a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Boost -- a little in memorium

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Boost -- a little in memorium


Boost's death was so sudden, and Tika's death was so recent before that, and my dad's illness was so bad-- I never did a photo retrospective of their lives. This isn't one, either, but I wanted to gather some photos for a smaller project. Here they be.

Boost had no fear of racing to almost the end and riding it to a slam-down.

Championship in CPE!

I had to hustle to be anywhere near her at the end of a dogwalk.

Boost loved to help me in the yard while I trimmed. I'd toss the trimmings into the air; she'd leap, catch, shake them firmly, and toss them to the ground with great finality, then wait for the next.

Waiting to run, tugging on her Riot Tug.

We did a little nosework. She was catching on.

My Merle Girl.

Resting between rocket-powered frisbee catchings.

Boost loved the snow. Anything in the snow.

Heterochromic eyes, like her mom's and many other relatives.

Get In The Box trick.

She learned this from watching Tika. Amazing.

Running at the beach. She just liked running.

Demonstrating her lightning-fast weaving technique.

Floating through the air down a line of jumps. Like magic when it worked.

Tika also taught Boost how to use tunnels, although Boost's puppyhood playground included tunnels.

Hiking, climbing, exploring.

Loved running through the powder; preferred that to running along the trail!

Atop Coyote Peak, one of our frequent hikes.

Boost's absolutely favorite toy of all time.


  1. These are wonderful shots that show her personality and how much fun she (and you) had. They are all beautiful, but when I got to the one of her in the snow with her tongue out I said "Ahhhhhhh" out loud, and, sitting here across the country, and after only meeting her once, my eyes filled with tears. Such a good girl she was. I'm so glad you showed us these.

  2. Was reading your current post about doing photography at Great America and happened to notice the blue categories over on the right and happened to notice Boost Goodbye and clicked on this again. Still love all these pictures and still feel so sad about her life with you being too short.

    1. Thanks, Dawn.
      .... There are way too many of those blue categories and I've not been consistent about them, either. I wish there were a way to group by, say, competitions, health, photography, training, or so on. I can't always make up my mind whether to tag every post that talks about Chip as "Chip", or whether I need subcategories in addition to the Chip ones I already have--so I end up with 58 "Chip" posts when all I want is the one where he's chewing on a bone or some such. Also, the first couple of years of blog posts I don't think I tagged anything--at one point I made an effort to try to go back and do that, but so many posts! :-)