Over 16 years ago I called Scott at work because I saw an ad in the newspaper that said Border Collie Lab X puppy. I felt like a child asking “can we get one, can we get one!” Scott couldn’t resist because deep inside he really wanted a puppy too. We drove out to a farm 40 minutes from our house in the dark. The puppy was the last one left, on sale for only $75.00! What a deal! He had been sent to sleep with the cows! He even smelled like a cow. His Mom was a working Border Collie on the farm, his Dad was the Chocolate Lab from next door! I loved him already! When the owner put him up on the deep freeze for us to see, he wouldn’t even look at us. I don’t know how many times he had been through this process but I am glad he was left for us, it was meant to be. The best 75 bucks I’ve ever spent!
I fell in love as soon as our eyes met. He was mine. When we got him home he hid under the kitchen table. His Border Collie instinct kicked in as soon as we went for our first walk, trying all the way to heard us as he trotted sideways.
Zack spent every waking moment with us. He was the smartest, fastest, most well mannered dog I have ever met. He knew he was loved and trusted us with his life. He protected us and we took care of him. The perfect union! If he stepped on a prickle he would simply look at me and lifted his paw, we understood each other. He saved my son Jesse and I from a Black Bear when Jess was only 16 months old. Zack jumped right over top of us to the Bear we never saw coming, and chased it into the bush so we could run away. He was courageous! When I went into the grocery store he waited patiently outside, never tied up, and sat where he could see if I came out the other door. I could give him hand commands from inside through the window and he would lie down when I asked him to.
Zack was our best friend for over 16 1/2 years which is why I write this with overwhelming sadness. With compassion and love we made the decision to put his body to rest so his spirit could be set free. We will love and miss him forever! His spirit was kind and fit into our family perfectly!
It will never be possible to replace Zack and some friends said it might be a good idea to get another breed to avoid comparing to Zack, but a Border Collie Lab X is the best breed in my eyes so when I saw an ad in the local paper I knew I had to love another. Lulu, a female this time got to meet Zack which I am grateful for.
After we got home from the Vet I spent a few moments alone behind closed doors thinking of the last 16 years of love Zack brought me. I looked out the window to a grey sky and just as I said goodbye for the last time to my old friend the sun broke through the clouds and shone brilliantly into my tear filled eyes. At that moment I knew Zack was letting me know he made it to where he needed to be.
If you cross my path in the next little while please don’t mention Zack, it will take awhile before I can talk about him without tears. If I don’t look quite myself, you will understand why. Thanks everyone for letting me share my little black dog tribute with you! Deep Breath!
Thank you to the wonderful Ladies at Paws and Claws for their support and love that made this difficult time a little easier. Your compassion and thoughtfulness was so appreciated by all of us. xo