Skidboot--"part blue heeler, part gift from God"--has gone to his reward at the age of fourteen. I know two cattle dogs as fine as Skidboot (OK, Typist, we'll make it three) but none finer--or smarter. He was an exemplar of this wonderful breed. Farewell, good boy.
Update:Thanks for your kind sympathy...unfortunately for me, Skidboot was not MY dog. I could never have trained this marvelous dog the way his human, David Hartwig, did. Take a look at this amazing video clip.