Photo Comments Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
Leave a bone for Ditto - In Loving Memory
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Ditto Boo, Bug-a-Boo, Boo, and Bubba.
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March 17th 1995
Going to the Park.
Getting sprayed with water, getting groomed and Charlee being a goofbag.
Orijen, Merrick Working Dog Stew, Tripe, and RAW (with carrots, peas, yogurt, pumpkin and fish oil)
Anywhere Mom is :)
Lots! She knows about 20...wave, bang your dead, cover your eyes, crawl, whisper just to name a few.
We started thinking about getting another Border Collie when Elmo was 8 or 9 months old. By this time, Mark and I had moved from Calgary to Fort McMurray...my Mom lived there with my three girls and she was dying of cancer, so I moved there to be with my girls again.
Once we decided we wanted another puppy, I called Susan. I had been keeping in touch with her over the months...sending photos of our growing Elmo and giving updates on how he was doing...needless to say we became friends. As soon as she picked up the phone and I asked when she was breeding Ninja again, she knew why I was calling...I told her I wanted a black and white female this time (of course I knew there were no guarantees).
She told me she had a few people interested in puppies, so she would probably be breeding again in the Spring...I was on the list for first pick of the litter.
The day came when we got the call from Susan telling us that Ninja was expecting...she would deliver around mid-March.
The plans were in motion...I thought this would be a great opportunity for my girls to see the miracle of birth, so I talked with Susan and she thought it was a great idea and that we were welcome to stay with her.
Now for the name game...what should we call our little girl? Of course, because she was going to be black and white the name Oreo came up, as well as Socks since she would probably have four white feet, but I wanted something different and unique. Then one day the name Ditto came to mind...she was going to be my second BC, so the name seemed appropriate.
Everyone thought I was crazy for naming her before she was even born, but I didn't care...I liked it...DITTO was going to be my new little girls name! In the end, it was the best name for her...not only was she my second BC but she was identical to her mom; the exact same markings and as time would tell, she had the same personality too.
The day came for the girls and I to go to Calgary to see little Ditto come into the world...Ninja was due any day...we were all very excited.
Ninja was huge! Poor girl...she didn't look like she was having much fun. My girls got acquainted with Susan and her family as we settled in for the big event.
March 17th...St. Patrick's Day, very early in the morning...Ninja goes into labor...YEAH! Everyone stays quiet throughout the day...we didn't want to stress her out.
Late Afternoon...still NO puppies...Susan starts to get concerned. She calls her Vet and the decision is made that if she doesn't deliver within the hour, they should bring her in.
An hour passes but Ninja still has not progressed...Susan and her husband, Tim, take her to the Vet...she has to have an emergency C-section.
About an hour later, we get the call...Ninja had seven puppies and ALL are doing well...now! NOW! What do you mean? It was touch and go for a bit...they almost lost Ninja and ALL seven of the puppies were born dead! However, with the expertise of the vet, his staff, Susan, and a little 'luck of the Irish' they were able to revive ALL the pups...thank God! Maybe we should call our new puppy 'Zoe" (which means life)?
Ninja and her puppies are on their way home...let's get ready. She looked sore, but ok...she was already nursing...what a great mom!
LOOK AT THOSE CUTE LITTLE PUPPIES! All were black and white...it's a good thing we didn't wait until Ninja's next litter to get our brown BC; we would never have had an 'Elmo'. Susan picks up one...'this one has the same markings as Ninja'...that's the one, that's our 'Ditto'!
Now we had to go back to Fort McMurray...it was a sad day! I can't visit whenever I want this time...I will be back in a week!
Finally the day came for us to bring our little girl home. I drove to Calgary with all the necessities...dishes, food, kennel, and blanket. Normally I would include a collar and leash to that list, but I had dropped those off during my first visit...that way Susan could start leash training right away.
I stayed for awhile to visit with Susan and Ninja but then it was time for us to say our goodbye's..."I'll send photo's soon, I promise"...Susan knew I would.
It was off to my friend Jill's...I was staying with her for the night, so she could meet my little Ditto girl. It went well...Emma didn't like her much, but that was okay, Eli made up for both; he and Ditto loved each other. We took some photo's and video and then decided to go for a walk. Ditto was a trooper...she tried very hard to keep up with the adults; both human and K9.
Well it was time to go home...the trip was pretty uneventful, Ditto slept most of the way. We got home late afternoon to a house full of excitement...it was a happy day for all!
Ditto is all grown up now...she is a little sweetheart and a very loyal companion; we do everything together. We have done things like obedience, agility, and hope to try Flyball one of these days. Two of her most favorite things to do in the world are tricks; she knows about 20 now; and Frisbee; she always gets lots of compliments on how fast she is and how accurate she is at catching the disc...especially if 'mom' throws it properly.
It is with great sadness and tears in my eyes to announce the passing of my dear, sweet, Ditto!!! She just turned 15 years old March 17, 2010. She had some medical conditions come up and a difficult winter, which caused me to make that grueling decision. She went peacefully, for which I am thankful for, and she is and always will be deeply missed. RIP sweet girl, say "hi" to your brothers and sister, Elmo, Zen and Echo.
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