February Rainbow Bridge


We had to put Snuff down February 5.  He was 11 and suffering the effects of arthritis in his spine and hips.  We adopted him in 2015 and were so fortunate to be able to share his life for two and a half years.  He was the epitome of the collie, so kind, caring and loyal.  And he was an instigator of trouble and always made us laugh.  We miss him so much and will always hold him in our hearts.  Thanks so much for letting us share some time with him. Sincerely, Sandy and Larry De Master


Madison  12/23/03  –  02/10/18: It was a mere 12 years ago that two “wild Indians” (as described by one of the volunteers that relayed these two to their foster home in St. Cloud), named Holly and Madison came to fill an empty void in our lives. MWCR would not separate them (at the request of the prior owner), because they were litter mates and had spent their lives to that point together. I really hadn’t thought about adopting TWO dogs before finding them, but I was won over by their exotic looks and effervescent nature. Our home became a house of “mohair”,  and we burned our way through many vacuums and  steam carpet cleaners. But the house was full of love and sounds and collie “kisses”.  When Holly developed a spinal cord hemangioma at age 12, we took her to the Minnesota Vet School for treatment, where she was operated on by a human (non-veterinary), neurosurgeon from Mayo in the Brain Tumor Program. Unfortunately, though the procedure was successful, she died a few days later from an unexpected complication, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

Her sister Madison survived her, and stayed with us for two more years. She had always been the playful athlete of the two, and, when she was young, she loved catching snowflakes and sprinkler water in her mouth as she leapt around the yard. Indoors, she also loved playing fetch with their many squeaky toys, so much so that she often had to be persuaded to stop. Madison’s brave struggle ended quietly at home on Saturday, February 10, 2018,  at 14+ years old.  She had suffered from Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), and spindle cell cancer.

I would like to thank everyone at MWCR who answered my numerous health questions about all the health issues (large and small) that we encountered throughout their lives, and give a special THANK YOU to Laure Victor and husband Jeff, who were their original foster family, and who stayed in contact over all these years, providing advice, emotional support through the hard times, and even sometimes boarded Holly and Madison in their home while I took vacations.

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