Boom'r was not my first Samoyed, nor even my second.
But she was the first dog I ever put points on.
The first dog I ever put a major on.
My first champion.
My first Best of Breed Winner, my first Group placer.
She was the mother of the first litter of pups I ever had.
She was the first of my dogs to earn a Herding certificate.
The first to earn Working Samoyed and Working Samoyed Excellent titles.
She was my first sled dog and my first lead dog.
She, along with her half brother Icer, was my first multiple Best Brace in Group winner and a 3 time Best Brace in Show winner.She was my first "calendar girl" - appearing in numerous publications over the years, in fact she was Miss March in this years Avonside Samoyed wall calendar - a picture of her taken in Santa Fe at 5 months of age.
Boom'r taught me more about dogs and dogs shows (and myself) than I ever could have imagined when I first saw her at 6 weeks of age.
She taught me that there is nothing a dog can do that will embarrass me to the point where I actually die.
She taught me the true meaning of the word "counter surfing".
She taught me to put away my shoes and keep my closet door closed.
She taught me that a dog can eat a 10 pound bag of dog food and not get sick.
She taught me a dog can and will eat a hairbrush and it will make them VERY sick.
She taught me what a good lead dog is (she was a natural).
She taught me what a good show dog is (she was a natural).
Late last November Boom'r was diagnosed with very aggressive mammary cancer. The vet removed her mammary chain, the surgery was much more invasive and extensive than originally predicted. Her recovery was slow and painful and I questioned myself daily as to whether I should have put her thru it. But three weeks after surgery, by Christmas time, she was back to her old self, in fact she was happier and more mobile than she had been in years. I gave her three more good months and she gave me three more good months. Seems like it was a good deal. Today it was time to let go.
Run free Boom'r.