Katie Crosses the Rainbow Bridge

Katie Crosses the Rainbow Bridge

Katiebird, Katie, passed away two weeks ago at the age of 10 1/2. Although she was diagnosed with liver disease and Lyme disease, it was her heart that failed her. On her last day, she got up and went to work with Kota and me, determined not to stay home. Throughout the day, as her body continued to weaken, she never gave up. As we made our rounds in the truck, she sat next to me, leaning her head on my shoulder to see out the window, while making Kota sit on the floor. By the end of the day, I knew it was her last. I carried her into the house when we got home and sat with her on the couch. All three cats and Kota willingly took turns sitting with her. There was no fighting between any of them that evening. Katiebird passed away peacefully in my arms.

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Katie touched the lives of many in her career. She was a wonderful dog and will never be replaced. She was more than a dog, she was family. During our time together, there were few days she wasn’t by my side. Even though Kota is working with me (and learning) everyday now, it will take time for me to stop looking for Katie when I turn around. Wherever she is now, I know she is happy chasing chipmunks and rabbits and swimming in mountain streams.

 

Editors note: Katie was one of a kind. A truly special dog, Katie loved her family, life, and doing her job tracking wildlife and protecting Carrie as she did her job. One of Katies last jobs was training Kota. I have to believe that Katies passing is a sign that she thinks Kota is ready and worthy of taking over her role. I know that while she may have crossed the rainbow bridge, Katies spirit will continue to be at Carries side, protecting her and helping Kota to fine-tune his skills. We are pleased that Kota will jump in as our new Dog with a Job. Welcome Kota youve got some big paws to fill!

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Dog With A Job – Hello Spring!

Dog With A Job – Hello Spring!

Spring is in the air. The snow is melting, the temperatures are getting warmer, the dogs are shedding!  During winter we did a lot of office work and both dogs have cabin fever. They want to be out working everyday!

This past month has been a rough one. Kota got an internal infection and wasn’t doing too well. Things weren’t looking good for him at all and he lost a tremendous amount of weight. This delayed any training until he got better. Thankfully he pulled through and is doing wonderfully now! He is even starting to gain weight.  Basic obedience lessons are still being learned and now we are adding a “find the mountain lion” command into it. He is eager to show me he can do anything I ask him to, and he even brings me the scent bottle at work when he wants to go outside and “practice” finding lions. Kota has also taken on the role of protector while out in the field. He watches over Katie and me all the time. Katie is showing him the ropes of how to do field work and he is paying close attention.DWJ Mar 2

Katie was diagnosed with liver disease today. This was a surprising diagnosis. It was found on routine blood work when she went to the vet to have a tooth pulled. She is now eating Dr. Jean Dodd’s liver cleansing diet – white or sweet potato and fish – to help with her liver. Katie might be getting up there in age and slowing down a bit, but she is still anxious to go to work every day.

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