Today, I learned the passing of yet another great DALE named "Diamond"
Diamond was surrendered to ATRA - the wonderful Airedale Terrier Rescue & Adoption back in December 2006 with a left eye that was blinded by a tumor. After her eye removal surgery, Diamond found her forever home with Wolfgang and Helene Kayser.
Diamond was only with her forever family for a short 7 months before she made the trip over the Rainbow Bridge, but in that 7 months time, she worked her Airedale magic and clung onto the hearts of Wolfgang and Helene.
"What a smart and pretty girl she is! We are inordinately proud of her and to say that we love her is very much an understatement! We would never let her go, she is part of us and this is where she belongs!
Diamond, our girl, would second that motion with alacrity!"
Click on the following pictures to read the full story on Diamond prior to her passing. (Courtesy of The Newsletter of Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption, June 2007; Vol. 13, Issue 6)
From Sunshade's mum:
I have yet to have to go through the pain of losing someone/somepup close to me so I can't say I know exactly what the heartbreak Diamond and Oscar's guardians are going through feels like. But, I know, we, as human beings were born with strong hearts. We grew up knowing we were going to live a long time. It is our responsibility to bear the suffering of loving others - others who do not have the long life expectancy equal to us. Just like I cry when I think about the inevitable that comes with sharing my life with a heart dog - my Sunshade.
It is difficult, and we cry. But once we cry it out loud, and say "as long as we will be together again, and you will get to meet all the new friends that I will bring", you must lift your head and look around. For there will be another that is meant to be for you.
Life renders our hearts into printer's trays. All things we do are represented by a slot and the object is to get as many slots filled as you can. Some slots are wonderful and joyous and makes everything we do worth while; while others, hurt like h*ll..........
Be brave fellow mommies and daddies!
Katy, Martin, Wolfgang, Helene, Ann and Ellen, my heart is with you all.
Elaine - the Aire-mum