Skidboot The Dog Hartwig

Death 25 Mar 2007 (aged 14)
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 19784450 View Source
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Skidboot was the working ranch dog of David and Barbara Hartwig. Skidboot's story began on Christmas Eve 1992 when David Hartwig was shoeing horses for a nearby ranch. The ranch owner gave the dog to David as a last minute Christmas present for his wife. Halfway home David decided to have a look at the litter again and he took Skidboot home. Skidboot was named after a cover that prevents horses' hooves from sliding. Skidboot is believed to be at least part Queensland Blue Heeler.
Skidboot was trained by David to do many difficult and intricate tricks. He was a trully amazing dog. Skidboot eventually became famous. He is best known for winning the $25,000.00 championship on Animal Planet TV network's Pet Star competition in 2003. That title led to other appearances on the Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and Jay Leno TV shows. Skidboot originally started out playing at the State Fair of Texas and later went on to show biz stardom. He made appearances all over the nation as he rose to fame. He was also a frequent visitor to local schools.
Skidboot's health had been in decline for several years after he was kicked in the head by a horse and blinded in one eye. On Sunday morning March 25, Barbara Hartwig said, Skidboot was unable to raise his head and she and David made the decision to have him euthanized. He was buried under an oak tree on the Quinlan, Texas ranch of his owners. David and Barbara said they do not intend to replace Skidboot as a personal pet. They said that there is only one Skidboot.
May you rest in peace and may David and Barbara take comfort in the memories that you left behind.

"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge...

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted! And when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together..." Author unknown

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