Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sad, Sad Day

This week the Red Dog had a reminder of the intense emotions that helped start this blog when she found out her long-distance friend Koya passed away in Texas after a traumatic intestinal blockage and unsuccessful (although heroic) surgical attempt to save him. She knows her friends Yukon, Spike and Lexi, as well as her beloved Amy and Steve will miss him terribly. He was a lucky, lucky boy to be a part of such a wonderful pack for the past year.

She sends extra special Red Dog mojo to Yukon, as he had mast cell-removal surgery the next day...thank goodness he's doing well! Be sure to send some good vibes to Amy and Steve...they need them!'s a picture of big Yukie right after he awoke from surgery:

She also sends love to her Golden friend Cooper in Atlanta, who is facing his own cancer battle. While the doctors say his treatment options are limited, his parents Lee and Sarah are doing everything they can to support his sweet and lovable self so that he can stay around for a long while. Be sure to keep them in your prayers. Here's Coop thinking some of those patented "deep thoughts" Goldens are so famous for:

Finally, she sends more of the same to her favorite dock-jumping dog Tiki down in Georgia, who had a growth removed from her jowl on December 10th. The pathology report confirmed cancer, but her mom Leslie reports the veterinarians are confident they got all of it. Here she is toting a lovely parrot...Mmmmmm:

The Red Dog urges you to remember to love the ones you love well and often, because none of us are guaranteed a minute more than the one we are experiencing right now...WOOF!!


  1. Yukon, Spike and Lexi love the Red Dog and want to send the love right back at her! Same to Coop too!

  2. Awwww, Cooper loves Shiva and of course the Welch pack in Texas, these are some of his best friends. Coops also wants to send a shout out to Shiva's Mom and Dad, all of their support and advice has been wonderful, and his diet has drastically changed with the hopes of reducing the effects of this cancer. Woof, woof!

  3. Doggies are so heroic, much moreso than humans. We can learn so much in times of illness and sadness if we just pay attention to our canine friends.

    Much love to these pups and their pawrents coming to them from Jim, Rene & Wyatt Ray at Tripawds.