AUTHOR’S NOTE: This series is in honor of the latest addition to my canine history, Sydney, a Shetland Sheepdog or Sheltie pup that joined our family on October 17th, 2015. As I approached this date I thought it would be neat for me and hopefully you to see and read about all the dogs in my life that proceeded Sydney. Unfortunately this particular dog had me buffaloed due to the fact that the photos of Louie had eluded me until just now.
After I lost our Lab/Border Collie mix Jack, we took a little time, but the desire for a dog for me and pet for our young children remained strong. Our next pet was a rescue from the local dog pound. The dog pound is located in the same complex as the solid waste transfer station. With the need to make weekly trips to dispose of our trash, we had regular shopping trips for a new pet.
Louie was what the vet described as a Lemon beagle. I thought he closely resembled a light-colored Labrador retriever. But the mannerisms of a beagle began to show through early on. Where we live is 3 and one quarter acres basically surrounded by farm fields. Do you know what kind of wildlife you can experience in such a setting? Rabbits and Groundhogs. Lots of rabbits and groundhogs in fact. When you combine this imbalance of wildlife with the desire to raise a vegetable garden you are destined for conflict. Enter Louie and the imbalance quickly shifted.
During Louie’s tenure at Alpine Acres, the name I chose for our place, groundhogs and rabbits were put on notice. It was not unusual for Louie to dispatch of a groundhog and or rabbit twice in a single week. But Louie had a fatal flaw: he loved to roam the land around us. Including the highways where ultimately he met his doom.
If you are counting that means three of my dogs met their end due to a motor vehicle. Before we took the plunge to our next dog we had to rethink our pet containment strategy.