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For the past few months, Minnie had been experiencing a recurrence of her urinary tract infections and bladder problems which have plagued her for many years. This was the first incident in three years, and we hoped that the miraculous effects produced by her cranberry diet might have cured her.
During this last bout, Minnie refused most food and water except for cranberry sauce and cereal. We hand fed and watered her, and administered necessary medications at two hour intervals around the clock. We were all concerned that we might lose our beloved Minnie.
Miraculously, once again, she began eating and drinking on her own. During
the month of January, she made incredible strides toward recovery, and we
were optimistic that she would have one more summer in the lake with her
Minnie and Rebecca went into their dirt stall in the barn, and ate hay and
dusted in the late afternoon. At 6:00 PM, the afternoon keeper, Jon, served
meals to Minnie and Rebecca, and Minnie devoured every bit of her food. As
Jon stood there warming up water for their drink, Minnie laid down and seemed
to be going off to sleep. Jon called softly to her, then realized she had
We are so grateful to our dedicated keeping staff and veterinarians who spent all their time and energy feeding, medicating and caring for Minnie. We take comfort in our loss knowing that her last days afforded the peace and dignity which this great lady deserved.
We will miss you, Minnie.
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