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Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 6)

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“She slowed down about five years due to problems with her back legs, but she is still active at almost 18.

When she started to go blind in her right eye, it was devastating to me because it was an unexplained change in her vision.

I spent thousands of dollars  trying to recover her vision.

I cried to the veterinarian, because I want Shy to have the best life possible.

He said, she’s happy, look at her.

She was wagging her tail and smiling.

Shy just wanted to leave the animal hospital and go out on a walk.

I decided to be happy that she is happy.

She may be shy one eye, but she is still Shy, and she’s happy.”

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 5)

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“We lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, Maui, Boston, and Tampa.

I was an Emergency Room nurse for eight years and a Burn ICU for 2 years.

Coming home to Shy was great because she was always excited to see me.

After a rough day, I could come home and cuddle her.

She is a great comfort.”

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 4)

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“The first year I had her she had a lot of issues.

She chewed a lot of things, she was afraid and would shake sometimes, but I took her running with me and it gave her a purpose.

Shy became my running partner for 12 years.

I was a traveling nurse for four years and took Shy with me to all of my assignments.”

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 2)

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“I felt like she had given up.

The shelter people told me they found her in the street and she was afraid of everything.

They tried to dissuade me from adopting her.

She was days away from being euthanized.

This shelter put their animals down after only three days.

It was a high kill shelter with little resources.

I put a deposit on her so they wouldn’t put her down and told my boyfriend, who I lived with at the time, I wouldn’t take her back no matter how many problems she had.”

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 3)

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“He said, adopt her.

I did.

I called her Shy, because she was so scared, and designated Valentine’s Day as her birthday.

The veterinarian told me she must be six months old when I got her.

That made her birthday sometime in February.

I made it Valentine’s Day because she was the sweetest gift I’ve ever received.

 

 

Shy, the 18 year old rescue Beagle, Whippet, Spaniel, whose given birthday is Valentine’s Day (part 1)

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“My family had dogs growing up.

I am a nurse and wanted to help rehabilitate a dog from the pound.

I visited a lot of animal shelters in Baltimore, where I was living at the time.

When I looked in one of the cages, I saw Shy, who was all the way in the back and wouldn’t even lift her head, while other dogs were jumping up, ready to go out of the cage.”

Sandy, the Rescue, That is A Big Dog, In A Small Body (Part 4)

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“Sandy is a fun dog to come home to.

She always wags her tail to greet me.  We have our moment together and then we usually go for a walk.

I don’t have children, but there are obvious parallels.

I have re-prioritized my life.  Sandy has made me a much better morning person.  We have  both learned to compromise.”

Sandy, the Rescue, That is A Big Dog, In A Small Body (Part 3)

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“The complications  of adopting a dog whose history is unknown and figuring out her quirks can be difficult.

She can be possessive of things, which leads me to think maybe she was on the street and had to fight for something, anything.

She doesn’t show signs of abuse but she has some anxious habits (like all her unusual sound effects).”

Sandy, the Rescue, That’s a Big Dog in a Small Body (Part 2)

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“She’s noisy, but not in a balky way.  She’s got a full range of growls, snorts and other sounds.

She’s a bit of a diva.

She likes to remind you that she’s there by either making noises (ranging from a purr to a bark), or snuggling into you.”

Sandy, the Rescue, That is a Big Dog in a Small Body (part 1)

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“I was thinking to adopt in August of 2013 but I didn’t really know what I wanted.

I stopped in to a shelter just to see what the process was and they were taking Sandy for a walk, so we had a chance meeting.  I was with a friend and a roommate and we were all taken with her.

I didn’t know what I was looking for in a dog, but she was the right size (I think of her as the biggest small dog).

She has a ridiculously cute underbite, her legs turn out, she has one white paw and she was immediately warm towards us.”