The summer of 2022 has not been very good for Ned’s Wish heroes. It is with deep sadness we announce that we had to say goodbye to another member of our K-9 family. Retired PSD Clive, regimental # 904, had crossed over the rainbow bridge on August 4.
Clive started and finished his life journey with his favorite human, Cst. Matt Young. In between, Clive had a smashing career with the RCMP in Central and Northern BC, spending it with his trusted human sidekick Cpl. Gord Rutherford. Clive was an excellent tracker, and was involved in the search and rescue of a senior suffering from Alzhiemers disease, who wandered off from home in the middle of winter. (https://nedswish.com/meet-our-retired-hero-psd-clive/)
Clive won the retirement lottery and returned to be with his favourite human family, Cst. Matt Young and his wife Leah, who spared no expense and took him on adventures in Vancouver, Whistler and Seattle, to name a few. While Clive was never a lap dog, he got to enjoy the lap of luxury, and had breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, delivered to him in bed. Well deserved of course!
In the last year of his life, Clive had a few medical setbacks; he was diagnosed with early kidney disease and more recently he was suffering from dehydration due to a severely upset tummy. An abdominal ultrasound revealed a mass sitting on his spleen. It was highly likely that it was a cancerous mass, called a Splenic Hemangiosarcoma. His family decided to not pursue aggressive treatment including surgery and chemotherapy, given that he was almost 13 years old. Instead, they opted to enjoy every healthy moment with him, for as long as possible.
When it was time to say goodbye, Clive’s humans sent this while choking back their tears:
Just wanted to let you know that we said goodbye to Clive today. He was starting to have trouble with incontinence and mobility. Clive’s had a good day today, at the park, then the liquor store for cookies and pets, and McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Clive did it his way, snatching food directly out of my hand as usual. He went peacefully, and we are heartbroken. Clive had a great life and was almost 13 years old. He was loved by all and will be sorely missed.
Clive will always be our hero. There was no other quite like him. It was a privilege to have Clive. We had a wonderful weekend with him, doing all his favorite things and are filled with happy memories.
Thank you to Ned’s Wish, for all the support you have shown us and our special guy, Clive. We have truly appreciated it. Clive had the best care, thanks to the support of the foundation.
Leah, Matt, And Mozart