Sunday, March 2, 2014

New Member of the Pack

Losing our dog Morgan to cancer last November was not only sad for the obvious reasons, but she was also the last dog in our "cancer" pack. It was a milestone in our lives. She and our miniature schnauzer, Silvi, were there when Ted was first diagnosed.

Our trainers through thick and thin are now gone.  Silvi is the schnauzer and Morgan the big girl. 

Ted thought they would outlive him, but Silvi died in 2011 at the ripe old age of 16, five years after Ted's GBM diagnosis,  and Morgan died right before Thanksgiving, 2013 at the age of 13, 7.5 years after Ted's diagnosis. Both dogs were a great comfort to us during the hardest times of our lives.  They cheered us emotionally and kept us honest with our exercise.


We brought KC into the fold three years after Ted's diagnosis.She was friends with Silvi and Morgan.  She's been a trooper too, taking us for daily walks, but she also misses Morgan. They got along beautifully, walking and playing together every day.

KC and Morgan 

Since Morgan's passing, we knew we'd get another dog, but the time and dog and circumstances haven't been right until now.  Even now, it's strange to be without Morgan and I miss her every day, but we have adopted another pack member.

Meet Zoey.  She is a rescue (of course) from a shelter in Maricopa County, AZ.  Best guess is she is a four month old "Dorkie." (Dachshund-Yorkie mix, cancer fighter in training).
Zoey: Adopted 2-24-14
probably a Dachshund Yorkie mix (Dorkie) 
Right out of the hoosegow, and we have her hiking with us, keeping in mind that four month old pups shouldn't hike too far as they develop into adult dogs.  Even though she can keep up with us, we are being careful not to push those puppy joints and muscles.