"There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals.
It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible.
Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficent measure of the joy we have been given."
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard" A.A. Milne
Strider - Cara's Lord Of The Rings
Strider Japabeanie Headrester Dunstan
March 6, 2005 – October 28, 2011
Cancer Surviver. Stomper Of Lymphoma. Stalker Of Squirrels.
Biter of Waves. Chewer of Bones. Digger Of Holes To China, Hater Of Rain,
Face Rubber Extraordinaire, Wolfer Of Kibbles. Pointer Of Ears.
Perfecter Of The 'Sit'. Possessor Of The Dober Smile. Wagger Of The Nub. Professional Head Butter. Sniffer Of Everything. 24 Hour Snuggler.
How lucky was I to have spent almost 7 years with you.
Strider died of a GI obstruction. Source unknown but most likely related to his chemo/radiation. He passed peacefully by my side surrounded by love. Thanks to Maude and Geri of the University of Guelph for their amazing care and friendship. What an amazing medical team and an amazing facility.
I love you Beanie.
When Lily was 5, I decided to add to my doberman family, and this time looked for a top notch breeder. Someone who was breeding for health and solid teperament, and was active in the dog world working and putting titles on their dogs. That is how I became friends with Ray Carlise of Cara Dobermans in NY. He sold me a male out of a great litter, and I named him Strider. Strider was everything you could ask for in a doberman. He was a great example of the breed both physically and mentally. He was beautiful and bomb proof and bold as brass. He was funny, full of himself, and beyond confident. Friendly with both humans and dogs, he became a certified therpay dog and went to hopspitals and old age homes regularly to visit people who wanted to spend time with a dog. I lost Strider just shy of his 7th birthday to complications of Lymphoma. He did six months of chemo and two half body radiations and was cancer free to the end. Many thanks to the team at the OVC in Guelph. He was such a good boy.
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