Sad Day-Had to say Good Bye
We had to put down our beloved dog this morning. It was very tough to say “good bye”, even though we knew this day would come. She, like most Sheppard’s, (Polly was our third) had hip dysplasia that got progressively worse, to the point where she could no longer get herself up.
Polly is a German Sheppard who we got 11 years ago when she was two. She was in training to be a bomb dog for the Army, when her trainer/handler decided he did not want to support the war effort any longer. So we took her home and we trained her to be a “pet”. She did not know how to play, only to obey commands and work. So it took us a while, but we molded her (maybe she molded us) into a fantastic pet, guard dog, horse for the grand children, and my shadow. She dutifully followed me everywhere I went, and I could always count on her being there, where ever I was. If I got in the truck and drove away, and I did not have the gate closed in the yard, she would follow my truck down the road. She had the run of the house and yard, using her doggie door as a turn style at times ….She was a low maintenance type of dog, she would not lick you, or bark (unless she was in protect mode), but nuzzle her nose next to your leg to say, “pet me”. When sitting in the living room, she would walk by me and stop to nudge my arm to pet her. At 630 sharp every evening, she would nuzzle my DW’s leg (never me) to say, “Okay, CHOW TIME, feed me” and act like a puppy as she followed my DW all the way to her bowl to get fed.
She made a mark on our family and in our hearts, but she is in a better place and without pain.
We will miss her.
2012 Dodge 3500, SLT Big Horn,CC,DRW,Cummins HO, EB, 4x4, 3:73, Retrax Pro, Q20, TST507, Garmin RV760, Sleek 4g
2014 Cedar Creek, 36CKTS, 640w Solar, TriStar MPPT 60, Magnum 2000w, PI EMS, WiFi Ranger Elite, Sleek 4g, Wingard DTV Traveler
Retired Army in 1995, and now retired in 2016