died today. Her cancer had progressed in that she was having problems walking and with her bowels. But she still seemed happy, hobbling around to be near us, sleeping on a wool comforter, and eating grilled hamburger or chicken breasts twice per day. Then this weekend she stopped eating and drinking. I thought it might be “time”, but she still seemed happy, was moving about the yard and barking at passersby. This morning she was having problems breathing with exertion, and this afternoon was having trouble breathing at rest. Our vet had warned us that this cancer was prone to metastases to the lungs so we knew it was time to say goodbye. We called our veterinarian, Dr. Peter Brown of Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic and rather promptly he came to us. He injected her and she peaceably died in the yard she roamed around all these years while Tom and I were petting her and telling her we loved her.
We got Vanessa from the Skagit Humane Society on March 29, 2004. She was 3 years old at the time. Her previous owners had named her but apparently did not want her anymore. As soon as she arrived here she has been the best behaved dog I have ever known. She was intelligent and instantly figured out the rules. She was always happy. She has always treated all other creatures well and never caused any problems. She would follow us around while we did chores. She would bark at coyotes and greet visitors. She liked cold weather. We even went skijoling once. She loved trips and especially loved the ones that involved swimming. It is hard to put into words how much she meant to me, but I feel like I lost a best friend today.