The only people who actually knew and touched Boo that are members of this site are me and my husband.
Boo, she was something else. We walk a lot, and one day a dog we normally met on our walks had 6 puppies. To our delight, we were given the opportunity to bring her into our home. She was a pure-bred yellow lab. We named her after Boo Radley in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Our first dog had passed away a few months earlier, and Boo we figured was going to watch over us, like Boo Radley did for Scout and Jeb.
The first thing Boo decided she liked about us was our walking. Only she had to go longer. She charged through the woods, nothing stopped her. To heck with the trails, those were for mom and dad. Her typical walks were 70 minutes. When done, she expected to be thrown a ball or frizbee a few times. She had the jaws of an alligator. In the woods she would find logs from trees cut down. She would pick one up and carry it around the whole walk. Some of these logs were 10" around. She had to have ice cubes in her water bowl, prefering them to water. Crunching them into pieces with ease. She loved snow and sticking her nose into it to find hidden treasures. We'd make snowballs and throw them into the distance and she would search and search for that thing. If she couldn't find it, something else hidden under the snow would do. A retriever she was! One time in the late fall we took her to a lake up north and out into a canoe. At first she thought this would be cool, but once that contraption started swaying in the water, it was "take me home!" Never mind she had charged into Lake Superior's freezing water and refused to come out.
She had a delicate side too. If she was getting her beauty rest, and a bug or fly landed on her. She would leap into the air in fright and snap at it. She was famous for letting gas while sleeping too. ( Not that she did it). No. She'd smell it and move somewhere else to sleep. (I think she thought it was us.)
Boo loved everybody, and they loved her back. She was such a good girl, she learned very fast and loved to do tricks. She'd have a treat placed on her nose and sit there for minutes on end, waiting for permission to flip it into the air and catch it for a snack. She also loved an occasional taste of beer. If you asked her to "show me your bacon", she roll down onto the ground and show you her tummy. Which you had to rub then. She also liked to give "give you five" with her paws. She rarely ever barked, but when she did, you knew she was protecting you.
She was a very intelligent dog. She had a toy box full of toys and if you asked her to go get a certain toy, she would dig around in the box until she had that one to bring you. An annual tradition we had was in the fall going to the city park tennis courts to find balls in the woods around them. She knew exactly why she was there and would go into the trees, find a ball, bring it to you and go on to find the next one. This gave her a years supply of balls. She loved to play catch, but only with her "ball of the day." She chose what ball to use that day and would refuse to retrieve any other ball you would throw for her.
When we got Boo, we had 2 older kitties, and they never took to her, as much as she tried. After they passed away, we brought home Buddy the cat, and Boo and Buddy were the best of friends ever. They sleep together, ate together and Boo taught Buddy how to be a dog.
Boo developed arthritis later in her life and walking became difficult. She passed over the Rainbow Bridge a couple of days before her 13th birthday in my arms at the vet's office. Free of pain, and we are sure still watching over us.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Boo's ashes are in our home.
Created by: Sue
Record added: Sep 19, 2008
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