In Memory of
our beloved GSPs
We are so sad to announce that Bo (formerly Tyler from FL), our 2020 SEGSP Alum, passed away peacefully Sunday night. He was our Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda’s first foster dog.
From Amanda, “Bo solidified my commitment to SEGSP. When he came into rescue, he was clearly malnourished and acted as if he had never known love from a human. No eye contact and zero reaction when you went to pet him. After a few weeks, he started to come out of his shell and slowly warmed up to people and would actually come up to strangers to be petted. We had every intention of being foster fails as we had fallen in love with him. Unfortunately, he absolutely despised our younger GSP. As fosters, we struggled - it wasn't easy, but a huge thank you to the FL Volunteer Coordinators Gail and Manasi who continued to encourage us and give us hints on how to manage the situation. We stuck it out and things worked out exactly as they were supposed to. Once Bo was ready to find his forever home, I worried that it would be difficult to find him the perfect home. Along came Nicole - I'll never forget our first conversation. She told me he was hers. She hadn't even told her husband yet. I was hesitant (to say the least) since she told me they had other dogs. I wasn't sure how he would do in a home with other dogs. We scheduled our meet and greet with their pack and we all agreed it just felt RIGHT. A couple of weeks later, Bo was on his way to his forever home. While we were excited for Bo, it hurt leaving him. My husband and I could barely even speak on the way home - We almost decided to never foster again. Then...Nicole sent us updates - wonderful updates! Bo was doing so well, going on adventures, learning to play more, and even sharing a bed with his fur brothers! We knew he was home and living his best life. Thank you to Nicole and her family for taking in this sweet lug and showing him how great life could be. It isn't always easy taking in a senior dog, but it sure is worth the effort. Rest in peace sweet Bo. You'll always have a very special place in our hearts.”
Bo, at age 9, had been dumped at a NC shelter and Amanda drove all the way from FL to NC to pick him up. Bo was a very lucky boy with such dedicated foster parents and he was so happy and thrived with the Hemmerly family. And they promised him unlimited cheese treats over the rainbow bridge.
We don’t know what the first 9 years of Bo’s life were like, but we do know he was very much loved in his last 15 months…