Crossed Bridge: 10/20/2014
Loved by: Jodi Golden
I had submitted the adoption form to GRROWLS and gone through the home visit and was excited when I received “the call”. There was just one small catch, this dog had epilepsy. What did I know about caring for a dog who had seizures? I did know I had a lot of love to give and I was up for the challenge. I met Griffon on March 1st, 2008, and he became a member of my household on March 2nd. He was a beautiful, tall, skinny 3-year old boy who stole my heart. We developed a bond like nothing I had ever experienced before. The seizures came and we tackled them head on. They were brutal and scared us both. With the help of the dedicated staff at Beaver Lake Animal Hospital, we were referred to Cornell and went on to conquer his epilepsy. We were going on 6 years seizure free! Griffon was a frequent visitor at Syracuse Nursing Home. A faithful companion to my mother during her battle with cancer. He had a disposition that allowed him to be around anyone and he seemed to know when and where he was needed most. We found a lump in Griffon’s armpit. Turned out to be a soft tissue sarcoma. The doctors at Cornell suggested amputation. Knowing Griffon the way I did, I knew that was not an option. I kept him happy, comfortable and wagging his tail for 10 months after the diagnosis. Griffon passed away on October 20, 2014, a month shy of his 9th birthday in the arms of the people he loved. For 6-1/2 years he was my constant companion and my best friend. He saw me through the good and the bad and loved me unconditionally. Griffon will forever be in my heart. Thank you, GRROWLS, for allowing me the privilege of being in Griffon’s world. A dog no one else wanted because of his special needs.