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Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 #349167
10/22/18 12:21 AM
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I know I haven't been around here much at all but I felt I needed to let you all know I had to let Risa go almost 2 weeks ago. I did everything I could to keep her happy but, in the end, my options ran out.

She was my heart and I miss her but I also know she had a great, long life and we had a ton of great adventures together. I'm finding myself looking back on all the wonderful memories we shared rather than simply missing her. She was such a part of me; I knew her intimately.

She was my first dog and taught me so much. She was a teacher dog. Here to instruct me not just in dog training but in life.

She was fearful and dog reactive and I wanted to do dog sports with her. I thought I knew all about dog training but I soon found out how little I knew. I had to know more to make her life less scary. She frustrated me (and I her) but I wasn't going to give up.

We miraculously found clicker training. I read everything I could to try and help her learn to cope with the world. She eventually did get into dog sports and excelled at canine freestyle. Lure coursing was her favorite and she also competed in rally, Rally-FrEe, and obedience. We attempted herding, barn hunt, and nosework as well. She was so much fun to train and an absolute ham. It was never easy to trial with her but always worth it. People would comment on how happy she looked in the ring. . .even if her performances were far from perfect.

She overcame several health issues as well. She struggled with gastrointestinal problems her entire life. She had a mammary carcinoma removed when she was 9 and she slipped a disc in her back at 12. She recovered from everything and retired from competition at 13.5 years of age.

She walked through the Beartooth Mountains and swam in Long Island Sound. She participated in a demo at Clicker Expo. She appeared in the newspaper and on the news. Several dog training books and DVDs feature my mystery mutt.

It wasn't just about helping me either. She helped raise several foster dogs. She helped raise my puppy, Kyu. She helped me along the path to becoming a dog trainer (if only part-time) where I share the knowledge I learned from a lifetime with her.

I was able to dance with her one last time at our local freestyle competition in August among friends. You can tell she knew what she was there to do despite not having practiced or trained in months.


Love you always, my heart. My Smiley Face Dog. My Awesome Dog. Run free, my friend.


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Saber--9-30-17.jpg (77 downloads)
CrazyDawg--7-31-11.jpg (77 downloads)
Last edited by DancingCavy; 10/22/18 12:22 AM.

~Jamie~
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Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349168
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Not sure why the video didn't post in the original thread.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nwkwmnn25E

Last edited by DancingCavy; 10/22/18 12:22 AM.

~Jamie~
Veteran MF-GrCH Dancing Cavy's Pain in the Butte W-FDM/MF MF-M Vet InS/E R-FE/N PCD BN RAE RL1 (AoE) RNX TKP CA CGC WCX3 Risa
IWC Ch. Wylde Kitsunegari of Aesir CGC WCM Kyu
It Just Keeps Getting Better: Risa's Blog
Pet Portraits
Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349170
10/22/18 02:23 AM
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I'm so terribly sorry to hear that your gentle girl has passed away. Risa was unique and regal in her own way and your true heart dog. wub The two of you accomplished so much together through your teamwork. Risa will always be dearly remembered. RIP sweet angel. angel


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Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349171
10/22/18 02:56 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Risa. rip


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Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349172
10/22/18 05:17 AM
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I am very sad and sorry to hear about the passing of Risa. teary

I feel like you bought out the best in her. She will be deeply missed. bloomrose

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Farewell is like the end
But in my heart's a memory
And there you'll always be."
Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349173
10/22/18 11:44 AM
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I'm so sorry to hear about Risa's passing. I know you worked so hard with her and I very much enjoyed all of the videos you posted of the two of you doing your routines. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with her with us. bloomrose


Diana

Bentley...the light that brought me out of the darkness.

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Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349174
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Jamie I saw this on FB, but I was hoping you would come here and post. It was your life and story with Risa to share not mine. You tow had a great life and story together, it shows with finding the right key to understanding your dog and perseverance many good things can be accomplished. You have so many good memories about your life with Risa.

I am so glad that you have Kyu, he will keep you smiling and moving.

Run Free and Dance Away Risa.


Val da Tiger

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Neilla the Big White puppy.

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RIP DeeDee - AKA: DD Poo, Little Bit, Binky (part of the Binky and Booboo team) 6/23/02-6/20/11
Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349176
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I am so very sorry to read this, and that you lost such an important part of you. You will get through this ((hug):


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Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349177
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Talk about a match made in heaven-the videos of you and Risa changed how I understand the possibilities of a person-dog partnership.

Thanks for letting us in and take good care of yourself.

Mary Jane

Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349179
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Jamie, Risa always brightened my day. The two of you were so much fun to watch - not to diminish your outstanding success but for me it was above that the joy you had in each other that shown. Thanks for giving us the full story.

Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349182
10/22/18 06:01 PM
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Jamie, I know we connect on Facebook but I wanted to share my condolences here too. Risa was a great dog, she had a great life. I think you two were meant for each other. Your tribute to her is beautiful, as was she and as are you.

God speed little dancing dog.


Kathy

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Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349194
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What a wonderful Tribute to an obviously well loved dog!

Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: Codmaster] #349196
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Jamie, Iím so sorry to hear about Risa. Iím grateful that I got to meet SmileyGirl. Such a wonderful dog, a beautiful relationship. Iím wishing you strength. My deepest compassion and well-wishes to you and Kyu.


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Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: Braverhund] #349239
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What a lovely tribute to such an amazing dog, friend, teacher and companion. She did it all!!!! I'm so sorry for your loss rip hugging

You two shared a wonderful connection. It was clearly a special relationship and it showed. I hope you find comfort in the many memories you shared.


Rosa

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and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
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Re: Risa 1/10/04 (?) - 10/9/18 [Re: DancingCavy] #349355
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I'm so sorry about Risa, she seemed like a very special dog.


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