Nicknames: Cali-girl, Cal-Cal, Bit o Luck California Dreamin'CD CGC, Calster, Cali McBoing Boing, Miss Cal, Miss Cali
Birthday: March 7th 1995
Likes: being with her peeps, she used to love to play frisbee, cleaning Niko's ears
Pet-Peeves: squirrels, Fling, fireworks and baby gates (but the kids got her over her fear of loud noises)
Favorite Toy: kong toy with peanut butter
Favorite Food: Orijen- if we switch her she gets violently sick, she also likes all people food
Favorite Walk: she loves to go anywhere where she can bark at everything she passes...
Best Tricks: SPIN!! cocking her head when you talk to her, she knows all the "obedience" stuff, too
Arrival Story: We were looking for a male, but Cali was the first puppy from the litter that ran full blast at us. Not the best way to pick a puppy, but she has taught us a lot about raising a super smart high-drive dog.
Bio: Cali has changed from the spitfire who would never let me hold her, to a wonderful companion who is content to lay on my lap. She is the reason I tried obedience, agility, herding, fostered Aussies in Ohio and will always have at least one Aussie!
This is from mama- dear Cal Cal,
I have been thinking of you lots lately, my sweet angel. A few weeks ago, I saw your trainer, Noel, and she said she had pictures of you herding sheep many years ago. This past weekend, I saw my friend Stacey. You know her- she introduced us to the wonderful world of sheepherding. I remember the day we drove to the farm like it was yesterday, but it was a decade ago. You turned on to those sheep and never looked back.
Today I took little Tonka and Roper to Sue's to herd. Sue loved you, and knows how much I want Roper to start working like you did.Roper is a tough nut, and I forget how I got you to listen so well and be so calm around the sheep. Tonka is going to be like you- he is your distant cousin and you would have loved him and Roper, too. I wish I could feel your soft fur one more time, Cal. Tonka knows this and he's been extra snuggly with me these past few days. Some day we will see each other again, my angel, but days like today it is hard to wait. I hope you are herding the sheep in heaven and bossing around your brothers and sister.
Yesterday was my first Bridge day annifursary, and it really doesn't feel like I've been gone from the earth that long. Sadly, too many of my pals have joined me here this year, but we have been having a nonstop good time! My family has not even been too sad about my annifursary- they knew they gave me the best life an Aussie could want and when I started to feel horrible, I got to be out of my pain quickly.
Now it is pawsome here, but I need my pals to know that your humans would like you to stick around a good long time until you really need to make your journey ;)
Today I would have been 14 and if it wasn't for that rotten tumor, I'd still be spinning around for birthday cookies with my family....
Now parties at the Bridge are no small event- Niko, Ringo and Meg made me a huge bacon and cheese birthday cake with yogurt frosting and I had so many friends come to run and play with me! But my humans don't get to come...I've been watching them and I know they do think of me often- my little girl has a stuffed Aussie that she always wants to snuggle with when she's thinking of me. She calls it her "Cali dog" :)
It seems like just yesterday I was eating my yummy cookies from Sadie's bakery- you can see the video here on my page. I had a wonderful and pretty long life- all of you who have lost a dog know it's never long enough. I will be content to celebrate many woofdays without my humans, but I know that some day they will get to share my cake...or at least give me another slice!