Major came to us basically as a rescue, even though he could be double registered. Major came
to live with us in November of 2004 full of love and boundless energy. What a change from our current couch potato pooch!!
He was already named Major, but we wanted to come up with a name to register him with. My husband
did an internet search on "major" and it came back with endless possibilities. One of them had to do with the constellation
Canis Major. Well, that solved the name issue. My daughter, who would be handling Major, is really into Astronomy and the
description of the constellation mentioned herding bulls and hunting rabbits. Well, Aussies are bred to herd and we have raised
show rabbits for 9 years. It seemed his name found us.
He was a quick learner when it came to basic house manners. We knew he wasn't a Champion quality
dog, but that didn't matter to us. We were looking forward to going to shows and events with him and learning with him as
One horrid day in January our hopes came to a tragic end. We were out working on his obedience classwork
and had him on a nylon/chain martingale collar. The "C" ring connecting the pieces of chain together that the leash hooks
to broke. Of course, my daughter hit the ground calling him to play and we thought he would come right to her, myself, or
our other dog. He didn't. He ran right out into the busy road right at rush hour.
Nothing can prepare you for something or someone you love being wrenched away from you unexpectedly.
His passing has left a crater in our lives. However, we draw comfort knowing that his last few months here were extremely
happy. He filled our days with laughter. He will always be our bright shining star.