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My Boy Blue
(Fort Worth, TX)
When I was about 15 years old, I walked out into my garage and there was this gorgeous red merle Australian Shepherd just wandering around. We took him in and he became part of our family. My brother was walking him one day down the street and all of a sudden a lady ran out of her house saying "Blue! Is that you?" Come to find out he was her dog. We gave him back. Her husband called our house a few days later and said they had too many dogs and if we wanted him we could have him back. Of course we did!!!
After a few months of not understanding the needs of this beautiful breed, I had to return him to the family down the street. About a week after that, I opened my front door and there was Blue, sitting on the front porch waiting for me to notice he was home again! He was so dirty and had broken out of their fence to get back to us.
Blue died a few weeks ago. There is a huge hole in my heart because of his absence. I loved him dearly and he was, and forever will be my best friend. God sent him to me for a reason and I will never have any other breed but Aussies. I am getting a puppy Aussie soon because I miss my Blue so much.
I miss everything about my darling boy. I try to educate people on the needs of this breed because they are not just something we can buy and decide that we don't want to deal with their needs when we get tired of them. They are living, breathing creatures. They are at our mercy and should be treated as the beautiful friends and companions they are.