My Sweet Girl

A tribute to Murren.

April 13, 2009 – August 29th 2018. The Princess Murren, also affectionately known as Sugar Plum, Plum, Plummie, and my baby girl.

It is with great sadness I bring you the news of the passing my sweet girl. Murren. This big beautiful girl never left my side. Her soulful gaze was always upon me.

She lived a life of service, to me of course, and oh so many.

Starting with the boys at Gray Wolf Ranch,  who were away from their homes, and animals for 5 months or more. They lite up with delight when Murren came bounding into meditation each  morning. She would check in with each boy individually. The boys would lay on the floor with her as they played Battleship and other games. She often accompanied them on hikes and other journeys. She taught them patience, calmness and trust.

We also started Read to Rover at the Quilcene School. Children that would not read in the classroom would read to the dogs. They felt very special and loved by all the dogs. But if they had their choice,  would all line up in Murren’s line to read to her.

She also worked on the healing team at Empowerment through Equus. She was a welcome greeter to all and was always nearby holding space; giving lots of love and grounded energy.

To show affection Murren would lean on you, sit on your feet, or present her paw. She did know how to ask for affection too… presenting her hips for a good rub. She was known to be a proper girl crossing her front paws, a true lady. Murren enjoyed coming on trail rides and could keep up with the best of them, whether it be in the mountains of Montana or the logging roads up Snow Creek.

She is a sweet beautiful spirit, loved by all. Everywhere we went she brought a smile to people. She was everybody’s therapy dog.

She also had, what is know in Berners as independent action. (to help them make decisions in the field as a working dog) She liked to make her own decision, in her own time. I learned to respect this. (Her trainer, Georgia Towle,  lovingly said she was giving me the third paw)

And of course on FB, many know “Where’s Murren” She has captured the hearts of many, bringing lightness and love to all.

She has crossed the rainbow bridge, leaving a huge gap, in the physical realm. I miss her huge presence and her sweet loving gaze. But she is still with me and all of us in spirit. Her happy good natured spirit lives on.

Thank you sweet girl for your never ending love and devotion and a true life of service.

Your mom, I’ll love you always.





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