I've been away from the blogging thing for quite a while. I just can't seem to find the time to keep up with it. But now I really need a place to pay a tribute to my beloved friend. I may be the only one who visits this space now since I've been AWOL for so long, but I still want to talk about Betty and share her memory.
Betty left us very unexpectedly. We don't know what was wrong. She seemed to have some pain in her neck because she was having trouble lowering her head to eat. We thought she might have a minor orthopedic problem from romping around on the trails--she wasn't a spring chicken anymore. She improved for a few days, but when our accupuncture vet visited to treat her, she was concerned that she was very dehydrated. Betty spent a night attached to an IV to get her fluids back, but something had gone terribly wrong. By the next morning, we were told her internal organs were failing and there was nothing we could do. We had to tell her goodbye that afternoon, on July 16.
I was working in Alaska when Betty left us. I had said goodbye to her two days before to leave on my trip, and never dreamed it would be the last time I would ever see Miss Betty. John had the terrible burden of doing everything that had to be done for her alone. We were more than 3000 miles apart and there was nothing to be done about it except keep moving forward through the shock and grief as best we could.
Betty was a loving and beloved member of our family. She had a wonderful dogs life and brought immeasurable happiness and love to ours. We will remember her always. Soon we hope, with more smiles than tears.