Sunday, December 5, 2010
Farewell to my Sweet, Grey Boy. A-Digit vom Foxtal, 1998-2010
Digit was retired after our Spring 2006 schutzhund trial, where he earned High SchH 3 and High in Trial Honors. I could see that he had lost some of the "lift" that he used to have and it was more important that he retire without injury and with his dignity than to trial him to serve my own ego. He continued to spend his time teaching new helpers, being the neutral dog for puppy training and mentoring the young ones. He had a post-retirement career that included blood tracking deer and relished the idea of following scent through conditions I couldn't imagine he could still be following something. He amazed me with his ability. Then, in 2008 he came out of retirement to earn an STP1, the article search title. He was happy to be joining me for training and using his nose again. He was even used as a "demo" dog in the trial and came off the field that day, tugging on the leather leash like a puppy, just as he had done in the old days.
My sweet, grey boy is gone. He gave everything to me that I asked, except more time. There is never enough time. He will be in my heart forever. Someone wrote that our dogs don't outlive us so they don't have to wonder why we left them.
I found this writing, and the author speaks eloquently of the fact that dogs have to all their love in fewer years, so in fact they do not outlive us because that outLOVE us. May all my dog friends find comfort in this.
Farewell, Digi-mon! I love you always.
CH A-Digit vom Foxtal, CGC, therapy dog,UCDX, STP1, 13x SchH3/IPO3, FH, DPO2
Born July 12, 1998
Died December 4, 2010
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