This special Border Collie came into our lives in 1993 as a cute and fuzzy puppy. A friend of ours thought he looked like he was wearing a tuxedo, so it was fitting that we named him Tux. His whole goal/mission in life always seemed to be to please us. He was the “perfect” child that always looked up at us as if to say, “What would you like me to do next?” He spent his days herding horses, and chasing balls, Frisbees, or anything that moved. He would fetch for hours upon hours. He never once chewed anything up (unlike his Red Heeler buddy Pooh Bear), but seemed to move everything around during the day. We always wished we had a camera while we were gone so we could see what he was up to. We are sure that he had some reasoning for where he was placing things. Tux went deaf for unknown reasons at the age of 4, but that didn’t slow him down a bit. He was so smart that he learned hand signals, and would know exactly what you meant by what hand signal you gave him. He could even differentiate between getting a ball or getting a Frisbee. He also learned that when he didn’t want to “hear” you, he would just look the other way! It has been a while since he could chase balls and fetch, as the years of activity took a toll on his body, and at the age of 15, he told us he was ready to go. We are so grateful to Dr. Cooney for helping to take away his pain and let Tux once again fulfill his passion of running and chasing balls.
He will be missed greatly, and remembered always.
Heather and Dirk Banks