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Coyote 1/27/2000 - 1/25/2014

Coyote 1/27/2000 - 1/25/2014
On Saturday, God gained one hell of a great dog and a huge piece of my heart.

While I was out of town getting a new title on Dazzle, Coyote passed away in my husband's arms. We're not sure exactly what happened, but it was only a matter of a few hours from the first serious symptoms until he was gone. So thankfully it was quick and seemed to be fairly painless from my husband's description. Our guess is some sort of rupture or cancer or ??. But at this point, the cause isn't really important. I don't think there was anything we could have done in those last few hours. And he was so damn stoic that if he had any pain prior, we didn't have any sign of it.

While I wish I had been here with him, my husband didn't have him cremated before I got a chance to say goodbye and he looked like he was peacefully sleeping. And I'm glad he didn't tell me last night. I would have driven home on bad roads, in the dark, bawling my eyes out and it wouldn't have changed a thing. So it was much safer to wait till I got home. And I'm thankful not to have had to witness the end, or have him euth. So given that he had to die (as we all do) this was not a bad thing for me but I'm very sorry that my husband had to go through it alone though.

Coyote was one amazing dog and the first dog that I trained with only reward-based training. We learned a LOT together and he was smarter than I could imagine possible. He LOVED the shaping game and would work at figuring out a puzzle for nearly an hour (the longest it took him to figure something out, but I'm sure he would have kept going!). But it was very rare that it took him that long. He was instrumental in getting many people to give clicker training a try by doing a demo of it's power of communication. I would have the person pick something for him to interact with in the area in a way they specified (put his head on the seat of a chair for example) and with only the use of the clicker and a few treats I could get him to do it! No verbal or body language cues needed. And the person was sold on giving it a shot even though I was sure to explain that Coyote was at a very advanced level and didn't start out being able to do what he just demonstrated.

He attended many Dog Scout camps with me and earned over 40 badges in everything from search and rescue and messenger dog to painting and community service. You'd be hard pressed to find a dog that enjoyed taking money from donors and putting it in a bucket more than Coyote! He was able to collect an average of $100 per hour and sometimes worked 3 or 4 hours straight! And if the person wasn't careful, he would skip the waiting time and just try to get their entire wallet or purse!

He earned his UPD backpacking title (200 miles under pack) and loved going on hikes with me (back when I was able to do so). He loved learning go to ground and agility and going for long kayak rides with breaks for swimming. He earned first and third place in the skyhoundz disc dog competitions we entered and would fetch the frisbee in the yard for hours. He was an excellent mouser and spent many hours keeping our yard mole free. Lure coursing and steeplechase were more of his favorite activities.

He had one hell of a "dash"- an active and enriched life and knew love for all of his 14 years and won't be forgotten by those he met. Hopefully he was able to celebrate his birthday with any activities he chose while playing with Hunter, Buster and Bear. I'm going to do my best to just remember all the good stuff and not dwell on the fact that he's no longer going to greet me at the door whenever I come home or at the gate that separated him from Dazzle with a full body wiggle and going between me and the fridge in case I forgot where the treats (carrots) were located. Rest in peace Cody man and may you have as much fun as a dog can possibly have until we meet again.

Photos of Coyote enjoying several activities can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/scoutdogs/sets/72157629073285139

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Gina Morin
Gina Morin
Sorry for your loss! He seemed to have been a wonderful ,talented dog with a full life! Your pictures of him are beautiful...Your picture here is a great tribute to him!
3 years ago.
Zoe
Zoe
What a very talented dog, my thoughts are with you. What a lovely tribute
3 years ago.
Evergreengirl
Evergreengirl
Oh, so very sorry to hear this news. The loss of a beloved pet is always so difficult. They really are members of our family. I enjoyed looking at your set on Flickr. Coyote was a real cutie and it sounds like he was one amazing guy.

BTW, I have two little angel ornament like yours, one a Basenji for out little girl Emma and one a Dobie, for our big boy Max. Every Christmas I hang them on our tree and lots of good memories of our time with them come back to me.
3 years ago.
Nyske
Nyske
I'm sorry about your dog. We have a labrador and we love him very much. He is ten years old and I can't imagine loosing him. My heart goes out for you and your husband.
3 years ago.
bublynski
bublynski
Oh, Chris - I'm so sorry for your loss. He had the best life a dog can have, so loved and active, working in partnership with his humans. But it's heartbreaking to lose him so suddenly.

My sister lost her beloved Bo the same way - he was gone in 30 minutes, with no prior warning. She had an autopsy done because he was only 8, and it was hemangiosarcoma that took him. Even though she got him to the vet right away, there was nothing they could do after the tumor ruptured. But I know you wish you were there, for him and for your husband. My deepest condolences to both of you.
3 years ago.