The photo of the running Golden on the rotating header of our blog is of Kasey Kelley. We recently received this note from her Dad, and he gave us permission to share memories of Kasey with our readers. She was a very, very special therapy dog that brought happiness to many people. Melanie
Melanie & Rick,
Thank you for your card. Kasey passed away at home during . We knew that she was having a problem because her breathing became very labored. We went for a walk , we went about 100 yards, and she wanted to go home. I don't think she suffered, but the vet said that she had several tumors on her lungs. I did go down to see her in the kitchen late in the evening, and she raised her head (to be petted under her chin) and waved her tail to kind of tell me, I think, "thank you for everything, we did have fun, and now it time to go on".
She made almost 250 pet visits, so she impacted close to 2,000 people. Pam, Elka, Kasey and I made visits together for about 8 years. Elka and Kasey were great friends. Thanks for having Kasey's picture on your web site - the energy she shows in the picture she carried her whole life.
All of her good work started at your place at the CGC classes you held, then on to fly ball (she didn't like to run to the ball, she thought that was silly), then agility, all the while she was visiting. She has a sister, 3 years old, who I have been training to be a therapy dog, and I'm going to have her tested in December. She is an active Golden who loves everybody. Every day is an adventure with her- she previously passed 19 of the steps out of 20 on the test, but didn't sit and stay while I walked away. She was afraid she might