I believe that what was special about us- was that me- being a musician-enabled me to keep her with me all the time- and as anyone who knows Jack Russells- knows that-they are a full time dog with boundless energy. At the Jack Russell Trials she ran agility, racing, puissance jumping and go-to-ground. Go-to-ground, a competition where they go through a maze of tunnels with a rat in a secure cage at one end (the rat is not injured), was her favorite and she often won, being the fastest dog to find the caged rat. Her dad, Scout, was a famous National Go-To-Ground Champion, so it was in her blood. Once she took the puissance jump then left the ring – running for the go-to-ground tunnel, pushing past the dog on the line getting ready to enter. She also won first place at The Gran Perroton Dog Show in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico three years in a row. And to everyone’s amazement ---She found the rat at a Barn Hunt at the Reliant World Dog Show at age 18 years and 11 months. She had tenacity throughout her life.
Every time- that I wrote a song- she was there with me-
I wrote ‘My Lil Anna’ somewhere out on I-10 where it connects with I-5- heading up to Northern California. "Those great big almond eyes- so pretty looking up at me". It is on my Que Wow CD. The song ‘Anna’ was written in 1998 in La Manzanilla- Mexico- and is on my Tlaquepaque CD. ‘Loco for Anna’ is on my Rucca CD. And I also wrote ‘Anna Banana’ which I sometimes play at live shows.
In my life- she felt like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow--
I did win the lottery and it was Anna!!
I am so grateful!!
I first noticed that every morning when she was a puppy that- she would let out a singing sound-like she was talking-- I would say "Anna, blow your horn" and she would let out a horn sound.
Later on - I taught her- to howl along with me on ‘La Bamba’ at costume contests- which we won several.
Anna could roll over and shake hands- but she would only shake with certain people. Everyone else got bit. She would even roll over for Peso, my 100 pound Doberman Pinscher. She would stick her head in his month and look around.
She was a road dog till the end!! In her last month alone- she toured 8 states- of one nighters- from Texas- to the Canadian border- with Washington-and back down through California- to San Diego- across Arizona-- all the way to Terlingua. In late August 2015 -- I drove 16 hours through the night from Denver to Salt Lake City- with a water pump going out- The band was sleeping- it was just Anna and me. All those countless hours of me driving-- she was always on my lap.
Some tell me that Anna was a very lucky dog- to have done all that she did. But I feel like I am the one who got lucky - to have been blessed with love of such a precious soul.
She is the main reason that I started Viva Perros--because all dogs have heart, soul, and spirit. It is a way of paying back all the joy and happiness she gave to me.
In the last 19 years of playing music- she was at almost every single show-- either in a bag behind my amp- or waiting out in the car. Every time - I played- or performed-traveled- everything I did- she was at my side-or on my lap ---- we were never separated- or far apart-- ever. She was always there for me- through the tears-- through the laughter-the travel- she was there for it all. There was nothing better than landing at some airport- taking her out of the bag- and figuring out where we were-finding a beach- getting a stick out- and throwing it, without a care or worry in the world.
These were the happiest moments of my life.
You can find her in almost all my videos and band photos. In those videos- she always knew what to do. She was the star in my ‘Cu Ru Cu Pa’ video. https://youtu.be/9TQ_DH3RIG8 She starred in my movie, Rancho No Tengo. She was always professional and patient.
She may be gone - but I know somewhere- somehow- someplace- sometime- that I will meet up with that beautiful soul and spirit of Anna.
I will miss her forever – even more than I can know right now.
I will carry her love and spirit with me always – she will always have a piece of my heart.
For she was my heart dog -- The dog in your life- that you connect with on all levels. I am grateful to have had her in my life.
Life won't be the same without her. Her paw print on my heart will never go away. She was my shadow.
Now it is just- Peanut- her 17 year old son - and me- and the open road.
Please visit Anna's Slide Show --- the link is to the top left side of this page.