Cassie, my female springer spaniel, passed away on May 5, 2015, at the age of 11 ½ years. A titled agility dog, with three novice titles, she was AKC registered as Cassawary T. Goodpuppy, a name my husband, Mitch created.
Unfortunately, her agility career came to an abrupt halt on her third birthday when she developed coonhound paralysis. Although she made a complete recovery, my vet suggested keeping her away from popular dog areas, such as agility trials, dog parks, and groomers, due to her impaired immune system.
Cassie attended work with me, patrolling the front office. She enjoyed walking, wading at the beach, and eating ice cream. Unfortunately, arthritis prevented her from walking long distances, but up until a few weeks before she died, could easily walk a mile or two. She had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and received low dose chemotherapy drugs for almost three years.
At the end of April 2015, Cassie started falling frequently. Initially diagnosed as arthritis in opposite legs, further testing revealed a possible brain tumor. After she could no longer walk or stand without tremendous assistance, we decided to end her suffering. She still enjoyed food, and received treats only moments before her final injection. Her absence has left a hole in my heart and in our family pack of three in the spaniel terror team. May she rest in peace.