Chloe, my heart

Chloe, my heart

May 26, 2004 – August 2, 2019

I have always been pretty and proper

I lost my darling Chloe today. I have dreaded this day for years.

At Granny and Granda’s in Scotland

She was born deaf in Scotland in a litter of 8 pups. I did not figure out that she was deaf though until she was nearly 7 weeks old.

Testing out the tent with Mom in the kitchen of the Scotland house

I trained her with sign language and she was certified as a therapy dog while we were living in Scotland.

In kitchen in Scotland house

She worked with me with clients in massage and energy work in Colorado. I saw her calm many anxious children and adults.

Working even towards the end and teaching upstart Gigha how to be a therapy dog

Chloe and I road tripped to one of my fiber shows in PA. She road tripped both from MI to CO and back again 7 years later.

Soooo happy after playing in the mud

Her biggest trip of course was her flight from Scotland to MI when she was barely 2 years old.

Always watching in the Michigan kitchen

She and her three sisters were inseparable. Now that she has passed, being the last to go, all four are together again.

Nutmeg with her sisters, Sassy and Chloe passed out on top of her….always together

I can’t imagine life without you. We had 15 years together and it was not enough.

I love you always, Mom!
Our last goodbye
Blizzard Coming and Going

Blizzard Coming and Going

 

 

Today my heart is broke.

 

Blizzard (?-February 12, 2016)

My Blizzard died this morning at 5:30 am after a day and night of severe pain.  I know that it is better that she is gone and no longer in pain, but my heart is broke.  I hate losing an animal and know that they all have their “sell by dates” but when one goes and it isn’t an easy passing it tears at my heart even more.

Blizzard

Blizzard was a lovely border collie that we adopted in December 2006 while living out in Colorado.  Blizzard came to us that December and today it is a howling blizzard outside when she was leaving us.

She was a blue eyed double Merle border collie.  a Double Merle is a breeding done between parents that both carry the Merle gene.  There is a a 1 in 3 chance of the dog being Deaf, Blind and having genetic problems.  Blizzard was deaf and mostly blind.  This type of breeding should never be done but some breeders do it under the mistaken thought that they will get MORE Merle dogs to sell at a higher price.  We had adopted another double Merle Aussie with the same sort of problems.

She didn’t interact with people or with other dogs like a normal border collie and although it did take a long time, she did eventually bond with Charlie and I.  She was lost from her first family and was in a shelter.  I drove across Monarch Pass to the western slope to get her, meeting the shelter lady in Gunnison, CO. Blizzard and I drove back across Monarch Pass in my CJ7 Jeep that December.  It was one of my first long mountain trips to get an animal. Charlie and I had both seen her on different adoption ads at the same time and were emailing each other about her.

Blizzard

If the shelter was correct on her age, she was approximately 11 years old.  (She was with us for 9 years and 2 months.)  That would make her the YOUNGEST of my older dogs and I seriously did not see this coming.  We went into the vet on Monday because she had vomited on Saturday and wouldn’t eat anything that day.  She did eat a bit on Sunday but not like usual.  She looked bloated and was walking funny.  We found that her pancreas, gall bladder and liver were swollen.  Her blood work showed her pancreas and liver functions were not right but her gall bladder was fine.  She was also anemic.  We were treating her for pancreatitis and I had to change her diet.  She was getting cooked rice and chicken and had started to improve and was eating again.

 

Blizzard

Yesterday, I woke up and Blizzard wouldn’t take her pain meds that morning and refused to eat all day.  She did drink water but her bloated look which had started to decrease was back.  By bed time, she was starting to stagger because she appeared to be weak but still would not eat.  I called the vet and I was supposed to bring her into the vet at 7:30 am when they opened this morning, but she passed at 5:30 am.

My Darling Blizzard is gone and is already missed.

Chloe and Escalators

Highlight of the day: Introducing Chloe, Deaf Border Collie Therapy dog, to escalators at Citadel Mall in Colorado Springs. I can’t decide which is funnier. Her riding downstairs first with butt in the air over 3 steps, or her riding up backwards and jumping 3 ft in the air when her floor disappeared out from under her as she was not looking?