We have had a few more losses here at Alba Ranch. It seems like a lot lately but the reality is the entire pack was aging and all approximately the same age as well so it was a flood of them leaving one after the other as they have finished their lives over these last few years. I knew that it was coming but that doesn’t make it any easier.
This post is not a poor me my babies are gone…even though seriously…poor me my babies are gone…I mean for reals….but a celebration of their lives with some photos of them growing up just to give you a glimpse of their life….all the years we have had with them.
You will see and know why we loved them from the photos.
Nutmeg (aka if her name is NOT Meg….what is it?)
May 26, 2004-March 19, 2018
Nutmeg was one of 8 pups from Pru…and we kept 3 of them. She and her 2 sisters and her half sister Cinnamon, along with Auntie Tessa, Abbey and Pru were our 7 Scotland border collies that came over to the USA when we moved back.
Nutmeg was always my shy tri except at home. At home she was a bully. She ruled with a quite but iron paw. And even Rowan, the 90 pound Anatolian, cowered in fear with just a silent lip curl from Nutmeg. Respect…..
Nutmeg did not like little old ladies with brollies (umbrellas for you usa folks). nope…not them at all. She never did take to car rides. She did not get sick in the car, or have accidents or bark and carry on, she would just sit bolt upright, panting in terror and never settle down. When we drove from MI to CO, she did that for those two days. And she tried to bolt out of the suburban and managed twice and took off with us chasing her after her in a parking lot, a field or whatever to get her before she hit the highway. Needless to say, Nutmeg stayed to home a lot and that suited her just fine.
She could play football (soccer for the usa folks) like nobody’s fool. And amazing air…oh my…she would do almost a complete flip and roll at about 4 ft high in the air for a ball. Dive into the pond after a toy, into a puddle or a padding pond…no matter…if there was a ball…she was after it.
She was a quiet dog and faded into the background a lot….but she was still my shy tri and I loved her until the end. She was very still with us mentally but her body was failing when we let her go at just 2 months shy of her 14th birthday. That is a good long life for a border collie. Rest in peace my Nutmeggers.
Cinnamon (aka Cinnaminimoooooos)
June 3, 2004-March 19, 2018
Cinnamon was a pup from Abbey’s litter of six pups. She had the same sire as the pups from Pru but Abbey for a mom. She was their half sister born about 10 days after.
Charlie was taken with Cinnamon from the day he saw her. I was not sure though. When we were trying to decide which pups to keep, we took charlie back to work in Abredeen from Peterhead when we were living in Scotland. I suggested he pick a pup he was considering and take that pup on the ride and see how he felt. He chose to take Cinnamon and she promptly threw up on him…twice…so he said she had to stay being she threw up on him.
Cinnamon suffered with getting car sick for many, many years after that and it was only with a lot of work that we could get her finally OK with the car enough to NOT be sick through some nausea meds, and than began the work of getting her calm enough to even give it a go. I mean if you got sick in the car every time you rode, you would refuse to go too. We started with short drives like to the mail box or the end of the drive. Or just sitting in the car and NOT going anywhere. Even that was trying for her in the beginning as she has begun to associate the car with begin sick so much that to even be in it she would get sick. It took a long time but she finally cracked it and than she was happy and willing to go anywhere.
Cinnamon was a very head strong dog who was also a destructo dog. There was barely a toy in the house that could not be destroyed by Cinnamon. We had to have all the footballs…soccer balls…deflated but even that did not work as she would tear the leather off and rip the bladders out. I have no idea why she had to rip things apart but there was that one day she had her first encounter with a chicken and well….you guessed it…30 seconds later the chicken was in three pieces and dead and Cinnamon never did get near a chicken again. In her defence, the chicken had flown its coop area and flown over the fence into the dog pen so…..you know…fair game….at least in her mind.
We tried Cinnamon with herding lessons but she really didn’t have any thoughts to herd. She was like la de dah….running through the field..whats that…oh sheep..OK well…la de dah…running through the field….yup..not a sheep herder.
She would sit next to me on the couch whenever she had the chance and be so over joyed to be there that she would wiggle and drive me nuts…but she did so love being close to me. I miss Cinnamon…she was in a fair bit of pain towards the end…and she had some tumours. We had removed some a few years before right around the time that she lost Abbey and she never really recovered well from that.
She was such a mama’s girl that Abbey passing sort of took the stuffing from Cinnamon. She even lost her will to destroy in those last couple of years. The girls would all play and run and leap together and the four pups were the best of friends. Rest in peace Cinnamon, you are missed.
The Scotland Border Collies were born in Scotland, flew to Michigan, drove to Colorado, drove back to Michigan and now are at rest in the woods near Lake Michigan. Both Nutmeg and Cinnamon went together and they were even kenneled as pups together as well. We felt it was fitting that they were buried together as well so their worn out fur bodies would be forever together.