The namesake of Kokobaru and my best friend, Quinn the dog, died on April 4th at home after a sudden illness. Quinn was rescued from Whitecourt, AB in 2001 and transferred to the Hinton SPCA. I found her there in June 2001 and we have been inseparable since. Quinn spent her younger years living with me in the Rocky Mountains and travelling across North America. She helped manage backcountry hostels, warned me when coyotes were near and helped me explore the beautiful world around me. She went to University with me, attending some classes and all my weekly meetings with my thesis supervisor. She volunteered in long term care and taught many people who were afraid of dogs that there was at least one dog out there they could trust. She raised my nephews with love and taught them lessons of kindness. She taught young Charlie dog how to be a good dog and how to take care of his people. She demanded belly rubs, while earning the love and respect of every person she met. She had a spot on her head that always smelled like a mixture of fresh spring flowers and spice. She was a healer, a teacher, a protector. She was and will forever be the best friend I have ever had. I miss her every day and am so grateful for the time I had her with me.
A special thank you to the Stittsville Small Animal Clinic and Dr. A. Bickerton for their compassion and kindness.
Maker of things. Lover of colour and texture and contrast. Thinker & creator. Daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend. Mighty woman.