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Fly - the Farm Collie Dog

by Caroline
(UK)

My Beautiful Fly

My Beautiful Fly

My Beautiful Fly Fly paddling My family - Dusty, Blue, Bessie, Chipper and Fly Fly liked to help with gardening

Fly was just 5 months old when she came into my life - a half sized collie covered in faeces and with one front leg hanging lifelessly.

Fly was the only pup remaining from yet another litter, produced by her mother every time she came into season. Despite Fly's young age she had already managed to be injured by vehicles moving around the busy farmyard that was her home. The first injury was to her back legs - a glancing blow, and then a couple of weeks later her front right leg was pulled along under the wheel of a Landrover (4WD).

The day I first saw her should have been the last day of her life. She would never be able to work the sheep or doing anything useful in the eyes of the farmer, so she was going to be shot.

This pathetic little scrap of a dog came home with me that day and won my heart completely. My intention was to have her brought back to good health and then find a new permanent home. Instead she spent the rest of her life with me.

Fly's damaged front leg was amputated and she was soon scampering around, enjoying life as though nothing had happened. From the very beginning Fly was my soul mate; we went every where together. She soon appointed herself alpha-female in our multi dog family.

Absolutely nothing phased her - she climbed mountains on the Isle of Skye, loved swimming, chasing off any dog that came too close to her precious "only" front leg, and generally being Top Dog.

My philosophy was always that Fly should live as normal a life as possible, just like the rest of our dogs. She could deftly scamper through the woods and fields, negotiate rabbit holes and jump over fallen trees.

The fact that she was "disabled" meant that she attracted attention almost everywhere we went. She absolutely adored the attention and could play to the audience whenever the opportunity arose, which made her a great asset when collecting money for our local animal shelter.

Fly's sheer courage and determination was an inspiration, and it stayed with her until the very end of her life. Unfortunately the medication she had needed for the latter part of her life had damaged her kidneys, and it was Chronic Renal Failure that finally took her life on 25th February 2008, aged almost 13 years.

I always called her "my little star" because she shone so brightly in my life and continues to do so, keeping careful watch over me from a picture frame above my desk.

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