Age: 10 Years Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
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Leave a bone for Leilu Maxine
Lou, MommaLou, Crazy Girl, Koo Koo Lou, The Shedmaster
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April 1st 2003
snuggling, giving kisses, catching balls, playing frisbee, running, running, RUNNING!!!
the vaccum cleaner, the UPS man and being ignored
balls of any kind, the frisbee, fuzzy sheep "babies", (annoying) purple shoe squeeze toy
Down by the lake with mom by her side. Time there seems to stand still and it feels like the world belongs just to us.
touch side to side, sit, stay, heal, spin, speak, paw, other paw, relax (play dead), windmill, backup...more to come!
We were set to rescue another dog but due to a mix up that didn't work out. The rescue group told us the next dog would be ours but I had already promised my son we were going to get a dog that week . I was in hot water! That day as I was looking around on the internet I came across a breeder who had pups available. When we met Leilu she kept putting herself into my son's lap and looking straight up into his eyes as if to say, "I am yours now so let's go home." I knew right then she was the one.
Leilu is a red and white with one blue and one brown eye. She has completed basic obedience training, some agility and rally. Recently she attended a 3 day herding clinic and had a ball! She is a certified therapy dog with "The Good Dog Foundation" (www.gooddogfoundation.org). She is smart, extremely playful, friendly and full of life (after all, she is a border collie)! At any given time during the day or night she will flip one of her toys high into the air, catch it, and then run back and forth through the house like a bullet. She also loves it when you make shadow puppets on the floor so she can try to get them and loves to catch tennis balls thrown into the lake.
But first and foremost she is such a lover. Her kisses and hugs are truly the best!
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|August 4th 2006
||More than 7 years!
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October 2nd 2007 12:24 pm
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Wow, three whole days with ducks and sheep! Did I die and go to heaven????
Through the GDF mom met a Aussie breeder named Georgene who teaches herding and she held a very special 3-day clinic at her farm last week. Mom was able to make arrangements to take me and WE HAD A BLAST. Well, at least I did. Jan Wesen (who came here from the west coast to teach the clinic and judge at the herding nationals in NJ this past weekend) got me right into the pen and away I went after those sheep. Mom however was knocked off her feet by the sheep the first time she got in the pen with them. Now she knows that she has to keep her knees soft! She wanted to work only with the ducks after that...what a city girl! (and a big chicken)
Jan and the other teams at the clinic encouraged mom to keep me in herding and said I have lots of talent for it. Mom says I looked very natural with the stock and on the farm. Almost makes her want to move out of "suburbia land"... almost. Well, at least if we want to go herding again we can always go to Georgene's farm.
September 3rd 2007 6:30 pm
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Mom and dad took me to NY City today. Mom shared her breakfast with me – cappuccino, ricotta cheese & spinach omelet, toast & butter, and Italian cheese cake! I just loved it.
At the dog park I was a bit nervous - there aren't any near my home so I am not used to them – but after a short time I became friendly with a few dogs there and we started playing with the tennis balls together.
We then went to Ground Zero and took a walk around the site. Six years, where did it go? We didn’t stay long – mom just wanted to see the beginning of the new buildings. The old empty pit only symbolized the hole in the hearts of so many – seeing something new take shape on the site is good. Yes, very good mom says.
I can tell this place put mom in deep silent thought so I stayed close by her on the way home. Always doing my “therapy” thing you know – especially for mom today.
It was a great day – great weather, great food, great fun at the park. Oh yes, and a silent reminder to great each day with thankfulness and a humble heart.
August 28th 2007 6:40 pm
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Today we went to the pediatric floor to visit with some of the little humans that weren't feeling well. This was our second time on that floor; the 1st time we went we only visited briefly with 2 patients. However this time was much different.
We met a very nice young man being wheeled to surgery as we walked into the unit. The mom and dad walking along side had long faces and didn't speak but I wouldn't let this opportunity go by without doing some of my magic. I pulled my mom up to the young man (she has a hard time keeping up with me) and I went right between the bars on the stretcher and jumped up to lick this sick fellow on the cheek. I guess my actions broke the ice because everyone started laughing and talking; so much so that they held off wheeling this kid into surgery a few minutes so we could all talk together.
In our first room we met a cute young boy who had mono and was soooo happy that I was there to visit; his mom is allergic to dogs and he can't have one at home so boy was he happy to see me! He asked me to jump up on his bed (which I did without hesitation) and he petted me for quite a while and I just stayed nice and still so we could be together.
In the next room were two, approximately 12 yr old boys that were both having tests done at that moment. One lad was very friendly and was telling me and mom about his dog and the agility classes they attend together. When I turned to visit with the other lad, I could tell right away that he was much different. He didn't say more than one short, quiet sentence in answer to a question mom asked him but there was a strong silence about him. I just stayed there to let him gently pet me as they made marks on his head to place the electrodes. We think we saw a brief, faint smile cross his lips as we were leaving but that was much more than I could ever have hoped for.
On the way out the door we were stopped by a pretty woman who asked if we could make one last visit to her sick dad. Mom asked me if it was OK and I told her I was good to go for one more. We haven't received permission before to go on the cardiac floor so we headed back to the volunteer office for approval (and of course they said yes). The moment we stepped onto the floor it was buzzing - the doctors and nurses were petting me and loving me up too. And not only did I seem to bring some joy to this man, his wife and his daughter, but the gentleman in the bed next to him and his wife asked if I could visit with them as well! I did a few tricks for them all - Whew! What a busy day! We stopped at the drink counter near the front door where mom got her to go coffee and I got a big glass of water (I was so thirsty - hospital air is very dry) and then off we went. I slept in the car on the way home ....another day of hard work done!
Love ~ Leilu
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