She was rescued on August 5, 2006 and renamed Lady Kate. Although I did make the drive to bring her home, the first steps in Kate’s new walk weren’t just with me. She moved in with Georgia - my neighbor, 83 years young - and the bond and the healing began for both of them. Georgia was house bound and unable to drive, go for a walk, or even step out onto her deck or see her flowers. But along came Kate, and all of sudden the inside was a much bigger place. There was Kate at her new person’s bedside while winter ice storms threw branches against the house; Kate with her head on Georgia’s lap while she told her stories about her childhood and sang her songs and read her poetry. I am sure Kate didn’t understand the words, but she did understand that she was finally with someone who cared about her. They needed each other and this new relationship was magical for both of them. Now when Georgia woke up in the morning or went to sleep at night it was to a wet nose and a kiss on the face. When Kate fell asleep it was inside the house on her very own doggy bed at her owner's bedside. They had each other and that brought such peace and contentment into their lives.
How sad it was that one day in January when the ambulance came to take Georgia away and she never returned home. I did talk with her on the phone and she said the last thing she remembered when she left was that her sweet Kate was at the door crying while the EMT support team took her away. However, as sad as that was, Georgia knew that her Lady Kate was with me and would be safe and loved. Every night I called the hospital and told her the Kate story of the day, but eventually the illness took over and we were not able to talk. I do know that she fell asleep knowing that she did not have to worry about her Lady Kate.
Several months have gone by since Georgia passed and Lady Kate is doing well. She loves her backyard and has access to it through a doggy door. She and her new best friend Emma (my original GSD) chase bunnies and squirrels and run the fence with their neighbors. She and Emma sleep peacefully at my bedside every night, healthy, happy and exhausted from the day's great adventures.