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on Sep 4, 2013

I am so sorry you lost your faithful companion. Dogs just do not live long enough. I have tears in my eyes reading this and seeing the 'look' in your dogs eyes. Our very best dog had that same 'look'. She has been gone for a few years now, and we have had dogs since then, but none like our beloved Zip. She was a one-family dog and boldly protected what belonged to us. There never was a cow she couldn't conquer. They had the utmost respect for her. She never once barked at a cow. Once at calving time, my husband was walking a couple of heifers to the barn when one split off and ran back to the other heifers. When he got to the barn with the first heifer, he told Zip to go get the one that got away. She ran down to where the heifers all were at the bottom of the pen, sorted out the one that got away and brought her to the barn. Coincidence? We don't think so. She came from a long line of working dogs that some ranchers raised for 30 years in SW Montana. They were no particular breed, just known as 'the Birrers dogs'. She was golden tan, with white markings, short. rather floppy ears and a natural bob-tail. She was tough and she was a great dog. Thanks for the memories this morning.

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