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Memorial created 08-22-2007 by
Stephanie Craddock
Shasta
August 17 1998 - August 19 2007

She is such a cutie!!

In loving memory of our Shasta who we love so much. Shasta will be greatly missed and be in our hearts forever. Shasta began her life with a struggle. She was abandoned at about 4 weeks of age and I was blessed to have her come into my life on September 15, 1998. She was my world. Shasta loved life and lived every day to the fullest. She was such an explorer. She loved chasing bunny rabbits and hunting the lizards in our back yard. When Shasta was about 4 years old she met her best friend Tyson. They loved swimming and playing together. Shasta was such a good girl and the type you could take into any situation. She was definately spoiled!!

 

Swimming with Tyson was her favorite thing to do. She loved the frisbee!!

On Tuesday, August 14, 2007 I noticed that she wasn't acting quite right. She wasn't eating and that was just not like her. I rushed her to the emergency Vet hospital and she was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. My heart dropped. This was a very serious and life threatening disease. Between Tuesday and Friday, Shasta received 4 blood transfusions. I finally received a call from the vet that she was doing well enough to go home for the weekend. I was elated. Not to mention it happened to be her birthday that day and she got the best present of all, she was able to come home. Upon coming home, things seemed to change. Her energy level was next to nothing and it was hard to see her like that. She never lost that look of love and admiration in her eyes even though she had been through so much. By Sunday, August 19, 2007 I knew things were not good. Gary and I were rushing her back to the vet when she passed away in my arms in the back seat of the truck. My world that was so full of joy was now crushed. I am so gratefull for the opportunity to spend that last weekend with her at home. She didn't deserve for this to happen to her. There was so much life left in her, but her poor little body just couldn't take it any more. She fought so hard to overcome this disease. I find peace knowing that she is no longer suffering or in any pain. She can run and play as much as she wants to now. She will never be forgotten and will always be my Shastagirl. May you rest in Peace baby.

 

Shasta & Tyson at Half Moon Bay in San Francisco

Shasta loved the water. She enjoyed going to the beach, swimming in the pool and going boating at the lake. She loved jumping in the water after a toy. I often thought she was part retriever. No matter what you would throw for her, she would always bring it right back. When she wanted to go swimming, she would get the toy and run around the pool barking like crazy. That was my hint to go play with her. That is part of what I miss the most. She would swim every day no matter what time of year.

 
She's ready for a bath!
Awe, how cute!
 
Gary & Shasta at Lake Don Pedro
Boating at Lake Don Pedro
 
She loved to dig and hide in the bushes
 
Shasta and Haley are together again

Shasta had a friend to greet her in Heaven. Jeff and Wendy's boxer Haley who passed away in Dec. 2006. Now they are together again. I can picture them running and playing together.

 

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