Saying goodbye to your furever friend is one of the hardest
things to do. When this happens, we are left carrying a set
of complex emotions: joy remembering our time together, love
for our companion and grief over the loss of our friend.
This is how we feel about Kalie.
When Kalie came into hart's care, we did not know how much time
she had. She was already considered a geriatric dog and was
experiencing health issues. She had been abandoned by her
original owner and was overall in a bad state. While not our
typical rescue, we committed to giving her the best time of her
life. Through our tears upon meeting Kalie, we promised to
give her love and respect like she had never known.
Within the first few weeks after placement, Kalie began acting
like a different dog. She gained strength, her balance
improved, she was more alert and she began to do her happy
She became part of a new pack with much younger dogs and she
enjoyed the play time. Even more, she enjoyed her cuddle
time. Kalie was likely cuddled more during the last year and
half than through her whole previous life.
In early December though, the glint in Kalie's eyes started to
fade. The health issues that we were able to keep controlled
since her arrival were taking hold. Kalie was near the end of
her journey here on earth.
With the patience, love and treatment of her foster mom, Kalie
lived longer than we expected and a fuller life we imagined for
her. Kalie had many car rides, many off leash adventures,
excellent tasty treats and best of all, Kalie experienced a
powerful love. She was loved not only by her foster mom, but
her extended family and all of her friends.
While Kalie is now spending her time at the rainbow bridge, I
can smile at the memory of Kalie running down the street (at her
own pace mind you) with the rest of her pack. For all of you
who knew Kalie, please also take a moment and remember her with a
This beautiful message is from her