RIP Belle The Crazy Australian Shepherd 9/23/96 - 5/2/11
The craziest dog I've ever had. Spun in circles of joy every time I came home, nipped friends on the ass (to get them moving), killed a chicken once, chased a mean frisbee, was determined to get that fat squirrel in the front yard that taunted her for years, loved the beach, lived for the car (a trip to the grocery store was every bit as exciting as a road trip to Mammoth) and got me through some difficult times. She was like velcro and from the time I adopted her as a rescue (when she was 3) she never left my side. Was chasing a tennis ball as recently as Sunday afternoon (though she was so senile she kept forgetting what to do with it -- but still, chasing a ball at almost 15 is pretty damn good!) I came home Monday afternoon to find that she had laid down in the yard and checked herself out. Maybe it was too much activity on Sunday, maybe it was the heat, and maybe she just decided she'd seen it all... all I really know is that I'll never forget her.