Sedona has gone to the Rainbow Bridge
Posted January 10, 2017on:
Sedona, 15 years old, had to be put down yesterday. Dr. Solano told us that she had had a long life for lab. He assured us that we had taken excellent care of her. Ours dogs are family and this is why it’s so hard.
I got Mark Sedona for Father’s Day many years ago….a few months after Dudley, our sheep dog, had passed away. She was one of a litter of 11! And the runt! Only she and brother were the blonde color and the brother was tall enough, and Sedona small enough, that she could actually walk under the brother. The other 9 puppies looked like Border collies and were black and white with long hair.
She was adopted from the Bowling Green/Warren County Animal Shelter. My friend Joanne Walton would go with me to visit her after I had picked her out. At that time, that particular shelter would ask for references, especially Vets, to make sure you’re a good dog parent.
Joanne had lots of experience with dogs and convinced us to get a crate. We had never done that before with our other dogs, but I was working then. Best thing we had ever done. Except, one day we both came home from work, and found a wall demolished! She had been scratching at the drywall most of the morning, apparently, bored! Lesson No. 1: don’t set a crate near a wall that can be reached by the dog.
We named her Sedona, because we love Sedona, AZ and it was a suggestion from Todd Ofenbeck, our son-in-law. And our dogs are so much a part of the family, that they have middle names! Sedona’s middle name was Joanne, named after my friend. She would crack up when I would call her Sedona Joanne and like all good mother’s used the middle name when she was in trouble.
Because she was the runt, silly me, figured she would be small! One of the vets said she might be 30-40 lbs. and another vet said “many times, the runt ends up being the largest” – well, she was large, 75 lbs.
She was a great dog, minded well, etc. She would even walk me to the bathroom in the middle of the night! (Like I didn’t know the way.)
The last 3 days, it had become apparent that something had to be done. Her hind legs were extremely weak and many times we would find her splayed on the floor. And she wouldn’t make a sound so we had to keep checking on her. We would help her up and she would gain a little energy and be able to walk again. It had gotten to the point that we were afraid to be gone from the house and come home and find her splayed on the floor.
When Dr. Solano was giving her the shot, I held her head and whispered to her that it was OK to go; and I was thinking, wouldn’t it be great if people had the choice to not live a productive life any more because of illness.
Hopefully, she has caught up with our other dogs, Whiskey, (yes, our first dog was named Whiskey!), Tramp, Dudley and Oliver at the Bridge and they are playing happily again.
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