November 2, 2017
Written on November 8, 2017
Last Thursday I think was one of the worst days in rescue so far that I have had to experience. In one's mind you know going into things that the bad comes with the good, but you last Thursday I wished that it wouldn't happen.
I'm pretty much an open book and I started out sharing stories with my rescue endeavors and turns out people love to read them. I put off writing this because I just couldn't sit down and put my thoughts into words until now.
On October 18, 2017 a two very special dogs came into our lives. Darrell and I went to the Tracy Shelter to pull out a small Poodle mix that we names Tracy. She was a stray. While we were putting her leash on, in the kennel next to hers was a sweet Cocker Spaniel named McKenzie. Darrell was the first to catch a glimpse into her beautiful eyes and he said "Oh, we better take her too!" I looked at her and oh my goodness our eyes connected and I also knew she had to come with us.
McKenzie was her name and someone actually brought her into the shelter and said they found her. She had a chip, but nothing turned up. The people called said they knew nothing about this dog. She was well groomed, probably about 4 years old. We had her spayed and she healed nicely, was in good health, no sign of kennel cough or anything else that could be detected.
I really loved McKenzie and I knew she'd have a wonderful life in her new home because you couldn't help yourself immediately falling in love with her. We had her with us for about two weeks and I was enjoying every minute with her. Everything about her was so perfect!
We have a past adopter who adopted a Dalmatian who came from the Modesto Shelter less than 3 years ago. The previous owner turned her in because she had seizures. We pulled her and she was with us for five days with any seizures and then she started having them. One night she had 12 small seizures on my watch. Of course it happened on a Sunday night. Monday morning off to the Vet ASAP and she was started on meds. I was a little concerned about my ability to care for her...I don't do too well with situations like this...not a nurse, but I will admit I am getting better. So, enter Cindy and Rick from Stockton. They wanted to adopt her and having seizures didn't bother her because she was very experienced dealing with dogs with seizures. Misty was her name and she had such beautiful blue eyes. Misty was back and forth to Vets trying to figure out her seizures. Had them under control for a while and then they would flair up. One time Cindy had to take her to Emergency and she had to say for a few days. Poke-A-Dot's helped them out with the care costs. They tried acupuncture and seemed to help and then one day she had a seizure that just wouldn't end and they had to make the tough decision to put her to sleep.
So, fast forward a few months and Cindy and Rick where ready to adopt another dog. I thought McKenzie would be a great fit for them. They have a cat and I thought McKenzie would probably ignore it. So, two weeks ago this Sunday, McKenzie and I headed to their house for a trial run. She walked in the house, ignored the cat, Freddy and Cecil and Nellie all loved McKenzie and all was wonderful. I walked out of the house in happy tears flowing down my face. I was planning on coming back the following weekend and do all the paperwork, etc.
McKenzie was doing so well. She would sit in a chair with all of the other dogs looking up to her like she was a judge. So, they decided to call her Duchess McKenzie. They all loved her so very much.
The following Thursday, Cindy called me and told me Duchess McKenzie had started having seizures. I couldn't speak for a few seconds. I felt like I had entered a horrible nightmare, but it was so real. She was on her way to her Vet which is close to where I live, so I meet her there.
The Vet had already taken a chest x-ray to find the her lungs were 75% full of fluids. He was explaining so many things and about 20 minutes later she went into a grand mal seizure that lasted about 20 minutes and it felt like 20 hours. It was one of the most scary things I have seen in my whole life. I spoke to the Vet about all the "what if's" and the financial aspects, etc. I was pretty numb, not really knowing how to go forward. I went and looked in her eyes and I just knew what I had to do. I told the Vet to please put her to sleep. Poke-A-Dot's covered the bill which was a little less than $800. We also had a few tests ran to narrow things down. Thank you to all of the people who have donated financially to us. Each one of you makes a difference.
I felt so bad that Cindy had to experience another dog with seizures, but of all the people in the world that God could of choose, I am so thankful that she was with Duchess McKenzie because she understood seizures from all of her experience. The Vet seemed to think that she'd had seizures in her past. This is more than likely the reason someone took her into the shelter in the first place. I just wish people would be honest when surrendering an animal into the a shelter. If we know, we can offer help. Cindy, you and Rick are truly one of a kind people.
A couple days before all of this happened, we pulled 4 more dogs from the Tracy Shelter who needed a chance for a new life. Then two days later, all of this happened and for a moment I was so sad and so depressed that I didn't think I had much strength left in me. Then I got a message and phone call from three different people who thanked us so much for making their life so complete with a precious dog. The timing was so perfect. It was like God reaching down and giving me a much needed hug and words of encouragement to keep going forward...one dog at a time! Or in the case now...4 Flintstones at a time. Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and sorry it took me a little while to write my story, but I had to get over the hard part first. I will never ever forget spending the time I got to spend with McKenzie. She was such a grateful dog and she appreciated all the love she received from all the people and animals who touched her life. McKenzie, I hope you know how much you are loved girl and thank you so much for blessing us with your presence. You'll always be in our hearts forever and ever until we see each other in Heaven.
Thanks to all of you for your love and support. Love, Sheri
Feb 21, 2017
We are sad because a very special dog passed away yesterday. Misty who was by far the most special needs dog we've had in rescue so far had severe seizures. We were so blessed to have found Rick and Cindy from Stockton, CA who adopted Misty almost two years ago. They loved her with all of their hearts. They made sure she received the best possible vet care for her seizures. She had been free and clear for three months and yesterday (Feb 20, 2017) one got a hold of her and wouldn't let go. Misty was such a warm and loving dog and she will always live in lots of hearts. Her mom and dad have golden hearts! God's love always surrounded Misty each and every day. Misty, you will live in our hearts and soul forever. See you in Heaven!
Buzz was a very, very special dog to me. He was where my fostering began for another rescue. I had Buzz living with us for about four months. He and I became really good buddies. Then a very special person with the same name as mine adopted Buzz. Shari and her husband live up in Sacramento. I got to personally deliver Buzz to his new home on Christmas Eve of 2015. I remember being so happy for Buzz and I was so happy that I cried. He loved his new mom and dad so much! I was so happy for him. It took a long time for him to find his forever home, but he finally made it. He was the best dog. Never complained about anything. Buzz passed away February 17, 2017.
Buzz, I know you will be missed and I can promise you boy, you will never be forgotten! Love you Buzz!!!
Christine and Ed, thank you for giving Wyatt the best home ever filled with so much love. He knew he was loved with all of your hearts!!!
May God watch over you.
This is the worst part about rescue for me is having to say goodbye to a piece of heart. Poor Charlie only had about two weeks with his wonderful new family. Carol and Joe where Charlie's angels and gave him so much love. These two people loved this dog from the minute they laid eyes on him. Charlie couldn't see, but Charlie could feel all the love we gave to him and especially all the love from Carol and Joe. Charlie you will always have a piece of our heart! We love you Charlie!!!
Our hearts are very heavy, and are hearts aren't quite the same to find out that our first rescue Dal (Rusty) Reily has passed away. He was only 6 years old. We're pretty sure it was kidney issues that prevailed and his family provided him the best care possible. He was originally an owner surrender and a great friend of mine Sherry from Mesa, Arizona said she wanted to adopt him. He was a wonderful addition to her family. We know Sherry is so upset about loosing Reily. We would appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Reily's family. We had Reily with us for over a month and he was such a pleasure to have loved. Rest in peace my sweet boy and we will see you one day in Heaven. He passed away on the date they celebrated his birthday on...July 4th.