Born: February 16, 1995
Rescued From: Colorado
Given Sanctuary: March 1, 1995
Returned to Spirit: August 17, 2005
The alpha male of the pack, Sasha, adopted these pups and became the patient yet insistent instructor. Watching them imitate his behavior and get reprimanded when they were out-of-line was amazing. Encouraging them to fight back by pushing them down a snow bank was hilarious. Their biological mom and their adopted dad switched off responsibility and showed great patience.
Sequoia was the first to meet you at the entrance gate to the main compound at W.O.L.F. She never learned that jumping up on people was inappropriate and did everything in her power to give you hugs. One August morning, Sequoia was very unresponsive and definitely not herself. Phoning ahead to the Emergency Critical Care unit at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to let them know we were bringing in a critically ill animal, we rushed Sequoia down the mountain. Upon arrival, the vet met us at the door with a gurney, and after doing a quick check of Sequoia’s vital signs, we were informed that we needed to take her to critical care “now”.
When the vet returned, he informed us that he had removed 700 cc’s of blood from the pericardium around Sequoia’s heart and that she was resting comfortably. It would be necessary to do an ultrasound and possibly an echocardiogram on Sequoia to find out what caused the blood around her heart. By now volunteers had heard about Sequoia and joined us at the hospital. Everyone prayed for good news. It was not to be. The vet explained that she had a cancerous tumor in the right atrium of her heart and that it was about the size of a golf ball. This particular cancer, hemangiosarcoma, was inoperable because of its placement. Sequoia would be with us for only a few days to a few weeks.
With heavy hearts we brought her home to be with her family until it was time for her to leave. She seemed very normal as the removal of the fluid from around the heart gave her significant relief. Sequoia enjoyed four-and-a-half additional days with us and her siblings. On August 17th she collapsed while greeting some volunteers arriving at the Sanctuary. A quick analysis of her condition left no doubt that it was time for her to leave us. Sequoia departed peacefully.