Rimrock Rimfire Dally

Dally at Work

Dally’s Litter

Miss Dally

Dally’s Day

Dally at Work

Swish, Dally (movie)

Dog Time (one of which I think has made it into the 2018 English Shepherd calendar)

Snow Day (movie)

From the Mesa to Home (movie)

Back at Work

Swsssswsss, Dally (movie)

Her life is chronicled on here in so many ways… In the background, as the focus of photos, growing, having litters, just “being there” as is an English Shepherd’s duty…

She was cover girl for the English Shepherd Club website for years…

covergirlWith double duty with Lucas on the Breeder’s page…


I’ll miss her snoring from her hiding spot behind my couch…

I told her we all know The Rules That Must Be Followed… which she enforced… but it was ok to leave them to us now…

Everyone called her cranky, but she just had a bubble… and let you know if you entered it.  Plus, she was Rule Enforcer.  But I remember her belly scratched and tender from sneaking into Elsa’s litters and letting them nurse from her… until hormones kicked in… and she actually got milk in and nursed Elsa’s pups, not with just one litter, but two!  She wanted to be a momma so badly.  She eventually did, and had two litters of her own.  The two of them and Lucas *were* Rimrock English Shepherds…

the three

She was stifled with perhaps a torn meniscus a couple of weeks ago… treatment was with Deramaxx for the pain.  We were hoping for some recovery, but it may have kicked an existing kidney problem into complete kidney failure, to which she succumbed this morning.



She is at rest near her mother, Elsa.  I can look out from Sundog Studios and see where my girls are buried…

This is the last working photo I have of her.

lastTake ’em home, Dally…

Atta girl, Dally, you’re a good, good girl.



Rimrock Rimfire Dally — 49 Comments

  1. So sorry for your great loss of a family member and to all pet lovers everywhere they are truly family members. Only time will heal this pain of loss.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s hard to believe I’m crying over a dog that I never met but I feel like I’ve gotten to know her over the years that I’ve read your blog. It was a beautiful tribute to her.

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss Carol. You will have many happy memories in your heart and photos of your loyal working companion. Dally you are now where the sky is even bigger than WY. Enjoy running wild and free. You will be missed.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss, Carol. I hope that your view of Dally and Elsa’s resting place brings you some comfort when you remember them alive and well.

  5. Sorry for your loss. As I am reading this, I am crying along with you. It brings back so many memories of having to put down our Border Collie who had cancer. My tears of blurring my typing. Sleep well, Dally.

  6. I’m so sorry. This is always so hard. They’re always such an important part of our families. She’s tucked in there with the rest of the memories that you’ll never let go of.

  7. So sorry. She lived a good life, well cared for, with a job to do, which she did well. Our dogs are part of our family. We understand your sadness.

  8. Carol, our hearts are breaking with you. Our Emma sounds just like her mama, the bubble. One is forever better after loving a dog and being loved in return. Hugs to you the family.

  9. Carol, I have tears in my eyes. From your blog, I feel like I’ve lost one of my own. A Beautiful Girl and always ready to help.

    How will you move the cattle without her to help?

  10. How old was she? I certainly feel for you! So sorry! Our “Pepper” is now15. He is a loving Shi Tzu/Maltese. Now he is deaf and is on heartmeds. It is hard to see them have these frailties and go through the ageing process.
    Dally was so beautiful!

  11. Such awfully sad news, my heart goes out to you, Carol.
    Rimrock Rimfire Dally – I’ve “known” her for her entire life and loved “following” her through your blog. Good girl, indeed, good and beautiful. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  12. Sorry to see Dally leave us. She was a favorite of mine. I say this purely on the basis of what I got from your blog: it didn’t seem that she was the prettiest or the smartest, but she tried so hard with her big, big heart.

  13. I’m so sorry, she was a beautiful dog. They become such a part of our lives. I have enjoyed her stories that you told so well. She will be missed.

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