Nicknames: Sweet Baby, Little Rain, Rain of Terror, Spitfire, Rainy, Rainbow, Raindrop
Birthday: February 19th 2004
Pet-Peeves: Thinking KJ, her brother, might get something before her
Favorite Toy: Red Squeaky Ball
Favorite Food: Any and All, but Peanut Butter is her Favorite. Her regular food is Eukanuba's Naturally Wild Atlantic Salmon & Rice
Favorite Walk: Anywhere
Best Tricks: Stealing your food when you are not looking!
Arrival Story: As with her brother KJ, she came into our lives when we needed another dog to give our love to. Rain and her brother have been a Godsend to our family and have kept us sane and enjoying life again, which I did not think was possible after losing our beloved 5 year old Alaskan Malamute, ^Kiska^ in April 2004.
I am sure she is happy knowing that we gave another a loving home, where they will be loved and cared for all of their days.
Rainy and KJ are so opposite each other. Rain is afraid of nothing and nobody! KJ is afraid of his own shadow sometimes. Every day with them is pure joy! I would be lost without them in my life.
Kiana got her wings shortly before noon on August 11th 2009. How can it be she didn't get better & my brother did. They had the same symptoms, the same thing wrong with both of them. The treatment worked for my brother, but not for her. After she was admitted last Friday she only got worse with each passing day. By late Monday all hope was gone...it was time to give her peace & let her go.
We are heartbroken and at a loss for words. Tears falling, hearts shattered at what has happened here. We are so very thankful that KJ has come this far & is starting to eat a little more each day. But he has a ways to go yet before mom will feel that he is safe. He does have an appetite and is eating for mom. We are praying for a full recovery & many, many more years with him.
We have to tell you what we were told by a Petco employee the other day. Mom talked to someone at Petco and they told her they had 4 more people tell them their dog got sick after eating Solid Gold's WolfKing. The last one told them her dog went into Liver failure. We wish we knew who these people were. Would love to talk to them. But knowing will not bring our beloved Kiana back, but it may help to make some sense of it all & help someone else avoid heartache. Hugs your darlins' tight & make each moment count. Thank you again, we couldn't get through this without each and every one of you!
How we miss you sweet Angel...the Heaven's are graced by your presence now, as you watch over us Kiana, remember this is only temporary & one day we will be together again.
Love & Kisses to the Stars above where all our Guardian Angels watch over us & await us when it is our time for our journey home.
In Loving memory of our newest Angel...Kiana
BRIDGE OF LOVE
JUST INSIDE THE GATES OF HEAVEN,
IS A BRIDGE BUILT FROM LOVE
CALLED RAINBOW BRIDGE.
IT GLOWS WITH THE UNITY OF PEACE,
IT SPANS A RIVER OF THE BLUEST BLUE.
NO ONE IS ALONE THERE,
GOD'S ANGELS WAIT THERE FREE FROM PAIN
TO BE REUNITED WITH THEIR SOULMATES.
THEY GUIDE US TO THEM.
THIS IS A BRIDGE WATCHED OVER BY ANGELS.
WHEN YOUR HEART CRIES OUT FOR THEM THEY HEAR YOU
AND THEY WHISPER BACK,
I AM NEVER FAR,
I AM ALWAYS IN YOUR HEART,
I AM ALWAYS IN YOUR SOUL.
WHEN YOUR TEARS FALL
THEY ARE THERE TO HELP YOU DRY THEM.
WHEN YOUR STEPS FALTER THEY SEND OTHERS
FOR YOU TO LEAN ON.
THEY SEND YOU DREAMS, & BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
TO HELP YOU HEAL.
THEY TOUCH YOUR HEART
WITH VELVET TOUCHES FROM GENTLE PAWS.
THEY HOLD YOUR HAND WHILE YOU REMEMBER
LOVE IS FOREVER & ALL AROUND YOU.
RAINBOW BRIDGE IS A BRIDGE OF LOVE,
A BRIDGE OF PEACE AND HEALING
WHERE ALL ARE YOUNG AGAIN,
WHERE ALL ARE WHOLE AGAIN.
REACH OUT TO A STAR
& THEY WILL FEEL YOUR TOUCH ON THIER ANGEL WINGS.
NOW IS YOUR TURN TO FIND HEALING.
