a breeder and Jesse was from a cattledog rescue.
Christmas with the old cattledogs...click here to see picture.
Had we but known it, that was our last Christmas together. I'm very grateful we have that formal picture. By Christmas 2011, they had left us and (I'm convinced) brought Artie into our lives. (Read The Story HERE. And Part 2 HERE.) I knew Jesse was getting a bit frail and she had some health issues but cattledogs are tough. I really figured Winger would definitely still be with us next holiday season.
The dogwood tree the spousal unit planted in 2010 or '11 (I can't remember) is getting bigger. It makes me think of their dear hearts. I hope it outlives me. Every year I pray for it to bloom and thrive. At its base is a rustic cattledog metal sculpture.
I thought about owning other breeds as I've gotten older and I've fostered some of them. Border Terriers, Papillons, Pit types.... Elke, of course, is a lovely mix of Elkhound, Shiba, Spaniel and Hound.
But I do think cattledogs are my Heart Dogs and it's very hard to conceive of my life without one in it.
|Jamie with dogs 2003|
Dri, Jesse and Winger
Their collars still adorn my mantle. Winger's collar came with him the day he arrived, terrified in a crate, flying from California, until the day he left us, holding him, while his mighty, loving heart stopped. Jesse wore hers almost the whole time she was with us!
|Mom and Wingie on|
a road trip to Florida
I've loved all my "grown-up" dogs: Lab-Shep: Tzara, Cattledogs: Hart, True, Druid and German Pinscher: Dri. Hart lived the longest (4.22.93-8.19.09, most of those years with just her daddy). We just had Wingie and Jess the longest, it seems.
I love Elke and Artie with all my heart and we are so blessed to have them with us and sharing our lives. They can be a royal pain but I adore them!
But now and then....I miss the Old Ones. Here's a classic moment from around 2005.
Always in our hearts. (And a million blessings to you, Dri, wherever you are....)
|Wingie JoJo & Jesse Ann|