Diamond In The Ruff
We are deeply saddened to share that Diamond has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. After 14 amazing years she let us know it was her time. Though it was a struggle for us, but we honored her by letting her go with dignity. The kennel already seems so empty without her presence. She was so loved and will be sorely missed.
Diamond came to us in 2008 as a rescue while we were still volunteering with Adopt-A-Husky West. She was a 9mo old puppy, born deaf, and suffering from a skin and coat issue that had been hit by a car. Her front legs had been shattered, but even with all the damage she managed a smile and a wag of the tail. She certainly had the spirit of a Siberian. The odds did not look great but with the efforts of the group, the Siberian Husky Club Of America Trust, and Dr. Ryan Brown she was put back together and the long road to recovery began.
She came to us to foster through her recovery. She needed 24hr assistance with both front legs wrapped in large casts. She could balance on the casts, an she could hobble but not far. Even as difficult as this time seemed she was still a mischievous Siberian, trying to test her limits off lead or pushing the x-pen to another part of the room.
As the healing process progressed we were able to get her casts sized down and eventually off all together. Her journey was still just beginning. As we weaned her off the pain meds it was clear there was something else wrong as she screamed in pain every time she moved, that's when we took her back to Dr. Brown's office. More x-rays showed a broken rear leg and fractures in her lower spine. With strict rest and upped pain management those too healed. Unfortunately the x-rays also showed that Diamond, at less than a year old, was also severely dysplastic. Dr. Brown suggested keeping her light and offering moderate low impact exercises to manage moving forward.
Her coat quality was still very poor and she itched constantly. Some of which was contributed to the vast variety of meds she was on. The long term use of these meds had their side effects too. It was at this time an infection took hold in the only non-effected limb she had and threatened to take her leg. After aggressive treatment she lost 2 toes but kept the rest of the leg.
With her recovery process going better than anyone had expected we were invited by the SHCA Trust to attend the 2008 National Specialty with her. We boarded a plane from Washington state to Washington DC.
The difference in her in just a few short years was nothing short of amazing. Shown here at the 2013 National in Midland Michigan its easy to see how far she had come. Diamond traveled with us to many National and Regional specialties. She loved every moment of it.
The special moments we shared will live on displayed proudly on our wall of achievements- She may be gone but will never be forgotten.
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Growing up in Montana my love of the Siberian Husky started at a young age. It has been quite a journey so far. There has been much to learn and still a lot more yet to learn! I truly believe that we are never too old, too experienced, or too full of ourselves to learn something new. I also believe that knowledge is useless unless we are willing to share it with others.