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Sweet Memories

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!


3 responses

  1. Such a beautiful dog, and such a sad story… I think it’s heartbreaking when a beloved pet (or any other loved creature, humans including) is taken from us before their time because of a stupid thing…

    February 6, 2012 at 1:43 am

  2. How sad:( Digger looks like such a lovely chap. I’ve never heard of those beetles. You must have been very unlucky for Digger to have eaten them. I imagine if thousands of dogs ate them and died there would be an uproar.

    January 12, 2012 at 4:07 am

    • Digger was the second dog our vet had seen with adverse reaction to these bugs. They are similar to Ladybugs, but unlike Ladybugs, they bite. They were imported into the U.S. to kill aphids. At the end of the summer they sought places to overwinter and invaded homes by the thousand. I hope the complaints from the public has discouraged the ‘Powers that Be’ from repeating the experiment!

      January 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

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