October 28, 1990 - March 10, 2004
Eyes - CEA Positive
Hips - OFA Good
Trapper was a great hang out dog, lots of fun to train and picked things up very quickly. His fear of people unknown to him left him out of any competitive life.
He was, however, an incredible working dog!! His strong eye, balanced off by power in his body and his sensibility towards stock made him an excellent, honest worker. When working stock, nothing else existed for him. This was one of the few places in his life he felt completely comfortable and didn't worry about his surroundings.
We used him alot when moving the sheep and when training pups. He was great at moving hard to handle sheep. His relaxed demeanor didn't rattle flighty sheep.
Trapper also excelled in the area of visitation. Amazingly enough, for a dog terrified of those he didn't know, he was wonderful in nursing homes and hospitals. We just let him off leash, and he wandered among the wheelchairs and walkers. He was great with the elderly, not at all thrown by the weird looking contraptions they are sitting in, or using to walk.
Heartbreakingly, we lost Trapper while we were away on vacation. He couldn't breathe one day so Cheryl (bless her soul) took him into the vet. They xrayed him, he was full of cancer. Cheryl made the decision we ourselves would have made, she held him and said goodbye for all of us.
His loss hit us the hardest as we never got to say goodbye. We know he felt all of our love thru Cheryl, as she held him on his final journey.