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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

RIP Belle The Crazy Australian Shepherd 9/23/96 - 5/2/11

by Chris
(Los Angeles)

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.

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May 12, 2011
by: Nonnie

Oh Chris, I am so sorry! Aussies are the most energetic, loving, fun, crazy furry babies ever!!!! I am so glad she had you in her life for 12 years. She was very lucky to have you in her life. I will be thinking of you over the next few months. I hope you will look for another companion. It looks like you make a great "parent" to furry babies.

May 13, 2011
RIP Little Belle
by: Anonymous

So sorry for your loss of such a sweet girl. Good life given to her by a loving owner. I suspect she knew there was just no more to see. Lots of good times & memories she has left in your heart. My guy is only 3 1/2 & I hope to have him at my side for many years also. They are a special breed these furry kids.

Soon it will be time for you to give the same to another one.

May 13, 2011
Sorry for you loss
by: Debbie

First of all what a beauty of an aussie. I recently lost a maltese myself so I feel your pain. God Bless you for taking such good care of your pal and God Bless your pal for taking care of you.

May 13, 2011
by: Anonymous

its beautiful that you rescued her, its beautiful that she lived to be 15. its beautiful that you and she had a wonderful life together, its beautiful the way she left, quietly, calmly in her own back yard, not a hospital or anythtng else. its beautiful that you will always have those wonderful memories, and pictures to remember her by, even though, of course, you wll miss her, and sometimes forget, and think she's still there with you. all in all, its beautiful. and she will alwyas be with you, in your heart.

May 14, 2011
Thanks to all of you who posted
by: Chris

Totally appreciate your comments. It feels good just to get it out. I still can't believe she's gone. The pet mortuary called the other day to set up delivery of her ashes. But when I first picked up the phone, the guy (trying to be sensitive) said, "We're bringing Belle home." And for a split second, almost like a child, I thought they meant alive. Such a weird feeling. Then, obviously, within milliseconds reality hit and I realized what he meant. They brought her ashes, and a pawprint, a lock of her fur, and her collar and tags. And I can't remember the last time I cried that hard. I still have two border collies at home -- an 11 year old, and a 7 month old rescue (who was unsocialized as a puppy, probably just kept in a crate her whole life) who is getting better and more confident every day, so my hands are probably as full as they need to be. But then I think of those crazy Aussie eyes, and I wonder how much longer I can hold off...

May 14, 2012
RIP Belle Sweet Girl
by: (Mark)


I know you feel like part of you has died and that's truly what has happened. My "Gibson" is such a sweet boy and such a big a part of me that I don't know what I will do when I lose him. I've out lived other pets in the past and I still feel the presence of each one of them.

Belle would want you to go on and be happy. She received your love and that's the most important gift.

RIP Belle Sweet Girl.

My thoughts are with you both.


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