On Thursday, Linda, Kyle and I said so long to a friend of 15 years, but not good bye.
Shae Dog (SD), the Queen of the current Lubeck Dog Posse – Shae, Merry [Christmas], Valentine, Sage, Willow & Cousin Harper – moved on to Heaven Today.
With assistance from the able and exceptionally considerate crew of Mountain Human, SD moved quietly, graciously, and comfortably from this life to the next. The three of us were with her all the way. We adopted SD from Mountain Humane (previously known as Sun Valley Animal Shelter) 15 years earlier (almost to the week).
Late Wednesday afternoon and into the early evening under the warm cloudless skies of fall-time Idaho, we played with all the dogs in our spacious backyard. Thursday morning we had a final Cup of Joe with SD under the same beautiful conditions on the campus of Mountain Human.
SD was the the second of four dogs we have adopted from Mountain Humane. Sweetie Dog (a female McNab Border Collie) was the first. Maverick Dog (a male McNab Border Collie) was the third. Merry [Christmas] Dog is the fourth.
SD was an exceptional athlete and devoted to her family. SD had a fast twitch and a slow twitch.
For the fast twitch, SD in her prime could not be out-run by any dog in retrieving a thrown Frisbee. SD held a Frisbee in her mouth last night.
For the slow twitch, SD was my training partner (along with the remarkable Andy White and the unequaled Karl Meltzer) for Ultra-Marathon races in the Mountain West. A number of times SD ran a training session of 40 miles with 12,000 vertical feet of gain at my side.
Like other members of the Lubeck Family SD was a movie-a-holic. SD often sat by my side with her head in my lap watching thousand of viewings in our movie theater – only to run up to the 10 foot screen when animals appeared.
Perhaps, best of all, SD was a great communicator. She could signal her intentions or understand mine to an exceptionally high degree.
The namesakes for the MESH Art Gallery are Merry [Christmas] and Shae Dog.
Instead of mourning a loss, I celebrate the gift of having SD in my life.
The Popular Images that were taken with Merry & Shae at my side.