In Memoriam of Sweet Mona
Wreathed regally in purple and pearls, two-year-old Mona was the picture of pit bull prettiness. In early July, after watching one side of her head become increasingly distorted and distended, her anxious owner brought her to his vet. Fearing the worst and unable to pay for the medical care Mona might need, he left her there. With utmost compassion and desperate urgency, a vet tech named Molly Jensen, promptly called us and asked for our help.
Despite the obvious severity of her condition, Mona seemed undaunted by it. She was smiling, appeared to be happy, and had a healthy appetite. And, in typical bully fashion, her tail wagged like a thin whirring, doggy helicopter all of the time.
We immediately had her tested, using the most sophisticated diagnostic equipment available, consulted with several acclaimed veterinary oncologists, and when all the information was gathered, we were stricken to learn that she was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. A life that should have been counted in years had now, tragically, been reduced to months, even weeks.
A course of radiation was begun in the hopes of extending what little time Mona had left, and donations flooded in to help us cover the high costs we were incurring. And for that we were, and will always be, deeply, deeply grateful. Standing by us in a show of unheralded generosity was Rebecca Corry and the Stand Up For Pits Foundation, which paid for Mona’s radiation therapy.
Once the treatment was over, sweet, cooperative and uncomplaining Mona was placed in the loving care of a very special foster home. There she was petted, pampered and spoiled, and above all, accorded the grace and dignity she so deserved. To say that Mona was well loved -- by those like her doting fosters and tender, compassionate Molly, and by those who only knew OF her -- would be an understatement.
But then, despite the treatment, the prayers and the love, and less than three weeks after entering rescue, Mona lost her brave battle and crossed over the Bridge. Despite our own grief, we know in our hearts that this beautiful young pit bull, who lived so briefly here on earth, will live out eternity with all of those who have crossed and healed before her.