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Minnisota (Minnie)

Minnie Feb 6/2005 - Jan 2/2016

My best friend left today. She didn't want to go but the choice was no longer hers, but cancers. She fought only as Minnie could, tough and resolute to remain on this earth as long as she could for me. I vowed to never let her have a moments suffering, an unimaginable conflict of interest. Minnie taught me the true meaning of unconditional love. She forgave me immediately if I was cross with her, or impatient. She loved me as only an Aussie can,... full of vigorous butt wiggles and unbridled enthusiasm. She was my first brood bitch, and gave me some of the sweetest, loving, cherished babies anyone could ask for. Her progeny in the show ring or someone's best in show family member, live on as examples of her unwavering devotion to everything family. I know everyone who has lost a cherished dog feels they are the best dog ever to grace the planet, but she truly was. She was empathetic, boisterous, protective, a leader, intelligent, intuitive, beautiful, strong, devoted, intimidating, gentle, nurturing, relentless, and so much more. She embodied everything I ever wanted in a dog from my childhood, she was my Lassie. I know a day will not go by that I will not think of her, and I will struggle every time not to cry, no matter how much time will have passed. Her devotion to me is so overwhelming it feels undeserved. Because as a mere human I cannot reciprocate this unashamed display of love day in day out so unconditionally. It would require me to be devoid of ego, life's daily pressures, demands and challenges our canine companions dismiss as unimportant, and embrace life like a dog and live in the moment. If only it were possible. My only regrets to you my amazing Minnie, is not having the capacity to truly embrace and appreciate the everyday small gestures of love that were expressed by you every damn day. I will forever feel guilty for not being able to be present for you all the time, and having to share me with other members of the pack. You were generous of my time spent with the other dogs, and always helped to raise them up right. I wish I was capable of consistently matching your unashamed, condition free devotion to me. I will always try to honour your love, especially on those days where I feel less lovable of myself or others, I will think of you and try, I mean Aussie try. My shadow, my teacher, my friend.

Minnesota, aka Minnie, min, pop, soda, soda pop, pop a roo, roo.

Karche, Montrose Madame de la Grande

Karche was my second show Aussie from my friend Kelsey Jones of MontRose Kennels in Upstate NY. I was quite new to the breeding world and he sold me this sweet girl when she was 14 months old. Karche was quite timid and jumpy at first but soon settled into our home and became best of friends with Minnie. Karche was the complete opposite of Minnie in that she was a total princess and wanted nothing to do with chasing balls, rigorous exercise or anything that would be considered dog like behaviour. She enjoyed our country walks together and pack walks through the forest, but most of all loved to swim in our pond. she was not a typical aussie in that she was not at all pushy, needy or the in your face kinda aussie. she would lie quietly beside you or at the foot of the bed wanting only to be in your company. She was an exceptional mother and loved all puppies at Terwin, always looking forward to playing with the next brood that came along. Her sweet biddable nature and sound structure produced some of Terwin's exceptional show dogs like, Jag, Coupe, Porsche, Riot, all from one litter, not to mention her prodginey