|Mike, Gray Lady and Red Lady taken the DRSD booth at the last Silver Bay show.|
On Sept 29, 1998 Mike Martin, the Corresponding Secretary of the San Diego Dachshund Club, adopted a little doxie from the fledgling DRSD as a companion for his older doxie Red Lady.
Her original name was Toopok and it was changed to Gray Lady. Gray Lady was 10 years old (our best guess) at the time. She appeared to be in good physical condition with the exception of her cloudy eyes and fused knee that made her hobble like a drunken sailor.
Mike worked with his girls and before long Gray Lady learned how to use the doggie door, despite the handicap, and to allow her sister to consume at her own pace without the fear of losing her dinner.
This past February it was our honor as The Dachshund Rescue of San Diego to have Mike join us with Gray Lady and Red Lady to participate in the parade of rescue at the Silver Bay Kennel Club show at Del Mar.
This Friday Mike called and informed me that Gray Lady had passed away. She displayed no illness or physical problems when he left for work in the morning. When he returned he found that she had passed away in bed. It appeared that she had passed peacefully.
Mike is a perfect example of what rescue is truly about. He is willing to
adopt the older, needy kids providing them the love and caring they need
understanding it is not long term.
|—July 22, 2001 Update: Mike Martin recently lost Gray Lady, Red Lady's companion. As fate would have it Schnitzel just happened to enter rescue at the same time. Schnitzel and Red Lady now share their days together keeping each other company.|