We adopted our sweet, beautiful girl 8 1/2 years ago after Hurricane Katrina. She was part of the rescue programs which sent abandoned and lost animals to other states to find new homes.
She came to Colorado from Galveston, Texas, was pregnant at the time, lost her puppy during transit, but helped nurse two other puppies whose mother had died from illness related to the bacterial infections that were rampant during the flooding.
We actually nicknamed her "Chicken Little" (couldn't even tell you why) but "Katrina" fit her perfectly. At the time we also had our 1st Rottie, Trinity, who we had adopted from an animal shelter after her previous family had relinquished her.
Trinity was approximately 5 when she came to us and had already had her name (which we loved). Trinity was about 8 when Katrina came to our home and our family of mom, dad, two daughters, 3 cats and two Rotties was complete. Between then and now, Trinity's favorite cat, Stud, passed away, a new stray cat, Texas, came into our lives and in 2010, Trinity passed away.
The loss of Trinity was devastating but she had been sick for quite awhile so we were somewhat prepared that the time was near. After Trinity's passing, Katrina became an even more spoiled girl, indeed.
When we first got Katrina she was a relatively sick dog and needed not only initial medical treatment but her ongoing care also required special diet and medications to control kidney and bladder issues. Our vet believed that Katrina was somewhere between one and two when she came to us. We've had nothing but joy from her and all who knew her loved her.
With her history it was always in the back of our minds that she could become ill at any time but her mannerisms were such that she seemed the picture of health and remained playful like a puppy.
Unfortunately I'm writing this with a heavy heart because our beloved Katrina died suddenly, and totally unexpectedly, on Friday, May 16, 2014.
We're so blessed to have had her in our lives these past years. Both Trinity and Katrina demonstrated the amazing characteristics (smart, sweet, loving, loyal, and the list goes on) of the Rottweiler breed.
I just wanted to write this as a tribute to both Katrina and Trinity.
We so miss them!
What a beautiful tribute to pets who were so loved, so precious.... and so lucky to find a loving forever home with your family.
I'm so very sorry for your losses.
I hope that the knowledge that Trinity, Katrina, Stud and Texas were able to know years of love and kindness because of you, helps to ease the pain a little. And that you can remember them with less pain as time passes.