In Loving Memory....... of our Rainbow Bridge Kids
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
In my life there are many loved dogs (and yes I love most dogs). Many have lived wonderful lives and some not so good (rescues who found love). Most have touched me in ways that are hard to describe. One of the most wonderful dogs I ever lived with helped to guide me in the direction of dog training and helping owners to have a better life with their k9 friends. This page is dedicated to Kumba, a mixed breed Lab ex Rhodesian Ridgeback. For my clients, when we lose a friend please let me know, send a photo, and a bio of your life with him/her and I will post it here.
"Maximilian Von Caposselle"
March 8, 1995 - April 2008
The story of Max --- how old is too old to give vaccines?
Max was born March 8th, 1995, he was sired by my first Rottweiler, Rufus, was from my first litter and was healthy from day one. In his life he had very few vet visits other than normal dog related issues .
Max was owned by very good friends of mine and raised with 2 children (both were born during his life). He loved people and he loved children.
In April 2008, a month after he turned 13, (3/8/2008) Max had an appointment for his yearly check up and was in great health. The vet was thrilled at his overall condition and could not believe he was 13.
The vet gave him his yearly checkup, and said she would see him on his 14th birthday. She then preceded to give Max his vaccines all at once DHLP and Rabies. Max went home and within hours was not his normal self.
Two days later Max quietly passed after getting progressively worse. He had stopped eating, and would not get up to go outside and then passed in his owners arms.
I believe that it was a vaccine reaction that caused Max to pass in an untimely manner.
Above is a picture of Max taken in September of 2007, the last time I saw him and he was a spritely old gentleman, still going up and down stairs and playing. In a note from his owner just weeks before his death they told me of how he was playful and acting like a pup. It was hard to believe he was 13.
Why did this vet overlook the protocol for not vaccinating an elderly dog?
Why was it so important that she collect her fees on a dog that did not go anywhere where he could possible contract rabies?
Why was it that she never took responsibility for breaking the hearts of his family when he should have lived for a good length of time longer?
Why is it that breeders like myself and owners know more about current vaccination issues and protocols that a working vet?
I keep my vet informed by taking him articles that I come across and latest information so that he has no excuse for not knowing.
But should I have to?
We miss you Max...RIP
Thanks for being the best friend for a couple of wonderful kids.
Max was the son of my Rufus, so he was my "son".
Max was loved and cherished by the Heredia Family, Steve, Elissa, Andrew & Nikki.
Captain Jack or "one Eyed Jack" as most of us knew him, came into our lives as a rescue. He weighed 80 pounds and was skin & bones. Everyone in the NW who is involved in Rottweilers gave their all to find him a home and help with his care. He gained weight and sweet talked his way into many lives. He stole my heart in a very short time. What a loving boy. Pam & Gerard (& Emma) came to meet him and took him home. A very short 6 months later he lost his fight with cancer. Jack, you are missed my friend and I so pray you are running free at the Bridge.
Ausha was my heart dog. She gave me everything I asked for. Many of you had the joy to know her. At 9 years after being diagnosed with bone cancer she continued to work and delight all of us with her work ethic. She gave me her daughter, Sasha who also has the same ethics and allowed me to continue learning agility thru her. She live 8 months with bone cancer in her right front leg using only homeopathics, Chinese medications and pain aid. She lived longer than many who have had western medical treatment.
