Rest in peace, Sport and Kisha....

It's with a heavy heart that I am finally able to share the loss of two dogs who were so incredibly special to us.  Recently, we lost our beloved Kisha.  At 13 years old, it was her time to go.  She was a GREAT dog, they just don't make female Border Collies like her anymore.  Truly, I don't know of too many, even back in the day, that were like her either.  She came to me in 2005 after having 3 previous owners, and she gave me the BEST gift, EVER.  Her daughter, Savannah.  Kisha did very well here at the farm and loved her life.  I am appreciative that Jacqui in Australia allowed her to come to me when I went on a mad search for relatives, after I suddenly lost my Beau Sr.  Kisha was his littermate, and she looked JUST like her brother.   It was scary how similar they were.  What a gift to be able to have her these last 8 years of her life.  I will forever remember Kisha as the special BC who gave me the "heart" dog of my life, my best dog-friend in her daughter, Savannah!  Kisha wasn't a huge fan of other dogs,  but she was a great mom to her puppies and incredible with people and children, an excellent therapy dog.  She was very wise, and an old soul.  She loved obedience heeling and agility, but her favorite was just a good game of fetch and a good swim.  Her son Will also lives on here and reminds me SO much of his mother on a daily basis, as well as his uncle and grandad, Beau Sr.  As Savannah ages, she too, looks more and more like her mom and there have been a few times that my breath was taken away for just a moment, like I've seen a ghost, at certain angles when I catch a particular glimpse of Savannah and for a moment I thought it was Kisha...  Rest in peace sweet Kish, there will never be another like you.........

This past weekend, Heather and I lost our old man Sport.  He too, was 13 years old.  He was also Kisha's favorite (and nearly only) dog she actually enjoyed playing with.  Sport's body quickly deteriorated the past few months and it was time.  Sport was the "mascot" of our original boarding/daycare/training/grooming facility in Savannah.  He was my first "real" registered Border Collie.  If not for Sport, I have no idea what we would be doing right now......  We might still have Maltese dogs, or we might be in another profession all together.  He was a super special dog, never met a stranger nor a strange dog.  A true ambassador of the breed, and as an in-tact male, he could play alongside any other intact males, puppies, doggie daycare, etc.  Incredible temperament.  But he was always so very harsh on his body.  His teeth were worn to the gums, his love of tennis balls and frisbees outweighed any pain or hunger.  If I had more time and motivation and dedication to herding, I have NO doubt that Sport would've quite easily been a herding champion with minimal work or training.  Without really any training, we went out and won a HIT together and got several titles.  I do regret now that I didn't make the time to seriously compete in the sport with him.  He also would've excelled in disc dog competitions.  We dabbled in various things in the beginning, he learned the flyball box after two attempts.  He was the kind of dog you show him something once, he tries, the second time, he gets it....  and keeps it.  I had a "big scale" breeder tell me at his very first conformation dog show that he was not the "type" for the show ring.  Well, he got his breed championship with some hefty wins ;)  Yep, I was well aware that Sport was a different and leggy type for the show ring, but he was still a very nice dog and well-deserving of the title.  He was the one who inspired me to get more Border Collies....... so I guess ALL of this --all of it-- is all his fault....  So thank you, Sport....  You have no idea how much you will be missed around here :(

There were so many other breeding plans that I never got to have puppies from Sport.  Thankfully, I have frozen semen and DNA on him and his health clearances were all done, so hopefully someday.........   I can't wait to try......

I hope everyone understands that many grieve differently.  I'm not one to feel the need to share every detail of my life, great or terrible, on Facebook.  Some people just don't like to talk about these things and for me, it's a little easier that way.  I have many FB "friends" who I have no clue who they are, and to me, this is something much more personal.  So I choose my website to post these things because this is my own little personal space of the WWW and the people close to me know to check it if I feel like sharing things.  So even though many of my good friends are avid Facebookers, please respect that I have no desire to go through the motions on FB with this.  But naturally any personal emails are very much appreciated if you wish.  Thank you for understanding,

Holley & Heather

 

 

 

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