Can. Ch. Lodale's Integra of Cadan
January 19, 1990 - July 4, 2002

This morning, I had to say goodbye to Tegra, my first Akita.

She and I learned a lot from each other over the years, and she
instilled in me my love for and devotion to the breed.

It was a very difficult decision to make, but a necessary one. She was
12-1/2 years old, and life had become a struggle for her.  I always said
I would let them go while they still had their dignity, and it was time.

I have so many stories I could tell about her - - how she "approved" of
Gary when we first dated, how protective she was about my children (even
though she was not fond of kids generally).... She was a challenge at
times. Her chosen circle of people whom she allowed to know her was
small - - she never really bonded with anyone but me. She was there
through my worst times, and my best, always there for me to cry in her
fur, or hug with joy and happiness.

When I'm a little less numb, I'm going to build her a memorial page on
our website, but for today, I'm just going to remember.

Godspeed to the Bridge, Tegra, and wait for me there.

Lorraine Burch
July 4, 2002