"LuAnne" was special from the start. Our smallest puppy that ever survived weighing only 2 1/2 ounces at birth, she was also our first blue. I stayed in the whelping area for three days making sure she was nursing. We both thought she was the most beautiful puppy we had ever seen with a long elegant neck, and her beautiful structure was evident. We were so in love with this new baby and yet knew she was fragile we didn't take any photos of her until 7 weeks of age. Above was the first photo we took of her.
Pictured at 8 weeks old
At my Mom's cottage...she loved to cuddle. :-)
After winning the ASSA over 12 year Veteran's class and Award of Merit ASSA 2009
Our beautiful girl at 14 years old...
Just before her 16th birthday
LuAnne grew up to be a breeders favourite and had an enviable show record at Specialties and was a Canadian National Breed winner and ASSA Best of Opposite. Not only was she a successful show girl, she was most importantly our constant companion.
It's hard to believe she is gone...she has been such a huge part of our lives for over 16 years. It is still too close to bring up memories without tears, so this post is rather shallow. However I didn't want to let it go without some sort of tribute, no matter how small. We want to thank all our friends from around the world for their kind e-mails, cards, flowers and acknowledgement of our special girl. While there is a huge void, we feel so lucky to have shared our lives with such a beautiful gentle soul.