February 21, 2003 - September 21, 2018
BILL (talking to Juana on the phone): Is everything else going okay? Well what happened? Did Rudy go yesterday?
JUANA: Yes, it was about 3:00 and everybody was leaving, when Dr. James came with two vet techs and did his thing.
BILL: How was Rudy at that time? I know he had been going downhill for a while.
JUANA: Yes, he was. He was ready, you could tell. He hasn’t been able to get up for about a week. He didn’t even try to get up. He was pooping on himself and not eating. He was super, super skinny. He was just tired.
BILL: Did he put up a fuss at all, like some of the other dogs?
JUANA: No. He was ready.
BILL: That’s good. It went pretty smoothly then? I spent all day yesterday looking for pictures and I realized he would have been born in late 2002. Right?
JUANA: He was younger than I thought. I looked at his paperwork and it said that he was born on February 21, 2003.
BILL: That was just a few months, before Pat passed. At first I thought you said that you were here in 2001. You weren’t here until the summer after Pat passed.
JUANA: I was here at Straydog in 2001, but Rudy wasn’t.
BILL: Rosie was his mother. I remember that Pat doctored his eyes too. So he would have been a pretty big pup.
JUANA: No, Pat didn’t doctor his eyes. I think it was Erin and me, who took him to see Dr. Reed several times. Then he got a big ulcer on his eye, when he was a year old, and Dr. Terry diagnosed him with dry eye. He couldn’t produce tears and, from then on, we gave him eye drops twice a day for the rest of his life.
BILL: I remember that now. So, he was born February 21, 2003. I will look for pictures around that time. I was looking back in 2001, because that would have made him about two years old, by the time Pat left. There must be lots of puppy pictures and we can pick one out. Did you get any pictures of the doctor yesterday?
JUANA: We didn’t get any pictures of him with the doctor. But we took pictures of the crew sitting with him throughout the day. People were coming in and out all day and visiting him.
JUANA: He was never out of it. He was just lying there and he was just tired. He enjoyed the company, I guess.
BILL: He did enjoy it. I probably should have come out then. I started looking for those pictures in the morning and it took me all day, other than a little nap. I couldn’t find anything. I pulled pictures from 2001 and I will get all of your pictures too. We really did a tremendous job back then. It was amazing to see the daily reports on everything. They are so interesting and it’s fun to go back and read them again. I’ve been pulling all of the old newsletters over too. For some reason, I can’t find any copies of the 2001 newsletters on the internet. We have newsletters on the internet from 1999 and 2000 that I am pulling over now. I can’t find anything for 2001 and it starts up again in 2002. Anyway, he was born on February 21, 2003. That’s good. He has lived a long, long life. I was going to use a James Taylor song in my report. Every day in all of the thousands of days that Rudy spent at Straydog, he was a happy dog and he woke up every morning and thought, “Soon it’s going to be another day and we are going to have a good time and no one is going to take that time away.” Because that is the most important element of Straydog. Don’t you agree? We are giving them a happy home and that’s the whole thing.
JUANA: Yes, that’s the whole thing. That is our mission.
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