Peaches 1996-2009

Yesterday we decided it was time to give up the fight and we euthinized Peaches. She was quite alert but her body was failing. I have done this enough where I can say my vet did a good job. Yet it never gets easy. We shed a lot of tears. I will miss her very much.

So that leaves me with 5 border collies, Haley, Cedie, Abby, Duke and Tanner. Oh I haven't mentioned Tanner yet have I?

Somewhere in the fog of my fever last week Gigi had gone to the vets to pick up some more medicine for Peaches. When Gigi returned she then came to my bedside and set this small male border collie beside me.

"His name is Tanner", she said. "I tell you more when you feel better."

Turns out Tanner is a 2 1/2 year old tri color male border collie. He is sweet, obedient, mostly house broken and a fun guy.

His owner had taken Tanner to his vet and demanded that he be euthinized because he was crazy. His vet refused. He took Tanner to my vet and demanded he be euthinized and my vet refused and took the dog. My vet knew Gigi.

So for now Tanner is part of our family.

Border collies may seem crazy if you don't know the breed. They are driven herd animals. They must have a job.

So we adjust now to life without Peaches....our first border collie.


Judy said...

Oh, my gosh. I am sure we will be hearing lots more about Tanner!! Yes, the vet was smart to tell GiGi.
You know I am sad with you guys about Peaches! Each dog is so special.
No way out of grieving.

terri said...

I'm so sorry.


Coffeypot said...

Sorry about Peaches, but Tanner will make a difference somehow.

Ken said...


Jay said...

RIP Peaches!

Rock Chef said...

I saw you mention this on Teresa's blog. It is a hard time, but I am sure you gave her a great life. It is also good that you were able to choose the time. I honestly wish that this was available to humans!

Tanner sounds like he will be great. There is always something extra rewarding about a rescued dog, too.

Collies are a special breed, aren't they, easily going stir-crazy if they don't get their stimulation and exercise.

Reggie Hunnicutt said...

Yes there is something about picking the time. My mother and I had this conversation yesterday.

Thanks everyone.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Reggie. I seriously never knew that loosing a dog could feel this aweful. I truely know your grief. Tell me that it gets easier b/c today is day 4 and it still sucks just as bad.

Reggie Hunnicutt said...

Time heals.

They called today and said Peaches "remains" were ready to pick up. We had her cremated.

Gigi and I cried all over again.

Time helps...I promise.

Chris said...

RIP Peaches.
She was a good guard of the Wreggie household.
She was one of my favorites....

Anonymous said...

Yah, I thought I was doing well the other day and it felt so good to now carry that pain around in my heart for a few hours at least...then I checked the mail and the Vet sent a 'sympathy' card and it started all over again for us too. I'm surprised at how hard this is hitting Chuck as well. Wow...he does have a heart! Kidding. LOL!