One day a friend came to my house. When he was leaving there was a dog sitting on the at the top of the stairs. My friend said he had petted the dog when he had arrived. Well I chased it away. The next morning, there was the dog sitting on the top step. I was leaving and again I chased it away. On my return at the end of the day, there she was sitting on the top step. So I said, “O.K. you win, BUT, you head right to the bathroom for a bath” and I pointed in the direction of the bathroom. To my surprise she went in to the bathroom and without being told, got into the bath tub. Tulip turned out to be one of the best. She was so smart and had such personality. I’ll tell one story to demonstrate. Everytime we were around water, she would always want me to through something in the water for her to retrieve. One day we came to a beach without only sand and rocks. I looked at her and said, “well your out luck Tulip, not sticks”. She took off and sometime later I see her dragging the branch of a tree, and it wasn’t a small branch. She dragged it up to me sat there and gave me THE LOOK. I haven’t had a dog since she died and that was almost 30 years ago.

— Michael from Gardnerville, NV