It’s a week since Pocket Rocket left for her next big adventure. I always thought life was busy before she arrived on the scene, with five Border Collies all wanting and willing to be doing. I hadn’t realised how quiet our household could be though, until she left.
Our friend Gayle met Pocket Rocket for the first time as a 4-month old puppy at an extremely muddy World Sheepdog Trials last September. She enjoyed that lots. She received many, many admiring glances and comments from some of the world’s top handlers, there were plenty who took the time to come over and say hello as I carried her around, trying to work to a mud limitation plan - it didn't work!
Gayle met up with her again in the summer when she visited the Jubilee Pups, and also had the chance to see her work. How she'd come on since the summer, she was on her sides, starting to drive and starting to use the fabulous outrun she used with the dogs. She was going to be truly great.
Thank you Gayle for this lovely poem ...
A Poem for Pocket Rocket
A golden girl, as smooth as pearl,
One of eight, an octogreat,
Once small enough to fit in your pocket she'd still be off like a Rocket,
Would turn a paw to gardening galore,
Or off in the caravan for a girl who loved to explore,
Rather fond of a dip in the pond, even if she got rather dirty and made the humans a little shirty,
A glide through the gate, never one to wait,
Sheep to be sorted, a job to be done,
Although that didn't mean she couldn't have a little fun,
A special young lady she became and those who's lives she touched will never be the same.
Pocket Rocket, sorely missed but will always be a part of our life ...