We had to say goodbye to our little Sage last night. Sage was diagnosed with congestive heart failure last Fall and while we did everything we could to keep him comfortable, he let us know it was time. We are heartbroken. He was the last of our pack of 3 and such a special little guy. He was my guy. My shadow, my constant companion, everything good wrapped up as the cutest little dog with the most adorable spotted feet. He never left my side. He must have thought that was his job. I called him my velcro dog. I couldn’t have loved him more – for his loyalty, his funny antics, his sweet demeanor and his calming presence in my life. I will miss him so very much.
I’ll always be grateful to my cousin who told us about this little black dog running loose in the area where she lived in South Fork, CO. We decided to take him, sight unseen. And, I’ll never forget getting home after Tom picked him up and seeing him for the first time. I was so excited! I knew he was a least part Border Collie (I’d always wanted one) mixed with Aussie. He was so darn cute! I couldn’t imagine no one wanting him, but again, I was grateful that he became a part of our family. Of course we didn’t know his exact age, but we got him around Halloween, so we gave him that birthdate. We think he was 12 1/2. It’s never long enough, but we shared a full and happy life with him during those years.
Sharing some of the many memories we made with our little Sagey.
The original pack of 3. L-R: Brihten, Sage and Kaylen (laying down). We called Brihten the King, Kaylen the Queen and Sage the Court Jester. He was the clown and so much fun!
Me with Kaylen, Sage and Brihten.
Tom with Sage, Brihten and Kaylen.
Sage and Brihten.
Sage loved the water and chasing sticks, balls, whatever he could go after. He was intense and full of energy. We called him our little “Wild Thing.” He eventually settled down, but it took several years (thank goodness for other dogs to play with), but I always admired his passion and exuberance. Settling down did not mean slowing down. He was always energetic and ready to play.
The Border Collie stalking posture.
One of my all time favorite photos of Tom with a bouncing Sagey following behind on one of our walks.
Taken on one of our winter wild horse adventures. Sage always wanted to be wherever I was.
After we lost Brihten, Sage was pretty mopey as the only dog, so we adopted Malakai as his new buddy. They got along great together.
Playing games as they run along with Tom.
Such a happy little guy!
Hiking a trail above Redstone, CO
Sage would stay or sit for a few “family” photos, but then he was off like a shot to catch up with me. Loved that about him.
My adorable little Sage.
Snow was another thing Sage loved.
Rolling in it.
Running in it.
Sage was good with everyone and came with me on almost every visit with Mom. Mom enjoyed my little guy.
Hiking around on the wild horse range. He never chased anything and was a dream traveler. Until his hearing started to go, he never even needed a leash. He then started picking up on hand signals. He was incredibly smart.
This was taken on our Christmas trip to Piceance Creek last year. Sage loved going anywhere with us.
Taken in Sand Wash Basin on another winter wild horse trip. Sage always by my side.
Malakai and Sage play wrestling on the bed. They were buddies. Never had one fight between them.
Sage used to go to work with me. He liked greeting folks. I so loved having him there with me.
Hitting my boss Geoff up for some treats. He trained Geoff well.
Me with Malakai and Sage a couple of years ago.
This photo always makes me laugh. Such a face!
Sage was so photogenic. He was a favorite subject of mine.
When he was a little guy – on one of our camping trips.
Sage did everything with such gusto!
Super Sage! He was so athletic. He lived for jumping after and chasing balls.
Absolutely good with everyone, including my great niece Ilyana (Lanie).
Sage with Lanie hoping for a taste of sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving last year. So cute!
Sage had his own little space in my office. I loved having him with me at work. It will be so different now.
Sage was a good sport about Christmas and Halloween.
I’ll so miss those sweet, sweet nose bumps Sagey. I’ll miss everything about you.