Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Rest in peace, Skidboot

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.


don't eat alone said...


Thinking of you as you say goodbye to your beloved dog. I know the feeling all to well.


DogBlogger said...

Sniffling... but he did live a great life, so there's that to be thankful for.

Thanks for posting this. It helps to hear it from another Heeler friend.

Quotidian Grace said...

~snuffle, snuffle~
I remember posting that video of Skidboot when we first discovered Gretel's tumor.
~snuffle, snuffle~

Mary Beth said...

So sorry about this. Hugs.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Ben and I saw Skidboot on TV! What an amazing dog. And I remember QG's post. So sorry for your loss. As my cat's vet says: you'll meet again on the rainbow bridge.

zorra said...

I went to (they helped me so much after Zorra died) to see if anyone had posted about "Skidboot at the Bridge." Often there will be a thread of that sort when a famous animal(Barbaro, for example) has died. So far, no.

I tried to pick up that clip that QG posted way back in October, but it doesn't appear to be available now. The little clips on Skidboot's own website don't really show much. He was such a marvel to watch. It made me even prouder to be a heeler mama.

chartreuseova said...

God does send us some truly remarkable gifts in the form of animals. What a blessing Skidboot must have been. May cherished memories continue to bring smiles to all who knew and loved him.

I am so sorry for your loss.

DogBlogger said...

We are finally having some success at getting a down-stay out of Angus (new nickname this week: Guus-boot). Perhaps, one day, we'll do some agility training to see if he can really show his stuff like Skidboot. The dog himself may have nothing to prove, but we took him because he was unwanted...and we love showing him off.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about this. It's very hard to lose a family member, even four-legged ones.