Today I had to say good bye to my best friend and constant companion for over 14.5 years. We had a wonderful life together and I will miss her more than words can say.
Briezy really only loved 3 things in this world - field work, mini marshmallows and me. Even though she saw no need to get chummy with most people, everybody that knew her loved her. She had a presence about her that was special. There was not a set up in the world that she did not think she could do! Her attitude always was "Maybe I can't do this, but I sure am going to try!!" And try she did. She always gave her all to everything she did. And what always made me happy was she never, ever said "I don't want to do this anymore".
She ran her last trial at 11.5 and then went into semi-retirement and then full retirement. But last season at the age of 14, every time we had flyers so did she. I might have to move her up so it was only a 30-40 yard retrieve but she always got her flyer. And that made us both happy.
Briezy was probably most famous for her creeping. I think if you measured how much ground she had covered over the years it would be measured in miles rather than yards But what was the most incredible thing about her creeping is that she never broke in her entire life, she always waited to be sent.
She was bred once - motherhood was not her thing! One of her offspring is sort of a celebrity here on RTF and he has made her proud.
Life without her by my side is going to take some getting used to. Briezy is buried deeply in my heart and she will always be with me. She taught me well and has done her best to prepare me to be the best handler I can be for Ticket and especially for my little firecracker Lizzie.
I will always love you, Briezy. I know that where you are now your body is strong, creeping is no longer frowned upon and the marshmallow bag will never be empty. This is one of my favorite pictures of a young Briezy.
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