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gerretGoodbye to The Chigger

by Gerret, file under: My Pack


Chigger -- my first, best and only mentor -- passed away yesterday. 15 years old. This is her last picture. Notice who she's hanging out with? The Gerret! I'm proud of that. Not bad considering she used to cuss me out on a regular basis. I wasn't too tolerable in the early days. (I wrote about those rough times here, here and here.)

Chigger wasn't a loud dog, but it seems awfully quiet around here today all the same. She used to tell me stories about things I can't even imagine. Like the 20th century, telephones with leashes and a time when dogs didn't have blogs. She was a pioneer in that regard. Of course back then the squirrels were always faster, the holes were always deeper, unwelcome visitors were always scared-er and the garden never lost one single solitary strawberry to a deer on Chigger's watch. I think she might have been the first dog.

But mainly she was a proud working dog and her increasing infirmities embarrassed her. As she used to tell me, "People think we dogs do what we do because we want to. But that's wrong. Dogs do what we do because it's what people want us to do, as best as we can figure out from their poor communications skills. We're here to protect and serve. That's the fun part."

The Gerret's got some big paws to fill.


Comments (6)

Diane Tipton (Bentley & Geoffrey):

So very, very sorry. Know that she had a wonderful life there in the woods with you and your family. We'll miss her too. Now I've seen two of your friends through their last days here on the net. Funny how we can feel so close through a stupid computer..


Sorry to hear about Chigger, I have sure enjoyed reading the sass she's given the boys the past few years. I guess now there'll be somebody to act as Woody's voice of reason in heaven. I just lost my 12 year old Boxer, Iris, a couple of weeks ago. There is some peace in knowing they lived full and happy lives, but wow does it ever hurt to lose them. Hope you feel better soon.

Deborah Perotti:

Last I saw Chigger she was quiet and I remember it was nice to see her there at your house. I will miss her, but I am glad she and Gerret had a photo together before she died. Sending you guys all lots of love,

Teresa and Joseph:

Steve and Linda Gerret and Maggie

So very sorry to hear that Chigger has passed. What a wonderful, full life she had with her human and animal pack(s)! We're sad for all of you.

Teresa, Joseph, and Lukas
(old Mebane dog park pals)


This is me, Tweet, Stump's better half, doing my very first post on Blogdogs. Chigger was a most elegant doggie. She told us once (through an animal communicator) that she liked to go to town because she wanted everybody to get to see how beautiful she was. She wasn't unusually affectionate, and she couldn't move well at the end, but the morning of her passing I was standing with her outside and I started to cry and she wrapped herself around my legs as if to comfort me. She went very quietly and now I can feel her sense of relief. (You can find the animal communicator at hummingbirdfarm.com. She can do it over the phone. It really helps.)


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