Well, we intended to go up to visit Southern Star last weekend for a long Memorial Day weekend, but it didn’t happen. We simply didn’t have the heart to go, because only the day before we lost our canine companion of 13 years. Belka was an awesome dog that we’ll never forget. She did have a very long life (for her breed), but a cancerous tumor in her leg just got too far along, and we didn’t want her to suffer one bit. The vet we took her to was awesome, and made the process as easy as was possible. They even sent us flowers the next day and a very nice card arrived exactly one week later. I would HIGHLY recommend the VCA Redmond Animal Hospital for any of you in the Redmond area. They’ve always taken great care of our pets and the way they handled this final visit was just extraordinary. So please give them your veterinary business, and let them know Belka sent you!
Belka never got to ride on Southern Star – she was just too big for such a small boat, but we wanted to share a few pictures of her anyway. We’ll be back on board Southern Star in a weekend coming up, and our normal narrative will resume then.
Belka was named after the second dog in space. The dog we had before her was named Laika. You guessed it – the first dog in space.
The first picture is Belka stretched out in the sun, followed by her and Stella at the Redmond off-leash dog park, and finally sitting up in a chair like she’s People. 🙂