Gypsy died this morning (early November), after a very short illness. We loved loved her so much and spoiling her was one of our great joys. Yesterday she didn’t want to eat and this morning couldn’t stand, so we rushed her to the veterinarian. She died a couple of hours later. Her blood sugar hit rock bottom, probably as a result of massive organ failure, most likely related to her DM. – Christy & Lester
My beloved Laddie passed away on October 14. I have not been able to write about this until now, as this is quite devastating. Laddie was the best friend I have ever had; his loss makes me feel like half of me isn’t here and the rest is numb. As I remember all our times together and how we rescued each other and comforted each and learned to live again, those wondrous times will, I know, overcome the vast sadness of this time. No one who has never been owned by a collie can understand, I think. He was so sweet, so incredibly calm (my Zen master), so wise.When I first brought Laddie home, he was so sick for so long with colitis. We were in and out of the emergency and regular vets often. Finally the meds and prescription dog food worked and I began to see Laddie brighten. He never knew how to play before, but with time that teasing collie personality would shine through for just a moment here and there and I’d take advantage of it to tease him back. Before long, we had funny games going with each other and I rejoiced to see the laughter in his eyes. We went for long, long walks every day around 3:00 when I came home from work, and I’d come home every day at noon during the week to spend some time with him. Weekends were so special because we had each other all weekend long. At first he wasn’t so sure about the walks, but then realized that this was a great activity and we both had fun. He took his watchdog responsibilities very seriously, especially as it pertained to the squirrels in my yard. I did tell him, however, not to chase the deer, and after one attempt, he never did. We could go into the yard and he would stand and watch the deer and they would watch him, but he wouldn’t chase them. In fact, one doe would come up to the screen on my back porch to see Laddie, when he was out on the screened porch. That was the epitome of what Laddie was like – gentle, sweet, so intelligent, always wanting to be where I was and do what I wanted. I would only have to tell him once about something and after that, it was like a law to him. The day I brought him home, I walked him around the perimeter of the yard. After that he never left the yard, unless I said it was okay, even if he was running full tilt after a rabbit or squirrel. He was a joy to walk with – he loved other dogs and was very social. More aloof with people (very collie-like), but it was just an elegant aloofness – like it was okay for them to pet him and talk to him, but then he’d move back and press against me, letting them know that was where he belonged.In time, I will surely have another collie. It is too soon now, although my life and home seem so empty and quiet without Laddie. But grieving takes a while. I had to write and thank you for the wondrous gift you gave me! The world is so much emptier of beauty and simple goodness with Laddie’s passing. – Jane Kemmet
On the morning of October 5th our beautiful Gemma crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. We adopted Gemma as a senior collie from MWCR in 2013 when she was nine years old. She seemed younger than her nine years and quickly made herself at home both in our house and in the neighborhood. Gemma brought much joy and love to our lives. We are so thankful for the time we had with her and will miss her every day. – Dave & Lisa Dexter
I have to report Victor was put to sleep today (Nov. 16). He was a joy and blessed my home with a special love. He was diagnosed with canine DM about two years ago. The disease progressed to a point he was having difficulty eating and his sweet nature turned to erratic aggressive outbursts with me. We are not sure if the behavioral change was DM or a possible brain tumor.
Katrina was euthanized yesterday (Nov. 21), around 5 p.m. She is at peace and no longer struggling. We miss her. – Beth Selburg