July 26, 2000 - March 8, 2007
After losing my Mother in June of 2000, I was devastated. She and I were best friends. So, when I started thinking about a name for my new pup, I wanted that name to reflect my friendship and relationship that I cherished and missed so much. My Mother was a treasure to know and be with, so I thought this would be a wonderful name for my new best friend.
Treasure lived up to his name. He was an amazing dog and he was an energetic, enthusiastic agility competitor. What I loved most about having Treasure in my life was his ability to do whatever the day required. If I was going to be working all day at the computer he would be happy to lie curled up in a ball on his bed next to me. If we were doing agility or demonstrations, he would be tireless and ready to perform.
Agility was second to none on his list of favorites. I loved working with him in that sport. He also loved to play with his big brother, Makana and his "sister" Phlip (our Australian Shepherd).
Treasure, Makana and Phlip all had big parts in our dog training DVD. I relied heavily on them to show our dog training students the “finished product” of exercises I was teaching. Treasure was favored in the DVD because he was so ready and willing to be called to action at all times. There are even parts of the DVD where I’m working with Phlip and you can hear Treasure in the background whining! He just loved to work!
Treasure earned many agility titles and rally titles and right before I lost him. He had just started in the competition obedience ring where he was already excelling. You can read more about him on our agility brags page.
Although you would never know it when you saw him or watched him, Treasure had many health issues. When these health issues continued, I began to learn more and more about medicine and holistic veterinary care. For example, at the age of 3, I almost lost him to liver failure. At age 5, we almost lost him to acute Pancreatitis. In between, it was always something causing him to be ill. We managed his health for 6 years thanks to some amazing holistic health professionals. Finally, though, we lost him to heart disease in March of 2007.
To say I was devastated is such an understatement.
I’ll never forget him—his joy for life, his love of his family and his angelic personality! He was the best . . .