About Luna ... by her Mom, Gretchen:
How can I ever forget that one morning when Joan brought Luna to meet me.....my sweet Buffy had gone to Rainbow Bridge 6 months earlier and I was still
afraid to open my heart again. When I saw this absolutely beautiful little buff and white girl walk up the driveway, I knew that it was time to heal and love
again...and love I did...and still do.
Luna was so timid and so scared that she just hid on the couch and I had to hand feed her there or on the bed. She had been crated for most of her days and
was so unsure of herself. It took a lot of time and patience but that little "Butterscotch Sundae" sure came around. She loved to run in the yard, sniff whatever
and whenever she could but her real passion was food.
Luna lost her sight to Progressive Retinal Atrophy and even after she lost her sight to PRA, her little wiggle nose sure could find treats and her dinner
with no trouble. PRA is a hereditary disease of the eye. The retina degenerates from puppyhood during life. It always affects both eyes and is first noticed
with night blindness or poor vision in subdued lighting. The progession of PRA takes months or years to develope to total blindness. There is no treatment to
reverse this degeneration. Blindness generally occurs from ages 1-7 years of the dogs life.
It was in late Novemeber 2009 when we knew something more was wrong with Luna. Her breathing was more and more labored and her heart rate was very irregular.
She, unfortunately, was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. We tried every treatment available from transfusions to drugs but that insidious disease took her precious life.
She taught me so much about life and love...and I hope, through Luna's Legacy Fund to help other cockers with vision problems. That Luna can live on and help others that
have vision / sight problems enjoy life to the fullest.
Run free sweet girl, I will always love you!