August 5, 2015
Hello Shirley, and all other wonderful volunteers,
This is so long overdue, but honestly, it has taken me this much time to be able to write a complete memorial for my girl, Lady, who I adopted from you in 1999, without having a big ugly cry and abandoning the email.
Lady passed away on March 31, 2012. She had been my steadfast pal and companion for the past twelve and a half years. Her health was slowly declining (hearing and vision were decreasing - she wasn't even phased by thunderstorms anymore!), then about a month prior to her passing she had a sudden onset of nystagmus. Our wonderful, amazing vet gave us a palliative care regimen for her and the nystagmus went away after a couple of weeks. I knew we were on borrowed time at that point, but her quality of life was still really good, so we spent our days together, with extra treats and hugs. The day before she passed, she even went to the dog park twice, full of beans, still acting like the boss :) . Then, on a Saturday, after a midday ride to the grocery store with me, she started going downhill. She still seemed peaceful, though, so we stayed home. By 9:30pm, she was gone. I can't express how grateful I am to the universe to have not have to had made that awful decision of when to euthanize. We buried her in the garden, in one of her favorite spots.
You don't have to post this to the website, or feel free to paraphrase and edit to make it more appropriate if you'd like. I wanted you to know the whole story, and to express my gratitude for you having brought her into my life. She was my greatest love, ever.
-Felicia Menten (Sienkiewicz)