Poppy was my companion for a good 16 years. Born December 7, 1996 and passing January 20, 2012. She was born on a farm in Kentucky, her parents were true herding dogs so she had the smarts, and lucky for me she didn’t come with the typical Border Collie fixations. She moved with me to several houses and states in her 16+ years, 11 to be exact, landing permanently with me in Boulder, CO in 2005 where she lived out the remainder of her sunshiney and beautiful life.
She was one of the most soulful animals I ever knew. Even when she went deaf, she would turn and look at me when I thought of her or spoke of her. She was very intuitive, sensitve, compassionate, trustworthy, and the best friend and companion I could have. The emptiness and lonliness I now feel, despite having another dog and a BF, are immense…it did not hit me until I was alone last night, with my surviving dog, and thought…In this silence I feel the magnitude of your absence.