Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Heidi is Gone

It is about 7:30 on Tuesday night the 12th of July, 2005. Heidi is gone. We had her put to sleep tonight.

At over 12 years old, she had already lived about 50% longer than the average Bernese Mountain Dog. (That would make her well over 100 years old in human terms.) In recent months her hip dysplasia really caught up with her. She lost her ability to walk. We had to steer, carry, push, pull her everywhere. (Now I know what tails are for on a dog). When her front end started to go, and when she lost control of her bladder and bowels, we knew it was finally time to say goodbye.

I’d like to write a really nice eulogy for her. I’d like to remind people of her service as a therapy dog. I’d like to share her courage and will to live. But, tonight, I’m really too sad.

You can see some photos and read a little more about Heidi at Heidi’s Web Page. I’ll post a photo I took of her today, later.

Update on 7/13/2005: Here is a photo of Heidi as a puppy.

Rick and Lynne Robinson, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Posted under: Dog Stuff • by Rick on 07/12/2005 at 08:23 PM
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  1. Cheryl, so sorry for your loss.

    Posted by Rick  on  07/21/2005  at  08:48 AM

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