Loving Memory of
Hidden Valley's Ragtime
May 30th 1994 to January
"This is truly
bittersweet, I got to meet Annie in Spokane back in 2001. She was
just recovering from polyarthritis, and had one of the most
indomitably happy spirits of any Berner I have known. It would
continue to serve her well. She lost an ear flap to mast cell cancer
later that year, and I suspect Annie considered it a mark of
distinction, something that separated her from just any old Berner.
Mild hip dysplasia never really slowed her down much, but at the
grand old age of 13 and a half years, her body finally gave out.
Catherine Allen is understandably heartbroken, Annie's no longer
with her physically, but she'll always be looking over Catherine's
And I know she's having a
blast with her newfound mobility at the Rainbow Bridge. Pat Long"
Happy Birthday, Annie, 13
Annie aged 11 years!
A younger Annie,
aged 7 yrs
"A LongShot, taken
in Spokane. I was on the Specialty Committee that year."
PS Here is a recent shot of her at a little fun match here in
Seattle a couple of months ago right after her 12th birthday.
The only entry in the senior class; they created it just for
her just for showing up. Isn't she cute? :)
Annie has survived just about every ailment you can think of
and still just keeps going like the Energizer Bunny. She is still a
world-class counter surfer and has even expanded her repertoire in
her golden years: she recently learned how to open (and empty!) my
refrigerator! She still just makes me laugh after all these years.
How can you not just admire spunk like that!
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