Soda Pop Curtis Bombardier was a road side pup (breed: New Mexico Mystery Mutt) found abandoned in a cardboard box at a pueblo casino in New Mexico in 1997. She moved to San Francisco at the age of two months and grew up drinking water in a Martini glass at the Lexington Club.
Soda Pop became friends with folks from all walks of life and was even known as a “gateway dog”, turning previous dog-dislikers into dog-lovers. She toured with Sister Spit and Wise Fool and has traveled the USA extensively by road.
Soda Pop returned to New Mexico in 2002, when we relocated here, and she loved having a yard and tons of open space. She hiked, swam at Abiquiu Lake, ran at the massive dog park in Santa Fe, and enjoyed bossing around her new step brother, a boxer-shepherd mix named Roscoe, who also was a road-side freebie.
At the age of 12 Soda Pop began battling Mast Cell cancer. She lost a leg and had other tumor surgeries. Originally the leg amputation was hoped to save her life, but another tumor appeared in the area where her leg was removed. She was doing chemotherapy and eating nutritional supplements to help boost her health. Despite all of these challenges she faced every day with courage and a smile. After almost a week of not being able to eat or take in nutrients without being on an IV, she died at home surrounded by love.
Soda was the best companion I have ever had. She was practically my shadow, and went everywhere with me, which is why she had so many friends. I miss her following me around while I do everything. She is sorely missed!
— Cooper Lee Bombardier