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Ellie: “Dad is lucky, he gets to wear his halloween mask everyday!”   Branwen; “HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  Its funny cause its true!1379922_10203966320831115_2592619137493379630_n

More Plotting

-Okay, now that we caught big bird and killed him what do we do with his remains….. Where is Ginger she always has a plan…..What does she mean we are on our own on this one?dscf5282

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-Okay, what are they plotting now?   dscf5288

MacKenzie

Our first collie McKenzie was a really smart collie.  This led him to do wonderful things that would amaze us. Unfortunately it also led him to do some of the most unbelievable things we ever saw also.

Mac was a big, burly Tri-color who had Mahogany mixed in his fur. He went about 80 pounds and was a lot of fun and made me laugh endlessly.

I’ll never forget the day we taught him to sit.  I put him in the middle of the room and said sit and pushed his rear end down as I said so. He looked at me trying to figure out what I meant. When he was sitting I gave him a treat which he loved.

I then repeated this and he was studying my face as we went through it again. The third time I said sit he sat!!!! I gave him the treat and praised him and made a big deal about him doing it!  I said sit the 4th time and he did it again. He was so smart!  We practiced a few more times and I knew he had it.  After all, McKenzie when we brought him home pottied once in the house and I showed him it was a no-no and put him outside and he never went in the house again!!!!  He was one smart guy.

Now, as you will see my friends Mac was always thinking.  I turned around to go and do something else and Mac ran around in front of me with a look of glee on his face and stood in front of me and sat! I told him what a good boy he was and laughed and gave him a treat.

I then walked past him only to have him repeat the performance again!  Heck, he could do this all day and he was so proud of himself!  So, I gave him another treat.  He again repeated this and that was when I had to teach him that he only got a treat when I told him to sit.  That was fun for he figured that out quickly too, but he didn’t like that.

My McKenzie has been gone for 16 years now and I still miss him everyday.  He was one fun loving and smart guy who taught me a lot about life.  All my collies have taught me a lot…..  But, Mac was the first and someday I hope when I go to the other side I will meet up with my big guy who loved life and lived it with gusto and fun!  His biggest lesson to me was to relish the time you have with those you love for in a blink of a eye they will be gone forever and that loving life and those around you even when things are not good in life is what to dwell on.  So, relish your families and your dogs or cats and love them like each moment could be the last you ever see them, for as was Mac’s case, it could be.

184053_4107151089856_142560853_nMy McKenzie and my oldest daughter back then….

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264326_4107152609894_76366803_nMac getting loved up by my daughters….

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426226_4107153569918_340980939_nAfter I took this shot Mac passed away in about 14 hours…..

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523282_4107151929877_1633164938_nA shot from his last afternoon with us…   I love you Mac… I always will and I still miss you after almost 20 years….

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dscf8071Hmmmm… Where is the Hammock?  we are waiting!!!!

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yes, you go get a drink and your book and I will guard it for you…  you can trust me dad… Never fear Ginger is here… snicker….

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dscf8107Let me see untie this rope too…. and that makes them all loose… heheheeh

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-dscf8106I dont know which was better… the hammock falling apart and him bouncing off the ground or the drink going up his nose after he bounced… hehehehe…. well time to persuade mom to let me

Taking Charge

-Okay, we two have had enough.  Branwen as the oldest female laid down the law and I lil Hallie dad’s right hand collie enforced his will and all is quiet here at the Meadow.  We want some peace and quiet and calm and Dad is tired so make a move.. we are watching.  The wrong move will cost you… dearly….. Here we are watching…. that means you Gingerdscf9461

TGIF

-Its Friday….. dad will be home soon and it will be time for fun!! woo hoo!!!!  Also time for young guys like me to have fun… I hope he doesnt mind me borrowing his toothbrush, comb, aftershave and his tie… heheheheeh  Hey, hey you Ellie… ohh la la baby,,,,,10322429_10202878258310232_338452477366087889_n

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