Kathleen Zuidema is dying. Eighteen months ago, she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer that had spread to her liver and her brain. Although she had some success with chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she has since realized that she needs to make some hard choices about her future, including making the devastating decision to find a new home for her three dogs. Her pets — the Aussie Posse, as she calls them — have been inseparable and she wants to keep it that way.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, Zuidema, who lives in Friday Harbor, Washington, wrote that she wants to keep them together, and hopes to find someone who can adopt all three of them.
“They are a package deal,” she wrote. “It is a huge thing to ask of one person, but the thought of them being separated is more than l can bear.”
The three dogs range in age from 11 to 4 1/2 years old. Autumn Moon is the oldest of the trio and siblings Moka Luka and Finnegan are seven years younger. Zuidema says all she wants is for the three of them to have a fenced in yard where they can safely play together.
“They have always been with me 24/7. So someone who can be with them a lot would be my wish,” she said. “They are wonderful to be with the love they give and joy that they bring me every day has been unbelievable.”
Zuidema posted an update on Thursday and said that she was meeting with a couple who might be interested in taking all three dogs. We hope she gets her wish.