Veronique: The passing of a quad's best friend -- 2007-2019
Veronique, a certified service dog, died this morning to due complications with cancer in Pembroke, Massachusetts. .
Veronique was with us for 10 years-- I got her when she was two.
I've included a previous post about Veronique, below, when I was trained to become her "handler" at the Canine Companions Training Center in Medford, Long Island (New York).
She became a member of our family and was a favorite with our two children and granddaughters. Her passing touched my wife and I deeply, and I didn't realize how much emotion --love-- one could feel for a pet as we did for Veronique. Every time I pushed the start button on my power chair, Veronique would come to attention and accompany me as I began my ride to any destination a wheelchair could get to -- as well as ride with me in any mode of transportation that was accessible. She gave me confidence, helped me become
more social -- everyone loves a service dog-- and taught me how to be more attentive, as I was responsible for her well-being.
Maggie and I spent the last hour of Veronique's life with her as we put her down, peacefully and painlessly. As she passed, I continued to pet her between her eyes, just above her nose until she fell asleep. She loved being touched there. We will miss her -- I miss her dearly.
Previously Posted: Veronique and Canine Companions for Independence
It’s just a little over two years since I brought home Veronique, my service dog. She’s officially known as a Canine Companions for Independence [CCI] service dog, specifically trained for people with disabilities.