Heidi #1448

Crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 28, 2007

Heidi #1448Heidi (#1448) was found wandering in Cowlitz County Washington and taken to the local shelter. She had no collar or identification, but it was evident she had been wearing one for some time. It was assumed that her previous people removed her collar and dumped her. She was in that noisy, crowded shelter for over a month when one of the workers called Golden Bond Rescue to report they had her and she was on the list to be euthanised.

Key was sent the very next day to do a dog assessment. She was found to be a very sweet senior lady, with the Golden personality but of mixed parentage. We think probably Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees mix and about 11 years old; who had a very rough life. Arrangements were made for her release into our care and Heidi was on her way to a better life.

Heidi’s first stop on this new road was a vet, Dr. Steve, where a thorough exam revealed severe arthritis, kidney problems and Hermangeo Sarcoma. Judging from her red blood cell count it was estimated she had about a year to live. It was decided to take her home and make her as comfortable as possible with medication and watch for pain.

It was at this point Heidi became a permanent foster and placed in foster care with Darlene, a home equipped to care for her. She spent this past year learning to play with her canine and human companions. She developed a great love of tennis balls, not to retrieve them but to simply lie on the floor and chew and roll them around and of course, carry one with her most of the time. She ate well, and took her medication like a trooper. Heidi learned in that year that she was loved and loved in return. What more could you ask for a senior lady?

Heidi crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Sunday, October 28, 2007. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times and all will long remember Heidi.