My personal 365 project.
Twelve years ago a friend of mine called and asked me if I wanted her dog Dixie. She was a Sheltie but was more the size of a collie. Her parents were petite, pedigreed little things, all her brothers and sisters were tiny little dogs, but Dixie was huge. No one else wanted her so I took her in.
Dixie was a gentle soul. Her two loves were food and being petted. She would take her long nose and nudge at my hand until I petted her. When I stopped she would nudge some more. She loved to lay her head on my knee and gaze soulfully into my eyes. She struggled with her weight all her life and wasn’t a terribly rambunctious dog. She was great at rolling over, probably because she was so round.
She didn’t like to play fetch, although she enjoyed watching me throw a ball and run after it to try to teach her to do it. Every now and then she’d deign to retrieve it, just to show me that she knew how to do it, she simply chose not to. She never bit anyone in her life and she was especially welcoming to those who would pet her.
Dixie liked everybody but she preferred my company to anyone else’s. My husband always thought she was dumb because she wouldn’t do what he told her, but I knew better. She could figure out anything if there was the promise of food at the end of it. She could shake hands, sit up and beg, and roll over as long as there was a treat to be had. She was just smart enough not to demean herself with humiliating tricks without a reward.
She never met a garbage can she couldn’t knock over and raid and she was always generous enough to bring the garbage home to share with me. She could snap a fly out of midair, she could eat bees and wasps without getting stung, she could even catch field mice and the occasional bird. She liked our cats. She even let them curl up with her to sleep. Over the last year she lost her hearing and some of her eyesight. Her hips were getting progressively worse until she had trouble getting up and down the stairs.
Today she didn’t get up at all. She was my Dixie-dog and I will miss her terribly.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens.