Veterinary Medical Referral Service

P.O. Box 65061
University Place, WA 98464


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Sue enriched the lives of her family for almost 12 years.  She was bred in California from working stock.  She had distinguished lineage, a direct descendant of a legendary Welsh herding champion.  She spent most of her life in Alaska where she roamed the forest trails and rode eagerly in skiffs and fishing boats.  She was smart and fearless.  She knew when to turn back from danger and took a stand in the face of it.

She learned agility with ease, and had a clean run on her first competitive trial.  Long after her hips weakened she would still run through a tunnel with the joy of a puppy.  She loved her toys, playing elaborate games with her people and demanding their full participation.

Sue never met a person she did not like.  At the end of her life, when she was totally deaf she would wiggle her way through any crowd of dogs to find the human with them. After 14 months of surgery, chemotherapy, repeated blood draws and urine samples she still pulled forward on her leash into the veterinary clinic to greet the staff. 

Sue told us when it was time to go.  Her kidneys were failing.  She did not prolong the inevitable.  She was a champion to the end.