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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.”

TALLULAH, THE YELLOW LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE (PART 5)

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“In general, just in my last year of college when I didn’t have any roommates and I decided to live alone in New York, she has been my only roommate and companion and it’s great because she is there for me every step of the way.

When I transition, she transitions.

She’s something familiar and provides me with a real sense of stability.”

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 4)

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“I just graduated from undergraduate school in May and came to NY a month ago for graduate school.

We rented a truck and drove up to New York City for 16 hours.

It’s a big transition coming to New York City from the suburbs of Alabama, but Tally is doing great.

She is occasionally skittish around the noises of the city, but she loves the energy here.”

I’ve taken her on the train a few times and she is relaxed.

She has no problem with the subway.

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 3)

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“Tally was a very curious puppy and got into anything I left on the floor.

TALLULAH, THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER/WHIPPET RESCUE DOG (PART 2)

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“I took her home as a foster to adopt, and decided to keep her a week later.

She was so small that I took her everywhere with me, even shopping.

A week and a half later, I took her to college with me.

Because I left before the foster time was up, I adopted her over the phone and had my mother go to the shelter and finalize the paperwork.”