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Old 12-06-2012, 04:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some days the hits just keep coming. I've been on the phone with Sue (GoudasMom) this morning about networking a dog she received a call about. I thought of a former TBR volunteer who left to work with an all-breed rescue in Oklahoma who might be able to help. I went to her FB page to send her a message and saw a post from her son.

Apparently Sandi was diagnosed with cancer in September and is now non-responsive in hospice care and in the last days of her life. I'm absolutely stunned and heartbroken. I just saw her at the end of April at BarkWalk in Tulsa. She was beautiful and radiant and so full of life and her love of animals. Seeing her again was like picking up where we'd left off as if only a few days had passed. Once she was your friend, she was a friend for life.

Sandi and I struck up a friendship a few years ago after we adopted Tucker from TBR. She was a foster mom for TBR and took all of the very worst cases, the starved and neglected, the old and frail. She seemed to work miracles with most of the dogs she fostered. We talked A LOT during those times. We celebrated the victories together and we mourned the losses, especially a poor little emaciated boxer girl named Summer who ultimately wasn't strong enough to survive the horrible neglect she suffered. We sat up many nights together crying over that sweet little angel. Sandi has EVERYTHING to do with my choice to get involved in boxer rescue and even more to do with my choice to foster seniors and provide hospice care. She was such an inspiration and a great role model to me and many others in the rescue community. I'm truly heartbroken.
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sounds like a really special lady i know she will be missed by u and many others...
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Such terrible news.... Sounds like she was a tremendous person with a heart of gold. Just makes me wonder why God has got to take the good ones... I feel so sorry for your loss, Cait. I will pray for strength for her family...
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I am really very sorry to hear this news. Cancer is such a horrible thing and takes those we love too soon. (((hugs)))
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I am so sorry to hear this news. She sounds like an amazing lady & someone that was a wonderful friend.
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Sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Cait. Such a special volunteer she was. She will be truly missed by many.
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Sorry to hear about your friend Cait
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Cait - I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. My condolences - I hope she is able to pass on with the least amount of pain possible. She definitely sounds like she earned her angel wings already.
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Sounds like she was a very special lady and a blessing to dogs!! My heart breaks for her and her family as they deal with this. Sending prayers.
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So sorry to hear about your friend Cait. That is so sad, but God must need her help now so he is bringing her home. She will now be able to be an angel to many many more.


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