Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Passing of Katie Rose

Katie's Favorite Hang Out in the Road Warrior

She loved to hang out in the tub at home...
No Toy left behind...
Large Dog Number 1274 was found in the wreckage in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in downtown New Orleans.

She was patiently awaiting her families return on the front step of her families home. She had a large chunk of metal embedded in her shoulder and the cable she had been tied out with was wrapped around her several times and cut into the skin as she had been caught up in the rush of the flood and swept away,  she must have made her way home again to the steps, and began her long wait to listen for stirring within the house and the front door to be opened.

What she didn't realize was the home she returned to was gone and just the steps and front facade remained. Her family was lost in the storm and would never be back to let her in.

Rescue workers were not allowed to pick her up at first, people were the priority for the first few weeks, but they did stop to unwrap her cable, dress her wounds and left her some food and fresh water as often as they could.

When the time came for her to get out, she was loaded in a canoe and taken to a quarantine facility for three months to be treated and tested for diseases. Then she was taken to Georgia for foster care.

That's where I came in. I saw her picture on the Rottweiler Rescue site and instantly realized she was coming home to live with me.

I applied for adoption and arranged for her transportation by air to my home in Northern Minnesota.

Her riding spot in the truck
I named her Katie, after the Hurricane, and added "Rose" because no decent Southern Gal goes without a second name.

Katie Rose arrived on a cold stormy night from Georgia, in a kennel crate at the airport. She huddled in the back and just stared out at me in the darkness, I loaded her crate and all in the back seat of my truck and talked to her all the way home.

When we arrived I lugged her crate and all into the house and just left her inside to rest and adapt to her surroundings.

Cattle Watching on the Farm, she thought she was a sheep dog!
The next morning I open the door and she cautiously crept out to a world of snow and ice, something that was totally beyond her conception. I had to drive her to a place were there was a patch of dry ground, before she would do her "business".

It was the dead of Winter in my home state and I had no idea how she would adapt to our severe climate, being a Creole Gal and all, but she soon adapted to Winter walks and learned to squat in a snow bank with the best of them.

Squirrel harassing at St. Augustine Florida
She was a good friend and traveled with me everywhere, she would beat me to the truck every time and would pull out every cute trick in the book to get to tag along.

She adapted to the road life without any problems, she loved living in an RV and looked forward to sniffing out new locations every time we stopped.

Taking a walk at Withlacoochie Park Florida
Katie was with us for six years, and she was at least 3 years old when we got her. She lived to a ripe old age for a dog her size and everyday she showed her appreciation for us having taken her in.

Lately she had shown signs of weakening health and the day arrived when she just couldn't go on any longer.

It was with the greatest sorrow that we said goodbye to our Good Friend this last week.

Katie and our old Camper
Now there is a large empty spot on the floor where once she lay, with her head on Doyle's foot.

No more whining for her breakfast, no begging for a treat, no snoring or dreaming out loud during the night.

It almost echoes inside this small RV now, where once she hogged up all the free space. She could stretch out so much we both had to step over her to get anywhere!

Family Portrait in Florida at Christmas
We take great comfort in the knowledge she is finally back with her first family now, and we know she is waiting for us to join her someday in the Land of Ever After.

We will miss her terribly and it will take a very long time for us to not see a flash of her out of the corner of our eye, capering about for a treat and a hug. She was a loving and loyal companion to the end, She, was a Good Dog.




Katie consults with Doyle on a project

Katie outside Our New Home

Katie and Slippers
Katie and friend Charlie
We would especially like to thank Affiliated Emergency Vet Services, of Rochester Minnesota, a 24 hour Emergency Pet Clinic. They are a God Send to those with a sick pet who can't wait for regular business hours. They will always have our undying Thanks and Support. They were sympathetic, caring and incredibly professional. We will never forget your concern for both our pet and our well being.

4 comments:

Donna K said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful friend. Bless you for taking her in and giving her a loving home for six years. You were lucky to have found each other. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Pat said...

What a wonderful dog. Sorry for your loss and I hope all the great memories give you comfort in the long term.

Ash said...

I'm so sorry, she sounds like a wonderful friend.

The Tuckerbag

hobopals said...

She is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are her life, her love, her leader. She will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of her heart. You owe it to her to be worthy of such devotion.
-Unknown

I'm so sorry for your loss. Katie Rose will live forever in your hearts, and when you read about another great heart passing on, it will make you cry just like I'm crying for my Lizzie. Hope they are at Rainbow Bridge (Katie with her first family and Lizzie with my husband) waiting for us.

Katie Rose was very fortunate that you are such caring and kind people who saw her heart...you were meant to be together.

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