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Miss Keesha

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Keesha in the snow

Keesha was a rescue girl that we got from Pittsburgh PA. She was 12 1/2 years old and had severe arthritis and was supposed to be euthanized. Her elderly owners were ill, could no longer care for her and were having no luck finding her a new home. They thought no one would want a senior dog. But friends posted Keesha's plight to the rescue site and we called and said we would take her.

Keesha's owners had her flown to the Manchester NH airport on Dec. 30, 1999 and when I picked her up, it as love at first sight (for both of us). She was a doll, bright, lively, full of mischief. You would never know how bad her arthritis was because she was a real trooper. She bonded to us instantly and became one of the 'golden' girls since at that time, we only had two other senior dogs (Kisha & Tasha) .

Unfortunately, we were only blessed with Keesha's spirit for a short four months, but it was a grand four months with lots of love, walks and good food. She developed cancer that spread quickly. Keesha did get to celebrate her 13th birthday on April 28th with her new family and friends, with roasted chicken for dinner and some cake for dessert.

We lost her three days later on May 1, 2000.

For those of you who are concerned about adopting an older dog because you may not have many years together we can only tell you that they are truly a 'gift'. Senior dogs are wonderful and grateful for the love and home you give them. It is an honor to know and love them.

Be at peace, little 'Pudgy' ... you are missed and loved by all.

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