WE GOT MOBY IN OCT. OF 07. IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF WEEKS AND WE NOTICED HIM LIMPING. WE TOOK HIM TO OUR VET DR HAIGH AND HE SAID HE THOUGHT HE SAW A PROBLEM WITH HIS LEFT KNEE AND DYSPLASIA IN THE FRONT LEGS. HE PUT HIM ON AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. SENT THE PICTURES TO VETERINARY RADIOLOGY. HE FOUND THE DYSPLASIA IN BOTH THE RIGHT AND LEFT FRONT LEGS. HE DID NOT SEE A PROBLEM WITH A LEFT KNEE. MEDS WORKED GOOD FOR AWHILE. AT THE END OF SUMMER HE FELL GOING DOWN HIS RAMP. THIS WAS NOT A BAD FALL, AS LES HAD HIS ARMS UNDER HIM. TOOK HIM TO THE ANIMAL EMERGENCY CLINIC, DURANGO ST. TACOMA. THIS IS WHERE THE VET. DR. THORP SAID,"HIP FELLS NORMAL, RIGHT STIFLE INJURY SUSPECT SOFT TISSUE LIGAMENT." HE ALSO SAID, WE DON'T HAVE A SURGEON HERE IF HE SHOULD NEED TO BE WORKED ON SO PROBABLY WON'T DO X-RAYS BECAUSE WE WOULD HAVE TO PUT HIM OUT AND THEN YOU WOULD HAVE TO PUT HIM OUT AGAIN IF HE DID NEED SURGERY. WE THEN HAD TO WAIT TO GET IN TO SEE DR. OKRASINSKI, HE IS A SURGEON. HE WAS GOING BY WHAT THE VET AT THE EMERGENCY CLINIC HAD SENT HIM AND HE WAS READY TO DO SURGERY ON MOBY'S RIGHT KNEE. WE GET A PHONE CALL TWO HOURS LATER TELLING US HE HAS A BROKEN HIP AND IT HAS BEEN TO LONG SINCE HE HURT HIMSELF AND THE SIMPLE FIX THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE WON'T WORK NOW. WE WERE THEN SENT TO ANOTHER VET. GOT THIS MANS NAME FROM A FRIEND WHO LOVED HIM. OFF WE WENT TO SEE DR.ENGEN AT PUGET SOUND ANIMAL HOSPITAL FOR SURGERY, KIRKLAND. HE DID A LOT MORE X-RAYS ON MOBY AND HE DID HAVE A BROKEN HIP, HE ALSO HAD A LUXATING PATELLA, THE LEFT LEG PROBLEM DR. HAIGH SPOTED A YEAR EARLIER. AT THIS POINT HE HAD STARTED TO SHOW SIGNS OF LIMPING AGAIN, WE THOUGHT ON THE FRONT LEGS. IT WAS HARD TO TELL BECAUSE HE HAD THE BAD HIP AND THAT CAUSED HIM TO LIMP. YEA THINK. AS YOU CAN GUESS OUR HEARTS WERE BREAKING FOR HIM THEY CHANGED HIS MEDS AND PUT HIM ON RIMADYL. THAT DID REALLY HELP THE FRONT LEGS. HE DID HAVE THE TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT THE 1ST. PART OF NOV. AS HE WAS RECOVERING HIS LEFT LEG STARTED GETTING REALLY BAD BY THE END OF LAST WEEK HE COULDN'T WALK HE COULDN'T EVEN GET UP BY HIMSELF. LES HAD BEEN USING A SLING TO HELP HIM GET IN AND OUT TO GO POTTY. NOW HE NEEDED IT ALL THE TIME. WE WENT IN LAST MONDAY TO HAVE THE KNEE SURGERY AND DR. ENGEN DIDN'T LIKE WHAT HE WAS SEEING. MORE X-RAYS. HIP WAS PERFECT, THE KNEE NOW ALSO HAD A BOWED FEMUR, THAT WOULD NOW MEAN THAT THE SURGERY WOULD BE MUCH MORE INVOLVED, HE WOULD ALSO NEED A METAL PLATE IN HIS LEG. THEN WE GOT THE NEWS ABOUT THE FRONT LEGS, "RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AHD DYSPLASIA, IT HAD GOTTEN MUCH WORSE IN THE PAST 3 MONTHS. HE SAID MOBY JUST WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH IT. THE REST IS HISTORY AS THEY SAY. MOBY WAS JUST THE BEST LITTLE BOY EVER AND WE WILL NEVER STOP MISSING HIM OR LOVING HIM. I HAVE TO SAY WE REALLY LOVED DR. ENGEN AND HIS STAFF. HE IS NOT THE CLOSEST VET BUT IF YOUR DOG NEEDS SURGERY IT IS WELL WORTH THE DRIVE. HE WORKS ON LARGE BREED DOGS. WE GOT MOBY FROM DASKIPPER KENNELS IN TORONTO CANADA. A FRIEND OF OUR HAS MOBY'S SISTER AND SO FAR SHE IS O.K. THANK GOD. IF ANYONE EVER WANTS TO KNOW PRICES OF ANYTHING I'LL BE HAPPY TO TELL THEM.
Dubie Dec 08 10 years old
AKC/UCI CH Serenade's A Dubld'lite V Queans TT CGC, HIC (Dubie) CHIC
01/28/98 - 10/22/09
6 months ago she was "Fat" and sassy and proudly ran around the ring 7 times in one day at the ARC Rottweiler National for Veterans Sweeps, Veterans, and Brood Bitch. Smiling all the way.
Dubie was my first show litter.
Dubie was my first Homebred Champion.
Dubie produced my first Male Champion.
And is the Grandmother of my current promising youngsters.
But most of all...
Dubie was my best friend, my foot warmer, my sneaked snack sharer, and my keep me honest dog.
She never lied about who she was... She was first and foremost "The Boss" and the "Champion Couch Potatoe". She believed me when I said she could retire if she finished her CH and never enjoyed the sports, but ruled her kids with a velvet glove. She never liked to be a "new" mom but loved the babes from the time the found their feet and taught them as well as loving them until today. And she was a good friend and mentor for her grandkids and many other youngsters who came to visit for training. She handed off the future to her Grandaughter Maiya as her Grandmother Misti handed it off to her...
Rest in Peace my Beauty, See you at the bridge. You are missed and always in my heart.
CH Serenade's A Dubld'lite V Queans
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