Snitzle summered at Trudi’s ranch in the Colorado Rockies, then returned to Tucson in November.
Trudi brought her to a whimsical house she bought on four acres in a mesquite bosque beside a wash, with a swimming pool, views of the mountains, a studio, fireplaces, a barn and corral, all fenced for dogs. Her husband and his greyhounds arrived with horses and furniture.
Trudi started to unpack and set up her new winter studio. She and Snitzle visited me here at LuckyPup Ranch. I visited her in town. We spent Thanksgiving together.
A week later, she was dying. “Take Snitzle, ” she said. “After all, animals are the real jewels.”