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Birdog

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Hello. I thought this would be a good place to start. I've had Brittany's for the past 20 plus years. My first one lived to 12.5 years and my second to 14.5 years. After our 2nd Britt passed we waited to get our 3rd "Minnie". So I used to field trial and upland hunt with my last 2 Britt's. Kept me active and going. So between 2014 to 2018 I kind of went thru some tough times in my health and job position. I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis back years ago and always battled a bad back. After getting bucked off my horse in 2008 that's when things started to decline . After My Mickey passed in 2014 I kind of just let things go, got depressed, put on a bunch of weight and battled pain in my legs and feet due to the spinal stenosis. Always kept touch with my dog friends and field trial pals, so I decided to get another Britt to to drag me out again. Great friends and breeders I knew were having a litter so I decided to go ahead. Minnie was born May 5/18. We took her home mid July. Both our other Brittany's were males but there were only females left so we went ahead with our Minnie . What a joy it was to halve her in the house. We crate trained her right away and she was a very fast learner . I traveled regularly to Didbury to put her on birds and run her in the field with other Brittany's . As my mobility was a issue I had to run her off a quad and I started roading her outside my truck as I followed her thru the country roads of Alberta. We entered her in many pupoy and Derby pointing trials and she usually came in first or placed in all her stakes, very easy dog to handle as she listened very well to my whistle and commands, I usually ran her every day and we built quite a bind together, my wife and 3 older children adored her as I as well . We also had access to land an hour north of us where our holiday trailer was parked and she was free to roam up there and run off a quad . Everytime I ran out the truck on a back country road I always was super careful not to put her in a bad situation. 3 days after Christmas on a sunny morning I suggested to my wife we take Minnie out for a morning run. We went to our usual place and put her down. There's a gravel intersection up ahead and I always raced ahead to make sure there was no other cars danger. Thats when it happened. Misjudged or don't remember where she was but she ended up under my wheels. Can't explain the grief and guilt I felt then and still do know. I will never forget that day . I immediately got out and saw her laying on the ground . She got up and ran to me and collapsed. .I can tell you I barely remember the minute trip to the closet vet, she was still alive but in shock as we got her there but she didn't make it . It's been 2 months and I've cried everyday I can't even drive near where it happened . The guilt and pain sometimes is overbearing . Thank goodness my wife and kids talk about Minnie quite alot as well as my good friends and breeders in Didbury Amigo Kennels Kim and Tom. They even lent me Minnie's Mom Annie for a month which really helped. I felt I needed to write about the tragic event as it does help me move forward. I'm even putting my truck for sale as it brings back to many bad memories. So this is kind of my tribute to her. She dragged me out of the black hole and brought me a lot of great memories in and off the field. .sorry for the long post but I needed to write about my "Minnie ".
grievingmom

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This is absolutely a beautiful tribute. If you are anything  in person like you are in words, you are a wonderful person and 
Minnie couldn't have had it any better.

Peace to you.
Birdog

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Thanks for the kind words.
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