Meet Dr. Skeeder
by Frank Weaver
(Highlandville, Mo USA)
He said he couldn't eat Ribbons, but oh well.
I retired after 36 years of commercial art work and was totally worn out also after a major MI that left my left ventricle damaged. Well my wife suggested i look for a dog to keep me company while she still worked for another 14 years.
I found Skeeder, a Black & Silver puppy which i took at 6 weeks old from a small breeder in my home town. I joined a very good dog club in my home town also and started to train my mini-Schnauzer. Low and behold he liked working with me but not so much the obedience jazz. So we tried something called 'Agility' and he simply loved it and i knew we had found our niche.
We traveled a four state area competing in Agility trials when we could afford them. We started picking up a lot of ribbons in AKC and even more in UKC. All the time i was working with Skeeder i noticed my heart condition seemed to go away, to make a long story short we accomplished the UKC title UGRACH (United Grand Champion) twice. Well we were both about in the 70 years old range so with that we retired.
Well, Weavers Mister Skeeder finally passed away at 13 & 1/2 years old after taking real good care of his master. He was a great part of my rehab my continued recuperation and i will forever miss Him, don't let anyone ever tell you "their just a dog", cause they don't know what they're talking about. JMHO