I'm actually a dog person.... my favorite are Aussie crosses. I have had two now Sweet trainable velcro dogs.... If I went for a walk in the desert she was never more than fifty yards from me and always looking to see where I was.... If i changed direction she would zoom in to check on met then the orbit would begin.
She never chased anything unless I told her to.... and she was very quick. She would dig up a rats nest and kill em all and give me the rats when I asked for them.
Rosie Posie passed away at the golden age of 17 I could never replace her not with a single dog.
Sorry for your loss. Yes it's something I've been thinking as Molly is ten now and I'm just not sure how I'll ever love another dog after her. Ugh I've read that the reason animals' lives are so short is because they already know how to love perfectly and unconditionally but I have to say that I would legitimately give my right leg to be able to keep Molly for my whole lifetime. I know that's a lot to say being that I've never been without it and I mean no disrespect to those missing any limbs. It's just as though Molly is a part of me physically a piece of my heart. She's definitely a Velcro dog but so much more she separates my cats when the get too rough playing and start to hurt each other, she gave each of the chicks kisses goodbye that a couple bought the other day, and tonight I taught/had her picking up and throwing away pieces of a toilet paper roll(empty) that she shredded, she loves shredding them and I don't mind cleaning up the pieces, usually. Literally she was picking them up, walking them over and dropping them in the trash can.
My closest friend was over today and we got to talking about someday when I lost Molly. I told her someday I would get another sheltie and then probably be massively disappointed because it wouldn't be Molly. Of course it wouldn't I would be a little freaked out if it was. I've been told by some people on BYC that some people believe that there are animals just meant for us. They referred to them as heart dogs(cats etc) do I think that some animals are just special and can never be matched, yes I do. I think Molly is one of them and I hope if I'm lucky in my lifetime maybe I'll find another one. In the meantime I'm gunna put all I can into loving Molly and making sure however many years(hopefully many) she has left are as wonderful as they can be. hard to believe I've had her ten years in two days will be her birthday so it's a bit early but I don't think she minds.
You know I have had dogs 61 years.... Mom had poodles and bred them She even docked thier tails herself... My earliest recollection was my job was to hold a puppy just so while mom counted out vertibre and use a butcher knife and a hammer to do the deed. Puppy would be given back to momma with only a teeny yelp momma would take care of it from then on.
My very first dog of my own was a Part Dachshund that I named Foxy. I was five or six at the time. I learned soo much about dogs and how to be a good citizen with them from him. He was onery and smart and an endless player. When I was sixteen mom made me take him to the vets to have him put down. it was an horrific thing to do to me but it had to be done he was in pain and cried out when he got up on his feet.
Each dog has had a special place in my heart.... never taking the place of the previous one but lending their own special soul to that popouri of our life experiences. They come into our lives to teach us something or bring us a connection to that part of the world that lots of people never see. But when its time to go we have to let them. and they will tell you.
At this point in my life I have to wait. I am cargiving for my 99 year old Grandmother and I cant risk her falling. besides she really doesnt care for dogs anyway. So having one in this house is a no go. But when I move home I will find that soul that will teach me my next lesson...
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
"A dream without a plan is just a wish" Katherine Paterson