|Posted by minasviewkennels on May 2, 2016 at 5:25 PM|
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Southrocks Hershey Kisses, Hershey's health and quality of life had been progressively declining over the past few months, and although we wanted her to live forever, we loved her enough to let her go. She had lost her ability to control both her bladder and bowel, and although we did not scold her for this, she did feel shame. Her slow gait became more of a wobble in the past week, and the loss of mobility must have felt like being chained to an imaginary post. Hershey had lost most of her muscle mass and was thin, I could now easily pick her up to carry her up the steps, her coat had become course and thin, the dark chocolate replaced with silver....Hershey was also becoming forgetful and at times would just be staring off, her eyes cloudy and blank.... But when I could get her attention back and look into those beautiful eyes, I saw the most beautiful Labrador retriever that god ever created. I told her it was okay to leave us if she was ready, that we would be okay, I didn't want her to suffer just to please her people. Getting to heaven is not as easy for some as it is for others, it's a long road that she strolled down many times these past weeks only to turn around and come back to us, I think eventually she would become too weak to make the trip home, and be left alone in the middle of here and there... Bruce and I decided we needed to take part in the journey, be with her, just as we are for all the pups who come into the world, we would be with this special one leaving it.
She is survived by her natural daughter Raven, adopted fur siblings, Lulu, Lucy and Bo. Hershey will also be missed by her human family, Lisa, Bruce, Katie and Matt, Moira, Stephanie ,Nicole, as well as Nanny and Poppy. Hershey was nearing her 15th birthday and brought joy and love to all those she met, she left a legacy through her offspring and provided more then forty families with puppies over her four years of breeding, she retired at age six and has spent the last eight years teaching Raven and lulu how to be good moms, as well as stepping in to help rear pups. Hershey enjoyed family gatherings and Christmas seemed to be her favourite holiday. Summers were spent roaming the property and visiting Poppy at the barn. Hershey was predeceased by Chelsey, Rambo, and Duke, it was Hershey who got us all through the loss of those precious souls. My wish is that someday we meet again, that as I watch the miracle of life come into the world that she will somehow let me know that it's her spirit returning to Minasview. She will be missed and remembered for the rest of our lives, her gentle kindness, and the peaceful energy that she gave us when we stroked her fur, RIP my wise girl....I love you now and forever��