My beloved border collie, Winger, was 15-1/2 years old when she got cancer and had to be humanely put down. My husband, Mike, and I adopted her at 10 months of age. She was a smart & spunky girl in her younger years, and loved to take off chasing chipmunks when we were camping, so we kept her leashed except when on mountain hiking trails. Winger was fun loving, feisty and loved to round-up the horses and chickens. As she matured, she would guard my elderly Mom, who lived with Mike and me. She didn’t like people coming up and hugging my Mom, as she thought they were hurting her..
Since Winger performed dog agility and loved to run, she eventually injured her hind legs and had to have ACL surgery on both of them. This slowed her down a lot and she had difficulty even lying down and sitting. Winger was devoted to Mike & me, and would follow us wherever we went, if allowed. Mike had a special connection with her and when he became seriously ill, she stayed by his bed until his death. It was Mike’s wish that Winger’s ashes lie with his, and I believe the two of them are together in Heaven.
A donation was made in Winger's memory and the memorial was created on May 16, 2019.