You entered this world on May 2007 and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on April 29, 2016. I’ve never had a dog before but I decided that I was in a good place in my life to care for a dog. I scoured the Internet and local Humane Societies. I then stumbled across a website for a small non-profit rescue based out of Englewood, Co. I came across your picture and I was in love. I sent an email to The Sunrise Foundation inquiring about adopting you. They contacted me and we set up a home visit. When you arrived for your visit, you just walked right into my home with confidence and ease. You acted as if you were already home. From that moment I knew I had to have you.
Before we met, you were formally a stray wandering the streets of Salina Kansas. You were then transfered to a local shelter but was on their list to be euthanized due to some “health issues”. That’s when Sunrise came in and rescued you. Sunrise told me that you were a Boston Terrier and Basenji mix. You were simply the cutest!
Fast forward to August 17, 2011… that was the day that I officially took you into my home. You were a curious pup and with that came a huge learning curve for me. I had to adjust my home and change my way of life in order to keep you out of trouble. I don’t regret any of those changes as it opened my eyes to change. You were the best change in my life and you brought light to my life especially in times of darkness. You loved me for me and I loved you for you! Even though I only got to know you for just shy of 5 years, those were some of the best years. You loved yout two times daily walks unless it was snowing or raining outside of which you would put up such a fight. I always said that the world was your “buffet” because you would love to snack on anything you could get your mouth on when we were outside. You also loved playing ball but you were never very good at releasing it unless we had another ball to throw. At the end of the day you would always curl up on my lap or lay next to me. You were always my little shadow and it was hard to do anything at home without you following me.
Late on April 28, 2016 you had just come in from a walk and appeared as happy as could be. About 15 min later you took a hard decline in your health that warranted an emergency vet visit. We rushed you to the clinic and they got you stabalized. Initially they thought you had an anaphylactic shock brought on by an alergy. They insisted on keeping you overnight. The vet said you had perked up on April 29, 2016 at about 3:30am and they contemplated releasing you home. Apparently you took a nap and about 5AM you relapsed and took a major decline. I came to pick you up and transfer you to a specialty clinic. At about 10AM, I was given the most unfortunate news. My sweet baby Goldie had what was suspected to be a Hemangiosarcoma tumor on her liver that had ruptured and possibly another mass on or near her heart. I was given the option for surgery combined with chemo for maybe a 3-6 month prognosis. I was devistated! It was a very tough decision. Ultimately I decided that due to her age and quality of life after surgery was not a reason to keep her here with me. Keeping her alive after given a grim prognosis is not fair to her. Ultimately I decided to take you home so I could let you go in a peaceful and familiar environment. With the help of Home to Heaven, you were surrounded by your Mama Jessica, Daddy Kevin, Grandma Maggie and Grandpa Dave.
I love you baby girl. I still can’t believe you’re gone. You will be forever missed. Please be good up in Heaven and make some new friends as your Napoleon complex here on earth made it hard for you to meet new dogs!
With love always,
Jessica & Kevin