Likes: Playing catch with anything that can be tossed. Chasing water from a hose.
Pet-Peeves: Not playing catch with him. Kelsey being mean to him.
Favorite Toy: Frisbees, balls, an old beat up soccer ball, frisbees, frisbees, frisbees
Favorite Food: Food out of the trash can!
Favorite Walk: Any walk that doesn't include his brothers!
Best Tricks: He has many, many tricks . . . Along with being a Professional Frisbee Dog and appering with a Dance Company. He can open mailboxes, turn on and off lights, walk on hind legs, spin, roll-over.
Arrival Story: Skyler was rescued at 9 weeks old from a family that thought he had way too much energy for him (so much for people researching Border Collies before they adobpt them!). His drive for the frisbee was exhibited from the first meeting when we rolled a frisbee and he went after it and brought it right back to us.
It is hard to believe a month has past since I had to leave. I know not a day goes by that Mom & Dad don't think about me and it seems like just yesterday we had to say good-bye. Dad mowed the grass the other day. I used to annoy him and Mom to death by following them as they would mow and strategically placing the ball in the path they were mowing so they would have to move it (a.k.a. throw it for me) to continue to mow.
March was a hard month. My old friend Gypsy joined me about a week after I left. It is good to see her playing frisbee and running again.
I know Mom & Dad think their house is a little more emptier, but Finn, Dory and Rook are certainly comforting them and have grown a bit more closer since I've been gone and I look after things for them.
I've not been myself for the last week. Mom took me to the vet last week and from the looks on their faces and discussion I knew it couldn't be good. (I am a Border Collie after all and can speak & understand several languages.)
Apparently there is this growth on my spleen causing me trouble. Dad and Mom made a good call not to put me through surgery. I've never been still in my life and couldn't take 3 days at the vet's in a crate recovering. I am 13 years old after all.
Yesterday was one of the best days I've had in a while. It snowed about 5" - a lot for this neck of the woods. I was feeling pretty perky and kept giving Mom that sad, green-eyed Skyler tilted head look. Works every time I want something, like a ball thrown. We went out several times and played. I've had some arthritis, so for the last few months they've done this 'tossing the ball right to me so I don't have run' game. That just wasn't going to work yesterday in the glorious snow. I made them work a little and toss it around. I bounced around the snow as best I could. It was FUN!
Last evening I was feeling a little slow, but then in the middle of the night I was feeling like crap. I knew something was up when Dad brought me up a fresh cooked bone and let me gnaw on the greasy thing in bed all night.
This morning I felt sooo tired and pretty worse. This time the look I gave Mom and Dad was one of exhaustion and it is time. I was so very tired, but my friend the vet has made me pain-free and feeling so much better now.
I know they are sad. Dad in particular. We traveled the country together performing. I danced in a ballet, played frisbee, herded sheep and performed at events. I lived such a wonderful life thanks to my Dad who rescued me from the family that didn't want me at 8 weeks old anymore. (Too active for them they said after a week of living with me.)
I hope Mom & Dad know I'm watching over them now, as well as Rook, Finn and sweet Dory, who helped keep me warm this morning. In due time, much like Woodie sent Mom Finn, I'll be sending a pup, much like me to add to their crazy lives.
Now I'm going to explore Rainbow Bridge. I had a huge welcoming committee this afternoon. My best pal Conrad was there, as was Woodie, Kelsey, sweet Morgan and Zipper. Nanny had a bag of treats and best of all I found Granddad again to throw me a ball.
Today was the Canine Games in Alexandria! It was soooo much fun and I won FIVE medals! I got to play frisbee, run agility, play catch, bob for bratwurst and watch Dad have to sing! I was in my glory performing again and meeting all kinds of nice dogs! I wish we had Canine Games to go to everyday!!