RIP Clondike November 5th
1987 - 8th February 2001.
Sadly, Clondike joins the
Bridge Kids from her long reign on my Gallery of Friends.
was a Great Pyrenees who lived to be 13.25 years old, well past the
10 year average life expectancy for her breed. She was diagnosed
with canine lymphoma in May of 1998 and was treated with both
chemotherapy and various holistic therapies including a traditional
Chinese herbal protocol. She experienced some terrible (and
uncharacteristic) chemo reactions, but managed 3 remissions, the
last one of more than 20 months at the time of her death. A week ago
Thursday her arthritis got so bad she lost the ability to walk, even
on Etogesic. Sunday night she began spitting up blood, probably from
an ulcer caused by the arthritis meds. Monday (in a snow storm) we
took her in to get her on steroids to see if we could get her back
to walking. They did an x-ray that was essentially normal, so while
she may not have been cancer-free, cancer was not the primary cause
of her decline. Basically she just wore out, but she had a long life
which she thoroughly enjoyed. I believe she is one of the first
Endless Love pets to die of what was essentially "old age"
so this is a minor victory in itself.
last entry to the December Rescue Issue of Pyr_A-Scoop*
Clondike was truly a miracle girl!
Here are two of David's
"This photo is
called "Angel/Clown" and was taken at a nursing home
therapy visit, Halloween 1999 when Clondike was 5 days from her 12th
birthday. I like it because I think it captures some of her 'spark'."
"Here is the 2nd Clondike photo, actually a much earlier
shot. I call this one 'Party Animal' and it was taken when Clondike
was about 3.
Actually the caption on my Web page says 'Let's Party!' It just
IS Clondike when she was in 'Play' mode. "
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