Another chapter closes. RIP Ozzie


In the midst of all the joyous spring happenings (birthdays, lambing and shearing) my loyal 11 year-old Australian Shepherd, Ozzie became terribly ill. He began consistently vomiting and eventually he refused to eat. I took him to the vet on St. Patrick's Day. The diagnosis was pancreatitis. He was on sub-q fluids and penicillin for a week. There were points when he looked like he was going to make it. He would bark at visitors and come with me for chores, but he never regained his appetite. Yesterday he took a turn for the worse and he passed away during the night.

I'm sure going miss him, he was a big presence in this house since 2003. He was a great watch dog and very smart. You'll notice him somewhere in many of my sheep photos. He was a link to the life I used to have. Things change, life goes on and now there's one less link to that old life. 


  1. I'm sorry, Becky; losing him sounds painful on many levels.

  2. It seems as if many of us are losing our old friends right now. I'm still a bit battered from losing Tess and so your loss makes me cry just thinking of how difficult it must be for you to face losing your beloved companion. May the love and prayers of others comfort you during this difficult time. Some day we will again smile at the thought of them doing something that was completely their own "thing". Hugs.

  3. It is so sad when we lose our companions. Two years ago, we had to put down our five year old border collie. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. She had mega-esophagus, and though we managed it for a year, it finally got the best of her. Know I am thinking of you as you go through this tough time.

  4. It has been 5 years since I lost my special pet and I still miss her, but I do know she is Resting in Peace and no longer so confused. There are smiles of comfort in memory.


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