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Hello Puppy

We discovered a young puppy near our door. He didn’t look healthy and was covered in ticks. We took him to the vet, got him all fixed up, gave him a name and he became the first member of our “six pack”.

We’ll Call You Bitzer

It didn’t take long to fall in love! He was such a sweet puppy and irresistably cute. We found out that he loved food, discs and balls… and anything with a squeaker. He could eliminate a squeaker in no time flat!

He appeared to be an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. We thought Bitzer was a fitting name. And so our adventure began!

Hello Puppy

We discovered a young puppy near our door. He didn’t look healthy and was covered in ticks. We took him to the vet, got him all fixed up, gave him a name and he became the first member of our “six pack”.

We’ll Call You Bitzer

It didn’t take long to fall in love! He was such a sweet puppy and irresistably cute. We found out that he loved food, discs and balls… and anything with a squeaker. He could eliminate a squeaker in no time flat!

He appeared to be an Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. We thought Bitzer was a fitting name. And so our adventure began!

Majestic Posture

Thick, like a bear, he would stand proud and noble. His physique was impressive with a broad chest and tucked belly. It was fun to watch him chase a disc or ball with Sheila. For a big guy, he could move!

We used to take walks on this gravel road. He enjoyed being with us and was always up for an adventure.

Handsome Model

Bitzer was always a pleasure to photograph.  He was beautiful, with his bright eyes and pointy ears. He was also very smart and patient so it was easy enough to have him sit and wait for the photo to be taken.  With food and a squeaker, the job was easy!

Happy Holidays

The holiday season was always a great time to spend together. We took photos with bandanas, hats, and costumes. Bitzer was always game for a dress-up session and photoshoot. And again, with food or a squeaker in hand, it was easy to capture his attention. You can almost see him drooling.

Team Player

Everyone loved Bitzer. He was a big teddy bear. After setting up this papasan chair, I wanted to see how many dogs I could fit in it. Bitzer got in first and then others started piling in. I don’t think he moved.

A flying disc is definitely something to get excited about!

Bitzer in action, going after one of those discs that he loves. He was very agile and had a high catch percentage. Not many got away. As he got older, he would chase the disc until he got tired then he would lie down with it at his feet.  Just to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere.

A tennis ball will also work.

Though a disc is preferred, a tennis ball is also worthy of chasing. We have spent many days throwing tennis balls all over the yard. Thank goodness for the Chuckit!

Elegance

With effortless grace and style, he appeared to be a noble gentleman. Sleek and neat without trying. Always well mannered and cool. His best photoshoots were naked. No props necessary.

Charm

Always a delight to be with, he was confident and relaxed. He would regularly lie down with his paws crossed like a complete gentleman and show that charming smile.

Tolerance

He certainly had the capacity to tolerate trouble without getting angry. He was Sheila’s roomie so tolerance was a daily thing. He was easy to get along with and the other dogs enjoyed him.

Happiness

Bitzer was always happy.  Whether it was outside chasing discs, going for a ride, walking up the road, modeling for photos, or just relaxing inside. If he was with us, he was happy.

The girls are showing Bitzer their support after he lost his leg.

This was a difficult time because we were already trying to heal Sylvi. When Bitzer’s leg broke and we discovered he had cancer it was totally unexpected. We made sure to give plenty of hugs and the girls were happy to help out.

Still a fan of squeakers.

Bitzer did well with the missing leg. He was moving around, even chasing balls. We gave him a pig for his birthday.  Instead of the typical squeaker, it made a grunt sound. He loved it… and ultimately silenced it.

Bitzer suddenly collapsed before breakfast. We discovered that he had a large mass on his spleen. He stopped standing, eating or eliminating. Less than a week later, he passed away.

Bitzer

2007 – 2017
If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.