Dixie Joins Dolores McCall Pet Tribute Garden in Sculpture Form

July 14, 2017

Sculptor Rita Hadley works with her husband Rick on the installation of a sculpture memorializing an Australian Shepherd named Dixie in Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Dolores McCall Pet Tribute Garden. The garden was established as a gift from the College's DVM Class of 1972.
Sculptor Rita Hadley works with her husband Rick on the installation of a sculpture memorializing an Australian Shepherd named Dixie in Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Dolores McCall Pet Tribute Garden. The garden was established as a gift from the College's DVM Class of 1972.

The memory of a beloved dog lives-on today in the form of a beautiful new sculpture placed last week on the Lynn Hall grounds near the entrance to Purdue Veterinary Medicine's Small Animal Hospital. Dixie was the companion of a very caring couple who relied on the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for help when their dog needed medical care.

Mark and Gwen Goodwin have always loved animals, especially their Dixie — an Australian Shepherd with the most gorgeous blue eyes. She grew up on the Goodwin's farm in Bloomington, Ind. Along with the Goodwin's three children and nine grandchildren, Dixie was a beloved member of the family. When she became ill, the Goodwin's brought her to PVM's Veterinary Teaching Hospital for treatment. Dixie's veterinary team did everything they could, working tirelessly to keep her around for just a little bit longer, but Mark and Gwen lost their precious companion in January 2016.

In memory of their pet, the Goodwin family chose to pay tribute with a bronze statue of Dixie that was installed last Friday, July 7, in the Dolores McCall Pet Tribute Garden just south of the Small Animal Hospital entrance. The sculpture is the work of Rita Hadley, who owns Moments in Bronze in Otterbein, Ind. together with her husband and fellow sculptor Rick. Both were on-hand to supervise the installation, working with Chris Young from the Purdue Mason Shop. The Goodwin's watched, joined by the clinicians and technicians who became so close to them and Dixie during Dixie's treatment. A small reception was held following the dedication, giving Mark and Gwen a chance to reconnect with the team that cared for Dixie during her time at the Small Animal Hospital.

The Dolores McCall Pet Tribute Garden was established as a class gift project by the College's DVM Class of 1972. Designed to provide a peaceful walkway of reflection surrounded by trees, plants and boulders, the garden includes a brick monument containing personalized bronze plaques commemorating beloved pets. Additionally, there are several life-size bronze statues of pets. To learn more about the Dolors McCall Pet Tribute Garden and ways to memorialize a pet, please visit the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Giving website or call the Advancement Office at (765) 494-6304.

Dixie's companion, Mark Goodwin of Bloomington, Ind., looks on as Chris Young of Purdue's Mason Shop and Rick Hadley of Moments in Bronze check the installation of the new sculpture.
Dixie's companion, Mark Goodwin of Bloomington, Ind., looks on as Chris Young of Purdue's Mason Shop and Rick Hadley of Moments in Bronze check the installation of the new sculpture.

 

The crowd that gathered to watch applauds as the sculpture installation is completed.
The crowd that gathered to watch applauds as the sculpture installation is completed.

 

The likeness of Dixie stands amidst her PVM caregivers, Development Office staff, companions and sculptors (left-right): Dr. Chris Fulkerson, clinical assistant professor of veterinary medical oncology; Sarah Lahrman, RVT, oncology technologist; Allyson Morton, Development Office administrative assistant; Lindsey Fourez, RVT, oncology technician; Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius, comparative oncology resident; Gwen and Mark Goodwin; Rita and Rick Hadley; Cindy Lavignette, small animal receptionist; and Cassandra Clore, development operations and donor relations manager.
The likeness of Dixie stands amidst her PVM caregivers, Development Office staff, companions and sculptors (left-right): Dr. Chris Fulkerson, clinical assistant professor of veterinary medical oncology; Sarah Lahrman, RVT, oncology technologist; Allyson Morton, Development Office administrative assistant; Lindsey Fourez, RVT, oncology technician; Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius, comparative oncology resident; Gwen and Mark Goodwin; Rita and Rick Hadley; Cindy Lavignette, small animal receptionist; and Cassandra Clore, development operations and donor relations manager.

 

Writer: Cassandra Clore, PVM Manager of Development Operations and Donor Relations, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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