Diamond (in memory)

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Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

Walks, food, neck scratches and naps in blankets.

Favorite Toy:
A tennis ball

Arrival Story:
I found out about Diamond through an email sent to all animal enthusiasts at the University of Michigan. She had been abandoned at a local animal emergency clinic after being shot twice by her owner at close range. The doctors and staff at the clinic had saved her life but she was left paralyzed from the shoulders back. She had also been starved and beaten, was infected with heartworm, and had been debarked. When I found out about her she had been living at the clinic for nearly 3 months and because she was dog (and sometimes human) aggressive they were desperately looking to find her a new home. I was the only one who answered the email. When I went to pick her up one of the doctors there warned me that the odds were against her living out even the year, and that she wasn't a friendly dog anyway.

Diamond was a part of my life for 9 years and she was a complete joy. She never did regain use of her rear quarters, but she was a very happy girl. She learned to trust people and lovingly accepted two canine brothers into her family. No one else could care for her, so when we traveled she came with us and she saw both oceans, and all the states and National Parks between. She touched many, many lives, including ours. After almost 11 courageous years, 9 of them with us and lived to their fullest, her body started to fail her. In March of 2007 her front legs became weaker and we would carry her into the sunbeams, bring her the water and food dishes, and take her out in the yard on a blanket, but she could no longer move on her own, and could no longer enjoy the walks, tennis balls, and play time she used to. She had fought so hard her entire life to be strong in the face of her disability, seeing her like this broke our hearts, and on April 3, 2007, we found the strength to let her go. She had a beautiful last weekend - the sun was shining with the warmth of spring and we spent afternoons on the deck, gave her more treats than we could count, and had sleepovers with her on the floor. Her passing was peaceful - the vet came to our home so that she would not be uncomfortable. We miss her dearly already. It is not truly possible to sum up a life so richly lived, nor to name the courage with which she lived it. Diamond was my first dog, my first love, my first child. She loved me through all of her life, and I will love her for the rest of mine. Her time with us was a blessing, and the vets in the beginning who told us we would not be strong enough to care for her were oh so very wrong. Keeping her alive took almost no strength at all. It was letting her go that nearly broke us.

Forums Motto:
Never, ever give up

The Groups I'm In:
☆Rainbow Bridge Pals.•*:•.★, Dal Pals, Pets With Disabilities

I've Been On Dogster Since:
March 24th 2004 More than 12 years!

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All About My Trip!

January 20th 2005 2:24 pm
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I have to tell you all about my trip. My mom and dad had to go to California for something called an internship, an I was really worried that they would leave me behind. They were going to be gone for a whole 2 months, and I did not want to miss them that long. But, I was wrong to be worried. They took me with them! It was such a cool trip! We got a new car so that my brothers and I would fit along with all the stuff everybody would need, and we all went to see the doctor to make sure we were healthy and then we were off! We are from Michigan, so it was a long drive! We went through corn fields and mountains and deserts and over rivers and around lakes... it took us more than a week to get there!
I didn't like California much, though. We stayed in a really small room and there wasn't really any grass, so I was really glad when we got to come home. And the trip home was really fun, too! We saw canyons and prairies and cows and all kinds of national parks! I have decided that I really like travelling, but I also really like coming home!

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