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Katy didn’t have a pedigree that was impressive. She didn’t have hunt or field titles to impress anyone. What she did have was a big heart and an incredible sensitivity. Katy came to us at 18 months of age, having lived her whole life at the end of a 50 foot logger chain. She was wild and crazy, and I thought Gregg had lost his mind when he said he wanted that dog. He had read something in her eyes that, at the time, only he understood. It took 3 people a half hour to load her into the back of the SUV. At the end of 2 months, Katy was Gregg’s obedience champion, going to work with him, demonstrating obedience that was astounding. Shortly after, she earned her CD title and became the lead Therapy Dog at Desert Samaritan Hospital. She was the only dog allowed into Neonatal Intensive Care where after only two visits, she had gotten a baby to respond that hadn’t responded to other stimuli. The baby went home shortly after. Her visits in the children’s ward were fun but her visits with the older people were genuinely inspiring. Time and again she would bring tears of appreciation to the patient’s eyes. Later we were to learn that a man had returned to the hospital bringing with him a picture that was taken of him and Katy. Another golden retriever and its owner visited him and when he told the story about this wonderful dog that made his earlier recovery go well, he completely broke down with emotion when he discovered that Katy had retired and he was being visited by her son. Katy also visited an elementary school assembly to show the children what a therapy dog does and must be able to do. The hospital did an article on Katy in their publication. The picture is below with a little patient and the two women who ran their program.

With little or no formal hunt training, Katy quickly became Gregg’s hunting partner and companion. She knew instinctively what he wanted. Anyone that went hunting with Gregg always asked for Katy to come along as she got all the birds. She dearly loved her birds.

Last summer, Katy started her formal hunt training in Snowflake, AZ. After two months, she passed her first junior hunt test at 8 ½ years of age. Yesterday, at Copperstate’s hunt test, she got her JH title. We couldn’t be there to see her run because we were working, but Gregg was to run her this morning. She came home last night so proud of her ribbon and we all were celebrating. Sometime during the night, Katy became ill. Instead of heading off to the hunt test early this morning, Katy was rushed to emergency. During surgery, it was discovered that her stomach had turned and the lack of blood flow caused extensive irrepairable damage and we lost her.

Godspeed dear Katy Sunglow JH CD. You are forever in our hearts and forever a part of our lives that we will always cherish. You are the one that brought it all together.








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Arleen,

Thanks for sharing Katy's story and pictures. A beautiful dog both inside and out.

Condolences to you and Gregg for your loss,

Mark
 

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The picture with the sick child moved me to tears :cry:
Katy certainly had the touch...
 

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My condolences on your loss. She looks so gentle and intelligent. I'm glad she blessed your lives while she was with you.

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What a contribution Katy made to this world... and people she touched by working as a therapy dog! I'm so sorry. Sending prayers and condolences...
 

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Arleen and Gregg,

Such a wonderful, touching, tribute to, Katy Sunglow JH CD, .. "Katy"

Thank you so much for sharing the story of her life...and beautiful pictures ..with us all.

I am without words after reading "Katy's" life story... except that her life should be celebrated to the utmost..as you have done here on the Retriever Forum. Her "patients" will surely miss her, ..and cherish that they knew her.

Most Sincerely,

Judy
 

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She touched many lives and will be missed by many. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Katy was a blessing to so many and surely loved by many! Keep those memories in your heart and she'll always be with you.

So sorry for your loss,

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What a wonderful dog with a kind spirt. Dogs like her are what inspire poets. She was so, so lucky to have you and Gregg.

Rest In Peace Katy...
 

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It's not the pedigree, it's the heart. And Katy certainly had that. Godspeed Katy. My condolences to you and your husband, Gregg. I know he will miss his partner, but has much to celebrate about her life. It touched many.
 

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My condolences

IKam so sorry for your loss...are you saying that it was bloat that claimed kate? She was such a beautiful girl.
 

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What an amazing dog she turned out to be - thank God you all had faith in her and she was able to give so much to so many in her time among us.

Godspeed Katy - the Lord had a special spot he needed to fill when he asked you to come home.
 

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What a beautiful tribute you wrote, but what a shame it had to be written now instead of at the end of a very long life.

She was so blessed to have you. You took her from a life of misery at the end of that logging chain & gave her every opportunity to show you what she was made of. As has been said-it's not the pedigree- it's the heart & hers was overflowing. You can see from her pictures that she had that extra something-true compassion & love for that child & absolute joie de vivre & pride retrieving her birds.

What an amazing life you shared. My heart aches for you. She was here for a reason to touch so many. I'm very, very sorry for your loss.

Godspeed Katy.

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My condolences on your loss.

Katy was a very special dog, but none of that potential would have been realized on the end on that chain. It is a great tribute to you and your family for having given her a 2nd chance that she was able to touch so many other lives.
 

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How fortunate she was that you saved her from the end of the chain and brought purpose to her existance. And how fortunate you both were to have that time together. She lives on in the many lives she has touched.

My heartfelt condolences,
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How terribly heartbreaking.
I'm not sure who was more blessed, though - the two of you or Katy. I just wish the three of you could have had more time together.
You're in my prayers.
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Sorry

Sorry for your loss. May God be with you and yours.


Richard
 
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