Many thanks to those of you who offered condolences about the passing of our beloved Snoopy. Some of you may have noticed that that post ended as if I was mid thought and there was more to be written. There probably was.

     As I was writing (and weeping) a phone call came in. My 17 y/o daughter, Snoopy's owner, had been thrown from a horse. At that moment, she was lying in the desert, surrounded by First Responders, awaiting a medical helicopter to evacuate her to the nearest trauma center. I hit enter. I left our home with a bag of hastily put together 'necessities' and headed out. Little did I know, we would not return home for 79 days. 

      She was flown to Wyoming Medical Center & before I arrived there the decision had been made to transfer her by air to Children's Hospital in Aurora Colorado where she underwent surgery to fuse her T5-T6 vertebrae. She was transferred 8 days later to Craig Hospital in Englewood Colorado. Her road to recovery has been long, brutal & tiring, but with the true determination & hard work, she's done wonderfully. Her arrival home was complicated by the sudden illness of her father, who had a major stroke 7 days before her release. He was in rehab in Casper, Wyoming until late October. 

    All that to say, our Corgi's are amazing. Tuck has become her companion and Heidi, our adopted female has become her alarm. No, they're not technically service dogs, but on several occasions she has sent them to 'find Mom!' and they've done so...alerting me to go to her side asap. They were never trained to do that, but in the day to day of being part of the family, they've picked up on our needs.

Thanks again for listening.



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Comment by Vicky Hay on November 23, 2016 at 5:35pm

Oh, my goodness. I'm so sorry you've been through so much, so fast!

Thank god your daughter is on the road to recovery. I've been thrown from horses four times -- luckily for me, the worst fall was into sand in a riverbed, barely missing the river rocks. A fall from a horse is so terribly dangerous! She's a tough lady to have come back in just three months.

I hope her dad is on his way to recovery, too.

Comment by susan on November 17, 2016 at 9:47am

My husband always says that life can turn on a dime, and yours certainly did.  That is a lot to have to handle all at once.  You must be a very strong person.  I'm glad you have your corgis to help you though it.  /hugs.

Comment by Chris Payerl on November 12, 2016 at 8:37pm

Oh my goodness! You certainly have had a go of it lately. Glad to see that your daughter is on the road to recovery; hope the same is holding true for hubby. Your two "nursing assistants" will surely bring much-needed joy to all of you during this rough patch.

My sister's sheltie took it upon himself to be an alert dog for their son, who has MD. When nephew called for help, if sis didn't get there soon enough for Shadow's liking, he'd run all over the house to find her and bark at her until she went to my nephew. He is sorely missed. These herding dogs are smart cookies! 

Comment by Linda on November 12, 2016 at 7:34pm

Oh and your family have been thru so much is such a short time.  Many prayers for continued healing and progress for both your daughter and husband.

Dogs are much they just seem to understand without any formal training.

Comment by Bev Levy on November 12, 2016 at 7:14pm

Wow, you have had to go through a lot lately. I hope things greatly improve from here on out. Corgis make the best companions and yours sound wonderful!

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