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.