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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Rest Well Dear - Ch Shelamo Burleigh Casino Rama CGN, CD

July 2nd brought concerning issues with our 12 yr old Casino.  She had been treated for a UVitis in her left eye for just over a year and all seemed to be OK.  However, serious signs, especially a nose bleed, meant a rush into our vets.  She was put on antibiotics in hopes that we were just facing an infection.

The week seemed to go slowly in waiting to get back to see the eye specialist on Thursday.  Although he couldn't find her UVitis was any more serious, he was very suspicious of something else going on behind the eye, which a tumour was highly suspected.  So, we got a quote for a CTscan and what could come of it to consider over the weekend and an appointment for next Wednesday if we wanted it done.

However, that wouldn't be the case.  Friday afternoon she seemed way worse and less responsive to people she enjoyed being around, she just wanted to sleep.  She refused her pill pocket meds which was not like her, a definite sign of trouble.  There was also more nose bleeding, and her ability to take in air seemed more restricted.  She also seemed very painful to the touch in that area if I tried to clean that side of her face.  I settled her down in the kitchen with blankets and supported her head with more so she'd be as comfortable as possible for the night.

Saturday morning I called our vet for an appointment as it seemed to be 'time'.  The vets tried a few procedures with her 'under' to determine if it might be a large infection or indeed the suspect of cancer was there.

Although they were not conclusive, a bit of what they did see told them it wasn't good.  We left her with no more pain, and said our good-byes.

She will be remembered as a teaching assistant at my dog classes, loved when she did Brownie demos, an attraction at the local market, and just a fun loving girl with a heart of gold that would do the best she could at any time.  She was a Champion by all means.

I thank Sandy Hawkins of Burleigh Shelties for acquiring Shelamo's Party Pack ROMC sister Shelamo Linden Decoration and breeding her to Am/Cdn Ch Toven Windertide Cdn CD ROM ROMC to produce our Casino. To Dr Sherry Lee of FLA for entertaining her for a year; to Cheryl Pike who handled her in the Breed ring after I took Winners Female, and then had "Rocky" as a Special, under respected breeder judge Tom Coen, finishing her Canadian Championship with Best of Winners. In one of the few shows we specialized her in, to respected breeder judge Denise Cornelsson for awarding her a Group 2nd.
 Group 2nd - 2008
 Our blue-eye'd beauty and her cousin our 12 yr old "Rocky" a few years ago.
 Casino went to live with Mary-Anne for a good year and a half and between them they achieved their CGN at Camp Dog Wood, and then their Companion Dog title
Bum rubs, and field running were two of her favorite past times.

 Dog Obedience 2010 - Dress Up Night - Oh, what she had to go through for Mary-Anne!
 Winter & summer sunny days were also high on her list of LOVES!

Rest well dear Casino - the sun will always shine on your face.
You will be sadly missed by many.


Helen July 8, 2012 at 6:39 PM  

Even when they've had a long full life, it's so hard to let them go.


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