into our lives as a bundle of joy just weeks after our son
JohnO was born in 2002. I remember picking up a country-bred
pup from the LA airport and taking her downtown to a dog-friendly
hotel so that she could recover from her travels. These first
three days in LA gave me insights into Blue’s character
that would resonate throughout her life. She was smart, fun
loving, loyal, a little on the obstinate side and cunning.
From LA we flew to Chicago and then overland to Iowa City. Blue took all this
traveling in her stride and quickly adapted to her new family. She immediately
took on the role of JohnO’s protector herding him away from the street
whenever she thought he was too close and keeping an intent eye on him
in the home.
the perimeter of our house block and terrorized rambling wildlife
or students that tried to cut across our corner block. I recall
one summer evening Blue shooting across the living room and
straight through the fly screen door as she hurtled after a
deer grazing on our lawn. Thereafter deer were the enemy and
she kept watch!
enjoyed getting out and about, never mind the weather. Whenever
to go out she would dart for the door. This certainly helped
me stave-off the dreaded Iowa cabin fever. I do, however, remember
loosing Blue on one of our regular evening walks when the blizzard
was horizontal and I could barely see my feet. On this occasion,
she made her own way home leaving me to flail around in the
knew Blue understood she had a passion for chasing sticks and
balls. But few know why she focused on small sticks and twigs.
Well, one spring day in Iowa she picked up a branch that was
over 2m in length. Blue had difficulty controlling the extremities
and accidentally knocked JohnO over with one end. JohnO was
not hurt but he cried like only a toddler can. From that day
forward Blue focused on small sticks and twigs and never picked
up a large branch again!
Blue did not like the show ring. Under sufferance she obtained her American
and Canadian titles. But it was clear from an early age that such parades
were not high on her priority list – and she certainly knew how to
prioritize. Dinner at 7pm was a priority and nail trimming was not!
Blue enjoyed motherhood and watched over her pups and ours with an iron fist
and velvet glove. She will be remembered in America, Canada and Australia
with great fondness and joy through what she gave to us directly and through
her puppies that live in these disparate lands.