Tonia Z Jurajskiego Zrodla

(Tasha)

 
Sire: CH. Agat Z Jurajskiego Zrodla

Dam: Tala Ruta Z Jurajskirgo Zrodla

Birthdate: June 12, 1995

Died: Oct. 7, 2011

Color: Black & White

Preliminary OFA: Good

Permanent OFA: Fair

CERF: Normal

Thyroid: Normal

 

Tasha came to us from Poland. She flew into O’Hare Airport from New York City via Canada, if her records we received were correct. Tasha was 6 months and weighed just 13 lbs. She was the scrubbiest PON puppy I have ever witnessed! She hardly had any hair on her, was covered in fleas, and was so weak she could barely stand. We whisked her straight to our vet. She had to be dipped to kill the fleas that were literally eating her alive. Tasha was anemic and loaded with parasites, so much so, she had to be treated in stages due to her emaciated condition. She had watery diarrhea due to: giardia, coccidia, whip worm, hookworm, roundworm, and tapeworm infections. In other words, she had almost every imaginable parasite dogs can have. She either was too weak or did not know how to eat so I hand fed her, first, canned prescription dog food and then later on when she was stronger, dry, kibble dog food. I slept on the couch next to her in our basement family room to quarantine her from our other dogs for the first month she was with us. I was afraid if I left her alone she might die on me.

I know this account of Tasha’s life sounds pretty grim but it does have a happy ending. After all her treatments were over, she was rid of all her parasites, was administered iron supplements to resolve her anemic condition, and was fed a good, nutritious diet, Tasha started to flourish. She turned out to be one of the happiest, loving PONs that we have ever owned. Maybe it was her natural personality or the fact that she was so grateful to have someone to love and care for her, but she was always a ray of sunshine around our house. Our children loved her and she showed the same devotion to them. She never excelled in the show ring for us but she was happy to ride along to every show and experience new adventures.

Despite her precarious start in life, Tasha lived to be our oldest PON. She was 16 years and 4 months old when she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Her hearing and eyesight were fading but she still loved to grab a toy to bring you whenever you walked in the room. This shows what loving care can do to increasing a friend’s lifespan.

Her happy PON smile will be missed by all who had the opportunity to be charmed by this little girl.