20 May, 2017


She's gone. We said goodbye to Secret yesterday. Her kidneys finally gave up. Thankfully, everything moved quite fast for her. She was a big part of our lives for a long time. We will miss her very much.

Not bad for a big girl from San Pedro. Thirteen years. Much of that walking about four-and-a-half miles almost every day. About the only times that we didn't walk was either during or after a rain when our road was too muddy and slick to walk.

That's a lot of miles. Say we walked about 300 days a year, over ten years, that works out to about 13,500 miles under her pads.

Other than wanting to chase squirrels, walking was her favorite daily activity. The other was going for rides. She never missed an opportunity to go for a ride.

Secret - ~2005 - 2017
Here are Secret and Cindy on guard. Actually, with the leashes on, I suspect they're getting ready to go for a walk.
Cindy and Secret On Guard
This one is back in the days when we had the round plastic pool, Secret, and Cindy again.
Cindy and Secret Resting
This one is with Dianna teaching Secret how to walk on a lead. She was a quick learner.
Dianna and Secret
Secret, just looking cool.
Ooh, What A Pretty Girl
Secret, getting inspected at the traffic stop for contraband treats.
Traffic Police Checkpoint
Somebody really likes to play in the rain and mud.
Secret After A Romp In the Rain
Another episode of playing in the mud. In the background, you can see the 24-ft, diesel truck we had as our storage unit for a while. That was why we finished off the downstairs area below the Mennonite house. We could live in the Mennonite house, but just not big enough for that and storing stuff.
Secret After Playing In the Rain
Sitting up and begging was a hard trick for Secret to learn, but as you can see, once she learned it, she used it to good advantage, and at every opportunity.
Secret Looking For A Treat
Nap time, on the other hand, was something that came naturally to her. This too was done at every opportunity.
Secret Pooped Out
This shot may look like a nap, but it isn't. This is Secret, zonked out from a visit to Dr. Sheila to have porcupine quills removed from her muzzle. A painful experience, that was worth trying a second time shortly after this episode. Thankfully, she did learn her lesson after that.
Secret Totally Zonked
Secret, ready to go for whatever the activity might be.
The Girls
Back when winters here necessitated wearing long pants (and frequently toques (knit hats), gloves, and jackets.
Walking With the Girls


Wilma said...

So sorry, David and Dianna. She was a beautiful girl; I know you will miss her.

Ryan & Abbi Gardner said...

Very sorry for your loss. What a happy 13 years she had with you guys!