Today in 1997 a little puppy was born at the fabled A&H Sunday Kennel, a puppy who was to change my life forever. Her daddy was the 1996 Champion Twin Acres Concert Master and her mommy was A&H Sunday’s I’m No Angel. This little puppy was bought to become a show dog and she was absolutely beautiful. However, she had some very minor faults that would keep her from becoming a Champion and we found her being offered for sale shortly after our MacKenzie died.
We’ve told her story here many, many times and Niamh changed my life forever. Today, she would’ve been 16 years old… a mighty old collie if she had survived this long.
After all this time… I still miss my Niamh, I guess I always will. As the years pass I smile more now as I think of her, but there is still that broken part of my heart that I guess will never heal. However, Niamh was not about sadness or the pain of being gone. She was about life, loving and changing the world around her.
When Niamh came into my life she brought into my life new friends…. along the way because of her we made more friends. However, her death brought about the flowering of uncountable amounts of new people coming into our lives in a multitude of ways that all trace back to her death. She was and still is a blessing from God. Somehow, that incredible sweet little collie has made her impact felt in my life in everyway and almost seven years after being called home by God she is still affecting my life. How does a mere dog do that some will ask… well she like every other dog on the face of the earth are not “mere” dogs. They are the epitomy of what we should be like in our lifewalk if they are given the chance to do so and we will just take a deep breath and love them and watch their example.
So, today I say Happy Birthday my dear Niamh whose earthly remains lie under the Apple Tree and whose soul is in heaven and whose life that was walked in beauty still affects my every moment here on earth. Thank you Niamh for everything. Thank You God for blessing my life with her. I wish you hadn’t taken her so soon…. but you knew her death would lead us to rescue all the collies we have and to have helped other needy dogs and cats find homes…. I miss her God, please give her a kiss for me….
Niamh sitting in a chair looking out the window. She was waiting for the mail person to arrive…. When I recently found this shot I was surprised at how much she looked like Hallie and Trevor….. then I remembered they were cousins…
Here is Niamh with Teddy….. She loved Teddy and he loved her. When she passed Teddy moped terribly around the house and while he likes our other collies I dont think he has ever gotten over losing her. I mention her name and he looks out the window for a long time and I can see he remembers her….