- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
This is Suki, our sweet little old lady. We lost her last month, at the age of 18. She had lymphoma and was doing pretty well, but then suddenly one Friday night she just couldn’t walk—the next day our vet said the cancer had spread to her brain and paralyzed her. We had no choice but to let her go. The last pic is from her last day, we spent the whole morning outside with her, petting, feeding and singing to her. She was ALWAYS smiling, right to the end. We were so sad but knew it letting her go was the right thing to do for her, she wasn’t in pain but there was no saving her and we didn’t want her to suffer. She was my shadow, as old and creaky as she was, she followed me constantly and was by my side 24/7 (we run our own business so luckily we can take our pets!). I miss her terribly, even now almost a month later, I’m still crying.
The day after Suki passed I was trying to cheer myself up and started looking at petfinder.com at puppies. Our other dog, Sammy had passed on Halloween 2010 due to pancreatitis—he was only 10 so it was a real shock. 🙁 He was a border collie mix, he was so sweet! This was Sammy:
So I was looking at Border Collies. Scott and I had been talking about getting a puppy for a year but didn’t think it was fair to Suki, being so old and then getting sick we wanted to focus solely on her (and boy did she love that) and not shake her world up so we hadn’t gotten one. I wanted to go through a rescue, no doubt about that. I thought it took months to get approved, I had heard stories from friends about how picky they can be—references, vet referrals, home visits, interviews, etc.—I figured I would poke around and get the ball rolling, figuring that we would adopt around Thanksgiving or Christmas. The rescue I was looking at, Louie’s Legacy in Staten Island, had one puppy that I kept going back to—Quinn, a purebred Border Collie…I couldn’t stop looking at him! I just had this feeling that he BELONGED with us. I’m such a sucker for puppies and kittens, dogs and cats…I always look and say, “awww”…close my browser and forget about them. But “Quinn”…I kept looking at him like I felt like we knew him. It was weird! So I figured I’d start an application with Louie’s (remember, thinking it would be months) but on their app there is a spot to choose an adoptee so I put Quinn in there. This was his profile: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/26534661
I got a call the next day and spoke extensively with Quinn’s foster mom who loved our app and had been holding out for the right family for him, she had him for a month. They had checked our references thoroughly, called our vet (who gave us a stellar reference, she loves us because we are such pet lovers and go far beyond ‘normal’ to care for them), in lieu of the home visit (they were short on volunteers to do the visit) I sent a ton of pics which were approved, showing our fence, yard, etc. Lo and behold, long story short, within two days we were on the way to Brooklyn for a ‘meet and greet’ at his foster family’s brownstone!
Of course, as soon as we got there, Quinn ran up to us and gave kisses all over Scott and sat on his foot and hugged him…that was the end of that—15 minutes later we were on the way home with our new addition! We have changed his name to Sunny, it fits him better and we are partial to “S” names—all our pets have had them and we are both “S”. Without further ado, heeeeeere’s Sunny! He’s amazingly smart, obedient, sweet…we’re so in love! He already can sit, stay, fetch, shake etc. Love him! Of course I don’t expect him to take the place of our lost furbabies but he sure does bring sunshine and happiness into the house 🙂
This pic ^^^^ was when he was 18 lbs…now he’s 33 lbs!