July 02, 2010
Missed By: Elaine
Stone Fort's Darling Devil (aka DD) 12 March 97 - 2 July 2010
I helped DD cross over the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. She is now back to running around with her littermates and back to teasing Magnum and stealing his bones.
She was the smartest but also the toughest dog I have ever owned and I wouldn't be surprised if I never find another dog as smart or as tough as her for as long as I live. She was one of a kind. She was a monster (hence her name "Devil") from day one. I knew just what I was getting into when I chose her. Her breeder was careful to put her in an experienced home. Even though I had owned Rotties in the past, it didn't prepare me for what was in store for me.
If you have seen the move Marley, about the Lab who gets into everything, they just stole some of my many DD stories for that movie. All the things Marley did, DD also did. But DD didn't stop there. She has Marley beat by a long shot. The Marley movie just shows a small sampling of what I went through with DD.
While she was a challenge and tested me every day up through the very last day, she was also such a joy to own. Some of the things we did included agility, obedience, flyball, Schutzhund, herding, carting, and tracking. She was always ready to go and do something. It really didn't matter to her what we did as long as we did something.
DD was also a certified Therapy Dog and was active in pet therapy for 12 years. She also earned an Outstanding Volunteer Award and received a congratulatory letter from the now famous MA State Senator Scott Brown. In addition to pet therapy, she also was involved in children's reading programs at the local YMCA.
I will miss her terribly and there is now a big empty hole in my heart that will never be filled. In time the pain will ease, but my memories of her will live on forever.
Rest in peace my sweet monster!