"The day at Assateague is forever etched in my mind," Bulawka told The Dodo.
Bulawka, Valiente, Dukes, Ruby and Violet spent the day playing in the sand and eating picnic sandwiches. At night, they walked on the moonlit beach.
"Every moment spent with Dukes was pure joy, and the Assateague trip was no exception," she said. "I wish we could have done it together again."
From left to right, Dukes, Ruby, Bulawka and Violet.Zhenia Bulawka