Miller's Ben Roaming, NA, OAJ, RS-N, JS-N, NJC, NAC
October 12, 1997 - November 6, 2009
Ben was the poster child for Aussie Attitude. He put the Awesome in
AussiumAgility, and is the model for the joy in agility I hope to give all
my students. In the midst of his 'celebrations' in the ring, there could be
no doubt that he was having a ball! When we run agility with our dogs, we
are always aware that each and every run could be the last. Ben reminded me
to make the most of each opportunity, and those transcendent moments of
connection with a luminous spirit like his put the bleakness of his loss in
harsh contrast. Those who heard his 'aaahrooo, ahrroo, ahhhhroooo' when we
walked onto an agility venue, couldn't help smiling. As with all great dogs,
our time was too short. Losing Carrie last year put our world into turmoil.
Losing Ben has stopped it completely. Momentarily, I am all out of love.
Please join me in a gallery of
wonderful moments in Ben's life...
ASCA Nationals, Paso Robles, California
The weave poles,
and seems to say 'I do them all for Val...BUT...'
The tunnel...is MINE!!! :-)
& one of me with my best friend Carrie!
I don't have a lot of photos of Ben alone, he and Carrie
were always together.
Ben was quite a dude!
Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
Life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.
Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears,
In a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.
Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today,
How nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.
And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched,
For nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.
~ Ellen Brenneman
Outback Carrie'N On OA OAJ
Sadly, I lost my 'golden girl', Carrie
last night. She led me to the agility path by insisting that obedience was
BOOORRRING, and she was my first agility teacher.
If she had a better handler, who knows what she might have accomplished?
Carrie was a gift, and in my defence, I
always was aware of how much I had been given. She gave 100% every time, without
I now have to 'carry on' without her, somehow.
Look not where I was
For I am not there
My spirit is free
I am everywhere
In the air that you breathe
In the sounds that you hear
Donít cry for me Mom
My spirit is near
Iíll watch for you
From the other side
Iíll be the one running
New friends by my side
Smile at my memory
Remember in your heart
This isnít the end
Itís a brand new start
Running agility with Val at the controls
(Val says "when you take all
the fuzz off those ears, they really fly!")
2004 ASCA Nationals
Paso Robles, California
Faith Shimamoto handling Carrie in the conformation class
I LOVE to jump!
and jump again...
Then I run the chute...
and the weave poles...
and tip the teeter...
and the table...
and, finally, I can relax with my best friend Ben!
Carrie was a very serious puppy
She got the rules from Lucy, and had five weeks alone
before Ben came to the house, to learn them all
She used her eye to move the ball closer, but when she was
it was snooze time!