Wednesday 21 August 2019

Our Shannon's gone, but never forgotten

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Aine Murray

Today marks a year since our beautiful 15-year-old Border Collie passed away.

Shannon was adopted from Limerick, taken to Co Cavan, but finally found her place with us in Co Leitrim. She was fondly known by all as 'Shannon Murray' and responded to her pet name 'Tilly' among close family members only.

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Every morning she marked her territory, gleefully sniffing the outer edge of the garden and soon commencing point duty at the gable of the house. In summer months, her contract was extended to the apple trees in the back garden. Shannon knew there was nothing extra coming her way for such duties. She really only covered this ground when Mammy let a holler out the window to scare both herself and the crows! Then she would swoop into action like she was starring in James Bond.

Shannon's hobbies included long walks, watching Mammy working through the living room window and going on adventures in neighbouring fields with Daddy and Brian. She often provided a reassuring ear to a young calf as they made their maiden voyage to the vet in the back of Daddy's van.

She knew this wasn't easy and so would give them a bit of a lick and a nudge and this seemed to do the trick. One could say that Shannon was periodically empathetic; when she wasn't busy admiring herself.

She was a Border Collie with attitude and genuine diva-like qualities. She enjoyed nothing more than when she returned from her groomer, Tracey, in Wag Tails, to soak up all the praise lavished on her for being such a beautiful dog!

After such occasions, she was often found looking into a bedroom window, catching herself in the mirror and taking a long pause! She loved a good bow and when Mammy put on her fancy collar every Christmas Eve, she knew she was the belle of the ball!

She was one of the greatest gifts and blessings to have ever passed through Allendale House.

Name: Shannon

Finest hour: Dinner hour Likes: Praise

Dislikes: Crows

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