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Today


Is one year since I had my first disc dog, Tasha put down.
I created this group in memory of her, but I don't know that I ever explained her.

She was 13 when I had to let her go. She had been diagnosed with a tumor on her thyroid in May of 07. Usually when they are diagnosed the dog only has a few months, but Tash surprised us all. The main thing is to keep them eating since there is an obstruction.
I fed her anything I could to keep her going. I almost think she fought so hard because of her love of me. I'd had her momma, so Tash was mine from breath #1. She was the last pup born, and she was different from everyone else. I knew she was special.

She was so attached to me that I created a monster so to speak. When I would leave her she became destructo dog.
That was till I finally realized that it was MY fault she was like this, and discovered that smart dogs NEED a job to do. SO I started to teach her to chase a frisbee. It just grew from there. I would run her butt off before I left for work, and she stopped eating my stuff.

For a while I was training her to be a SAR dog. There was an organization down the road from us, and they encouraged it.
After about 2 years I discovered that they weren't all they weren't a very good organization.

But in those 2 years, I put a lot of work in to Tash. She would search and find. Frisbee was her ultimate reward. When training, the "missing person" would hide with a disc, and when she found them, and alerted me to that, she would get the disc.

We always played for the love of it. I kind of think it was because of her life of being an athlete that she was ablet o fight the cancer for so long. If it wasn't for that tumor, I have no doubt she would still be alive today. Most people had no idea she was as old as she was. She would've been still chasing the frisbee while she was sick. She wanted to. But I was afraid that she wouldn't be able to get enough air, so she was retired after her diagnosis. Because of that, Takoda had to take time off too. I felt funny even touching a disc after she passed. But, I knew that Takoda loved it as much as she did, so we got back into it. Takoda grew up playing with her. Now Oskar is into it too. (Although he isn't as graceful.)

Here are a couple pics of my girl. 







This photo was taken the weekend after her diagnosis. You would never guess she was 12. 
I love how happy they look in this pic. 

 
 

I'm going to try to post more so we can gett his group more active. :)
My team's founder has videos on youtube I will post here where she demonstrates some free style moves.

Comments

What absolutely lovely dogs!
Thank you for sharing the photos and story.
You sound like a great doggy Mum.

xx