Memorial for Quinn the Border Collie Mix

August 20, 2011

Photo of Quinn Last Trip to BeachIt is never easy to let a beloved pet go and is especially hard when they have been part of our lives for many years. Quinn, a sweet, senior canine patient of mine, was put to forever rest after his long battle with illness.

Here are Quinn’s owner’s words written on the evening before the last day of Quinn’s life.

Farewell Sweet Quinn

Tomorrow I will say final farewell to my amazing dog Quinn.

14 years ago I was living in Hawaii and decided to volunteer at the Humane Society. Of course I had to check out the dogs while I was there. I walked down the isle and saw this little blonde puppy sitting in one of the cages, for all appearances like he was waiting just for me. It was a “soulmate” moment full on! There was an extra sparkle in the air and I felt a rush of energy. I KNEW he was mine.

Photo of Quinn and Anah

I had no business getting a dog, but I knew we were meant for each-other. From the very first day at 8 weeks old he was perfect. He stayed right at my heel and would sit calmly by me when I would stop. He never chewed anything, learned everything from the first moment I asked him for it, and even learned to wait outside stores for me without being tied up at the young age of 5 months old.

Quinn is truly the most special dog I have ever known. I am so grateful for the 14 years of loyal companionship and tremendous amount of love my Buddha dog has offered me.

Photo of Quinn Receives Acupuncture

We miss you Quinn, but you will never be forgotten.

Dr Patrick Mahaney

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Olivia Duke August 20, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Dear Bill, Fran and Anah,

I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful dog, Quinn. He was such a wonderful friend. I know that this is a great loss for all of you. My heart and thoughts are with you all.

Lots of love,
Olivia Duke

Julie Harding August 21, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Gentle, loving Quinn. So many evenings Larry and I enjoyed his presence. We loved everything about him. The last sweet kiss we will always remember. Bless him for sharing his great heart with us. Julie and Larry

Patrick Mahaney August 21, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Thank you for your caring comments. Quinn’s owners will be touched. He was a great companion who I greatly enjoyed having as a patient. Dr PM

Patrick Mahaney August 21, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I know that Bill, Fran, and Anah will appreciate your kind words. Quinn will be missed, but his spirit will live on.

Kirsten August 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Quinn was such a special boy. He fought cancer with grace and style; I will miss his sweet face.

Patrick Mahaney August 21, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Kirsten (and Monster),
Thank you for your comments on Quinn’s memorial. He was always such a welcome presence at VCG. I will be posting his memorial on the VCG Facebook site this coming week.

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