Sunday, February 28, 2010

20 Years Ago

20 years ago today, in the small east San Diego county town of Lakeside, a blue merle Australian Shepherd bitch puppy was born. Her name was Morgan, with Morning Delite of Riverview being her registered name at that moment in time. By the end of her time here, it became U-CD Morning Delite of Riverview ASCA/AKC CDX STDsd, RV-E JV-O NA NAJ CGC DNA-CP. There is just so much I could say about her; her storied stint as one of the founding dogs of the San Diego Children's Hospital Therapy Dog Programme; her starring roles in an episode of 'Renegade' and a 'Shamu TV' episode for SeaWorld; her uncanny intelligence; her ability to learn the entire Utility obedience routine in less than a day, then change it up in trials to earn her the title "Freestyle Utility Dog"; and so on. But, sometimes, simple is the best way to honour someone very special. She was, without a doubt, the best dog we ever had the honour to share our lives with. She'll have been gone over The Bridge 7 years this June; hard to believe. Sometimes, it seems like just yesterday; other times, it seems to have been decades. But one thing is for sure - there'll never be another Morgan. Her line continues on to this day, and she'd be proud of her grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-great grandkids (and soon her great-great-great grandkids will be making their debut). So, enjoy a small fraction of the pictures of our grand old girl, and send a good thought her way on her birthday today.

With my nephew, Spencer, in Cayucos, California. She will cross The Bridge in 8 days

Cayucos again, with her great grandkids Jag, Siege, Ho Dog and Rio, 2002

Cayucos, 2002. Very regal

With Spencer in Cayucos. We started going to Cayucos in 1992 and until we moved to Oregon in 2006, didn't miss a year. This year, 2003, sadly, would be her final visit. She has a memorial fencepost there now

We call this one the "Bone Box Bandit". She did love to eat!

The 1994 Nationals, where she took a 4th in Brood Bitch, with son Pup, daughter Jazzee, and son Lyle

Her 13th birthday party. She's not willing to wait nor share the cake with anyone

We tried hard for a group shot on her 13th, but it wasn't gonna happen, not with almost 30 Aussies of varying ages having much too good a time to sit still long enough

Daughter Jazzee wants a closer look. The red dog is Jazzee's grandson Ho Dog, and to my right is Morgan's son Lyle

Working cattle at 12. She never lost her drive nor her love for working

Working sheep at 13

I think she was about 3 in this shot

With daughter Jazzee at the 1998 Nationals, both winning their respective agility classes

She might have been around 8 or 9 here. She retired from agility at 11 because she was going deaf

More cattle work at 12 years

Her starring role in 'Renegade - Top Ten with a Bullet' and co-star Bobby Sixkiller, otherwise known as Richard Branscome (I think). He also has (had) an Aussie

At Cayucos again

She was one of the best there ever was. Happy birthday, Wagglebutt!

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