Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Tinkerbelle was a 10 year old German Shepherd mix who came to Best Friends from an Indian reservation in New Mexico, where she was a semi-feral (wild) dog. A rescuer trapped her after observing her many times from afar and eventually she made her way to us.

I met Tinkerbelle when I first started at Conrad and Leopold's, she was very very shy but also gentle and curious. She was very treat-motivated and would allow some contact at first if you had some good food. She wanted to walk on a leash so very badly, but she was very apprehensive about being leashed and would not allow herself to be cornered in her run, so we made up all kinds of Rube Goldberg solutions where we would lure her out of her run into the center of the building using food, then close her gate with leashes strung together from across the room so she couldn't flee back into her run. Without a place to go, she would give in to being leashed and then happily head out with her runmates for a walk. Tinkerbelle really loved her time at the dog park as well and was very comfortable there, where she would show her quietly affectionate side by sidling up to her caregivers sitting on the bench and exchange chin scratches for treats. She was a quiet observer of everything around her and always a gentle joy to be around.

Eventually the run that Tinkerbelle was a part of broke up - Blue Bear went to a different area for his special medical needs, and Nino and Kenickie were adopted. We didn't have an appropriate group to add her to, so she transferred to a nearby octagon under other caregivers. I didn't see her too often but I was always happy when I did - easier to leash now, she still loved being out and about.

Tinkerbelle hadn't been feeling well lately and I had seen her in the clinic a few times - then last night I got a call to come up to the clinic. A freak internal abscess had gone septic and Tink was about to go into surgery to try to save her life. That surgery revealed extensive internal damage and Tink was euthanized on the table while under anesthesia.

Goodnight, sweet Tinkerbelle. We love you.


Blogger Christie Keith said...

I'm so sorry, John... goodnight from me, too, Tinkerbelle!

10:52 PM  
Blogger Altered Beauty said...

What a beautiful dog, and beautiful tribute to her. Goodnight Tinkerbell.

4:30 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Doggie lives are too short.

7:33 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I'm sorry, Sibs. She looks like a beautiful girl. There will be lots of treats and runs and rabbits to chase wherever she is.

Maybe good dogs get reincarnated as good people.

10:02 AM  

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