Thunder Smiling

Thunder Smiling

 

Our precious Thunder crossed the Rainbow Bridge after his stomach twisted. He was quite the trooper. Thunder’s picture with the endearing head tilt just drew us in and made us want to welcome him into our home.

Thunder leaving the hospital

Thunder leaving the hospital

Shortly after he came to our home as a permanent Thulani foster dog, Thunder developed basal cell carcinoma and had the tumor successfully removed thanks to the generosity of many people to offset some of the cost.

The first thing Thunder did when he got home from the hospital was to again roll on the fresh, cool grass.  As you can see  http://youtu.be/lTrHyEVVsEU  it doesn’t get any better than that.

Riding home from the hospital

Riding home from the hospital

Thunder’s grey muzzle made him look older, but when I walked him he had a strength and enthusiasm that made him seem much younger. He was so strong I practically had to run him on the walks or I thought he would pull me like a sled dog.  He loved to chase me in the back yard. I played hide and seek with Thunder and he was determined to find me. Thunder had the vestibular disease typical in senior dogs that causes balance issues and when he chased me and turned too quickly he would often skid onto his side and get right up and keep chasing me. He was determined not to be stopped.

Thunder and pack-mates

Thunder and pack-mate

He lived with our three other dogs, but his passion was his people. Thunder wanted to be with his mom every waking moment and he pretty much was.

Words can’t express the sadness to losing Thunder and yet we know he filled many people’s lives with love and joy in the short time he exemplified the Thulani Program.

I LOVE YOU

I LOVE YOU

Thank you Thunder, we will always love you