her mom 'Sheena' came to us from the local SPCA in August of 1988. Our Vet
estimated her age at 8 weeks, so we celebrated her birthday on June 30th
each year. Both her and her mom were very sickly when they arrived,
unfortunately her mom only lived for another year, succumbing to illness.
Kiri had several older female dogs in the household who helped raise her
to be the gentle soul she remained until her final day. In her elder
years, after her canine friends had passed away, she was joined by several
cats. Although she was blind and had multiple endocrinopathies since
August 1994, she never lost her gentle, patient spirit. She enjoyed her
life and got along as easily with a new kitten, as she had with large
adult Malamutes and German Shepherds in the past.
earthly life ended on July 27, 2000, at the Veterinary Hospital at the
University of Pennsylvania, in the arms of her family, and assisted on her
journey by Dr. Hess, who had been her caring doctor for her last six
years. Her gentle, patient spirit was surely welcomed at Rainbow Bridge by
friends old and new. She is missed terribly by her family and friends, but
comfort is taken in knowing such a gentle soul is at the Bridge to greet
newcomers and her family one day.
Read how Kiri's three serious
diseases were successfully managed for many years.
After Kiri went to the Rainbow Bridge on July
27, 2000, I had a plaque placed on the 'Living Legends' Wall at VHUP. It's in
memory of Kiri, and gratitude to Dr Hess who cared for her so lovingly for six
years. My donation for this plaque also goes to research done by Dr Hess and her
students related to endocrinopathies.