On December 23rd, the day before Christmas Eve, my friend, Rosée Miller, had to say goodbye to her best friend and medical alert service dog, Nefertiti, due to medical complications from a cancer she'd been fighting off for the majority of this year. Nefertiti was a beautiful, kind-hearted Giant Schnauzer, only 7 years old. Rosée had spent thousands of dollars trying to save her life, and the cancer in her leg seemed to be getting better, until Nef suffered a fall which her weakened muscles couldn't protect her from. Her spine was injured beyond repair and Rosée had to make the heartbreaking decision to have her put to sleep.
Anyone who knows Rosée knows she is a kind soul with a heart of gold and a passion for learning. She was a front line nurse during the 2003 SARS outbreak, where she contracted the virus and ultimately died from it, being brought back to life by the doctors there. The experience led to severe PTSD, anxiety, and various injuries including vision impairment. Nefertiti was a life-saver for Rosée. She gave her a reason to live, to keep fighting, and helped her to get her life back by going to university. Nefertiti was a familiar sight on campus, and students and teachers alike loved her calm and loving spirit.
Losing Nefertiti is devestating for Rosée, not only because she was her best friend, but because she was also her lifeline to the outside world. Until she gets a new dog, Rosée will be housebound and won't have any supports whatsoever.
Rosée is hoping to get a new dog as soon as she can afford one, but they are around $2000 and don't come trained. The training also costs over $2000. Unfortunately, Rosée has spent all of her money in the last year on Nefertiti's medical bills and won't be able to afford to get a new dog for a long time.