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Rysup I Love Lucy
Vale 20/8/1995 - 11/2/2007
Jessie came from our second litter and was the pick bitch (out of 6 bitches). She had a promising career ahead of her, however fate stepped in. At 3 months of age, an injury to her sciatic area, caused a drastic change in tail carriage. While she was shown a bit here and there, because her tail never improved, she was gradually removed from the show ring.
In 1998 she whelped a litter of 6 bitches. Our pick puppy was Echo, and this was the first time we decided to only keep one puppy. We learnt our lesson from this one, because at 4 months of age, Echo caught a nasty gastric bug which she just could not fight, and she passed away after a short stay at our vets.
We tried to get Jess into whelp a couple of years later, without success. Then one day I came home to find her paralysed, screaming in agony. Xrays at the vets found nothing they could repair. Our chiropractor saved the day, with constant work on her, after 8-12 weeks she was back up and walking again. Her tail never went back over her back again. I believe this injury was a legacy of the one she had early in life.
Because of the painful nature of her back, it was sadly decided we had to retire Jessie from any future attempts at breeding with her. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at 11 1/2 years old.