Today my post is a tribute to my angel sister Kira. Kira was born on May 12, 1989. Mom adopted her early in 1992 along with Kira's best friend, Moon. Mom did not know it then, but adopting Kira and Moon would change her life. They are the reason she got involved in dog sledding, even though it was not something she planned on. If it were not for Kira and Moon, I would not be here to share the story with you. Kira was mom's main leader and a teacher for many other dogs for a long time. She also accompanied mom into the classrooms on many school visits. She was a very happy dog, always the cheerleader of the team. She would be telling mom to take her out again right after getting back from a run. She was also the leader of the songs and she had the most wonderful howl!! She was a dog that everyone who met loved immediately. She accepted me right away,
even thought I was a playful puppy. She taught me how to be a good girl in the house and that if I was nice to the kitties they would be nice to me...at least MOST of the time! Kira was not feeling well in fall of 2001 and had to have surgery.
She had cancer in her liver. Our vet was able to remove it and it turned out to be a cancer that does not usually spread. Kira lived for almost 3 years after that. She left us for North of the Rainbow Bridge on August 30, 2004 while mom held her. Mom still misses her.
These pictures celebrate her wonderful life.
Kira is the beautiful girl in lead on the left. Her best friend Moon is next to her. Amber and Raven, who were sisters, are behind them.
This picture is Kira, Mom, and Moon.
The next one is Kira and Moon running lead with our uncle Tom on the runners.
I love the picture of Kira celebrating life with a full, beautiful howl.
Doesn't Kira look cool in her bandana and bow? She and the team had just come home from a demo at a vet's office promoting good dog care.
The last picture is Kira and Amber coming in from a run with Mom on the wheeled rig. I think you can all tell what a happy dog she was.
Happy Birthday Kira! We will always love you and never forget you.