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Nellie, the talking Beagle (she said, part 2)

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“There’s never been a bad time with her.  There were dietary issues.

My husband left his backpack on the floor and he forgot there were red velvet cupcakes from an office party inside.  Of course she found them and had herself a party.

The next morning on our walk in the park she couldn’t move.  I picked her up and rushed her to the vet, where they kept her for the whole day doing tests to make sure she was okay.  Fortunately, I had pet insurance.

She is a great anti-depressant.  She is better than any pill.

My life has much more of a routine.  I’ve discovered the park that I have lived next door to for forty years,  I have made a whole new circle of friends and I am never lovely.  Having Nellie has rejuvenated my marriage. We are both able share in loving this beautiful dog.         These are the pluses.

I don’t like to leave her, and it’s curtailed travel plans.  I am no longer able to go places spontaneously.

Forget kids, get a dog.

Nellie, the talking Beagle (she said, part 1)

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“My husband and I fell in Love with Nellie.

We went to an event at ARF (the Animal Rescue Fund).  We had been talking about getting a dog forever, and we knew we were both vulnerable.

We never got to hear the speakers at the celebration of the animals because there was a van with the adoptable animals in it and I made a B-line for the van.

Nellie put her nose against the front of her crate and started talking to me.  I summoned my husband and he asked if we could walk her around the grounds. We took her for a walk and she was very happy to be out of her confinement.

My husband picked her up and she melted in his arms.  He was overcome with tears and we knew we wanted to be her parents.”