After we raised a few litters of Shucks Border Collies many years ago, Elaine had the idea to try to see some of our pups again. We tried to keep up with all of them and communicated often. The pup and new owners were always welcome back to the farm to have a play day and let them run and swim in our lakes. It was fun to watch the pups and children grow up right in front of us.
One day, Elaine had an idea. What if we have a puppy reunion and invite all of the puppies and their families back to the farm. “Great idea but you can plan it,” and she did. What started out as a one-day event in the planning stage went to a full weekend, Friday night until Sunday afternoon. Knowing she had some culinary experience, along with running her own restaurant, it was getting exciting.
Nearly every “t” was crossed and “i” was dotted we were well on our way to our first annual puppy reunion. It was a fantastic event, friends and family were welcome and even extended family because they all love their dog and were family. After the first year, it expanded with people bringing their motor home and tents, and we would have a campfire each night, but the kids had to go to bed before things got too rowdy. I will tell you, you see people in a different light around a campfire where the spirits are free. Some I remember, some I don’t want to remember and some I can’t remember. All in good fun and love and stories were shared.
The best part of the puppy reunion was seeing the dogs thrive and the love shared in the “family.” They were all grown up, and they could do tricks, swim, and dock-dive and everyone had a ball, literally. This went on for some years until we couldn’t handle all of the crowd and activities. There were classes that were put on by a Veterinarian assistant, microchips were done, and it was a great time by all, even when it rained so hard, we just stayed under the wrap around porch until it stopped and talked about our dogs. Usually, on the given weekend, we would have nearly 150 guests.
We were dog lovers, and we are together in spirit, and that’s what counts and always will because we really are family. I imagine the day when I cross that bridge, it will actually be like this.
There's a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge is a verdant land of meadows, hills, and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet passes, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. Old and ill and frail animals are made whole. They play all day with each other in the beautiful sunshine.
They are happy and content, but there is one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth. So, each day, they run and play until the day comes when suddenly, one stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The eyes are staring! And Lady suddenly runs from the group!
Ed has been seen, and when they meet, he took her into his arms and embraced her, and his face is kissed again and again, and he looked once more into the eyes of Lady his beloved Border Collie who rescued him, then they cross the Rainbow Bridge and will wait for Liv, together, never again to be separated...." Author Anonymous (Edited)
In Memory of Edward Werderits. Ed was a friend of Clancy’s Dream and loved his Border Collies. I know we have a connection because of the love we shared with our Dogs. Rest well my friend and when we meet we can sit together and talk about the best dogs in the world and I will tell you about Molly, Abbie, and my Clancy Man, but I’m sure you already know them… What a Puppy Reunion again! Ken