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When I came across this, I thought no way do I have time to watch an eight and a half minute segment. But I did, because its a great story about Skidboot, the dog who can understand English. Hit play or go to YouTube. -via Arbroath

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We were not ready to start our blog just yet but this needed to be mentioned. Skidboot, an amazing dog, has left us. This was an outstanding example of the relationship between owner and dog that faced many an issue and overcame them through effort.
We have put together a brief tribute to Skidboot and David named “Skidboot Has Left Us” on YouTube along with a link to the Texas Country Reporter segment.

Skidboot was neither a Briard (a herding dog of French origin) nor a Gordon setter (a birddog) that we will be writing about in our blog. He and David are an excellent example of that wide and diverse world of partnerships between man and dog that we will also explore.

I first met Skidboot and David at the State Fair of Texas in the late 90’s. It was amazing even then to see the close partnership between them even then. I remember last fall when their story seemed to be everywhere on the internet as well as TV. One of the best segments was the Texas Country Reporter piece by Bob Phillips .They appeared with Leno, Letterman, Oprah and many others. Internet hits were over four million.

The segment points out how Skidboot was not an easy dog to handle in the beginning (a trait that can also be found in both Briards and Gordons). It took work on David’s part to bring out the best in Skidboot. The segment also pointed out that the dog was going blind and the future was uncertain. Monday (3/26/07) David was talking to one of the Dallas radio folks with his “bittersweet news” – Skidboot was dead but now he could see and frolic with the likes of Lassie and Rin Tin Tin.

David will not be alone in missing his partner, Skidboot - millions of others will also!

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Why are people so angry? I had the pleasure of meeting Skidboot and David, and it was a real treat to see them work together!! I agree with the other comment, David is a person you instantly like. His wife is lucky to have him. I also saw David on Pet Star with his trained horse and you know what, He and the horse were having fun that's what it is all about. Don't be jealous that Skidboot gets more action than you!
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hey 'daniel' (oct 25 entry), DUH. a skidboot is a piece of equipment used on western show horses, whose fetlocks are vulnerable to burns if they stop too hard. (stopping hard is a Good thing.) skidboot is a darling and appropriate name for a dog who lives in texas, the heart of quarter horse country.
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