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Blog for a Dog

Posted by Rick on 1/17/2012 to Quilting

About 13 years ago Michelle heard a puppy crying. She looked up the driveway, and here was this 4 month old abandoned puppy coming to her. Love at first sight! If you know anything about Michelle, you know she instantly adopted him, and gave him the best home a dog could hope for.  

She named him "Colt", but soon everyone knew him as "Coltie Dog". He wasn't a mongrel either; he was a composite. He had shepherd in him for sure, but what else we don't know. Coltie loved people. His big brown eyes could melt the staunchest heart. 

About seven years ago Coltie suffered a freak accident where, a horse he was following, kicked a board that hit him in his right rear leg, breaking it. The Vet tried for six months, and several surgeries, to save it, but eventually the leg had to be removed. Now Coltie was a tripod. 

I came to know Coltie about two years ago. By then, he was getting up in the years, and suffered from arthritis. You would think being three-legged and arthritic would cause a dog to lose his spirit. Not Coltie! He would follow us up mountain hikes and horseback rides. He never complained or showed a lack of spirit. Sometimes he'd lay down from exhaustion, but he'd always catch up to us. 

This past week Coltie fell sick. It was the kind of illness his 91 year old dog body wouldn't have enough left to fight-off. So, we had to make that long ride to the Vet's office. The tears flowed freely from Michelle, me, and even the Vet. We really miss our Coltie Dog.



Jan Steele
Date: 2/9/2012 11:28:00 PM
Michelle & Rick, I'm so so sorry to learn about sweet 'Colt'. How very sad. My heart has tears. So sorry, i didn't know. May he romp, run & play with all his doggie friends in heaven where he's no longer in pain or any suffering.
Kimberly Manning
Date: 4/11/2012 3:28:00 PM
Breaks my heart... I cried reading this. Dogs are the most special gifts. Hugs to you.
Julie Mock
Date: 6/25/2012 6:06:00 PM
Awwww...I just read this. He sounds like a great dog who was so well-loved. That's a really tough loss. Dogs are just the greatest gift ever. I hope you can find some comfort in giving him a happy life as a beloved member of your family, something he probably never would have had without you.
Rocky Morris
Date: 5/16/2013
Michelle and Rick, I remember Colt from the fabric store and always thought he was special as we also had a "tripod" dog named Annie that was very special to us. Your story makes me cry and definately reminds me of Annie. The tears are bittersweet as the memories are so precious.
Carolyn Schroeder
Date: 8/21/2013
So so sorry about Colt. They become our "kids" We had to make that long tearful trip twice to the vet with two of our old buddies. Extremely emotional. My hubby surprised me with some beautiful wildflowers he planted on their graves to ease my heart. The memories ARE so precious aren't they.

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