Recently Campus Veterinary Clinic lost one of it’s most beloved patients “Q” Harper. In his seven years of life, Q endeared himself not only to his owner Ken, but all of the doctors and staff here at the clinic. His hearty bark would often herald his arrival to the clinic and we all learnt to love it.
Hiking was a passion both Ken and Q shared. Together they logged in many miles on The Pacific Crest Trail, Desolation Basin, South Warner and John Muir Wilderness areas to name a few. Snake, bears and all manner of weather never dimished Q’s love of the trail.
Junior, another Bernese Mountain dog that Ken fostered and then adopted in late 2009 soon became fast friends with Q. No one would guess that the energetic and sprightly dog was 10 years old. He happily followed along with the rest of the clan on hikes all over Northern California.
Sadly, Q was diagnosed with a type of cancer called histiocytic sarcoma earlier this year. He passed away on the 9th of March with his owner by his side. He will be remembered fondly by all of us here at Campus Vet.
If you or someone you know has lost a pet there are resources to help deal with the process. Berkeley East Bay Humane has a Pet Loss Support Group that meets regularly. Additionally, UC Davis and others provide a number of grief hot lines.