We aren't really sure how Roxy started her life. She was a surprise belated Valentine's Day gift for my Mom (I know, you're not supposed to do that!). We adopted her from the SPCA in Ottawa in March of 2007. She was a lab/collie mix and they claim she was about 5 years old. Roxy was nervous at first; always thinking we were going to leave her.
She had no idea what a dog park was, or swimming and boating were, or anything about hiking! She basically didn't know how to live a dog's life. These all became her favourite activities, and of course sleeping in my bed! Not to forget stopping at Timmy's for some timbits! She always loved getting attention and playing with her ball. Roxy loved car rides and was back and forth between my Mom and I (Pembroke –Ottawa) constantly. We were soon going to have to make a shared custody/access agreement because we both wanted her all the time! Roxy and I had a very special bond, so she really became my dog.
Roxy and I were head over heels for each other. She always wanted to please me and give me her love and affection. She would always cheer you up if she knew you were sad, or cuddle in bed with you because she knew how much you loved it! She came everywhere that she possibly could with me, even if it was just backing out of the driveway to rearrange the cars!
I knew she'd be a perfect therapy dog and I wanted to share the joy she brought to me, with everyone else. Since I took her virtually everywhere with me, I could see people's eyes light up and the huge smiles that took over their faces when they saw her. She was kind and gentle and always very happy. Everybody adored her.
I got in touch with OTD in September of 2009 and we did the evaluation test, which we passed with flying colours. Roxy was excited to start therapy together, but sadly her life was cut short and she passed away from cancer in January 2010. I couldn't possibly tell you how amazing Roxy was or all of our wonderful memories together in such a short paragraph. I am glad we found each other and extremely grateful that Roxy had the chance to live her life to the fullest and be loved unconditionally. She was so special in my life and still is in my heart. She was my best friend and my little angel.