Nakotah Sue was a mud ball sitting in the corner by herself at the breeders when I picked her out. She was the runt of the litter and by far the prettiest, boasting silver markings and an Aries sign on her forehead. Her mother was a white shepherd and her father was black and tan, and Kotah was the only pup that had silver markings. Her kind chocolate eyes stole my heart the moment I saw her.
Nakotah Sue spent her first months of life living with me in Ouray, CO. Where we lived in a tent and enjoyed the mountains and rivers around us. She was with me through thick and thin, her gentle sprit always unwavering. She moved to Oregon with me and my now husband and his dog, and never could figure out that drinking ocean water was a bad idea! She got sick every time we took her to the beach. She then moved back to CO with us, where she spent her days running in the fields of our property and playing with her good buddy Rose-Eye (our pit mix).
One of Kotah’s favorite things was playing fetch with rocks. She was amazing at it! You could throw a tiny rock into the river bank and she would dunk her head in until she found the exact same rock! She loved rocks so much, and was always so gentle with them. Needless to say, by the time she was 5, her teeth were flat as could be! She accidentally swallowed a rock once and had to have surgery, so we changed playing fetch with kongs after that. She was so smart, we told her a few times that we didn’t play with rocks anymore and she respected that and followed orders!
Nakotah was a wonderful guard dog, I called her my doorbell! She would let me know any time somebody came onto our property, and she had a bark that would scare you to death! Even with her big bark, she was as sweet as could be, always gentle with our children, and even allowed our cats to “nurse” on her when they were kittens. Miss Sue wanted nothing more than to protect and love our family, and she did this above and beyond what I could have ever dreamed.
Nakotah Sue taught me to love more passionately, give without expectations, and be a better person. Much respect to her for gracing us with her life and love, thus making our lives infinitely better. Rest in Peace my precious girl, no dog will ever take your place. Thank you for all that you gave to me.