Wednesday, September 01, 2010
The McCoy Animal Stable experienced a double loss last Saturday.
Chelsea, one of Natalie's American Eskimo dogs, was euthanized. She had been with Natalie for over eleven years and was one of the three dogs in her original act. Time and age had taken its toll on the great performer.
Not much is said on the blog about Natalie's dog act, but this is not to diminish the quality of life they experience and the hours that Natalie puts in daily for their care, training and husbandry. I have never seen animals given better care than hers. The hours spent cleaning, grooming, practicing, and daily maintenance demonstrates the love Natalie has for her animals and the dedication she gives to not only her job but her pets as well. In addition, her dogs have more space per capita than any other animal on the Kelly Miller Circus.
A quote from animal trainer Trudy Strong:
"The best thing about having a dog act is that it gives you an excuse to be with your dogs so much, you train them, feed them, groom them, pick up after them, love them, but you never learn how to loose one. I'm so sorry to hear about Chelsea. She was sure one of a kind!"