~ A Tribute to Michelle ~

Rudyard Kipling wrote, "Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware -- of giving your heart to a dog to tear."

I called this our "Vulcan Dog Mind Meld." All I had to say was "VDMM!" and she would put her forehead to mine. I usually did this before a search--it charged us both up.

At age 15 years 7 months, Michelle Barbara passed away on Labor Day, Sept 6 2004.

As a search dog, she found two people alive and several not. Michelle served as a Doberman diplomat all her life by performing countless shows for school children and adults. Who could have thought that a Doberman could help a handful of dog phobic people overcome their fear of dogs.

Inside a homemade igloo

Some of her tricks included barking and sneezing answers to addition and subtraction problems, dropping dead when I shot her with my hand and saying her prayers.

Best of all, Michelle was a Shelby. A big sister and protector to Tara, Kerry and Brett. She was a daughter, protector and a partner to me.

She had a great life
IF  you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

IF   you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,

IF   you can face the world without lies and deceit,

IF   you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, regligion or politics

Then, my friends, you are almost as good as your dog.

Michelle--thank you for sharing your spirit with us.

More Pictures:

Allowing Tri to pretend he was a big guy

Playing dead after I shot her at a Hug A Tree presentation

Age 14 1/2, snow and rain didn't faze her

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