My Parents and I had to say goodbye to our 16 year old Beagle mix, Kelsey this morning. So very difficult because in my eyes she was/is the best dog we had.
We were introduced to her (not sure of her name before she came to us) in May 2004. I was 24 out the time still living at home and that February we had to say goodbye to my childhood Beagle Mandy. My Mom and I were headed to Giant in Greenbriar and we noticed Puppy Adoptions next door at Petco were going on, so we decided to go over and look. The first pen we came to were the Beagle mixes. We looked at each other and went over to pick one up. Kelsey at the time growled (we later found out she doesn’t like to be picked up). Well we were instantly hooked and I know I needed to fill the void of a dog. We put in an application and she was ours. It didn’t take long for my Dad to be on board. My parents we’re leaving the next day for Italy for 2 weeks so it was my job to potty train her. I think I did a fabulous job.
Thank you A Forever Home Rescue for my best dog yet, Kelsey. She helped me to get over my childhood dog and we made so many other memories. I have since moved out of my parents house and wanted a dog but didn’t want to remove Kelsey from the home she knows, so I decided to go back to A Forever Home in 2011 and adopt my 2nd Beagle mix, Josie. Kelsey idolized and followed Josie wherever she went. They (Josie rather) got into several fights and had many times being together. I will miss the love Kelsey has for Josie. Kelsey is and will be extremely missed in our family.
What a lovely heart warming story. Since 1975 we have “adopted” Caesar, Bonnie, Zara, Zena and Sasha since 2012. We have loved and adored them all. Caesar was 5 years when he fell asleep in our hall at such an early age. We have buried him in our garden. 6ft deep was the instructions from our vet. So that’s what we did, and he still lies there under a slab. Then came Bonnie she lived to 15 years., and then Zara and she also left us when she was 15 years. We took her to France for 6 months in 2001 and again later when she met up with her previous “doggy” friends, who she had met on our first visit, as we rented the same house again. Then heartbreak again when we lost her at 15 years old too. Then came our Zena, she was also a German Shepherd, black and tan this time. Sasha our present “baby” is now 8 years and is a Canadian Shepherd, and is Cream in colour. We rescued her from a Dog Rescue Home in Liverpool, and as we live in Edinburgh it was quite a journey. We discovered by her behaviour that she had not been leash trained, although was Toilet trained.She was weiry of most people, so this needed a lot of working on. Zena loved her at first sight and they would lick each others faces, and lie together.In 2016 Zena had to leave us, she had been failing for a while and we literally nursed her along, until sadly her back legs “went” . Our Vet came to the house and Bill and I cried buckets when she was taken away in her blanket. I decided to have her cremated at a private facility locally, and have her ashes in an Urn, which is where she would lie. Her collar in on top and our favourite photo of her in a silver Frame beside the Urn. Even after 4 years we are still missing her. She was a “laid back” dog and never required a lead when out. With regards to Sasha, she was born on 1st January 2012 and we” adopted” her July, and so we think she may have lived in a yard and not socialised at all. It did take quite a while to see her as she is now, a confident girl although doesn’t like men approaching her, but if they ignore her she will go forward and allow them to stroke her. Rescue dogs give so much back.