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Happy 11th Birthday Joshua!!!125 viewsWith much love - Chris PollenJul 25, 2013
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Hope, enjoying her retirement. She lives with Jim and Emma Richards 112 viewsJul 04, 2013
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Handsome Grady Madore at 3 years, in NB132 viewsMay 07, 2013
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Kallie, owned by Dave and Pam Adey, has joined her Dad Tiger at the rainbow bridge today… Rest well, sweet girl.86 viewsloving memory of Shadyhill’s Kalifornia Sunshine (Kallie)

April 27, 2001 to April 22, 2013

In June of 2001, the most amazing little dog came in to our lives, our beautiful little cocker spaniel. Her journey from Nova Scotia was traumatic for her and she never fully recovered from the flight. She cowered in the back of the crate that day while her two travelling companions joyfully jumped out and in to the arms of their new adoptive parents. With a little coaxing she finally made her way out and in to the eager arms of my daughter and I. Waiting for her at home were her adoptive Dad and brother. Oh what joy she brought in to our lives! She had the prettiest little face you could ever imagine and her markings around her bum (she was tri colour, black, white and tan) earned her the name of ‘deer bum’. Life was great until one terrible day in October of 2010 when she slipped on the back patio and injured one of her back legs. ‘Don’t worry Mom’ she said. ‘I still have three other good legs and I’ll manage to get around’ and with that she fought through the pain. Never one to be kept down, she tried to jump up on the sofa only two weeks later and injured the other back paw. ‘Well, now I’ve done it’ she said. ‘I guess this means I’m going to have to take it easy for a bit but I’m still young, only 9 years old, so I’ll be fine’. And fine she was. Her vet was amazed at how well she adapted to blowing out the ACLs in her hind paws and with no surgical intervention, managed to get around quite well. But mother nature wasn’t finished with throwing curve balls her way and her immune system started to attack her little body. Bit by bit, things started going wrong. First it was a terrible outbreak around her mouth. Then it was a skin irritation but she fought through both of that. At the end of September last year, we went on a vacation and she was cared for at home by her loving Uncle and Aunt. All was well or so it seemed and we returned after a week. Little did we know that she had been suffering in silence during our absence and within twenty-four hours of our return she finally said ‘OK. You guys are home so now I can tell you just how sick I am. You will know what to do’. Off to the vet we went, thinking this time for sure we would lose her. She had gone in to almost complete liver failure. After forty-eight hours in the hospital under the loving care of Dr. Asenso and his team, she rebounded and walked out to greet us when we went to take her home. Within a few months we realized that sadly her immune system was continuing to attack her body and no amount of medication was going to slow it down. She finally got to the point where she said to me ‘Mom, I know you and Dad love me but I’ve had enough of the pills and the liquid medications. It is time for me to go now and I want you to help me go to sleep. I love you both and have many, many fond memories of you. I’ll just go and have a rest until you and Dad come to get me again. I’ll be fine but please, I need to go’. So, with heavy hearts we granted her wish and put an end to her suffering. She closed her little eyes and drew her last breath in the loving arms of her Mom & Dad. Rest well our little doll. You have suffered through so much these last few months and to keep you with us any longer was so unfair to you. You will always be in our hearts and in our minds until we meet again.

Apr 22, 2013
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