Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Crate, Puppy, Socializing, Obedience
By T Lee
De Leon Springs, Florida, United States
Posted February 14, 2019
I was looking for a tri- colored Sheltie when I found Alex - a small sheltie that was a sable with mahogany highlights and a full white collar. I could not resist.
After bringing that little boy home, I was in the yard with him gardening. Being distracted, I lost sight of him. Thinking he was lost, I began searching everywhere for that pup. I called his name. Frantically, I started into the house to call for help, and there, sitting on the top step, was my little Alex, wagging his tail as if to say, "I'm not lost, mom."
I scooped him up, hugged him, and promised I would never be distracted again.
Years later, Alex developed kidney disease that progressed to kidney failure. He required much care and I took him everywhere with me - including the race track. Now, there was threat of a $250.00 fine to bring a dog into the race track, but I needed to be there 2-3 times a week and Alex needed me. He layed on the seat next to me as we passed into the track through the horseman's gate. I left him in the barn as I prepared my horse to race.
When I walked my horse from the prep barn to the racing barn, I passed my truck and there was Alex sitting in the driver's seat looking all around! "Alex, you're going to blow our cover," I whispered to him.
He just looked at us innocently. I never did receive a fine and no one seemed to notice him even though he was not hidden. We spent our last months together every moment of every day and Alex gave me the best memories of the best dog I could have ever imagined having.