SHR Jamie's Last Frontier Darlin'
|Dixie Chuber Subee Yamikah...that was her full name you
know. No, it wasn't the name on her AKC papers. It was the silly, goofy
name that little girls make up for their special friends. It was the name
Katie gave to a very special friend of hers.
We weren't supposed to have 2 dogs from the same litter (Dixie and Noodle), but 2 girls conspired to keep both and erased all messages from potential buyers from the answering machine. So begins the story of Dixie.
Dixie was the reddest dog in the litter and the runt. She was cuddled
and spoiled by Katie from her birth. As she grew, what a spitfire she
became. She quickly grew into her role as alpha female. She was the
boss...over her litter, then over Rusty and finally over her own mother.
She got her way in everything. She excelled in puppy class and in retriever
classes. She adored her Katie and would go to great lengths to show
her how much. We always took Dixie on camping trips. Dixie and Katie
would swim together...Katie would throw rocks and watch in amazement
as Dixie would play submarine dog to find the exact stone that Katie
threw. Dixie was graceful in the canoe, sitting perfectly still so as
not to upset Katie who was ever fearful of tipping over. And at night
Dixie would jump up to the top bunk from the floor, so that whoever
was there would not be lonely. Some nights as we sat around the campfire,
we would look over at the trailer to see cute Dixie looking out that
Fetching up ducks was quite another matter for Miss Dixie. Hunt test ducks seemed to have a not quite so pleasant a smell to her and she became the "slow" girl when it came to retrieving.... Wild ducks, chukars, pheasant and grouse were a different story....and she excelled as a huntin' dawg. That hunting season obviously made the difference to her and she and Katie earned their Started Hunting Retriever title the next summer. She and Dixie trained with the grownups and tested with the grownups and Dixie made her proud. Katie had trained her own dog.
Dixie was not destined for greatness...no, she was the slower steady
girl, but still had the awesome water entry.
On February 9, 2005 we found the cause of death for Dixie. It was Blastomycosis which is a systemic fungal disease of dogs and humans and other mammals.