Rosea ran with Theresa everyday. She was loyal and devoted to Theresa, always by her side, always waiting for her to get home. She came into Theresa’s life when she was two years old – before that she had been trained as a golden retriever leader dog. This training made it stressful for her to be without Theresa so she never left her side. In many ways Rosea was Theresa’s leader and therapy. On Theresa’s wedding day, she didn’t wear a veil but instead Rosea wore it for her and stood by her side as she always did.
One day after a run Rosea came home and threw up blood. Theresa immediately took her to the vet only to discover she had lymphoma and was told she had 3 weeks to live. But mothers don’t take no for an answer. Even in the darkest times, a mother does everything in her power to save her children. So that’s what Theresa did. She drove her to and from a holistic treatment center an hour or more away every week, she adhered to a strict and daily supplement and treatment regimen but Rosea was happy. The treatment was working and it was all worth it. In the midst of caring for Rosea, Theresa gave up running. She couldn’t possibly look at Rosea’s face as she left for a run, knowing her partner in crime wanted so badly to be there but couldn’t. So just like Rosea did, Theresa continued to remain right by her side, even if that meant giving up running.