Charming Carlee Of Chuckey
Carlee was one of the most special goldens we have ever been priveleged to own at Nolichucky. Carlee was a wonderful mother & gave us 4 litters of puppies throughout her lifetime. She was such an amazing girl, that she even filled in as a surrogate & nursed a litter of 9 puppies immediately after weaning her own puppies, due to the mother of the other litter developing mastitis....and this was a golden unknown to Carlee. She jumped right in & helped willingly, nursing & cleaning the puppies as if they were her own. After having her 3rd litter of puppies, we decided to let Carlee become a therapy dog. Well, words cant describe what a wonderful therapy dog she was...almost like it was her calling. We began to share Carlee with a wonderful couple, Buzz & Gail Butler, who we considered to be Carlee's guardian parents. They immediately fell in love with Carlee & they were the ones responsible for all of her training to become a certified therapy dog & Gail was the person who accompanied Carlee on her therapy dog adventures. She worked as a therapy dog on a weekly basis in nursing homes, cancer centers, & hospitals. She occasionally visited the school systems as well, where she was a part of the Tail Waggin Tutor program. Buzz & Gail were the most wonderful parents for Carlee & loved her as deeply as we did. After Carlee's last litter of puppies, the plan was for her to be spayed & to continue on as a therapy dog. Carlee went in for spaying on Dec 22, 2015 & sadly she never left the vets office. We lost Carlee due to complications after her spaying. Needless to say, we, along with Buzz, Gail, & many others whose lives Carlee had touched, were devastated. The only bright side of the tragedy was that we were able to keep a male from Carlee's last litter. His name is Teddy & you will see more of him in the future. Teddy will take Carlee's place with the Butler's & carry on his mothers legacy as therapy dog once he is of the appropriate age. We greatly miss our Carlee & she will never be replaced.