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The first six rounds of chemo were


hard on Enzi. At one point, she stopped eating. Her loss of appetite may have also been as a result of her not being at home. She missed Andrea and Amelia. But the oncology unit staff cared for Enzi as if she were their own. They brought her eggs from Einstein Bagels, one of several restaurants located in the lobby of the Small Animal Hospital. In the meantime, Andrea was


preparing to bring her dog back home and nurse her back to health. Her home- opathic treatment would include juicing and feeding Enzi a supplement of fresh Wheat Grass, which Andrea was growing in her kitchen. She was also consulting over the phone with Dr. Jeff Feinman, a Certified Veterinary Homeopath based in Connecticut. By early June,


2013, Enzi appeared to be doing well with all of her treatments. She was back to her playful self, rolling over for belly rubs and even dutifully taking her daily dose of fresh Wheat Grass. Then the doctors saw something on


sooner than we had hoped.” On July 13, Enzi died at home, lying


peacefully next to her treat drawer in the kitchen. Andrea was nearby when she heard her make a slight sound. “I knelt down next to her and asked her if she was okay. We were looking straight into each other’s eyes. I felt and heard her take her last breath.” said Andrea. The following day, Andrea discov-


ered a Cardinal’s nest in the tree next to her parent’s kitchen window. This was the second time in her life she had encoun- tered a Cardinal. The first time was dur- ing another devastating life-changing


“Wherever I was, Enzi was never too far behind,” said Andrea Gonzmart, shown here with Amelia and Enzi.


Enzi’s x-rays and called Andrea. Despite the chemotherapy (anti-cancer drugs), the cancer had spread to her lungs. On June 25, as had been the case many times over the last eight months, Andrea, Amelia and Enzi headed back to Gainesville, together as a team. Enzi was scheduled for a highly specialized radia- tion treatment to her lungs in the hopes of isolating the new cancerous lesion. Only two other dogs in the United States had previously received the treatment. By the end of June, the trio was back home with life back to a new normal they had all become accustomed to, which includ- ed showering Enzi with love, multiple times a day. “There is no question Enzi had a


happier and longer life with the shoulder tumor gone,” said Dr. Bacon. “It is just such a shame that despite the best thera- pies and hard work of Ms. Gonzmart, we ultimately had to say goodbye to her


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event. So she did some research to find out that to many spiritual people, a Cardinal represents death or the after-life. There have been reports from loved ones and hospice workers that a Cardinal appears just before or after death. Andrea believed this was a sign from Enzi.


**** Izzet Gunbil is a breeder of German


Shepherd Dogs out of Colorado Springs. He bred Rusty and Enzi. Saddened by Enzi’s passing, Izzet sent an email to Richard Gonzmart. “I would like you to know how much I’ve appreciated the devotion, integrity and compassion you have given our dogs with excellent care in providing a forever, loving home. I would like to offer your daughter, as a present, a puppy named Jenny, for her love, her dedication and her excellent care she has given Enzi. Please let me know if this is acceptable to you. All I ask is that you accept my offer as a gift,” Signed, “Sincerely, Izzet Gunbil.”


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