How can I even begin to describe the relationship I had with Annie? Some people describe their favorite dog as their heart dog. I guess that would be Annie for me. I bought her from Alan Miller when she was 3. Annie was bred and started by Dodie Green in CA. I saw Alan work her when she was almost 2 and really liked her right away. A year or so later, I needed a dog and called Alan to see if he still had the dog with one blue eye and if she was for sale. He had just moved her to open and she was trialing successfully. Alan agreed to sell Annie to me. I don’t think she was enough dog for him. She was enough dog for me though. While she was not terribly powerful, she could win if she had the right sheep. In fact, she won the majority of Ranch classes she ran in and was very successful in Open. Sometimes I felt like a cheerleader, but she never quit. She would do anything you asked her to do. She was extremely obedient and loved her job. She was my best friend and never let me down. When she was 10, January of 2013, Annie got sick. Alfter many tests and treatments, it was clear that she wasn’t getting any better. She still worked several times a week. You couldn’t leave the house without her, she insisted on going with me everywhere. In the last few weeks, she did a little driving and could get the sheep out and put them away, no big outruns and she only worked for 10 minutes or so at one time, but with all the enthusiasm as if she was running in the National Finals. On March 28, 2013, Annie had trouble breathing. We went back to the vet in the morning where it was determined she had fluid in her lungs. They could have tapped her lungs but that would have only lasted a week or so. I couldn’t put her through that and decided it was time to put Annie to sleep. My vet had sheep so Annie and I went out to work together one last time. She perked up when she saw them, moved them up and down the fence line a couple of times and then went to sleep peacefully while looking over my shoulder at her sheep. I miss her terribly but I have her cremation beads on my lanyard so she’s with me everyday, whether I’m just working sheep or out on the trial field.
Annie February 20, 2003 – March 29, 2013