Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Last of the pack

Setting up

Sadie was the last of the old pack of Casey, Kelly, and Sadie; all hunting Airedales. She passed on in her sleep last night, not unexpectedly. She would have been 15 years old next month, my oldest Airedale so far.

Sadie was a little female that no one wanted until she arrived at my place at around 14 months old. She had been passed from owner to owner for various reasons, but when she got here she stuck. When she found out what bear hunting was all about, she discovered her place in life. Like her running partners she really preferred lion, but there are generally more bears around to run and that is where she shined. She loved to run and tree a bear, and if one felt like staying on the ground that suited her just fine too. She generally changed its mind and made it rethink the matter. The bear usually ended up in a tree. In her later years, after Casey and Kelly were gone, she accompanied me on many a calling stand. That is what we were doing in the above photo; setting up to call coyotes above a place called Horse Thief Meadows.

6 comments:

2 Tramps said...

So very sorry for your loss. She sounds like she was a wonderful companion. Her longevity is surely a testament to your good care through the years.

Leigh said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Bob. Aye but such a happy story to hear that Sadie found her place in this world and was able to live out her life with someone who loved and cared for her very much.

Casey said...

Sorry to hear that Bob. I hate losing dogs, even though it's inevitable. Here's to the memories, though! Sounds like y'all made the most of it.

Bob Mc said...

Thanks guys. Dog people understand. The only thing worse than losing them is never having had them at all. I've had dogs all my life, and can't imagine not having one.

HermitJim said...

I'm saddened by the news of your loss, and agree with your statement of the only thing worse is not ever having a partner like she was!

Kansas Scout said...

I am soooo sorry for your lose. Take heart in the good times you shared and recall them often. Take care