Dolly-At the Bridge

Border Collie
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Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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HELLO Dolly!!!, Doll, Dollis

Quick Bio:

Eat & Swim, get in the middle of a frisbee game

Amish folks in their buggies

Favorite Toy:
anything that another dog has so she can rip it up, frisbees

Favorite Food:
Anything that won't eat her first----but she is raw fed & kibble occasionally

Favorite Walk:
path around the lake

Best Tricks:
stealing food

Arrival Story:
A friend and I were taking a ride in Amish country. It was a beautiful day and we stopped at an Amish home and I did what I tell everybody not to----I got a pup----3 months old---Dolly, who is not only the sweetest dog I've ever owned, but the most expensive. Dolly is severely epileptic and has cost me several thousand dollars in veterinary bills. Her cluster seizures are controlled by medication and we've even seen an improvement with a change in her diet to raw feeding. Dolly came my way for a reason---to educate people on how NOT to buy a dog. She loves people and is a great "meet the public" dog. She was also put on this earth for a reason---she is one of the best therapy dogs that I've had. Certified by Delta Society, this is her job in life and she excels at it. Not worth a darn as a herding dog, she has found her job in life bringing comfort to those who might need it.

Dolly is a "come-bye" dog. That is the only direction she knows. When we go to Amish country, we'll take her. When we see a buggy, I'll quietly say--"Doll---remember where you came from". She pops her head up, sees the buggy and goes ballistic. I'm sure they think we're crazy city people with our darn dogs. Dolly is quite the swimmer. She'll dive into the water like an old pro and swim until she is exhausted. Dolly was put in my life for a reason. If anyone comes away better for having known Dolly or because of her, can be convinced to do the research for a healthy dog, then Dolly and I have done our job. She's a great girl!

I've Been On Dogster Since:
June 3rd 2004 More than 12 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:

Meet my family
Pete- With the
Major - At the
Lena - 6/1990
to 3/11/04
Flicka -
Good-bye, my
Murphy at the
BayJoePetewick Sea

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Saying Good-Bye

A Tribute to Dolly-from a Life that She Touched

February 7th 2005 9:06 am
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The Bible says "entertain all you meet and know because unknowingly, you might have shown kindness to an angel."

To those who say an angel can't come in the form of an animal, I say you're wrong. An Angel brings light to an otherwise dark day.

An Angel brings peace and love on it's wings or in the kind eyes of a dog.

You were a joy who touched my life with love.

If you could speak, the words would have been of love and encouragement.
Even when your body was ill, your spirit is strong and will live in the warm rays of the sun, a starlit night or a McDonalds hamburger (only Dolly & me know about that).

Who said dogs can't be angels? To them I say "Well, you didn't know Dolly".

You are Loved. You will be missed.

We love you Dollace, aka: Pretty Girl

From someone whose life you have touched for so many years.


Good-Bye My Friend

February 7th 2005 8:20 am
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Dolly died in my arms this morning after a particularly bad bout of seizures. She would have been 12 yrs. old on April 15.

A dog who by all rights should have been dead, I think lived to teach. Together we taught that in spite of what a heartbreaking disease epilepsy is, a dog can still live a quality life. Dolly proved that almost every day of her life.

Dolly did not have a mean bone in her body. She was the soul of kindness and gentleness. It was these qualities that made her the best therapy dog I'd ever had.

Off of IV's after a bad bout of seizures, we went to work in the children's ward, where Dolly, still bearing the shaved spot on her leg, showed children, who toddled out hooked up to IV's themselves "See. If I was on one of those too and look at me now!". The kids really, really listened as I explained to them that Dolly was on IV's too only a couple of weeks ago, and she had the shaved spot on her leg to prove it. Dolly got more than her share of snotty little kisses and gentle hugs that day.

God brought Dolly & me together. I think we had a purpose together. A border collie that couldn't herd and cost me a lot in vet bills, we still went out into the world and taught people about the heartbreak of epilepsy---all thanks to Dolly. That purpose ended today, this morning, with her death.

Only last week she had the time of her life running off cabin fever with some of the other dogs---and I was looking forward to another "senior dog walk" when the weather broke. Two of them won't be there now, Pete & Dolly.

Sleep well, my girl, a well-deserved and gentle rest.

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