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Annie died today.

She nipped mailmen, small children, and anyone who stepped on her tail. She outlived all her dog buddies by many years, and she was totally unimpressed with puppy replacements. She was half border collie, half Australian cattle dog, a mutt from the pound. She loved to run and when she ran she was beautiful, but most of the time she looked kind of ordinary, practical. She made me go out and see what was going on, and was incredibly patient with me and my camera.

She lived sixteen people years and up until two days ago, was right as rain. She never liked any fuss, so let's keep it that way. No condolences. Just lean over and give your creatures, human or other, a little scratch, maybe something ridiculous to eat. She went on with a tummy full of great things.

I have lots of photos of Annie,
but this post describes her best.
20th Dec 2007, 01:08   | tags:

swamprose says:

oh yes. sixteen years of being great, and it was over in hours. she was not cute, but always a class act.

20th Dec 2007, 01:36

factotum says:

O.K. no condolences- I'll just add that I have lots of great Annie stories myself and more than a few happy photos.

20th Dec 2007, 02:43

silar31 says:

Go on Annie girl, you have fun herding the clouds sweet girl!

20th Dec 2007, 03:26

bronxelf says:

Sixteen years is a good run. She just needs to run elsewhere now. :)

20th Dec 2007, 06:34

paintist says:

patient and fun loving dog, thanks for sharing her mad moments with us :-)

20th Dec 2007, 07:20

nige says:

i somehow knew you'd choose that post to describe her. RIP Annie - wish we could have met.

20th Dec 2007, 08:04

Dhamaka says:

I'm so sorry Swamprose, but am absolutely sure she had the best life she could with you

20th Dec 2007, 08:47

seaneeboy says:

Sorry to hear it, but looks like a great companion. A good scratch behind the ears would be great.

20th Dec 2007, 09:34

JokerXL says:

16 years is a good old run.
Thanks for letting us in on some of her exploits.
Bye Annie.

20th Dec 2007, 10:01

Helen says:

I'm going to seek out and hug ALL of my little clan (including smelly Benji), in honour of Annie, right now...

20th Dec 2007, 10:10

hildegard says:

Oh buggrit.
Glad she had a valedictory snowfall though.
Oscar will get catnip tonight in memoriam - it may be ordinary enough as a treat but the results are ridiculous.

20th Dec 2007, 10:11

sixteen years is a good age, my dog sassy lasted that long and she was a cross and she was amazing, i know the sadness of lossing your beloved pets. the first pic in the linked post is an amazing shot and she looked like a wonderfull dog. :)

20th Dec 2007, 10:19

540air says:

I'm sure she'll enjoy running in the clouds.

20th Dec 2007, 10:30

Viv says:

she went as she lived eh without a fuss - bless

20th Dec 2007, 12:07

crickson says:

Sorry to hear - great shot thou, the eyes are so expressive!

20th Dec 2007, 12:15

OJ says:

OK, no condolences, but lots of fuss will be meted out to furry creatures tonight.

Sorry, Swamprose.

20th Dec 2007, 12:16

billion says:

how sweet, I've never known a dog to live that long. my own dog lived til thirteen and died in my arms (sob). I still think he'll jump up and scratch the door when I get home.

20th Dec 2007, 12:41

UxB says:

Glad this got a HL - EVERYONE should know about Annie and how wonderful a dog she was :)

20th Dec 2007, 12:57

Uber Spy says:

RIP Annie. Lovely words. So sorry Swamprose x.

20th Dec 2007, 14:50

awesome set of photos there!

20th Dec 2007, 15:07

mara says:

It's a photo full of love.

20th Dec 2007, 16:23

SaharaSB says:

that is a gorgeous pic of Annie and so sorry to hear about your loss. she sounded like she had a great character ! :)

20th Dec 2007, 18:31

Rachel says:

OK, no condolences, but I still have a tear in my eye. Will give Queequeg an extra scratch tonight in Annie's honour. Lovely pictures on the link; happy memories.

20th Dec 2007, 23:33

a good innings for a great dog

21st Dec 2007, 04:34

FilbertFox says:

Has she met up with Fuchsia yet do you think?

21st Dec 2007, 08:22

Jane Doe says:

: ( what a shock for you, but good for her that it was quick.
No critters here but will give my little peeps an extra hug in lieu x

21st Dec 2007, 19:45

MaggieD says:

Trip had bits of organic, free range chicken fillets in memory of Annie :) ...

21st Dec 2007, 23:13

Tori says:

Creatures have been scratched and provided a tasty snack.

22nd Dec 2007, 00:17

swamprose says:

thank you all. very much.

22nd Dec 2007, 04:41

looker says:

Just a minute........... Ok Im back had alot of scratches to give:)

22nd Dec 2007, 05:20

yuan3 says:

Annie must've been the happiest dog, being able to share time with you for sixteen years.

22nd Dec 2007, 07:48

jesson says:

A great Aussie sheila for a fab Canadian chick. So sorry Annie is gone.

25th Dec 2007, 00:06

itchymoblog says:

Beautiful dog! I always had a thing for mutts. Am scratching my human behind the ears for her.

25th Dec 2007, 20:34

Caine says:

Safe Journey, Annie. My Bear, Mahtocante died earlier this year at 15, a remarkable age for a dog his size. I understand, I didn't want any fuss either.

In memoriam, Cachet & Dolly shared in hot ham and cheese sandwiches on rye and each had their own slice of pumpkin pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I'm sure Annie would approve. xx

25th Dec 2007, 21:28

beth says:

just seen this and the linked post where the top pic amused me so much i had to say something! hope you've had a jolly good christmas.. the winter solstice looks pretty darn good..


31st Dec 2007, 14:38

Geodyne says:

I'll hug someone, as soon as I find them in near proximity to me.

I only saw photos, but that dog made me laugh many times.

2nd Jan 2008, 11:09

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