Favorite Food: salmon, trout, tuna, de-cafe coffee, "omlette-cats", steak, apples, rice and carrots, large raw beef bones, mandarin oranges, lentils, pinto beans, apple sauce, and green peas
Favorite Walk: mountain walks, the dog park, the spooky "state mental hospital" grounds
Best Tricks: downing a two- egg "omlette-cat" in 30 seconds flat! Hogging the bed, grabbing the mail and leaving teeth marks in it, and begging. She is good at showing her sister Lindsay how to behave for a grooming session, and how to pose for the camera!
Arrival Story: I adopted her from a back yard breeder who wound up with too many puppies he couldn't support in the squalor he was accustomed to. He said that he wasn't able to sell her. She was the last of the litter and if I would take her right then, I could have her for free. I knew that if she didn't find a home soon her chances were going to be slim. She was probably two weeks at least too young to take from her mother, but I just couldn't leave her. One of her litter mates looked very ill. She was so infested with fleas she was actually anemic I later found out. She was so adorable, playing in the grass on her back all by herself. I took her home with me and she's been with me now for over 10 years. When we moved across country I took her with me (and her fursib Lindsay) on a plane to the East coast where we hiked every day for a year. We moved one more time, by car to the mid-west. Having Cuailgne changed my life for the better in so many ways. In short she made me a better, more humane human.She's the standard by whom all other dogs in my life will be judged. She was truly special, the light and love of my life.
Bio: Loves to go to the dog park, but mainly hangs out with me when she goes. Begs for "illegal" midnight snacks which we are helpless to deny her. Very suspicious of men. Who can blame her? Loves to engage in "ritual cannibalism" by ingesting our socks if we are not careful and leave them out. Luckily for me, when my husband first met her some years after I got her, she NEVER once growled at him or treated him as she usually did most men. He loved her too. Good thing, 'cuz, otherwise, he would have had to go!
On Inauguration day 2013 was the 4 year anniversary of our Cuailgne Girl's passing to the Rainbow Bridge. As I watched President Obama being sworn in for the second term, I couldn't help but think of my little girl and how much I loved her. She was the love and the light of my life for so many wonderful years. I'll never forget her and how much she taught me. We have adopted more dogs since her passing, who sadly have also passed to the Bridge, and we will no doubt adopt more, but she will always be the measure by which all other dogs will be judged! We love you Cuailgne and we will always you in our hearts. xoxoxo
Cuailgne Meadbh passed away January 20th, 2009. She was 14 years and 5 months old. Cuailgne lived a very full life right up to her last day. She was never in any pain or knew that she was ill. Her kidneys were failing and although death was near she was still very active. Our last gift to her was a calm, quiet and very peaceful end. She passed away in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her family, in her favorite bed, in her favorite spot of the house. She was given smoked salmon, turkey, coffee and chocolate (the only time she was ever permitted this very forbidden food). She is now at Rainbow Bridge where she runs and plays with her sister Lindsay Meryl. She was the eternal light and the love of her family Monika Jayne, Tim and her fur siblings Conchobar Mac Nessa and MacKenzie Girl. She was our "Best Girl."
It was my 13th birthday on August 31! We've been celebrating every weekend now for a little while. We went to the lake and had a pic-nic, I went for a walk at the rose garden. I got some special chewies, and my mom is getting me a new collar to wear when I go out to special places like the dog park. This weekend we were supposed to go to the annual Paws in the Pool shin dig but it was so cold this year that we decided not to go. But my mom went and took photos of the dogs that did decide to go this year. Mostly labs and other hard core water dogs. My mom is working on a special memory project for all us dogs. She's having our paws made in this werid sculptie stuff, and arranging a lot of photos with our paws too. That's all for now!