Abbie and I were in need of a change, so we took a different trail today. It took us to the river which feeds the lake. This was a favorite place with Digger, our first Australian Shepherd. I stood for a few moments on the bridge remembering how much Digger loved it here, and suddenly he was with me!
I remembered the time he misjudged a bend in the trail and, running full tilt to catch up with me found himself in the river! He stood there for a few moments looking quite stunned at the turn of events and I laughed till I cried! Fortunately, the river is only a few inches deep at this point, so only his dignity suffered.
Digger was with us for 13 years, and would have been with us longer but for the Asian Lady Beetles.
Some genius decided to import these pesky creatures to help control aphids on the crops. Come Autumn they invaded our homes and outbuildings by the thousand, and Digger, for some reason ingested some of them. They caused massive intestinal bleeding and he died before the vet could do anything to save him.
When people complained about the infestation of their homes by these horrid little creatures, the “Powers that Be’ insisted they were harmless. I and my vet beg to differ!