Kelsey (1994-2005)

West Highland White Terrier
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Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Kelsey Marie Louise, Kelsey Loo Pey, Kelsey Bell, Dancing Girls, Baby Kelsey, Miss Kel, Princess, Kelsey Girl

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

March 1st 1994

Chasing Kitties, Walkies, Playing with Rook. Going Byes and Biting the Vacuum Cleaner

Big Dogs, not fond of Baths or going to the Vet

Favorite Toy:
Cats and Rook!

Favorite Food:
Whatever you are eating

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere, but a walk that involves going down a sliding board is the best!

Best Tricks:
The Kung Fu Fighting Dance and her Welcome Home Kelsey Dance. Sliding down sliding boards.

Arrival Story:
Kelsey was born on March 1, 1994. The day I picked her up she was 8 weeks old and could fit in the palm of my hand. Her size didn't stop her though from chasing a cat that weighed probably 20 lbs more than her as we were about the leave. The breeder was kissing her good-by and she promptly bit the woman in the nose causing a nose bleed (no wonder -- the breeder named her 'Bertha' -not appropriate for a beautiful, petite baby!). She had a feisty temperment, but was so very loving to everyone she met. She was not happy until you either picked her up or you stooped down to her level so she could give you kisses. She greeted everyone with her "Kelsey-dance". She was advernturous and was not fearful of anything. She loved to swim, go on walkies and go to her grammy and grandpaps where she had a whole farm to chase anything that would run. She even would sit atop her aunt's horse and ride on the Snowmobile with her 'grandpap'. She was very good at intimidating large dogs (the most she ever weighed was 15 lbs) that were her 'friends that came to visit. She certainly kept her three brothers (Woodie, Skyler and Rook ) in their place, but was also concerned anytime they seemed to be in distress. She had a way of touching everyone's heart that she met and making them fall in love with her.

Kelsey seemed to have 9 lives, much like the cats she loved to chase. In her 11.5 years she was grabbed and scruff-shaken by a neighbors lab mix while we were on one of her favorite 'walkies' (not hurt, just shook up). In 2002 she contracted Lyme disease, but overcame that. In 2003 we thought we lost her to a stress induced seizure. She was in a seizure for almost 3 days and the vet said she'd never be the same. Our little Kel came out of it like nothing had ever happened and was fine. We were so thankful. We thought we lost her. Almost a year to the day of the seizure (Sept 2004), she was having trouble urinating, First treated for a urinary tract infection early in August, it seemed to come back. A sonogram showed transition cell carcinoma (bladder cancer). Without treatment they gave her 30 days. We went to an oncologist and opted to try chemo. After two different types, they said it didn't work and in January gave her until about April. Our little trooper hung in there though and had a good quality of life until she started going downhill rapidly in the end of July. We lost our beloved little Kelsey on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 after a almost year-long battle with the disease. She started to limp and we found that the cancer had spread to her back leg. (A rare occurance with this disease, but it happened with her). She die very peacefully in my lap and went on to Rainbow Bridge. She was a tough little girl and put up one tremendous fight to stick with us as long as she could. Our hearts are broken and our lives are just not the same without our sweet little Kel. : (

The Groups I'm In:
2 Dogs 2, Westies Unite Rainbow Bridge, Westies Unite, Bladder Cancer (TCC) Support Group

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Kelsey & Woodie . . . together again.:
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I've Been On Dogster Since:
August 8th 2005 More than 11 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Meet my family
WoodieSkyler 1996 -

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October 17th 2006 7:08 pm
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I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly As you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times Your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today; You tend it with such care.
I want to reassure you, That I'm not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house, As you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, That I was standing there.

It's possible for me to be So near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."

You sat there very quietly, Then smiled, I think you knew,
In the stillness of that evening I was very close to you.

The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
And say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."

And when the time is right for you To cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you And we'll stand, side by side.

I have so many things to show you, There is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out ... Then come home to be with me.

- Author unknown


My Tail of Devotion for Kelsey

August 8th 2006 11:38 am
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One year ago today my dear sweet Kelsey passed onto Rainbow Bridge. She was losing her battle to the bladder cancer demons that invaded her small body. The night before we found out the cancer had spread to her back thigh bone. The oncologist gave us two choices. We could 'drug her up' so she would be pain free and that would last about a week or we could let her go. She had given me unconditional love for 11 years. It was my turn to repay and allow her a peaceful escape from the pain she suffering.

They say time heals all wounds. The wound of her passing is still very deep. To this day I wear an eternity bracelet with a few of her ashes in it everyday. She had a way of making my worst day into something happy by always greeting me at the door with her Kelsey dance and kisses. By wearing her bracelet I feel as she is always still with me, watching over me and giving me peace.

My dear sweet baby I miss you terribly. I am sure you are at the Bridge chasing kitties and welcoming and entertaining all of the new pups at the rainbow while the wait for their special humans to join them. May you have found the joy at Rainbow Bridget that you always have given everyone you met my darling baby girl.

This is a special Tail of Devotion

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Happy Birthday Kel!

March 1st 2006 1:15 pm
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Its hard to believe that is was just a year ago we had a pup party for you celebrating your 11th birthday. Tonight the boys will go to the park and go down the slide then have Frosty Paws in your honor. Hope you are with Max, Katie, Conrad and Evo at the bridge having a party today. You deserve my sweet little girl. Love Mommy

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