Everyone thinks they have the best dog. And none of them are wrong.
Betty was the first puppy I ever lived with or "had." I was also relatively new to being a dog (step)mom, only having lived with Olive for a few months. Oh, my goodness what a good big sister Olive was to Betty who certainly must have tried her patience. I think it is not only the people who were worse off without Olive when we lost her just a few weeks after Betty's first birthday, but Betty would have benefited so, so much had she had more time learning how to be a dog from an expert dog like Olive.
|Betty was super snugly from the time we brought her home until she got sick this spring.|
Betty may have been inexpert at certain aspects of dogging, but I sure learned a lot from her. I learned patience and persistence - the former because of her skill at the latter. She could tell you again and again and again and again that you should kick this pine cone or ball for her to chase, each time as though she hadn't just asked/demanded. Sometimes I could wait her out, often not. She was passionate about her hobbies!
|Grandma gave the Beastie Grrrlz large Chuck-its for Christmas 2015. I thought maybe this would mean Betty's fetch sessions would only require 2 balls - one to carry and one to chase - but, nope... she could still carry two of the big ones!|
I learned about the joy in repetition and in the little things. Every time a pine cone was kicked it was a thrill to block it or chase it or pounce on it. EVERY. TIME. Of course, the same goes for fetching balls. Betty was a ball chasing maestra and a pleasure to watch run after them. She was so fast on her long, muscular legs that people would ask if she was part greyhound when we lived in Portland and went to the dog park every day.
|Betty learned to be a water dog at the Thousand Acres park at the Sandy River Delta.|
|Sometimes a stick isn't enough, but to a dog their people are good enough even when they're filthy from remodeling a kitchen.|
When she and Delia decided they could not stand each other, I learned about loving someone so much and so hard that I had no choice but to accept a catastrophic flaw.
I learned that a nap with a dog was one of the best naps one could nap. I relearned how it was nice to hold hands on car rides. I learned it is just as much fun to make costumes for dogs as it is for people, in fact maybe it is more fun.
|Captain Betty. This post on craftster.org got this project published in a Star Trek craft book - no doubt because of Betty's elegant good looks as the model.|
|I never got a good photo of her in her completed hobo spider costume.|
|Luchadog! La Cazadora, The Huntress|
|I picked up this elf outfit for Betty at the after holiday clearance. I am glad I got a photo then.|
I learned more about sharing and more about the joy in watching others that I love in the acts of
|A snap Betty's Auntie Adrienne took of Betty with her cousin/best friend Wacho and her people-cousin, Kate playing in their yard.|
|Getting up in that hammock with Eric was her idea and she managed it all on her own.|
|I have so many photos of Betty throwing herself at guests, but can't seem to find most of them. :(|
|Fathers Day 2016 walk in the National Forest.|
I have already known the sorrow and deep pain of loss from pets dying and now I am learning it again. I love Betty. I miss her.