Friday, April 4, 2008

Mickey the Wonder Border Collie

Mickey was a rescue dog that we brought into our lives over 14 years ago. Herding was in his DNA and herd he did. Because we never had a flock of sheep, he had to find his own jobs to do. Making sure his flock (us) was safe and rounded up became his passion.

They say Border Collies are the smartest breed of dogs. I believe that. Mickey could open doors, climb trees and understand moods and gestures better than most humans. When young, he was the fastest dog at "dog park" and watching him glide at top speed, herding the other dogs was a joy to behold.

Mickey had more friends than I do. A walk downtown would have strangers saying "Hi, Mickey" and I would wonder about his life and how he knew so many people.

Mickey passed on this week and we are sad, but his spirit and good will remains. All we can do is be good guardians to our pets while they bless us with their love.


Raymond Bouchayer said...

Dogs really are "men's best friend " they give us what we human find almost impossible to give "unconditional love". The are always happy to see us , they do not judge us , they just love us .

I am sorry Dr. Toni for the loss of a member of your family

Anonymous said...


I always loved Mickey. I'm so glad I got to see him on Easter before he passed. I'm so sorry he is no longer with us.

All my love,


Toni Brayer MD said...

Thanks anon (Abby) and Raymond for commenting.

Tracy said...

I'm sorry to read about your loss. My own wonderful Border Collie turned 11 on April 1, and I was thinking about how precious he is to me. They really are the best.

Maribeth cnm said...

Oh, doc, I'm so sorry for your loss. The passing of a beloved pet - especially a supersmart and sweet dog - is soooooo hard. Allow yourself time out of a busy schedule to grieve.

Robin Plan said...

Dr. Toni I'm realy sorry to hear of your loss. You are so right about Border Collies being the smartest dogs. I trained Shelties for many years, they are easy to train and very smart but we almost always got beat by the borders.

I know how you must feel about not having Mickey with you. My 18-year-old Sheltie, Tara crossed over to the rainbow bridge a month ago. I was so blessed to have her in my life for her whole life, just like you were blessed to have Mickey.
Our pets give us so much and all they want is our love.
Thank you for sharing.

Toni Brayer MD said...

Thanks to all of you for the nice thoughts and good wishes. People who love animals are nice people.

rlbates said...

So very sorry for your loss. I still miss my old friends who have passed on (two four years ago and one 6 months ago).

~ Binky, Marivic, & Joy ~ said...

I'm so shocked! I was going through your blog today and just read this. So sorry for your loss!
~ Maria

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