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The Reordering of Bowls
The normal ordering of the big dog bowls will never be the same. Sydney's bowl should be in the second position, but it isn't and never will be again.
She is gone.
Sydney was born on November 22, 2008 and she died on April 18, 2017.
She lived a well-loved and interesting life in Montana...
A Grand Champion, trained and titled in tracking, draft, and agility, Sydney's most significant achievement was her ability to love.
When she was a puppy, Sydney would whine after people who did not stop to meet her. To Sydney, everyone was a new best friend; she never met a stranger.
Sydney gifted every person and animal she met with unconditional positive regard.
There are not words to do justice to this dog -- Sydney was everything all of us should strive to be: kind, loving, and accepting...
...trustworthy and decent...
Sydney will always be an important member of our family...
...important and beloved.
Yesterday Sydney conveyed very clearly that the benefits of her life were overshadowed by the burdens. She did not enjoy her daily bone, or her dinner. As I supported her useless rear end with the harness, she walked to an unused gate and simply looked out, as if to tell me that she needed to leave. It was chilling.
The veterinarian who has traveled with us for every step of Sydney's osteosarcoma journey happened to be doing the evening Urgent Care Clinic. Her compassionate, intelligent care of Sydney has enhanced Sydney's life and it supported a gentle ending to a well-loved life. Much gratitude to Dr. Shonie Card of Pruyn Veterinary Hospital -- she is an exceptional veterinarian and human being, and that made her the right person to care for Sydney.
We are also grateful to oncologist Dr. Andrew Vaughan from the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center, Dr. Mikell Bodner who continued to care about Sydney even after she sold her practice to Dr. Jenny Elwell-Gerken (thank you, Jenny), and much love and gratitude to our own Dr. Toby for her long-distance support and guidance. The best care for humans and animals happens with a team -- Sydney had a terrific team around her.
Although Sydney was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 15+ months ago and we know she had a mass in her lungs and a possible lesion on her spine, we do not know if the cause of her death was the osteosarcoma. Sydney participated in a clinical trial, and in order to provide relevant information to that study, post-death biopsies are being done. Loving and giving in life, it seems appropriate that Sydney continue to make contributions in death.
Even when you know time is short, the end is always so abrupt and unexpected. Our hearts are in pieces -- and that allows space for gratitude that we were blessed with such an amazingly awesome dog.
The world has lost an Ambassador of Goodness. In her honor, will you please do a random act of kindness today?