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Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Abe first got Salsa at the end of 2001, when she was 6-8 months old. He found her in a pound in Austin when he was getting ready to move to Terlingua. At first, the pound hadn't wanted to release her to him, because he didn't have a house or fences on the property. He ended up showing them photos of the wild, empty land that had no traffic and no neighbors, and they finally agreed that she would probably be happy there.

She had a great life, both in Terlingua and the new place. She has always been fiercely loyal to our family, and was only ever torn over the issue of who to protect when Abe and the kids were play-fighting. She got to run all over the wilderness, and continued to hike with us up until last year. She has always been the alpha, even when she was completely deaf. She was a really good dog, and will be missed.

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