she lost her sweet cassie last night.
cassie came to us about 3 or 4 yrs ago, we were called about a frightened dog running loose in a very rural and isolated area. it took about 3 weeks for a homeowner to entice her into her yard and close the gate and confine her safely. by the time we arrived, while she was still highly stressed and frightened, we were able to scoop her up into the van.
i remember glancing back at her and thinking, how did this poor old girl end up alone way up there?
the mystery was soon solved. she had a tattoo. cassie was 14 yrs old and we were able to trace her owners. i called them that night and was told her name and age and that the family was moving to australia the next day. i was told the dad brought cassie out from richmond and placed her on a rural farm in mission and apparently she didn't like it so she ran away.
i didn't really buy the story and had my own thoughts on how she ended up there..but then i tend to be cynical on the best of days. in any case i suggested that an elderly city dog might be happier with us than living outside on a farm so the owners agreed that we could keep her.
the good news was that cassie was safe and now a saint and it did not take long for lynne to once again fall in love. and for the last few years cassie has lived in a home that cared very deeply for her. she has been able to call her own shots (cassie was pretty darn stubborn so she actually won her way A LOT!) she has been treasured and greatly loved.
cassie passed peacefully away at the ripe old age of almost 18 yrs old with lynne's arms around her.