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August 3, 2006
A Good Dog Goes To Her Reward


Cory: 1994 - 2006

For every tear we shed today, she brought us a thousand smiles. We will always have her in our hearts, and we pray that she will be somewhere where the sun always shines.

UPDATE: Thank you all for your lovely comments and memories of your own beloved pets. I especially liked the Rainbow Bridge, which the veterinarian gave us as a memento when our other dog Angel had to be put down earlier this summer. I was in the hospital when that happened.

It turned out that Cory had a bad case of peritonitis, which always comes as a secondary issue. It would have taken exploratory surgery to find the root cause, and the vet was pretty certain she wouldn't make it anyway -- and we would have had no good reason to think that she could have survived the underlying disease at her age. One of the most difficult aspects of being a responsible pet owner is knowing when to stop. She would have spent the next few weeks in the university hospital in pain with no real chance of living a good life afterwards. We had to let her go, but making that decision was heartbreaking.

We're trying to recall all the good times we had with her instead of focusing on the last week. I want to make the point that Guide Dogs of San Rafael gave us Cory for the FM, and they do marvelous work. If you're inclined to pick a charity for some contribution, it's a good group to support.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 3, 2006 11:51 AM

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