May 20, 1992 - September
This artwork of Casey with Alan was
beautifully rendered by Chet Jezierski from a small photograph. It is a favorite remembrance of a "moment in time"
from Casey's life. They were sitting by the Pacific Ocean on a windy day at dusk after attending a day long herding
clinic at Kathy Warren's ranch. Casey was with the person she loved.
She came to us in Atlanta and flew with us to her new
home in Phoenix. She introduced Alan to herding. That hobby changed our lives. She was both impatient and patient
with Alan in their journey together. She loved working cattle; hated ducks. Many a top trainer in the USA commented
that Casey was not just a good dog; she was a great dog. Although her herding titles were many, it was the journey
that Alan took from complete novice to their successes that matters.
She was never bred yet reared 5 more Beardies from
puppyhood to adulthood: Gilli, Brody, C.J., Ceba and Siri. She did this with a firm, but quiet manner. They
respected her. She walked with an air of confidence. In many ways, she wasn't really a dog; but a person in a dog
suit. What Judi misses most is this: "Honey, I'm home." Those words were from Alan when he arrived home from work.
Of course, Casey and I both knew those words weren't for Judi.