Noelle was tag #614 (we are on tag #2413 now) and she was fostered by Randy Thomas in 2004. Noelle’s adopter, April, is now a vet in New Hampshire. She wrote a beautiful letter to let us know about Noelle’s passing:
“There is likely no one there who will remember my dog, Noelle, but I figured you all might like to have a reminder of the beautiful dogs you help. Back in 2002 – 2003, I worked at Dallas Surgical Center on my way to becoming a veterinary surgeon. Your rescue group had a dog, Noelle, who was lame despite surgeries on her ankle. She came to our hospital for a tarsal arthrodesis. Your group decided to spend the money on her because of her beautiful personality. I was the veterinary intern taking care of all of the in-hospital patients that weekend. I had never had my own dog, never really felt the desire, until I met Noelle. I adopted her, managed her post-op recovering and had almost 15 beautiful years with her. She was my loyal companion through my residency, marriage and the birth of 3 children. She traveled everywhere with us and was welcome in all our friends’ homes. She went hiking, canoeing, climbing and camping with us. We even bought a bike trailer and modified it so she could go on bike rides with us. She continued to be an orthopedic mess – bad hips, a cruciate rupture, elbow dysplasia, back issues in addition to her ankle OCD lesion. She also had IBD and I removed a mast cell tumor and hemangiopericytoma. Amazingly, despite Rottweiler genes, cancer did not get her. Her body failed her and she simply get around anymore, despite 4 pain medications (8 total meds), acupuncture, laser and PT. But her personality was the best. She was the best dog ever, and, although it was her time, I still miss her.
Despite her health woes, she had a great, long life with me and my family. Thank you again for entrusting her with me.
April Guille, DVM, DACVS”
Enjoy, and thanks for ALL you do!