I get sappy in this one, you may not want to read any further.
Several years ago I took a risk, a big risk for me because I’m tight, and I bought a puppy for $250.00. I wanted a good stock dog that would be helpful with the cattle and horses so I took a chance on this pup. She was just weaned and they had already named her Susie so we didn’t rename her. I brought her home and everyone was quickly pulled in by her ability to make friends.
Austrailian Kelpie was her breeding papered and all, and her main goal in life was to please us even from the very beginning. She helped me sort cows and train horses and any time I went to feed she was right there with me. If I was going to work, she seemed to know, but if I was going to the pasture her excitement level came up and she definitely knew. The back of the Yamaha was her space and if it was going somewhere so was she.
She didn’t bark much, but she found this snake one time and she was sounding the alarm! I don’t think it was poisonous but I had to go separate them because neither of them were going to give up any ground. If you had a water hose she was there to bite the water and loved it any time of the year.
She had an alertness about her that kept her in tune with everything that was going on. And when a girl came over, especially our friend Courtney, Suse would go out to greet her at her car and sit on her foot to try and get extra pets and loving before she came in the house.
When she was younger she could jump up into the back of the truck or into the tractor cab, but the last few years I had to lift her in so she could go with me.
Here she is just last winter feeding with me in the tractor. She always loved to go!
Sunday evening she could hardly step into the floorboard of the Yamaha to go check the cows. Her eyes and her hearing had both grown a little dim in the last two years and somehow she told me that her time was near. I told Sara and the kids so they could all go out and give her some love for the last time. She didn’t want to be put up for the night like usual but we coaxed her in and when we let her out the next morning she went and found a shady spot, stretched out and closed her eyes and her life was over. When I went to feed that evening alone I suddenly recognized that anytime I went out the door before she was there ready to go. I had to laugh at myself as I set a bucket of cattle feed down out of habit to allow Suse to get a bite of it.
She made my life better just by being around her and I think if someone says that about me when I’m gone I would consider that a high complement.