In memory of "Missy" The finest
Brittany we've ever owned.
Missy was in a class all
to herself at a very young age. Trips from North Dakota to the East were planned
and completed around our hunting buddy at the ages of 1 & 2.
She was a gentle
comforting companion in the house but became a wild lady (under control) when
hunting. She defeated 26 other pointing dogs in her only Derby stake.
She completed her hunt
test title with scores of 10's. She ran intelligently, found birds where other
dogs had passed, and was steady to
wing/shot. She ran open cover big and tight cover close. She heeled from point
to be released like a rocket on to more birds.
She passed away at the tender age
of 3. She had been steady to wing since 6 months and steady to wing/shot since
age 11 months. She had a tender retrieve to hand from the position of
heel. Missy passed away on Valentines day and for a long time our family
had an unmistakable void.
Before her final day, We
took her trembling body out to find some birds once more. Not able to run
and barely able to scent, we killed 3 birds over her and praised her as we had
never done before. She was happy to find birds so close to home and
with help from her master...
"I don't believe I've
ever cried so hard" one of us said. With every shovel full of dirt that we
removed to dig her grave, we cried. When we placed her in the grave, we
cried. We slowly covered her up not wanting to hurry the finality of it
all and we cried even more. We buried her in her collar so that no other dog
would wear it, her lifeless body facing into the prevailing winter winds, facing the place she so
often found birds.
Our two young boys had
been at school that day and when they arrived home they wanted to
know where Missy was. We told them she went to heaven and is waiting for
us there. They cried uncontrollably, wanting to see her but we
explained that it was better they remember her alive and happy. An hour
later, my oldest boy, then just in elementary school, was missing...we found him
sobbing while trying to remove the earth that covered our precious Missy...just
to say "goodbye". I weep at this writing and weep when I
remember her last day.
Love your Brittany like family because they are family, they just are...
'Tis braver to have loved and lost than to not love at
Are Brittany owners different? I really think so.
Brittany owners are a 'breed' all to themselves. WE are not afraid to cry.
WE are not afraid to have loved. WE consider our dogs family. We are