This is Chip. So named because he was “a chip off the old block”. I took this picture of him in February when I was out in Idaho ranch sitting for some dear friends of ours. This old dog and I instantly became fast friends. Sadly though, I got a bitter/sweet text message from his owner a couple nights ago. I asked if I could quote her and she said yes.
“ I wanted to let you know your dog buddy Chip will be spending the rest of his winters under the grove of aspen trees you love so much. We also put a dogwood over him to remind us along with the sweet smell of aspen, spring blooms and fall color just how much we love CHIP. Thanks for being our pal!”“
Though I only knew Chip for a short time I can tell you he was a wonderful companion not only to me but I’m sure to everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He was sweet, gentle and never grumpy. He was the kind of dog who, because his hearing was gone, relied solely on hand signals, when he thought to look for you…which he did a lot. He not only did chores with me and the other ranch dog, a blue heeler named Rip, but followed me from room to room when he realized I was no longer there. It got to the point where I would let him know I was leaving so he could choose to stay where he was or come along. He was nearby for everything I did, right down to brushing my teeth and blow drying my hair. I have missed him these past months and will continue to.
I am so grateful I got to say a “just-in-case” good bye back in May when I once again had the wonderful opportunity to ranch sit for them again. I’m happy he had such beautiful owners who loved him so dearly.
Rest in peace Chip buddy.
What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply,
becomes a part of us.