Suzie DECEASED (see Bio)

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Age: 22 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Suzie-Q, Sweetie-Pie

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-dog rescue

going outside, being in whatever room we're in

Bath Time is the worst!

Favorite Toy:
Loves those Chew hooves

Favorite Food:
Bread & seedless grapes

Favorite Walk:
Local Park, open field

Best Tricks:
gives her paw

Arrival Story:
I remember back in 1994 just aching for a dog to love... I wanted to adopt a dog back then, not purchase one. I visited the local ASPCA several times a week with no luck. Every dog I asked about was either reserved for someone, or adopted out already... I had just about given up, when I came across this ad in our local paper - " FREE DOG TO GOOD HOME" with a brief description of her. I could not pick up the phone fast enough to call. We scheduled an appointment to see her and when we arrived, she was in the garage in this prepared bed, just laying there, so sweet, and looked at me like she knew she was going home. It turned out that Suzie was lost in that neighborhood for several weeks, they had posted lost and found ads throughout the neighborhood, but no one called. The family that took her in could not keep her, because they had several cats and, well... Suzie does not tolerate cats. They didn't know how long Suzie was out there, but they noticed her roaming the area for some time, and decided to lure her in from the cold, by leaving their garage open with a visible inviting bed, fresh water and food. I will never know what my Suzie went through during the time she was lost, we think that she was abused, or hurt by some children, because she just goes crazy at the very site of a child. Which was a great concern to us, because my own son back then was only 3 years old. When we brought Suzie home that day, we thought we had to take her right back to those kind people, because the very sight of my son, turned this sweet, docile dog into "cujo" It took some time, alot of patience, and gentle training before Suzie could be left in the same room as my son. My son is now 14, Suzie we guess is approximately 12 years old and they just love each other so much, you would never know, they had such a hard time getting to know each other. Now, even 11 years later, our current neighborhood kids have to step back when suzie's coming, but on occasion she will let some kids pet her, on her terms only, and she's very particular on who it will be. She's come a long way though, from them days lost in the streets... I thank God for the kind heart of that family that took her in, it's because of them, that Suzie was finally able to find her way home, and come to rest with me and my family.

It is with a heavy heart that I am posting the loss of my Suzie. Her quality of life diminished to the point that I had to make the decision to end her suffering. Suzie was full of tumors that had returned with a vengeance. Approximately 6 years ago we went ahead and removed several tumors, but apparantly we were just buying time with her. She had a few good years after her surgery, but she certainly wasn't getting any younger, and father time caught up with her. I came to the decision to put her to rest after speaking to someone at the PETA Clinic. Suzie was in constant pain, always crying and moaning beacause it hurt her everytime she laid down. She would lay down sooooo slowly, and as soon as her belly made contact with the floor, she would get up again and pace , and pace, to then try to lay down again, and again. Going up the stairs was also becoming a challenge for her, eventually she just stopped going upstairs all together. We stopped taking her to the groomers because I felt it was becoming too traumatizing for her, so my son would carry her upstairs for her baths. In addition to her tumors, she lost all control of her bladder and eventually couldn't hold anything anymore, which was heart-breaking because she tried sooo hard. We had to start crating her again at night, so we would hopefully have time to let her out when she would start wailing in the middle of the night. She could no longer wait until morning. The final straw for me was the morning of January 21, 2009 It was a Wednesday, and Suzie was in our backyard. As I sipped my coffee, I see her coming towards the patio door, I get up to let her in, but before I can open the glass door Suzie goes right into the door. This was not the first time this had happened, but when I let her in and she manages to finally lay down by her bed, she looks at me like she had never looked at me before... She gave me this piercing gaze that somehow confirmed for me that she was ready, Suzie let me know it was time... she was tired. At that moment, I picked up my phone and called PETA for advice on what I should do for my Suzie. With the most honest care and concern for Suzie's quality of life, she told me that I need to let her go, but I wasn't ready to let her go, so I hung up the phone and thought about everything she told me, and how Suzie would not feel any pain... She would just go into a peaceful sleep. She gave me a direct line to call her at, when I came to my decision and assured me that she would be there with me. As I listened to Suzie moaning as she slept, I decided, if I was going to do this it had to be now, I couldn't sleep on it. I called her back, she was there for me and told me to come in whenever I was ready. I fixed Suzie her favorite plate of white rice and chicken with a sprinkle of garlic. I laid with her and told her it was okay, that she wasn't going to hurt anymore. Suzie took her last breath on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 during the inauguration of our President, Barak Obama. It has taken me 23 weeks to share this with anyone, and although I still have Pebbles & Bam-Bam to keep me busy, I still miss her so.

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