Bre Spurgeon

May 28, 2002 - March 18, 2016

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    Snowshoeing in Wisconsin. 

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    Bre cheerleading her friend Chloe who is fetching in the water. 

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    Bre, Chloe & Molly all playing together on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. 

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    Bre with her sister Stella. 

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Bre Spurgeon

My best buddy, Bre has passed away over the rainbow bridge. It was gut wrenching and sadder than I thought it could be. She was with me 2 months short of 14 and when I say she was with me, being a Sheltie, she followed me everywhere. Whether the kitchen, bathroom or whichever room. She's be snoozing in the bedroom or living room and if I opened the fridge door she was right there. However when I called her on a recall, if she saw something she wanted she wouldn't come back!! I had a Sheltie before Bre, Shasta, and took her to obedience school, so it was easy for me to teach Bre the sit, stay, heel, come etc. She was a pleaser for sure :)

Bre was born in Abbotsford and I took her to Seaside, Oregon where I was living. She was full of energy a typical pup. We were close to the beaches, so I'd take her there everyday. She LOVED the beach. She'd run like crazy all along the sand. When I stopped, she litterally would run circles around me. Also took her to a park where I would throw the ball and she was very good at retrieving! 

We were there for a couple of years and then we moved to Wisconsin. First time Bre experienced snow, frozen lakes and deer running through the property!! She was fast. However one time, we were out on the ice of the lake, a snowmobile zoomed by and Bre tried to catch it...lost cause!! She only tried that once :)

We moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2007 and we quickly fell in love with the soccer fields at Kinnickinick park. A game between Bre and I on the fields and then a run through the pink trail. She was so full of energy. Loved trying to catch the soccer ball and when it deflated abit she was able to pick it up with her teeth and bring it back to me...then I'd kick it again and off she'd go. So much fun. She was a great soccer player!!! Bre always had a great curiosity and when on the trails would often stop and smell the plants or trees. But she was the cleanest dog I've ever seen. She could go through the trails and come out with white paws. Not sure how she did it, but grateful. As time went on and the years passed, neither one of us could run the trails anymore but we still walked them. Otherwise we walked around the area where we live, people got to know us and often would stop to say hi. In 2008 her one sister Molly passed away suddenly, so Bre no longer had a friend to play with.

In 2009 while I was at a dangerous dog course, related to my job as a dog control officer, another dog came into our lives, Stella. Stella has always been the alpha dog and Bre was ok with that. She was so easy going. When it was time to go to bed, Stella would rush over to Bre, bark at her until she woke up and off they'd go outside! That lasted until the last while, when Stella realized Bre wasn't well.

Bre loved to go to Sgts. Bay Provincial Park. A lovely protected bay and we spent many hours there. She inparticular loved being a cheerleader to whichever dog was swimming or retrieving logs or rocks! She'd charge up and down the edge of the water, barking like crazy. Never one to swim, she'd only go up to the bottom of her tummy! But once when were had gone back to Seaside to visit a rogue wave came along and tipped her over. She simply picked her self up, shook off and continued along her way.

Long ago a Vet asked if she was always as calm as she appeared that day. Yes I said, she's always like that unless she has a soccer ball. She got known as the calmest Sheltie on the coast! She was also know as a tough dog. Never once did I hear her cry out in pain or winch in pain. I took Bre for her final walk through Kinnickinick Park a couple of weeks before she passed away. She was so slow and I could see she wasn't herself.

Till I took her to the Vet early this year, I thought she was fine. However cancer had invaded her body. We tried for a month to keepher happy but I could see it was hopeless and the time had come for me to make the decision. I hated it. I felt horrible. I felt guilty that I was taking a life period let alone my Bre. But with help from my partner understanding and reminding me it was cancer that was taking her from us, I finally understood. The time had come.

I had never experienced anything like that before. It was the saddest day and I still have tears as I write this. I miss her so much it's very hard to be without her.

May you Rest in Paradise my darling girl, Bre, until we meet again. I love you to the moon and back.

A special thank you to Yaletown Pet Hospital for giving me this great gift.
 


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