How it all began ...

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my best friend, Denver, on October 20th, 2014. He put up a tough fight but the lymphoma progressed quickly. I am happy to say that he lived every day to the fullest right until the end, a wonderful attribute that humans find much more difficult to master. He enjoyed himself immensely at Wagging Tail only a few days before his passing saying hello one last time to all of his friends, human and canine.  

It is because of Denver that Leading the Pack Canine Services was born and he leaves behind a giant void. We had many more plans and dreams that didn’t have a chance to materialize yet and I hope they still do. Denver taught me a lot. I thanked him for his teachings and lessons and promised him I would continue to learn and grow, and pass on the information to all our wonderful clients as we had always done.  

It is often said that dogs don’t need to live as long as they are much better at getting to the task at hand. I truly believe that Denver was meant to set me back on the right path, my true passion, and he succeeded. As a young child I always wanted to be a veterinarian. As I grew, I realized that emergency operations, giving shots and euthanasia would be part of that role and I knew that would be difficult for me. So I started down a parallel road. Then in 2006, a small bundle of fluff weighing 11.3lbs at 8 weeks old came into my life. Denver learned things so quickly that we rapidly outgrew the local training centre and we were longing for more. We ended up taking an instructor’s course in beautiful British Columbia and here we are.  

Denver had an infectious personality. He made me smile and laugh every day, even his last day. He was such a gentle soul. He will be sadly missed but he left me with a life time of wonderful memories that I will continue to cherish my life through.  

Cheers to you, my friend. I will hold your memory dearly in my heart forever. See you on the other side of Rainbow Bridge.

In memory of Breezyknoll’s Walking ­ Thunder “Denver”, the light of my life. May 6, 2006 – October 20, 2014.