Wednesday, March 15, 2006
We Knew Thee Only Briefly.....
Most people looked at her and said "what is that?" "She's a short haired collie." we would reply. "Never seen one of them before." was the general response. No...two years ago, neither had we. But thanks to our good friends Christie and Pat, who breed collies, we were blessed with Arwen for a wonderful year and 1/2.
When we were first introduced, I thought she was the most beautiful one in her huge litter. I couldn't believe how gorgeous she was. Christy complained that she was also a budding escape artist. . She grew up slender, wiry, and clever- almost looking more like a greyhound than a collie (I had actually been wanting a greyhound...but fell in love with Arwen). By the time she was eight weeks, her ears were almost the same size as her head and gracefully, alertly pointy. Despite the fact that we were already going to name her Hazel, after my adopted grandma who loved collies, those ears emphatically exclaimed that she could only be named after an elfen princess.
Yesterday, that clever girl was too smart for her own good. She figured out how to open the gate and she ran down the busy street in front of
our house with greyhound-like speed, undoubtedly, and was hit by a car about a 1/2 mile away. Today the kids are teary. Today our old border collie, Sophie, lays by Arwen's bed, looking at me sadly. Today, a part of our life is emptier. Goodbye dear, sweet girl.