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A Heartfelt Letter Honoring the Memory of Blue
In Remembrance of Blue
Blue came to us when he was 4 months old. A friend had a puppy who was left over from a litter her female had. This one was the runt and had parvo. I guess he started out as a survivor. He was a very calm puppy and didn’t do much more the cuddle and that was alright with me.
I was so excited to name this puppy Baloo because it would match my cat named Bagheera. Our dear old Baggy cat , 15, passed away a few weeks later and the name Baloo just didn’t have the same meaning so Blue it was.
Blue was raised with a family that believed in the pack leader mentality. So at an early age Blue was taught his place in the family hierarchy. All was well until about the age of three. I was meeting a friend who wanted to re home their aggressive pit bull. This dogs leash was a little longer then I expected. He attacked blue and I was scared how quick it happened. All my pack leader skills didn’t train me to prepare for this. I stopped going to dog parks and found myself no longer taking him places out of fear. The next five years we spent in our own yard. We found the best part of the day was at night when Blue can cuddle next to the closest person and sleep. He was ticklish on his back feet, and snored like an old man. Fun fact, he would get in the bathtub on command, but hated the water. He would not even even take a treat until he was out of the water. Blue also had a handful of tricks he could do. He could sit, stay, give me 5 then say other hand and he would switch paws, kiss, pray, play dead and the dreaded roll over. The one thing missing was being around other dogs.
We decided to take him to James for socializing. Blue went to James once a week for the next two years. I couldn’t believe how much he loved it. Then after advanced training James brought out agility. Wow Blue didn’t want anyone else taking his attention away. I don’t think James or myself expected him to love agility or thrive to do it.
After Covid hit we stopped training because of government shutdowns . We needed to find Blue a new outlet. We took him to the dog beach. His first visit he would tip toe to the edge of the water and bark until his ball came to him. A few weeks later, he was going in the water so deep I thought I was going to have to save him. He loved the water and enjoyed his beach days. Wow BLUE loved the water. I am confident training taught us how to work through that.
Now as the weather started getting cold, we found Blue running a little slower. We chalked it up to his age.After a vet visit, we found he had cancer and it had spread already. Blue passed with his family by his side on 12/08/2021. He will never be forgotten.