RIGHT NOW THAT SOUNDS SO HARD,
I TOO HAVE FELT THIS WAY.
YOU WILL STILL ALWAYS MISS THEM,
HOW COULD YOU STOP MISSING SUCH PURE LOVE?
THE MEMORIES THAT YOU SHARE
EACH DAY WILL HELP YOU
A HEART BEAT AT A TIME,
EACH DAY WILL GET EASIER TO FACE.
YOU HAVE FELT SOMETHING NOT MANY FEEL....
First I am so very thankful my brother is home. He has a ways to go, but it is so grrrrreat to have him here. But it is with much sadness I report that our housemate Kiana is in critical condition tonight. If there is no change by tomorrow she will be making her journey to the Bridge to join her sister, our beloved Angel Kiska.
She was admitted last Friday with the same condition as KJ. They started her on the same treatment as KJ. Within the first 24 hrs she got worse & has steadily declined since then. Their is just too much damage to her liver. Our vet wants to wait until tomorrow praying that somehow she will turn around. There is not much hope at this point. She is so very sick & my aunt does not want her to suffer any more. If there is no improvement we will be saying goodbye to her.
I have been asked what caused this. We have no proof & are not accusing anyone. But after all possible explanations have been exhausted, we can come up with nothing but their food. They were all eating WolfKing by Solid Gold. All 4 of us, KJ, Kiana, Jetta & myself became sick at the same time. All of us started 2 weeks of meds for what our vet thought was a bacterial infection. Jetta, Kiana and myself got better. The medicine was not working for KJ. He stopped eating & was admitted to the hospital. Liver failure. Less than a week later Kiana stopped eating & was admitted. Liver Failure.
I think it is important for people to know this & they can make up their own mind about what they feed. We just want you to be aware of what happened to our famly. By the grace of God, I am alright, the medicine worked for me & my aunt's dog Jetta. I only wish it had worked for KJ & Kiana.
Mom talked to the company & they told her they had no reports of any kind. They suggested a possibility. If at any time during transport from one facility to another if the food was left on a hot loading dock in the sun it would break down the natural preservatives & ruin the food. They were polite & understanding but without a sample of the food their hands were tied. How we wish we had even a small bit of that food to test. We now wonder what is safe to eat? It seems any and all food can become contaminated. Is nothing safe these days?
We are thankful that KJ is improving daily & hopeful for a full recovery, but our hearts are breaking for Kiana...Pawlease say a prayer for her & her family.
Thank you all for being here for us,
Love & lots of Hugs....
Rainy & Mom
This morning at 8:30 mom picked up KJ. Mom was so excited to be seeing her big boy again after being away from him since last Sunday. They headed out of town to the specialist. After filling out the paper work KJ then had to have his belly shaved and then they were ready for the Ultrasound.
The test showed that the liver was not enlarged, in fact it was a little smaller than normal. All other organs looked good. The doctors wanted to be sure there was not a tumor or something similar causing the liver to fail. They decided not to do the biopsy at this time. After both doctors consulted on the phone it was decided to wait on doing this. The treatment KJ is getting is working. Not as fast as we would like it to, but working none the less. They then did a Mammalian Liver Profile. The ALT read 530. So even after the IV being out quite a bit in the last 24 hrs. the value is down!
Before mom left the specialist's office she got KJ to eat 1/2 a can of food! His first meal in about a week. He has lost almost 9 lbs since going to the hospital.
When they were pulling out of the clinic, mom got a phone call from her sister. Kiana, who is our Guardian Angel Kiska's sister & lives at our house had started vomiting last night & wouldn't eat anything. They took her in for bloodwork. She is now in the kennel beside KJ and has the same problem he has. They are giving her the same treatment that KJ is getting. She is a 10 yr old Malamute who mom loves dearly. Please include her in your prayers. She already has so many problems & her health wasn't the best to start with.
So after hearing this mom scheduled me to go in later for bloodwork. She was taking no chances that I was next. The testing showed all was fine with me. Thank Dog! I really don't think mom could handle 3 of us in the hospital right now.
Our vet told mom he thinks KJ is feeling better & definitely stronger than when he went in. He is alert & interested in what's going on around him. He is hopeful that he maybe able to come home late Monday. If so he will be following a special liver diet with careful monitoring of his progress.
Thank you all for your continued support, love & pawrayers!
Malamute Wooooo's & Hugssss!