Mersadies at the Christmas Tree. She was six months old in this picture and learning to stay. She was watching my hand make the stay command. She lived to be almost sixteen years old. She was the greatest dog i ever had. She came to me in spirit exactly one month after she died. I got up during the night and there she was standing beside the bed, each strand of fur all lit up. That morning, before I told my husband I had seen her, he told me he saw her sleeping on the bed next to me. He said she was all lit up.