Yasmine, spokesdog for East of Eden Rescue, passed away peacefully on December 5, 2013. She was humanely euthanized after a short illness.
We are not exactly sure when Yasmine was born. She was found in Larsen Park in Tracy on March 23, 2000. She was estimated to be about 6 months old at the time. As we were unable to locate the owner, we welcomed her into our home. However, to say that she was a behavioral challenge was an understatement. Yasmine was signed up for training classes conducted by K-9 Development in Tracy. Under the able tutelage of Jack Fields and Amy Uecker, she blossomed into an obedience model, earning her AKC CGC title in 2003. She became a demonstration dog for the rescue. She gave performances at many public events, winning hearts and minds wherever she went. She also excelled in agility.
Witnessing Yazzie’s amazing transformation, it became clear that the same approach could be applied to other rescued animals. Thus, East of Eden Rescue was born. In a very real sense, Yazzie was the first animal rescued by our organization. Today, behavioral rehabilitation remains central to EOE’s mission.
Yasmine is preceded in death by her loving daddy, Karl Moll, equine siblings Dream and Golconda, and canine Charlemagne II. She is survived by her grieving guardian Linda Minor, and canine siblings Desiree and Charlemagne III.
Many individuals are due thanks for their care and support. In particular, to Gail, Kim, Lauren, Jeanne Cannella, the staff at G-N Vet Clinic, and the volunteers at East of Eden Rescue, I offer my deepest gratitude.
Rememberances will private. Memorial donations can be sent to: East of Eden Rescue, P.O. Box 236, Pleasanton CA 94566.
Many years ago, I composed a memorial haiku for Yazzy, knowing I would need it at some time. That time is now.
(?)/1999 – 12/5/2013
Small black ball of joy,
And I forgot the darkness
For a little while.