Crystal came to us as a stray. We had her for 12 years and we believe she was about 15 when she left us. She was, to paraphrase A.A. Milne, a pointer of very little brain.
She lost her eyesight gradually and by the time she passed, she was completely blind. She and I still played fetch every evening, I would direct her with “right, now left, almost there…good girl!”
One day she interrupted our fetch session and started wandering the yard. I wasn’t worried; the yard is fenced and she was safe. She disappeared around the house and came back a few minutes later with a dead squirrel. It was stiff as a board, but Crystal was proud of her prize and a bit disappointed when I took it away and disposed of it.
We named her after the Crystal Gayle song “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” She had just a couple little blue spots on otherwise brown eyes. This photo shows her eyes well.